Salinas de Maras, Maras

4.6
#1 of 183 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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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