Salt mines of Salineras

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Salt mines of Salineras Maras Reviews

alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
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try to go when it isn't raining Nov 21, 2008
The salt mines of Salineras, located a few miles from the ruins at Moray, were not covered by the Cusco ticket but worth the S/5 entrance fee. Our driver stopped at the top so we could get a nice overview. It was amazing. A warm, salty spring comes out of the mountain and flows through thousands of little pools created on the hillside.

There are approximately 5740 pools dug into the mountainside that each yield about 150 kg of salt per month! Salt deposits on the edges of the pools when the water evaporates. It was very cool and the white salt contrasted nicely with the dark hillside. You can walk out into the site on a narrow ledge between pools. Since it was raining, we got wet and muddy but that was part of the fun. The water really was warm, too.

There is a little visitor center that mostly sells souviners - clothes, rocks and minerals, snacks and salt. There is also a little shelter that overlooks the salt mines in case you don't feel like walking down there. Otherwise, the highlight is probably walking along the little channel out into the salt pools.
overview of salt mines
salt mines carved into hillside
close up of salt
salt along evaporation pools
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