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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  • In July 2017 we took a day trip from Cusco main square that covered Moray and Maras. It was an interesting transition from pretty cool temperatures of Moray to very warm temperatures at Maras. Hence I...  more »
  • The biggest source of income of the people of the salt manufacturer. They make their own families pools salt. There are different types of salt. It was good, but the spicy ones, pink ones are very high quality.
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  • A trip to the Salinas de maras may you not miss. About 100 families manage the salt scenery painstaking hand work on narrow paths. You have to see this
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