Salinas de Maras

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Salinas de Maras
4.5
Historic Sites • Geologic Formations
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mark Sorin Duffy
Oslo, Norway3 contributions
Salt mines, interesting visit
Dec 2020
It is an interesting visit, and surprising at the same time, this salt mine is more than 1,000 years old, and here salt was extracted long before the Incas did. This salt works is the main source of income and work for the inhabitants of Maras whose families are the only owners and producers of this salt.
Written 10 February 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
A successful "case" of co-operative work since pre-Incan times!
Oct 2019
On our second day on the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", we visited the "Complejo Arqueológico de Chinchero" and headed, right after it, to the "Salinas de Maras", at nearly 40 kms North of Cusco. The salt mines have been explored even in pre-Incan times and represent indeed a successful "case" of co-operative work since ancient times. There are over 5,000 salt ponds explored by different local families. The salty water flows from underground streams and, through an intricate system of channels, runs into the different ponds. After evaporation, the salt is removed and the process starts again. The ponds can be only seen from afar and the ponds' colors - from the crystal white to the reddish and brownish shades - are really amazing. As at any other tourist site, small gift shops sell typical Peruvian souvenirs and salt samples, including the rare pink salt from the Andes! Entry fees at reasonable 10 "soles" per person. After the visit, we reached again the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" route, as "Moray" and "Ollantaytambo" were also on our day schedule. Enjoy!
Written 10 July 2020
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Elsa Rodriguez B.
Los Angeles, CA30 contributions
Salt quarry - Salineras.
Aug 2019
A beautiful place, an impressive contrast of colors, and even more impressive is the amount of salinity that the water emanating from within the mountain has, it is even saltier than sea water, you can see the crystal formations of the salt and you can also buy different types of salt, including pink salt and various therapeutic salts.
Written 3 July 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ376 contributions
Unusual sight (in route to other places)
Jan 2020
An unuasual sight in route to other palces. We stopped there from Cusco in route to the train to Machu Picchu. Don't need much time to see it, but takes time to get there. Awful roads but worth the visit.
Written 22 April 2020
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SeatOfMyPntsTravelr
Washington DC, DC1,360 contributions
I loved being at this beautiful, ancient site!
Dec 2019
I have a passion for ancient things that still function. Many sources like to call this place "Inca" and I know that they did use the site but the site is much older than their presence.
I'm also a recreational chef so salt is very important to me. The stunning views cannot be adequately captured in images. It's breathtaking.
Written 11 April 2020
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,066 contributions
Salt flat
Mar 2020 • Solo
This place is impressive. Although the road is very bad, everyone longs to come and see this incredible wonder of human hands.
Written 28 March 2020
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Salt ponds of Maras
Feb 2020
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 Pre-Inca times. Salt obtained in here was exported far and wide as it was always valued and sought after commodity. Honeycomb looking like terraced ponds for evaporating salty water are nestled on the slope of the canyon that descends to the River Vilcanota and further down towards Sacred Valley. There's about 5000 of them, owned by local families. Before, it was possible to walk around the ponds, but now tourists are not permitted to do this due to the ponds contamination caused by them. Now, visitors can admire them from afar only. They looks especially beautiful in sunny day, with all this white, reddish and brownish ponds, when salt is ready to gather. When I was there weather was a bit cloudy, so effect wasn't that great. Admission fee is 10 soles only. It is also possible to buy some salt in local gift shop.
Written 24 March 2020
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Zemin H
Atlanta, GA170 contributions
Golden salt terraces
May 2019 • Couples
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 this time sunset pained distant mountain to golden color which was reflected in thousands of terraces, I forgot to take pictures but I would never forget this moment.
Written 16 March 2020
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Maris Z
Sigulda, Latvia388 contributions
Beautifull
Feb 2020
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.
Written 3 March 2020
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AutHetha4
Denver, CO5 contributions
Fantastic day, would do it over and over again
Feb 2020
Maras was great to us, my highlight during our Sacred Valley tour. We decided to visit as much as possible over one day, because time was short. In comparison to the other sites, I enjoyed Maras the most, its story and what we saw. Good for us, the sun was out the entire day. Gris was incredible, as guide and as a person, lovely. Frank just told me after, that she was the best guide he ever had. She's from exploor, who offered this entire day trip as not many more had this type of itinerary. We spent around 50 minutes in Maras while Gris was taking pictures for us and sharing lots of information. Impressive, how those salt pools are stil intact and I hope this will go on!
Written 25 February 2020
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