Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 178 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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  • I arrived with a 1-day tour to this spot. Views are really great but there is nothing else you will do here. The place has beautiful views but there is no much to walk so, after 15' picture session yo...  more »
  • The salt mines of maras, surrounded by stunning Mountains, are a unique and well worth a visit. Buy chocolate then with salt and smoked salt, yummy.
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  • There is nothing else like this site and you need to be sure to tour it all and spend some time to hike along the edge of the pools. Having a guide here helps to tell you the history and the fabricati...  more »
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