CHINCHERO--WEAVING, QUINOA SOUP AND INCA TEMPLES, MARAS AND MORAY TOUR
You will be picked up at 8:30 by private driver at your hotel in the morning. From Cusco or the Sacred Valley, there is a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to the town of Chinchero. Our visit to Chinchero will consist of 3 parts. First we will visit the temple of the rainbow, one of the biggest Inca temples, in order to learn why they worshipped the rainbow.
Next we will visit a church with beautiful murals depicting the Cusqueñan style of painting. This style of art combines traditional Inca imagery with Christian motifs. We will then walk through the beautiful village in Chinchero, ending in the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.
This will be followed by a cooking lesson, where the ladies will teach us how to make quinoa soup, a staple of their diet. After sharing lunch with them, we can dress up in the traditional clothing and hat of Chinchero and take some photos with the local women.
We then continue on through beautiful farmlands to Moray where we will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies.
We will drive through more stunning countryside to visit Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site.
On the way back to your hotel, we will stop at a rarely visited Inca site called Machu colca which was one of the biggest storehouses in the area. Because this area is at high altitude with a lot of cold wind coming off of the mountains, the Incas used this site as a natural refrigerator for long term storage of crops such as quinoa and potatoes.
Private transfer back to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.
Included: Private transport, lunch, entrance to weaving cooperative and Machu colca
Not included: Entrance to the temple of the Rainbow, Moray (included in Not Included: Boleto turistico: 130 soles-$40 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles--$25 which covers only some of these sites, gratuities, Entrance to Maras $4 per person
Price: groups of 2 people per group: $125 per person
Groups of 4 or more: $80 per person