Maras Things to Do
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 after one months when water evaporated ,salt collected. There is small souvenirs shop where is some figures made from salt and nature salt crystals. And you may enjoy very stunning views of surrounding mountains.
About 7 km from Maras is Morey one archeological site of this area,here is any deep hole in the earth that apparently was result of meteorite fall there, and Incas used it for constructing farming terraces with different micro climates the difference of temperatures on top terrace and lowest one may reach 15 degrees Celsius.Related to:
- National/State Park
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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 connect to alpha centauri.
no water on sales, bring your ownRelated to:
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.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Horse Riding
the one in the middle: talk with truck drivers
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.Related to:
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from the salines,a spectacular view!
Favorite thing: 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!
Fondest memory: enjoying the wonderful view on the cordillera overlooking the sacred valley of the incas!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
odd and interesting system of inca...
Favorite thing: ...arranged in a concentric way,as in a amphitheatre,at bottom of a small 150m depth natural depression.
Fondest memory: the surprise of finding these salt works in a so unexpected site.... and nowadays always in activity!Related to:
- Historical Travel
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