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Salinas de Maras, Maras

#1 of 178 in Nature in Peru
Must see · Geologic Formation · Historic Site
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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  • It is an interesting visit, and surprising at the same time, this salt mine is more than 1,000 years old, and here salt was extracted long before the Incas did. This salt works is the main source of.....  more »
  • On our second day on the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", we visited the "Complejo Arqueológico de Chinchero" and headed, right after it, to the "Salinas de Maras", at nearly 40 kms North of Cusco. The.....  more »
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