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Salinas de Maras

Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
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Ranked #9 of 101 Attractions in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Recently rode here on horseback with Cusco For You tours. It was really interesting to see these 4000 + salt ponds that have been here for centuries. There is a good selection of salt products, and additional souvenir shopping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

At 3300m above sea a spring of salty water fills the terraces where water evaporates, crystallizes and creates a site like out of this world. Visit this site during dry season.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Easy to get to from Cuzco, well worth the side trip. So amazing that there is this salt hot spring that has been used for hundreds of years. Very interesting how this salt is harvested. Beautiful setting.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

One of the highlights of our trip. Go on a nice day, pack your own drink and lunch...find a dry salt area and eat lunch in the middle of an incredible topography. Very hard to explain that 10x12ft salt pools could be so beautiful, however they really are. I don't suggest you dip your hands in the water (the source... More

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

These are owed by the people of the town and once you see how many, you'll wonder just how someone can remember which ponds belong to them. It's an amazing site and very interesting to learn how they mine the ponds. During rainy season they just look like puddles of mud, because they do not tend to them. There is... More

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Great terraced salt flats on the cliffs and canyons above the Sacred Valley. Great photo opportunities, and you can even sample a little of the salt off the walls. About 15 minutes by taxi from Urubamba, or 40 minute hike from Maras. Good to combine with a tour of Moray.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here - a unique experience! I'd recommend going with a guide who can explain the process and history to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place was the lab of the Incas full of terraces and salt mine the tour you can contract in any agency around the main square of Cusso , go to visit this place with your mates

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

AMAZING place... I loved this almost if not more than Machu Picchu. It really is worth the time... have someone else drive you to the site.. its quite the crazy road out to the salt mines.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

On our first day in Cusco we took a day trip to Maras and Moray. If I had to choose between the two, I think the salt mines at Maras were more interesting to see, just because of how bizarre they look. We came with a guide, who explained how the salt mines work, and then led us through them,... More

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