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Salinas de Maras

Carreta a Maras | Procuradores 366, Cusco 00051, Peru
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Ranked #8 of 102 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Here is the place where few dare visit. Its a long drive up over 13500 feet at some spots, but when you get there its well worth the effort. The salt mines have been in operation for over a thousand years. Not only is this a site to see from ground zero, but the view at 13000 feet about this... More

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Very nice place to visit, glad I went there, the display of the Salinas look great. The different things they sell are great for a souvenir

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Tucked in a valley these salt mines are definitely worth a visit while in Cusco area. They are huge, being produced from a tiny stream through the rocks. A must visit.

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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

While this tour is not a common one for visitors to Cusco to take, we went with Alpaca Expeditions and were very happy we did. We had no idea there would be a place in the mountains where salt would be produced, rather than in the sea. The site has shops and even a stand to try the fermented corn... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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