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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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Worthwhile side-trip in Sacred Valley

Maras is about a 15-minute taxi ride from Urubamba in the Sacred Valley; we arranged a taxi through our hotel. (See Note re hiking at bottom). There is a booth located on the road... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Maras is about a 15-minute taxi ride from Urubamba in the Sacred Valley; we arranged a taxi through our hotel. (See Note re hiking at bottom). There is a booth located on the road at which you will pay an entrance fee; the booth is a few minutes before the road turns and descends to the salt pans. The entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We hired a taxi for 150 soles or $50. We paid in dollars. It is 1.5 hours away from Plaza de Armas in Cusco. On the way there, our taxi driver stopped by 3 miradors or look out points for us to take pictures. It is a very scenic drive. It is also on the way to Mach Picchu. When... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Certainly a testament to the native industry. The thought and effort involved in making this project work is impressive. Also colorful to view.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Salinas salt pans were one of the highlights of our trip to Peru, and should be added to your list of things to do when in the Cusco area. I won't go into detail about the attraction itself (if you're reading about it here, you already know what it is). But I will describe our trip out there so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

beautiful sight... we hired a taxi directly with Marco by email; on nov 28th, he picked us up at cusco airport at 6.30am and drove thru Moray, Maras and these salineras before dropping us at Ollantaytambo. Salineras are some 3000 small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the "Qaqawiñay" mountain. People... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

When planning my trip to Machu Picchu, this was on my list of things to see. It did not disappoint, even though I went with a terrible tour operator. They are only farmed during certain months and I was there during off season. During farming time, the pools are white. When I went (December), the pools were brown. But, still,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I was very thankful to get to these ponds because the road is steep, narrow and sheer drop. But the ponds themselves are very interesting - a photographers delight. Lots of hawkers selling their wares on the paths to the ponds, but we got some salt which was for sale and it was great. Well worth a stop when travelling... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Salineras de Maras is the site of the incredible salt pans hugging the side of a mountain near Maras in the Sacred Valley. Even more interesting is the fact that salt has been harvested from this site since Inca or maybe even pre-Inca times. It's an amazing place and when the sun shines make sure you have your sun glasses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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