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Address: Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
Phone Number: 984857762
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Spectacular Salt Mines

These ponds are amazing. Make sure you stop before you get there to take photos. And if you taste the water don't take a mouthful! The people who work these ponds work seriously... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

These ponds are amazing. Make sure you stop before you get there to take photos. And if you taste the water don't take a mouthful! The people who work these ponds work seriously hard, especially those with ponds down low. Certainly worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The sheer size of the area of salt pools is very impressive. The drive to reach the parking lot is "sketchy" to say the least, hopefully you trust your driver! There are some very steep dropoffs and if this will bother you, it might not be worth it. We stayed for less than an hour and just took a few... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Do you want to see a fascinating site of historical salt mining? It is worth the long drive there and back on hairy switchbacks with plunging roadside cliffs. The experience can't be expressed in words, you just have to see it. The drive itself thru the Guat highlands is stunning. If you are walking challenged or disabled, this is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This site is quite stunning and beautiful, with it's patchwork quilt of salt terraces, dating back to Inca times but still actively in use today. The story of how the salt is harvested though the age old evaporation method is quite fascinating, as it is to see the local farmers working the terraces as you walk though them. The journey... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We weren't sure about going to visit los saleniras. But once we got there, it was worth it. It is warm there so bring lots of water. There is a source that comes out of the mountain and it is warm waters and it is also very salty. Very intriguing how this can happen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Impressive to see how the Incas "made" salt using an evaporation method. It was estimated about 2,000 square areas of perhaps 20 feet by 20 feet of land on a hillside were used to accumulate a salt slurry from the mines. The heat and sun evaporated the water and the salt was remaining. Salt in the days of the Incas... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Salinas is an incredible place to visit - I don't think there are salt pools like this anywhere else in the world. Carved by the Inkans, these pools are still in use today. Fed by underground salt water springs, they fill the pools and then let the sun evaporate the water away. The salt that is left is harvested by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Besides the salineras, you can enjoy the road until there through the andes valley. Book the morning trip to salineras and moray for approx. 15 soles.

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Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I enjoyed my trip here with my tour group (My wife was not feeling well due to the altitude) mid april of 2015.I felt it was a good value at only 10 soles per person. It also was quite interesting how the water was diverted into each pool and then cut off to allow the drying process. I tasted the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The size and scale of the salt mines is quite impressive. Small family plots of land capture the natural salt flowing out of the mountain. Well worth the trip to see, pick up some different flavored salts and enjoy a beautiful drive.

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