Visit of agriculture laboratory and the ancient salt flat of Salineras The Salt Flats Tour Half Day Description On this…
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Built next to a natural salty water spring at Maras you can find over 4000 ponds, the Maras Salt Mines. These pans are used for obtaining salt to provide to the locals of the Sacred Valley. The water gets guided by carefully monitored channels so that it gets properly divided. When the shallow basins are filled the channels are closed and all one needs to do is wait for the water to evaporate.
Originally the Maras salt mines could be used by any member of the community. The number of mines to be worked depending on the size of the family. Nowadays there are hundreds of families working some thousands of salt mines.
The Maras Salt Mines are nowadays still in use by families. You can witness them being worked by a cooperative system in the dry season. The system dates from the reign of the Incas in the Sacred Valley. Don´t let that keep you away from them during the raining season though, they still make up for a very impressive scenery you will not all too often see.