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  • Group size: 2-10
  • Tour Type: adventurous/cultural

Underground Hot Stone Barbecue & Salt Mine Ponds 1 Day


Underground Hot Stone Barbecue & Salt Mine Ponds

In the shadow of the popularity achieved by ceviche, peruvian cuisine keeps millenarian dishes such as Pachamanca, a strong culinary expression of the andes, which mixes meats, tubers and legumes cooked underground, in an oven buried with hot stones.

It is a very traditional dish, which is eaten with a large number of people, it is something very nice because it brings people together to prepare it and then it is shared with everyone; It is very typical to prepare it for celebrations and festivities

Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour Trip Overview 

  • Tour localization: Sacred Valley of the Incas, Mullakas- Misminay
  • Tour type: 1 day by bus
  • Good forEverybody, done in small groups or privately
  • DifficultyNot hiking, but a lot of walking around village and the salt mine ponds
  • Highlights: Enjoy and learn to prepare a typical millennial dish of the Andes and visit the salt mine ponds.
  • Language: All our tours are done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
  • Season: All year around

Day 1:  Cusco- Misminay- Salt Mine Ponds- Cusco

The first day of the Experiential Tourism in Misminay we will pick you up at 8 in the morning from your hotel to drive for one hour and 15 minutes minutes to the Misminay Hamlet, in the course of the route we will appreciate the diverse and impressive places that the sacred valley of the incas has. 

We will make a brief stop at the Raqchi viewpoint to see the imposing snowcaps of Chicón, Salkantay and Verónica; once we arrive to Misminay community the villagers will receive us in middle of music and dance, then they will show us their organic potato, quinoa, maize crops and and we will paticipate in the elaboration of Pachamanca which is a traditional peruvian cuisine technique based on cooking food underground by preheated rocks. 

The central idea is to cook the ingredients with the internal heat using plant leaves to separate them from the stones and the earth; the foods that are cooked in a traditional Pachamanca are lamb, chicken, pork and guinea pig marinated with peruvian spices and accompanied by native potatoes, corn and aromatic herbs that give this exotic dish a unique flavor.

Following with our Pachamanca experiential tourism tour we will walk for 25 minutes to the a viewpoint t osee the pretty circular inca farming laboratory of Moray where our guide will share interesting facts about the function of the place

Following with our Pachamanca experiential tourism tour we will walk for 25 minutes to the Misminay viewpoint t osee the pretty circular inca farming laboratory of Moray where our guide will share interesting facts about the function of the place, then we will come back to the hamlet to enjoy our underground hot stone barbecue.

Following with our experiential tourism program we will drive our private van for 30 minutes to the salt mine ponds to be astonished with such a pretty and interesting place; in the afternoon we will return to Cusco where we arrive around 5 pm.

** Our service is from the door of your hotel to the Pachamanca experiential tourism tour and then back to the door of your hotel again.

Included on our Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour

Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grewp up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour.

Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the salt mine ponds located into the sacred valley of the incas. 

Briefing: you should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour. 

Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am, and brought into all the described places in the itinerary

Food: During the Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour, just lunch is included

Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist will recieve an umbrella for rain that you can also use for protection against the sun, due the solar radiation is very high in places located near the equator. 

First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.

Not Included on our Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour

Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion

Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist

Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket

Water bottle

Flight tickets

Hotel in Cusco


We would love to tour the Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the lost city of the Incas. 

We can leave any day of the year as long as we meet at least two people, our train tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.

  • $100 per person

Please send everything to incaspath@hotmail.com

Packing list

We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this Pachamanca Experiential Tourism Tour


  • Original Passport ,
  • STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
  • Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
  • Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles) 

Inside Your Daypacks:

Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below

  • Sunhat
  • Rain gear
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Music (IPhone)
  • Handsanitizer
  • Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
  • Personal medication
  • Sunscreen

Journey Info

Arriving to Cusco

The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.

The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights. 

Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic. 

Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc, are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa. 

Luggage Storage

Even though this is an overnight tour by train to Machu Picchu, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train; all bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size. 

Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco. 

Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.


As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advice you to arrive in Cusco  three days prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolites or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. 

Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better know as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.


Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Travel Insurance

To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.


The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.

However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.

The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize: vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.

Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, poliotetanus, and whooping cough.

You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is adviced you consult to your physician specially if your are taking any trip to the jungle.