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Salt Mines at Maras and Hiking to Tours of Sacred Valley

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    What to Expect
    We will pick you up by private transport from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. From Cusco, it is a 90 minute drive over roads with beautiful views of the mountains and Sacred Valley and will arrive at the Salt mines at Maras. We will do a tour of the Salt mines and see different colors of pools that are used to evaporate salt that is in the water that is bubbling up from an underground spring.

    After having a chance to buy salt, we will hike down to the Sacred Valley floor for an easy 45-60 minute hike via a trail that was used by the Incas to transport salt to Machu Picchu. After crossing the Sacred Urubamba river, our car will be waiting for us to go to Yanahuara where we will visit and tour a local organic farm. Here we can taste local fruits and vegetables unique to Peru. We will learn about chicha and cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs. Then we will go to Urubamba to have lunch in a local restaurant and will then visit a local non-touristic market and have a tour where we will see locals selling fruits, flowers, vegetables and medicinal plants. Finally, we will visit the studio of the famous potter, Pablo Seminario before taking you back to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Any hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley
    Departure Time
    8 am from Cusco, 8:30 from hotel anywhere in the Sacred Valley
    Return Details
    Any hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley
    • Driver/guide
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 29 June 2019

    Valentin was an very friendly and informative guide! His knowledge of the Sacred.Valley and Machu Picchu and the history of the Inca civilization was captivating and his English was incredible- very easy to understand him. I highly recommend Valentin for any guided tours and he...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Sue P
    valentinspachamamaj, General Manager at Valentin's Pachamama Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2019

    Dear Sue: Thank you a lot for write us, we really appreciate your words, and we love that you had an excellent tour with Valentin. We hope to see you next time for more of our culture! Best regards,

    Reviewed 5 June 2019

    Valentin was an excellent guide for our group of 16. He organized 3 different tours specific to our group. Communication was excellent when setting things up and once we arrived in Peru. His passion for Peru, his family and teaching tourists come through in all...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank brewskiakb
    valentinspachamamaj, General Manager at Valentin's Pachamama Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

    Dear Anne We appreciate your review, it strengthens us as a team and that the service has been unforgettable. Come back soon! Best Regards Valentins Pachamama Journey

    Reviewed 4 June 2019 via mobile

    I am almost at a loss to describe how wonderful and multi-faceted our experience in Peru was. We were a group of nine on a yoga retreat + tour of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. Valentin shared his profound love of his country...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank CalpurniaAndoverMA
    valentinspachamamaj, General Manager at Valentin's Pachamama Journeys, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2019

    Hello dear friend: Thanks a lot for writing us, we really love to take your tour, and enjoyed it a lot! Thanks for trust your team in Valentins Pachamama Journeys, and we hope to see you again! To show you more of our country. With...More

    Reviewed 31 August 2018

    How I can say better, I couldn't believe my eyes even though i was told about it and saw the picture prior my trip.

    Date of experience: September 2017
    Thank leilahm2017
    Reviewed 28 June 2018

    I would recommend Valentin and his team to anyone who is visiting Peru in the Cusco, Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu area. Valentin is willing to customize the trip based on your preferences and has very reasonable prices. Our family had a great time and...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    Thank ccampj
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