Salinas de Maras
Salinas de Maras
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  • MrThomas1981
    Ipswich, United Kingdom904 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit to the salt pans
    We visited the salt pans with friends in a hired car rather than taking a tour. If you have this luxury, go later in the day when the tour buses have moved on. If you are lucky you will see the people working the pans, There is not a huge amount of information around as they prefer you to support the local guides who will hang around and offer their services. There are numerous stalls to buy products from as well as a restaurant/cafe which whilst cheap by western standards is more expensive than elsewhere in the region. Worth a stop if you are on a guided tour as there is so much salt being panned from a tiny stream!
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey7,103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive Salt Flats
    This was our second stop in the Sacred Valley Tour. We stopped at the site, and had to go down a lot of steps to see the mining of the salt from up close. We knew that the further down we went, the further up we would have to climb. But the site was so beautiful that we just had to go. The salt water flows down this mountain, goes into an underground stream, and then through a series of intricate channels runs in and out of 3000 different pools at various different heights. Two hundred local families maintain the pools to remove, clean, collect and process the salt. A Gift Shop at the entrance sells salted chocolate, Pink Andean Salt, and a variety of therapeutic salts. Very cool. From our vantage point way down below, we could see a variety of contrasting colors in the different pools – ranging from red and brown to yellow and white. The salt crystals were bright white and shiny when the sun was shining on them. An impressive sight, indeed! No pictures can do justice to what our eyes were seeing, but we got some pretty good photos. The road to get here was bumpy and uneven, but the unusual and breathtaking sights made the trip extremely worthwhile. Worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Brad P
    Dallas, Texas168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Include this on your trip to the Sacred Valley
    We stopped here as a part of a private tour of the Sacred Valley that also included Moray. If you are headed to Machu Picchu, add this on, it is very interesting. You can observe how they get the salt from these pools. The view is amazing. Not sure where else you could see this.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 27, 2023
  • sttly
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    This was a very interesting site. During the rainy season water washes through the mountain and picks up salt from inside and carries it out onto the mountainside. It is then spread across terraces, dried and harvested. The people of the local town own the site and support there families by selling the salt.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 15, 2024
  • RuthyGlasgow
    803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous view from afar but even better when close up!
    You could see the salt flats shining in the sun from afar on our approach to the Karas Salt Flats. Great view from the top looking down to the sale squares. Great to have been given a small bag of salt as part of our entrance fee and there are little stalls/shops to buy souvenirs of other types of salt and salted chocolate bars etc. Very interesting to see where the salt waters source comes from the mountain and has done for centuries. An amazing place.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2024
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fascinating, salty, interesting and fun! Perhaps the winding roads and circuitous route taken to Salinas de Maras is part of the excitement. But as one gets closer you can view the “salt mines” before arriving at the parking lot. If possible have your driver pull over and take photos from the road. The view encompasses all of the salt mine. Then upon arrival walk down the paths to get a closer view. Primitive? Perhaps? But to totally fascinating.
Written February 7, 2020
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Maxxash
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visually stunning. Well worth the 10 soles admission. Having a tour guide helps with understanding the site’s historic and current use, but even without a guide it’s worth it just to soak up the view.
Written February 17, 2020
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MrThomas1981
Ipswich, UK904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We visited the salt pans with friends in a hired car rather than taking a tour. If you have this luxury, go later in the day when the tour buses have moved on. If you are lucky you will see the people working the pans, There is not a huge amount of information around as they prefer you to support the local guides who will hang around and offer their services. There are numerous stalls to buy products from as well as a restaurant/cafe which whilst cheap by western standards is more expensive than elsewhere in the region. Worth a stop if you are on a guided tour as there is so much salt being panned from a tiny stream!
Written August 8, 2023
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AutHetha4
Denver, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Maras was great to us, my highlight during our Sacred Valley tour. We decided to visit as much as possible over one day, because time was short. In comparison to the other sites, I enjoyed Maras the most, its story and what we saw. Good for us, the sun was out the entire day. Gris was incredible, as guide and as a person, lovely. Frank just told me after, that she was the best guide he ever had. She's from exploor, who offered this entire day trip as not many more had this type of itinerary. We spent around 50 minutes in Maras while Gris was taking pictures for us and sharing lots of information. Impressive, how those salt pools are stil intact and I hope this will go on!
Written February 25, 2020
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sttly
Fort Lauderdale, FL139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was a very interesting site. During the rainy season water washes through the mountain and picks up salt from inside and carries it out onto the mountainside. It is then spread across terraces, dried and harvested. The people of the local town own the site and support there families by selling the salt.
Written March 16, 2024
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RuthyGlasgow
Glasgow803 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
You could see the salt flats shining in the sun from afar on our approach to the Karas Salt Flats. Great view from the top looking down to the sale squares. Great to have been given a small bag of salt as part of our entrance fee and there are little stalls/shops to buy souvenirs of other types of salt and salted chocolate bars etc. Very interesting to see where the salt waters source comes from the mountain and has done for centuries. An amazing place.
Written June 4, 2024
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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This was the last stop of our day trip, and seeing a valley full of salt terraces was very impressive. The salt spring at the top of the valley fills all terraces over time and every 6 months the salt is collected. We bought a small pack of the salt mixed with herbs and it is really nice.
Written January 29, 2020
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DodoDidi
Tampa, FL1,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Inland (vs. coastal) mines that are maintained by 200 families. All work is done by hand -there are ancient as well as modern plots. A bit out of the way but worth the effort. Take some home as a remembrance.
Written May 2, 2023
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Impressive salt ponds are located around 9 km to the north of Maras. I've visited them same day, after the seeing Moray round terraces. Sometimes called salt mines, they are in use already since Pre-Inca times. Salt obtained in here was exported far and wide as it was always valued and sought after commodity. Honeycomb looking like terraced ponds for evaporating salty water are nestled on the slope of the canyon that descends to the River Vilcanota and further down towards Sacred Valley. There's about 5000 of them, owned by local families. Before, it was possible to walk around the ponds, but now tourists are not permitted to do this due to the ponds contamination caused by them. Now, visitors can admire them from afar only. They looks especially beautiful in sunny day, with all this white, reddish and brownish ponds, when salt is ready to gather. When I was there weather was a bit cloudy, so effect wasn't that great. Admission fee is 10 soles only. It is also possible to buy some salt in local gift shop.
Written March 24, 2020
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
This was our second stop in the Sacred Valley Tour. We stopped at the site, and had to go down a lot of steps to see the mining of the salt from up close. We knew that the further down we went, the further up we would have to climb. But the site was so beautiful that we just had to go.

The salt water flows down this mountain, goes into an underground stream, and then through a series of intricate channels runs in and out of 3000 different pools at various different heights. Two hundred local families maintain the pools to remove, clean, collect and process the salt. A Gift Shop at the entrance sells salted chocolate, Pink Andean Salt, and a variety of therapeutic salts. Very cool.

From our vantage point way down below, we could see a variety of contrasting colors in the different pools – ranging from red and brown to yellow and white. The salt crystals were bright white and shiny when the sun was shining on them. An impressive sight, indeed! No pictures can do justice to what our eyes were seeing, but we got some pretty good photos.

The road to get here was bumpy and uneven, but the unusual and breathtaking sights made the trip extremely worthwhile.

Worth a visit.

Written September 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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