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Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco

Written by Wayki Trek, 31/05/2022 6:05 pm

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The Sacred Valley is a territory full of incredible landscapes and unique archaeological sites. One of the most visited are the famous Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco. This attraction is made up of thousands of small pools full of salt on the side of the mountain.
Salineras de Maras has gained popularity thanks to the landscape it offers and the quality of its salt. In the world of cuisine, the town of Maras is well known for the production of salt. The package of this product can be sold abroad at high prices and is highly valued for gourmet food.

What are the Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco?

Las Salineras de Maras is made up of more than 3,000 natural salt wells near the town of Maras. Each of the wells have a dimension of 5 square meters. The 3,000 pools are fed by an underground hypersaline spring that originated 110 million years ago during the formation of the Andes Mountains.

Currently, these natural salt pools attract hundreds of tourists. The view that you get from this landscape is beautiful.
The people of Maras market this salt, just as the Incas did hundreds of years ago.

Where are the Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco located?

The 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 into the side of the Qaqawiñay mountain, 11,080 feet (3,380 meters) from the sea.

How to get to the Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco?

The salt mines of Maras are 10 kilometers away from the town of Maras.
From the city of Cusco to the Salineras de Maras there are approximately 50 kilometers of distance.
The Salineras de Maras are 26 kilometers away by car from the town of Chinchero. The Salineras de Maras are 16 kilometers away by car from the town of Urubamba.

What to do in the Salt Mines of Maras in Cusco?

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

Another cool thing about the Salineras 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 archaeological complex of Moray, 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.

How to visit the Salineras de Maras?

You can enter the Salineras 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 at 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 archaeological site of Moray.

What to take to the Salineras de Maras?

During your visit to the Salineras de Maras do not forget to bring the following:

  • Rain cover (to prevent in case of rain).
  • Hat or cap.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sportswear.
  • Anti-slip shoes.
  • Photographic camera.
  • Documents.
  • Snacks.
  • Cash.

What is the best time to visit it?

The maras salt mines work all year round, and in the same way they are open to the public all year round, the only thing you should take into account is the general seasonality of the Cusco region, which is in the rainy season between the months from November to April and in the dry and cold period between the period from May to October.

 

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