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Salinas de Maras

Carreta a Maras | Procuradores 366, 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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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Maya Angelou said, “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” We went to Salinas de Maras the day after Maya Angelou died. From a distance, the salt mines are pure spectacle; each... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place vista it's amazing. Just be aware that some tour guides will explain the origins of salt water based more on folk tales than on factual information.

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Deinze, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was something i had not seen before. You can walk inbetween the salinas and taste the salty water. You can also see how they collect the salt. I liked it.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

My goodness this place as farrrrrr from cusco city, but it's worth a visit. You will regret, if you won't come. It's amazing in how ancient people know how to make salt mine, especially very huge one.

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Berkeley CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We didn't quite know what to expect, but the view was absolutely mind boggling. We took a taxi driver from Urubamba bus terminal to take us there. A very friendly and informative guy called Victor, who took us first there and then to Moray (the circular terraces). Well worth the visit. When you pay for entrance know that this money... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We almost skipped Maras and we are quite happy we didn't. It was really interesting. Amazing spring fed salt pans. Great spot for photos!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is a National Geographic type of place and may not interest everyone. Culturally and historically interesting, its included in a half day tour with one other site. 2-3000 salt pans, spring fed, and human ingenuity. If on your own, allow 30-60 minutes.

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Chalgrove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Used from inca times to collect salt to mummify the dead, it is very interesting to see the salt pans are still in use, using the same method.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

After Machu Picchu this was the most interesting experience from Cusco...part of the boleto turistico...can be reached by very affordable tours (S 30) arranged from Cusco

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was my husbands choice, but I found it very interesting. Our guide explained how mining is done and the way the water is channeled to all of the terrains, how family's mine the area. We got to walk all through the mines for close up feel. Surprisingly interesting!

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