Maras Travel Guide

  • Moray farming terraces
    Moray farming terraces
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  • Close view on salt pond
    Close view on salt pond
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  • Maras salt ponds
    Maras salt ponds
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Maras Things to Do

  • Salineras de Maras

    Salineras de Maras are some old salt mines which have been used since the Incas, and they are well worth a visit. It is quite a sight with the many white pools on the mountain side, and you are free to walk around and have a closer look at the salt production. The water from an underground saline spring is collected in small pools, and after the...

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  • Salinas de Maras

    It about 40 km north from Cusco in Sacred Vallye is small town of Maras and from there few kilometers till salt ponds,that was exploited still pre-incas time ,there are about 3000 ponds that get the salt water from creek begins from mountain top spring. These salt wells belonged to local community people. They fill the ponds wit salt water and...

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  • moray

    this strange, huge hole in the ground seems not to be an amphitheatre, a stadium or anything like that: each level has it's own microclimate so the incas used it to find out which area of the country was most suitable for each vegetable.for sure someone will turn up sooner or later pretending it was an UFO landing site or a huge microwave dish to...

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  • salinas

    great scenery for an interesting method to get salt. the salt collectors apply a small ticket to get in, even if you walk from urubamba to maras without entering the salinas area.it seems there's an agency in urubamba providing horses for the trip still for a few dollars. If I haven't had my motorbike horseback would have been my choice.

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  • maras itself

    maras itself is worth a little look, at least a stop.if you can, avoid just running through to moray spare a minute for maras.

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  • one more close shot!

    salines are a huge white mantle on the nawincocho sides.on this damned land where nothing blooms (exc.salt flowers!) and where there are no cattles,indians live from centuries with sun and salt burns.

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    by utttz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    definitely basic. I had a nice lomo saltado, a cusquena beer and a good chat with a couple of truck driver. we went on for a couple of hour jocking with incoming tourist looking for the salinas and moray. they're still not that used at that.

    Favorite Dish: lomo saltado is what I had and it was fine.

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  • from the salines,a spectacular view!

    men,women and children tread the salt underfoot and collect it with their hands.3000 open wells built in inca timesand always in activity nowadays! enjoying the wonderful view on the cordillera overlooking the sacred valley of the incas!

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  • odd and interesting system of inca...

    ...arranged in a concentric way,as in a amphitheatre,at bottom of a small 150m depth natural depression. the surprise of finding these salt works in a so unexpected site.... and nowadays always in activity!

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