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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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$289*
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Private Tour: Maras Moray Visit and Peruvian Paso...
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$189*
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Sacred Valley Overnight Tour from Cusco
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Salt Mines

This is an incredible place to visit in the Sacred Valley. It is a series of pools to harvest salt in production since the Incan empire.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is an incredible place to visit in the Sacred Valley. It is a series of pools to harvest salt in production since the Incan empire.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

What a sight to behold -- all these salt flats cascading down from the mountain! Our Gate 1 tour guide gave us quite interesting background of this place and the kinds of salt that are made here by the variou families that own these salt flats. Our group had fun walking through and balancing between the salt ponds and learning... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This is a site where salt is collected through evaporation of the salt water beds. The water comes from a natural salt water spring from the mountains. Though salt has been collected here for hundreds of years, this is more of a natural wonder rather than a historical site but nevertheless interesting. Since it is relatively close to the Moray... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This was a really cool experience, and something we just kind of stumbled upon. I love how brilliant this ancient concept is and how they managed to create something that has lasted for ages. Super white. Very little hassle for a tourist site. I bought some really pretty earrings and a necklace from local vendors. There are toilets at this... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

The salt mines just below Maras are unbelievable. Somewhere in the Inca civilization's history they concluded that salt was an essential component of survival. At the salt mines they designed a means to collect salt. Apparently salt is present in this particular mountain in unusually large quantities. The Incas found a spring / stream flowing from the mountain and constructed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

An impressive display of salt flats, hidden away in the valley next to a hot water spring. Hard to access with young children and slightly expensive to go in. Once you are in, there are many tourist shops to pick up souvenirs as you wind down the valley by foot. Almost inaccessible to disabled visitors. It took as a good... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The salt pools are otherworldly and definitely worth the trip. Seeing how they manage to move the water from the little spring at the top down to through the pools is fascinating. Buy some salt to bring home.

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Miami, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We walked through on our way between Maras and the river.It was fascinating once we passed through the inevitable market at the entrance The paths were a bit slippery so people with mobility or balance problems should view the site from near the entrance without walking through the paths. Definitely worth a stop to see it or if possible, walk... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Couldn't believe my own eyes. Great place to see. The water is so salty, it almost burned my tong. Impressive view !!!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

a nice place to go and take interesting pictures. I just wish I could have been able to stay until late

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Address: Address: Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
Phone Number: 984857762
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Cusco

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