Saturday morning, I had a full-day tour to the area of Maras. In addition to the terraces of Moray, the colonial town of Maras and the Salineras (salt mines), I was particularly interested in sightseeing the archaeological site of Checoq which is at walking distance from the town of Maras. This site boasts food storages or qolqas where the Incas used to store the produce or seeds that they grew at the terraces of Moray.

the terraces of Moray
The salt mines of Salinas near the town of Maras
The qolqas of Checoq near the town of Maras

About the Rain in Cusco:
You never know when it is going to rain. For instance, it rained three days at the end of August in the very dry season. I was told that this unusual rain is called Cabanillas.

The rainy season usually starts in December, and it lasts until may or april. January and february are the wettest months of the year and, by the way, the Inca trail is closed all february. Street vendors appear around squares such as Cusipata or Regocijo and San Francisco selling plastic raincoasts, two for S/5.00. The streets are narrow so you should watch out where to walk otherwise a car could splash water.

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