Salinas de Maras, Maras

4.6
#1 of 184 in Nature in Peru
Used since before the Incan period, Salinas de Maras represents a patchwork of shallow geometric salt pools that cascade down the slopes of a canyon. These saltpans--still harvested by the local people using traditional methods--are feed by a natural spring. Geologists believe that salt-water spring originates from the halite deposits left from the ocean that covered the area some 110 million years ago. The salt owes its soft pink hue to the traces of various minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and silicon. Put Salinas de Maras on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Maras trip planner.
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  • 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...  more »
  • I have a passion for ancient things that still function. Many sources like to call this place "Inca" and I know that they did use the site but the site is much older than their presence. I'm also a...  more »

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