Salinas de Maras, Maras

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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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Maras trip planner .
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  • We visited here as part of our Moray and Maras tour. Photos do not give this place any justice. Families mine the salt in pools on the edge of a mountain and the work is done by hand. We watched as wo...  more »
  • Interesting to know these pans! A very cute place! There is a tour to make walking that you much closer to the pools! In addition there are also sales and crafts for sale on the grounds.
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  • It is a beautiful place to explore in 1 hour. Buy the salt pink there directly! It is much more economical and if you have a cartidad you can get another price.
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