Salt Mines of Maras Hike & Peruvian Traditions Discovery with a Local Community

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Explore Maras Salt Mines and Experience Peruvian culture with a local nonprofit community based organization. Enjoy a breathatking hike to Maras Salt Mines and learn from a local about this incredible place. Taste traditional Incan delicacies including guinea pig and organic chicha. Discover the richness of Inca culture through customary workshops on the daily activities of a local Andean community.


  • Support the local community of Media Luna, the development of sustainable tourism and the maintenance of the Incan heritage taking a tour created by Media Luna community based tourism organization

  • Hike to Salinas de Maras, marvel at these impressive and unique salt ponds, learn about the traditional salt evaportation process and admire the Andean landscape

  • Enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch in the house of a local and try surprising typical dishes

  • Learn about the real Andean way of life through workshops held by the locals on Peruvian textiles, chicha making , medicinal plants, farming and sacred festivous meals

  • Enjoy a one-in-a-lifetime experience with these families that will open their hearts and homes for you


Tours from Urubamba
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Urubamba bus station
8 hours
daily at 8:45 AM
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Meet the representatives of Media Luna, a community based tourism organization, at Urubamba bus station and prepare yourself to discover the stunning natural beauty and rich culture of Peru's Sacred Valley.

Start your day with a one hour and a half hike to Maras Salt Mines, located 12km away from Urubamba. Marvel at breathtaking scenery and at the white salt evaporation ponds, in use since Inca times. Learn from your local guide - a Maras village elder - about the history and operation of the Maras Salt Mines which conserve the method of extraction used by the Incas.

After that, you will be taken to Media Luna, a small community of 145 families located located 7km away from Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

There, you will discover fresh local ingredients and exquisite flavors cooked over a wood fire as you enjoy a delicious Peruvian meal in the house of a member of the organization. If you dare, do like Peruvians do and opt for the cuy, which means guinea pig, yes! The cuy is a traditional festivous dish of Peru.

The afternoon will be dedicated to Peruvian customs and tradition workshops held at the locals' houses for you to experience the real Andean culture.

Try some organic chicha, the drink of the Incas, and learn from a local Chichera how this corn beer is brewed.

Then, pay a visit to a local artisan and try your hand at traditional weaving, learning to spin and dye yarn naturally.

You will also discover the secrets and curative properties of local medicinal plants before learning the ways and rituals of guinea pig farming.

This trully authentic Peruvian experience ends at Urubamba bus station or taxi stop for you to go back to you hotel.


  • Local tour guides

  • Hike to Maras Salt Mines

  • Guided visit of Maras Salt Mines

  • Transportation to/from the community

  • 2-course lunch with a drink

  • Workshops on Peruvian culture: chicha-making, weaving, medicinal plants, guinear pig farming

  • Chicha tasting


  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • The tour is operated by local nonprofit community based organizations, and revenue from the tour support local social causes.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 11 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 6 to 10 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 5 days or less prior to date of activity.

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