Salinas de Maras

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Salinas de Maras
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PuuKaua
Cleveland, OH162 contributions
Solo
Visited as part of a larger all-day tour, this was an unexpected treat to see thousands of salt pans, hundreds of years old, still tended to by local salt-farming families. All of Cusco uses and sells the salt from here which is quite tasty (I bought some rosa ahumada or pink smoked salt). To think it all comes from a small saltwater spring emanating from the mountain!

NOTE: Unfortunately, due to trash contamination from visitors, you can no longer go beyond the rope and explore deeper into the terraces as once before, effective Sep 2019.

TIP: You can find the same salt less expensive at markets back in Cusco (e.g. San Pedro Mercado).
Written January 3, 2020
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Zemin H
Atlanta, GA199 contributions
Couples
Salinas de Maras is a natural salt field. A hot salty water flows out of the mountains, one can tases the salty water with a finger. Inca created thousands of salt terraces, large and small. Just at this time sunset pained distant mountain to golden color which was reflected in thousands of terraces, I forgot to take pictures but I would never forget this moment.
Written March 16, 2020
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Noah L
Austin, TX51 contributions
Interesting place to visit for up to an hour. Great place to stop on the way to other attractions in the Sacred Valley. The shops here sell things much cheaper than other places, for example a Incan pan flute here was 5 sol while in a shop in Cusco the same one was 30 sol.
Written January 11, 2020
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,202 contributions
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, UK20 contributions
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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AutHetha4
Denver, CO5 contributions
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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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand111 contributions
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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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
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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kharrislange
Phoenix, AZ138 contributions
Friends
Definitely worth the 10 Sol entrance fee. A unique experience to learn how the salt is made. There are plenty of vendors selling salt, chocolate & other local snacks. You probably don't need more than 30 mins to 1 hr to visit on your own.
Written February 11, 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ376 contributions
An unuasual sight in route to other palces. We stopped there from Cusco in route to the train to Machu Picchu. Don't need much time to see it, but takes time to get there. Awful roads but worth the visit.
Written April 22, 2020
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