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One option is to visit the Moray circular terraces and spectacular pre-Inca salt mines of Maras, enjoying vistas of the snowy mountains of the Sacred Valley and Vilcabamba. The mines are located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley and are still used by the ancestors of the Incas today. Alternatively you can take a shorter ride following rural paths and through small villages and communities. This ride will give you a greater insight into rural life here, encountering locals in traditional dress and going about their daily activities, far away from the view of nearly all visitors here.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in the Sacred Valley
What to do in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Maras salt ponds

The pre-Inca salt ponds of Maras are still used by locals in the Sacred Valley even today.


Visiting the village of Willoq is like taking a journey into the past to meet the descendants of the Incas.


Ollantaytambo is a large Inca archaeological site, that was once one of the most important centres of the region.