Maras Photo Gallery

 

Photos © Jorge Mazzotti

Salt Mines of Maras

Maras is a small community 40 kilometers from the city of Cuzco, on a turnoff from the road to the town of Urubamba, near to Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Its main attraction, apart from its church, that dates from the colonial period, are the salt mines located near the town which captivate sightseers and, in particular, photographers.

The town is well known for its salt evaporation ponds, located towards Urubamba from the town center, which have been in use since Inca times

Salt is extracted from mines which have been in use since pre-Columbian times. The extraction method employed involves using an ancient drying process, whereby salt-water, flowing from an underground stream, is left in the sun in thousands of wells until it has evaporated, leaving behind only the salt, which is then ready to be sold or exchanged for provisions.

During the summer months (April - October) the shimmering spectacle offered by the pools is incomparable.

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    Salt pans of Maras
    © J. Mazzotti

  • Maras

    Salt pans of Maras
    © J. Mazzotti