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Salinas de Maras

Carreta a Maras | Procuradores 366, Cusco 00051, Peru
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Ranked #8 of 103 attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went there only because it was part of another tour and wasn't expecting very much. Quite an unbelievable sight. I have never seen anything like it. The guide was very informative. Well worth making the effort.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Ive been to the Salinas a number of times.The view as you wind down the dusty road can be quite impressive.But..depending on the time of year that view can change considerably.At best its a brilliant white and at worst its a mixture of whites and muddy browns.A leisurely stroll around the salinas can give you some great photo shoots if... More

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Yuma, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We ate lunch at their cafe, and walked around on the walls of the pools. We even talked with some workers who told us how they mine the salt, how long it takes, how they all are owners and work for the collective. Very impressive.

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Lima, Peru
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

as soon as we saw it we coudn believe it was real, it looks like nothing ive seen before, i still dont understand where all that salty water comes from but nice place to visit in cusco

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Milan, Italy
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must-see place. At the beginning it was not in our plans but fortunately we added it to fill our spare time after our visit to the Ollantaytambo fortress (from Ollantaytambo it takes around 50 minutes to get there). We went a bit late (at sunset around 5 pm) and we found the pools of a beautiful pink-orange... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

When you turn the bend on the windy, narrow road that barely allows two cars to pass each other, you look down from way up and see blocks of white. The salt mines are a spectacular site -- from up on the hill and from close up. We learned the history of this natural salt mine that was used during... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is an unique occasion to see how Inca created this place to exploit salt from a little salty river. All is still in place since Inca time and is very impressive and science fiction images. You can also buy salt there, they have three qualities but the pink one seems to be the best for our health. We bought... More

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Santa Rosa, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely stunning. Amazing the Incas did this, beautiful and a must see. Where you hiking boots and a lot of sunscreen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's worth visiting the main way that Peru get it salt from. In this place you can see how they collect their salt and if you wish buy local handicraft. The salt come from a single water font that fill all the salt polls. The fee to visit is around 7 soles.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

As it isn't a popular place to go in Peru, I found a little bit difficult to find agencies to take us there, most people get there by car. I didn't regret to know Salinas de Maras and I strongly recommend if you have a free day in Cusco.

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