Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 183 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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  • Really interesting to learn about these salt mines and the complex system of channels that feed the ancient terraced ponds. Very much a cooperative industry using the same methods of mining for genera...  more »
  • Interesting to see and learn about underground salt ocean that feeds the salt mines. Sample all the salt products!! medicinal, chocolate, cooking, all sorts of salts.  more »
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