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Salinas de Maras

Carreta a Maras | Procuradores 366, Cusco 00051, Peru
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Ranked #10 of 100 attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Chalgrove, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Used from inca times to collect salt to mummify the dead, it is very interesting to see the salt pans are still in use, using the same method.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

After Machu Picchu this was the most interesting experience from Cusco...part of the boleto turistico...can be reached by very affordable tours (S 30) arranged from Cusco

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my husbands choice, but I found it very interesting. Our guide explained how mining is done and the way the water is channeled to all of the terrains, how family's mine the area. We got to walk all through the mines for close up feel. Surprisingly interesting!

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

What a fascinating place! We were able to walk along the edges of the salt pools and see how the salt is harvested.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very interesting pit stop. Great spot to take pictures! You are able to walk around on the edges of the salt flats which is quite amazing. BUY SALT. I bought a few bags and am SO HAPPY. My mum thought she would be able to pick some up later on our trip, perhaps at the Pisac Market, but we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You get to this place via the Maras-Moray route tour, which takes 6 or 7 hours. The place is beautiful so you will take great pictures and you will find yummy salty food available for purchase and also souvenirs made out of salt. Apart from the salineras there is not much to see. But if you go by mountain bike,... More

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Totally forth it if you go towards Machu Picchu. From different angles you can get a an awesome pictures! Besides now you'll know how they get salt! Cause people are actually working there! :)

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

One of my favorite stops in the Cusco area. Breathtaking when you first see the massive salt mines. A little tough to get to, and would recommend hiring a guide/driver for a few hours.

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San Francisco Bay Area (CA)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is one place where seeing is believing. All of the photos that I saw of the Salinas de Maras did not compare with the actual site. If you have the time and opportunity, this is a place you may wish to add to your Itinerary. To imagine the community has been mining salt in the same place in the... More

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Huaraz, Peru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you have little time aroud Cusco this is an attraction you could pass. There are other better highlights. It's ohotogenic and the trip to it has nice views (but then Moray is more interesting in my opinion, and beware that when it is the rainy season it is definitely less interesting to go to.

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