Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 185 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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  • Well worth a visit. The salt fields are an great feature against the back drop of the surrounding green hills. The visit itself took just under an hour to walk around and read the limited information ...  more »
  • When we saw salt mines on our itinerary, we weren’t sure what to expect. You just have to see it if you’ve never been to one. Impressive in size, amazing in its continuity. The mountain spring that su...  more »
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