Fun in Maras and Moray
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
26Trip End May 05, 2012
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We met at 8 am and took the bus to Maras. We got off and hired a taxi to take us to the ruins in Moray, wait for us, and then drop us off at the path where you start walking to the salineras (salt pools) close to Maras (30 soles total).
The ruins in Moray are still a mystery -- they're not sure why they were built in the circular manner, but some guess they were trying to come up with a better way to grow crops. There are three circles close together, one that has been almost fully restored (we descended into this one), one that is in the process, and one that has been completely overgrown and pretty much no one goes to look at these
Each tier is the usual rock wall but the way to go down a level is by large rocks protuding from the walls. At first Sao didn't want to go down, but we were proud after -- he's quite the climber. We went all the way to the bottom, where the center is said to have magnetic pulls, and back up in about 30 minutes.
Then we went to the salineras. We walked from the road in Maras and it took about 50 minutes. It splits a couple of times and I paid attention just in case couchsurfers asked later (they did, nice!). Once there we walked through the pools (each one has its own owner that harvests the salt) and then down the back way. This was an interesting walk as Andres whipped out his cassette player and played old country songs on it...and sometimes they weren't even the full song! So funny he likes the old honky tonk music!
This took us through a tiny little town next to the river. We walked towards Urubamba, crossing the bridge and passing some nice hotels on the way, then caught the next passing combi to Urubamba.
The rest of the day we rested! Boy, was it hot out!