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Salinas de Maras, Maras

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#1 of 178 in Nature in Peru
Must see · Geologic Formation · Historic Site
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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  • This place is amazing. A natural salt spring from the mountain produces all that salt. It is processed on terraces. It is worth the stop. We stopped here on our way from Ollantaytambo to Cusco...  more »
  • Not the most exciting site in Peru but worth a visit! We got some lovely photos here and it was definitely a good stop to make while touring the SV  more »

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