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Salinas de Maras

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Address: Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
Phone Number: 984857762
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Must see while in Cusco

Very cool salt fields, amazing that 80% is original from Incan times and only 20% has been added since. Very cool to walk along the edge of the small slat fields, a photographers... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

Very cool salt fields, amazing that 80% is original from Incan times and only 20% has been added since. Very cool to walk along the edge of the small slat fields, a photographers dream with the colour contrasts.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

I had a great time at Salinas de Maras, and definitely recommend it, you must visit it. This place is surreal, absolutely amazing and you can walk around, from salt pond to salt pond. It was interesting to know that each pond belongs to a different family that lives in the area.

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Idaho, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

It's interesting to see what they do to collect salt out of the hot salty water that comes out of the mountain. This area has been used since Inca time to collect salt. Make sure to understand the different levels of salt - they fill each pond 3 times to get three layers of salt - each more pure than... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

The Maras Salt flats were amazing to view. According to our guide, they believed need to individual families and can never be sold to corporatis, etc. Families tend their pools and use them to make a living from them. We did not walk all the way down, however, had a good view of the entire area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

It can be blindingly bright on a sunny day! But what a cool feeling walking among the water pools crusted with white salt all around. Venture of the path and walk along the pools. It's a neat place for a panorama. They do sell small bags of the salt, which are great souvenirs. It doesn't take very long to walk... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

I never expected to see this amount of salt and the beauty of the process. It was a very positive experience going to this place! Be aware that the way to go down there the path is very narrow, but the drivers have a lot of experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

The best thing that I can say about the Salt Flats of Maras is that the weather was beautiful that day. The road to this area was an unpaved one lane very winding road along the edge of a mountain. Upon arrival we had numerous steep steps to go down (and come back up) before we reached the salt flats.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Fascinating to see how these families work together and create a nice income from the production of a natural resource. So great that a long-standing Inca tradition (as I understand it) is being continued. Much opportunity to buy chocolate, salt, and other fun things - at good prices... We also hiked down the hill / valley to the river. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

The terraces were really impressive and the fact that we could walk everywhere, observe people collecting saltvwas amazing!!! We went there by taxi for 80 soles including going to Moray which was also amazing. And we had unlimited time so I would reccomend going by taxi. The entrance to Salinas is 10 soles.

Thank Marta P
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting salt pools, about 1800 individual salt pools owned by several local families. Each family is responsible for the upkeep and harvest of salt. Not handicap assessable, many stairs to visit the pools. Nestled in the sacred Valley, beautiful views

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