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“Interesting but not as interesting as other Sacred Valley sites” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Salinas de Maras

Salinas de Maras
Carreta a Maras | San Isidro G-15, Cusco 00051, Peru
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Ranked #47 of 339 Activities in Cusco
Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Sightseeing Tours
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“Interesting but not as interesting as other Sacred Valley sites”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Interesting but not as interesting as other Sacred Valley sites. Bit off the beaten path. The Moray agricultural site and Olantaytambo were much more interesting to me.

Visited October 2013
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“Ancient salt fields worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Under a near bye mountain lies a huge natural bed of solidified salt, through which runs a small spring of water. Once this water leaves the mountain, it has become " brine ", or salt saturated. The Inca's found this and built small salt evaporation pans, as salt water is evaporated in shallow pans over a month to leave a thin crust of salt. These salt pans have been enlarged today and support many local families, who sell it. They produce a beautiful pink salt that is popular in many restaurants. Worth a visit to see this marvel. Make sure you hire a guide and safe car as the descent into the pans is steep in places

Visited December 2013
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“Salt!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

These salt pools are quite incredible, their irrigation designed by the Inca. It is a way down the valley to get there but worth the trip!

Visited November 2013
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

It's quite close to the town of Urubamba. It's interesting to see the terraced salt ponds in Maras which existed pre Inca days. Getting down the salt pans has it's own adventure here.

The salt water springs out of a nearby stream, natural outlets are provided to over 3000 salt polygons managed by many families of a community.

Visited November 2013
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“Salinas interesting if visiting Moray”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Salinas is not part of your Cusco Tourist ticket, you must pay 10 soles to enter. This money helps the locals who manage the bathrooms and keep the site productive. My suggestion is to combine this stop with a stop to Moray, not far and a different piece of scenery. Taste the water which comes right out of the mountain in a steady spring. We walked and talked to locals on how the salt is processed. They are still refining the salt like the Inca's of old. Make sure it is a dry day, as you must walk very narrow dirt paths between all the pools of salt mud.

Visited December 2013
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