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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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  • It was so interesting to listen to the communal history of the Salineras and the terraces are a breathtaking part of any tour of the Sacred Valley! 
    It was so interesting to listen to the communal history of the Salineras and the terraces are a breathtaking part of any tour of the Sacred Valley!  more »
  • I don't recommend. You have to pay 10 soles to a local community. The salt pans are closed so you can only take the picture from a viwe point. I have seen many better salt mines. 
    I don't recommend. You have to pay 10 soles to a local community. The salt pans are closed so you can only take the picture from a viwe point. I have seen many better salt mines.  more »
  • This place is amazing. A natural salt spring from the mountain produces all that salt. It is processed on terraces. It is worth the stop. We stopped here on our way from Ollantaytambo to Cusco... 
    This place is amazing. A natural salt spring from the mountain produces all that salt. It is processed on terraces. It is worth the stop. We stopped here on our way from Ollantaytambo to Cusco...  more »

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