Holy Trails uses this route as a more chill day of riding and an opportunity to see more Inka History and partake in local culture. The town of Maras allows access to two archaeological Inka sites – the Moray Inka Ruins and the Maras Salt Ponds. We drive through Maras and were dropped off at 3800m at Misminay.
From there we ride through villages to view the Moray Terraces. These were built by the Inka and are thought to be research terraces where the Inka would plant different crops at different elevations and aspects to see how they would grow. This South side of the valley is considered drier then the North side which has the more glaciated peaks. It is perhaps this geological aspect that also helped to create the next archaeological site we passed through, the Maras salt mines.