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.
Tours To Salinas de Maras
ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $44
Duration: 5 hours
Maras, Moray and Chinchero Private Day Trip from Cusco BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $104
Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Salinas de Maras Reviews
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. more »
The Maras salt flats are a must-visit in Sacred Valley. The flats have an interesting history and reveal a lot about the agricultural practices of the Incas. The flats are also very picturesque and a.... more »
Places to stay near Salinas de Maras
Plan your trip to Maras
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Maras
Duration:2 h 30 min
Plans to Salinas de Maras by other users
26 days in Peru BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Peru BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, outdoors, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in South America & Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium