Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 107 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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  • If you're in the Sacred Valley, I don't see how your tour can be complete without visiting Maras & Moray. they can easily be done in the same day and are both so fascinating and such a part of Peru, e...  more »
  • The Salinas de Maras are a sight to behold. The entire valley is insanely picturesque and the salt ponds are fascinating. This is something you definitely have to see if you're spending some time in C...  more »
  • A Peruvian person, excellent choice, a very beautiful view in the afternoon, so recommend me in machupicchu imaginoque in the day is much better, should stop here and visit
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