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Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 190 in Nature in Peru
Must see · Geologic Formation · Historic Site
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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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  • The salt Terraces and ponds looks very interesting and would be nice to visit if you are passing by this place, i think it does not worth to make a visit just for this place and to come back to cusco. 
    The salt Terraces and ponds looks very interesting and would be nice to visit if you are passing by this place, i think it does not worth to make a visit just for this place and to come back to cusco.  more »
  • It was so interesting to listen to the communal history of the Salineras and the terraces are a breathtaking part of any tour of the Sacred Valley! 
    It was so interesting to listen to the communal history of the Salineras and the terraces are a breathtaking part of any tour of the Sacred Valley!  more »

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