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Address: Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
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it is a fascinating view

all that salt is very impressive, for we never saw too much salt in natural grounds accumulated in one only place, we liked a lot and bought some samples.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
melissa w
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Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

all that salt is very impressive, for we never saw too much salt in natural grounds accumulated in one only place, we liked a lot and bought some samples.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really loved viewing these salt ponds, they are so unique. It was hard maneuvering on the walk way, it was very slim and there was no real order on where to walk. I simply took some photos then headed back to the van. There are tons of shops to buy drinks and salt from the ponds.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I saw the salt mines from above - very dramatic and worth the view - when I was tired at the end of a travelling day. I need (and should have) got more information to have it make more sense to me

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited the 'Salt Pans'. Interesting to hear how they work the pans to gather the salt. Amazing set up and so different to any other site we visited. They make great salted chocolate th you can buy. Well worth a visit. May need to take a tou as it is some way out of town.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is a bit of a drive to get here but a visit to the Salt Springs but well worth the drive. A heavily salted spring provides an inexhaustible source of water that about 300 families capture for their own salt gardens. Grey, pink and white salt can all be purchased at numerous stalls lining the hike back, including spicy... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We toured just about everything in Cusco, Vale Sagrado, Ollanta and Machu. This was a top-3 stop, for sure. The salt mines are amazing, even breath-taking when standing at the top. The access is awesome, as you can walk down as far as you want to go. This was also one of the few places we bought alot of things... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating! This was how salt was acquired for centuries appears millennia. Small individual salt pond off hot springs tended and mined by villages coops and individuals for thousands of years. See various stages of harvest and collection. Collection of local products and shops at entrance. Is a bit touristy but that is why we were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing place. We visited on a workday and saw local families working the salt pools. It is a bit out of the way, but the views on the way to Maras were lovely and it is great to see the locals making a reasonable living harvesting "gourmet salts".

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting. All the salt beds are fed by one small stream coming out of the mountain. I believe they have been in operation for over 500 years. Each of the plots is owned by families and the whole operation is like a collective.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although they were not actually working the salt patty's while we visited (it was rainy season), and the area was not as bright white as many of the pictures that I have seen, I still found the salt mines to be interesting, the way that they are constructed so that they can all be filled from the natural flow of... More 

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