Salinas de Maras, Maras

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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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  • Impressive salt ponds are located around 9 km to the north of Maras. I've visited them same day, after the seeing Moray round terraces. Sometimes called salt mines, they are in use already since...  more »
  • Salinas de Maras is a natural salt field. A hot salty water flows out of the mountains, one can tases the salty water with a finger. Inca created thousands of salt terraces, large and small. Just at....  more »
  • One of the wonders of nature, which shows the outflow of underwater sea and salt resources and the ability of ancient pre-inkam civilizations to use them.  more »

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