Salinas de Maras, Cusco

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#1 of 107 in Nature in Peru
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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  • August 16, 2017
    Wonderful site for these salines must see through Cusco! The pastel colors from Brown to pure white are reflected in the Sun creating a natural landscape of great beauty.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Coming to Cuzco be sure to visit one of the most beautiful and intriguing landscapes. See how Salt is produced thousands of years is an incredible experience!
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  • August 15, 2017
    for who recoorrio the Argentina and met the salineras of Macachin or San Luis, you won't believe what this place... Few in the world have how to extract salt in the way that is done there... Part of one of the trips, of which (and as I think almost all) you can't lose... That if the input has additional cost...
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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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