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Salinas de Maras, Cusco

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#1 of 106 in Nature in Peru
Geologic Formation Historic Site
Used since before the Incan period, Salinas de Maras represents a patchwork of shallow geometric salt pools that cascade down the slopes of a canyon. These saltpans--still harvested by the local people using traditional methods--are feed by a natural spring. Geologists believe that salt-water spring originates from the halite deposits left from the ocean that covered the area some 110 million years ago. The salt owes its soft pink hue to the traces of various minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and silicon. Put Salinas de Maras into our Cusco vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Beautiful trek up from Urubamba. The salt mines are incredible to look at, and understand how the workers produce salt. They work so hard, and do not stop throughout the day.  more »
  • Moray and Salinas are a little far from everywhere but definately worth visiting on the way from Cusco to MachuPicchu. If you do not have a rent car, you will need to take a taxi that can take you to ...  more »
  • Very interesting. Spring water rich in salts comes out of the rock in the hills, gets channelled here and flows over big flat beds. The water evaporates and leaves the salt which is collected by manua...  more »

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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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