MARAS | Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, famous for its salt evaporation ponds, Salineras de Maras, which have been operating since Inca times. They are a fascinating sight to behold, and well worth visiting when touring the Sacred Valley.
Located in between mountains high in the sky, Salineras de Maras operates in essentially the same way that it always has. Salty water from a local subterranean stream emerges at a spring, which is directed into channels that flow into hundreds of small ponds dug into the mountain. When a pond is full the channel to that pond is closed and after a few days the water evaporates, and pure salt is left behind. Workers, who are all members of the local community, scrape the dry salt from the sides and bottom and reopen the water channel.
It’s a fascinating process to watch, and the varying colours and stages of evaporation in each pond make for a spectacular view. The colour of the salt varies from white to a light reddish or brownish tan, and you can purchase it to take home from several gift shops at the site.
Salineras de Maras
Avenue Garcilaso 160
Telephone: +51 84 205034
Mon – Sun: 6:00am to 6:00pm