Salinas de Maras, Maras

#1 of 188 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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  • This was not high on our "to do" list but our tour guide talked us into it. We were so glad we did this. The drive out of the valley from Urumbamba was worth the price of the ticket. The spectacular r...  more »
  • From a small source of salt water and an ingenious system of distribution of water to the various basins, constitute saline on several floors giving the whole a supernatural aspect in these Peruvian mountains
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