What are the salt mines of Maras

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    What are the salt mines of Maras

    Las Salineras de Maras is made up of more than 3 thousand natural salt wells near the town of Maras. Each of the wells has a dimension of 5 square meters.

    The 3,000 pools are fed by a hypersaline underground spring that originated 110 million years ago during the formation of the mountains of the Andes Mountains.

    Currently, these natural salt pools attract hundreds of tourists. The view that you get from this landscape is beautiful.

    The inhabitants of Maras market this salt, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.

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    Location of the Salinas de Maras

    Las Salineras de Maras are 46 kilometers from the city of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    The thousands of shallow pools filled with salt water are carved out of the slopes of Qaqawiñay Mountain, 3,380 meters from the sea (11,080 ft).

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    Visit the Salineras de Maras

    The Maras salt mines are 10 kilometers away from the town of Maras.

    From the city of Cusco to the Salineras de Maras there are approximately 50 kilometers away.

    To get to the Salineras de Maras from the city of Cusco, you must take a bus to Urubamba and stop at a detour that leads there, after another trip by jeepney.

    Most tourists choose to arrive at the Salineras de Maras through a tour organized by a tourism agency. This service includes full transportation.

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    What to do in the Salineras de Maras

    In the Salinas de Maras you can buy natural natural pink salt ’. It gets its beautiful color from the natural elements of the spring water including: magnesium, calcium, potassium and silicon.

    Another interesting thing about the Salinas de Maras is that you can pick up your own handful of salt or buy a jar at the Maras gift shop.

    You can also take incredible photos of the salt mines, one of the most incredible places in Cusco and Peru.

    Just 10 kilometers from the Salineras de Maras is the Moray archaeological complex, another of the most incredible tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley.

    Maras has a colonial town famous for its traditional adobe houses and its traditions and typical festivals.

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    How to visit the Salinas de Maras

    You can enter the Salinas de Maras by paying 7 Peruvian soles (2.5 USD). The site does not need a ticket like many other archaeological sites in Cusco.

    Please note that in Maras you will not be able to pay with your credit card, US dollars, euros or any other currency.

    Another option is to buy a tour to Maras, which includes a visit to the Moray archaeological site.

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    Recommendations to visit the Salinas de Maras

    Most people who come to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, take time to get to know and take some photos of the Salinas de Maras.

    Take advantage of your visit to the Maras Salt Mines to discover the Inca terraces of Moray, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley.

    If you choose to visit Maras with an organized tour, dare to do an ATV adventure through Maras and Moray. This is one of the favorite tours for tourists looking for some adventure in the Sacred Valley.

    After visiting the Salinas de Maras you can take advantage of knowing the famous town of Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley.


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