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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Salinas de Maras

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Private Maras Moray and Chinchero Tour from Cusco
Ranked #6 of 167 things to do in Cusco
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Well worth visiting if exploring the Cusco / Sacred Valley area. Usually combined with a visit to the Inca site of Moray, the salt pans of Maras make for a fascinating visit. Better in the drier months (May-November) as the salt is a much more stunningly white. A cheap day trip can be organised from any agency around the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. The high-quality salt is also sold in many supermarkets and food stores around Peru.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Colours are just a party! Maras is natural art and it's worth the visit! Besides the salt they produce is of the finest quality.

Visited October 2013
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Joao Pessoa, PB
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“A must see!”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Amazing place. Definitively a must see when in cusco! The view of the salt pools is incredible.
We had a day trip that included Moray anda Maras, and Maras was my favorite! everything is so interesting and so diferent from the rest of the world. If you are travelling for culture, Peru is the right place for you, and so is Maras!
You can buy the salt in the market next to the pools, and also salty chocolate. It is worth a try!

Visited August 2013
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Incline Village, Nevada
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“There's a lot of salt here.”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

The salt pans of Maras are not to be missed. First, it's a long drive from the Sacred Valley to get there. Then, it’s a considerable hike to get down to the salt pans. But there are hundreds of salt pools where they produce a delicious salt. And the salty water comes from a natural spring somewhere inside the mountain; and it is warm. A very unusual natural wonder. Simply collecting the salt into bags and hauling them up the hill is a task for the people running this. After taking all of this in, it’s the hike back up that will get your attention as it is somewhere around 12,000 feet

Visited October 2013
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St Albans
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“One of the highlights of my Sacred Valley tour”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

A quite extraordinary place - it's a bit like being on the set of a sci-fi film. The scale is amazing, the basic concept so simple, and seeing the different pools at different stages was really informative.
If you want to go deep into it the paths get very narrow and a bit slippery - at one point I had to perch on a small rock while an entire coach-load of Japanese tourists filed slowly past along the narrow path - but if you're nervous about this you can still get a good impression from the higher ground where the paths are much wider and less slippery

Visited October 2013
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