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Salt terraces of Maras

S 1318.245', W 729.255'
2015-05-10
Our rating: 6.40
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Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. Salinas de Maras was the largest supplier of salt in all of South America. Now salt extraction continues for local markets, although the place has become quite a touristik.

Technology has not changed for hundreds of years and that is why this place is so interesting. Water flows out of the mountain to the specially created channels.

Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak

Along the slopes were created the baths, which belong to local residents. By opening and closing the special valves, they fill the bath with water when needed. All baths are numbered.

Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak


Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak


Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak


Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak

Within a month, the water gradually evaporates and the salt remains.

Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak

Different color of the surface shows a different time.

Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak

Then salt is collected in bags. That's the business.

Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak


Salt pans of Maras
Salt pans of Maras Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: Use taxi or your own car. If you travel by buses, then take bus Cusco - Urubamba and get out in Chinchero. See the local sights and then find a taxi to Salinas de Maras. You can also combine this trip with the visit to Moray ($20-25).
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