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Salinas de Maras

Address: Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
Phone Number: 984857762
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Ranked #47 of 339 Activities in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Sightseeing Tours
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Sightseeing Tours

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We're so happy, we got a chance to see them and walk through. So amazing what one, tiny stream can do. Water is so salty. It was fun to be there.

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

This place is really cool. Our guide took us there and showed us the spring from which the salty water comes into the pools and explained how the salt is harvested. The people here have been harvesting 3 types of salt from the pools in the same way that the Incas did for hundreds of years. There's almost no technology... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The view from the top of the hill looking down on the multiple levels of the salt mine was quite powerful. However once you get near and see the locals sifting through the salt with their bare hands for almost no profit is quite heart-breaking. Well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The ride to Maras salt mines is a pleasant one and one should take a 1/2 hour to stop in the colonial town of Maras itself with its cobblestone streets, quaint plaza, and beautiful colonial doorways. The salt mines reminded us of the area of the tanneries of Fez, Morocco except that here you are out in the countryside. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I went to the Salt mine as a part of my acclimatization hike to Moray-Maras the day before the INCA trail. My tour guide Mario took me very close to the salt pools and we walked between each pool, while he talked about the salt making process. If you have an afternoon to spare, go to Maras town, have lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

En route to the sacred valley, we made a stop at the Salinas de Maras. What a sight seen from high above it . The road is not for the faint of hearth. The site is out of this world. Imagine a very small stream exiting from underground where it has picked up a salinity of 70% and has been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is an amazing place to see, very unique. It is not only interesting but also quite impressive. It is too bad that we did not have a sunny day for good photos. It is a bit far to go there but certainly worth the trip. Anybody visiting the Sacred Valley must see this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We visited this sight but it started raining when we get there. Our guide explains how the salt forms and the different layers of salt. It is a beautiful sight to see. They sell the salt of maras which is really fantastic with meat. I recommend to try it tasted fantastic and cheap.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We were on an organized tour, and only saw this from the road above, but even then it was pretty amazing. The indigenous people were ingenious as the salt production continues to the present.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It is impressive to see how hard people work to get the salt. We stood for quite awhile watching the process. This give one an appreciation of the hard work it takes to obtain the salt. We were told that the salt is top quality and I can understand why from being there. This was worth seeing. I would not... More 

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