7 Days in Peru Day 3: Maras Salt Ponds

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Trip to Peru Day 3
Location: The Sacred Valley, Maras Y Moray- Maras Salt Ponds  

Cost: Admission is 10 soles, or about $2.80 per person. 
We also mountain biked in on an excursion through KBPeru for $74 per person to start in Moray and take mountain trails through the Andes down to Maras. A little pricey, but check out the first picture- worth it!
Time: Plan 3-5 Hours for the bike trek and touring both Maras and Moray 
Tips: KBPeru guides speak English really well, and they’ll help you book any part of your trip and answer any questions. Our guide took us through several salt ponds, told us the history, and then drove us back to our hotel from there. We’d highly recommend the bike trek and tour! 
I had been telling Jacob daily how I felt like I was on location for a National Geographic photo shoot from our first day in Peru. When we stopped our bikes to overlook the amazing salt ponds of Maras my jaw literally dropped. I have never seen a place like this! 
Maras y Moray
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Biking Tour Maras Peru

The salt occurs naturally in the ground, and a river runs through this area, meeting up with the land and creating the perfect place to mine salt.

Maras Salt Ponds Peru

These pools are created and they are each owned by an individual family who farms and sells the salt from that pool. Whenever a new family member is born, an additional pool is added and given to that family member. There are literally thousands of pools in this valley, with room to add more!

Maras y Moray Salt Ponds Peru

The Sacred Valley: Maras Salt Ponds

Peru: Maras Salt Ponds

We looked at pools at all phases, some were ready to mine! We even got to taste the freshest salt you can image.

Salt Ponds in The Sacred Valley Peru

Peruvian Salt Mines

Salt Mines: Maras Y Moray Peru

But this view, my word this view!

The Sacred Valley, Peru

Such a beautiful place I will never forget!

Things to see in The Sacred Valley, Peru

Salt Ponds Tour- Peru

Peruvian natural salt

Maras Sacred Valley Salt Pond

Maras Y Moray: Sacred Valley Peru

Sandwiched between some of the Andes, this is a must-see location that’s pretty easy to get to navigate around. We couldn’t believe the views on either side of the valley!

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34 Comments

  1. That's just pure salt? How incredible, had no idea it bunched up like that. You're right – looks completely like National Geographic – your mind must've been completely blown by those views. So amazing.

  2. Lindsay Living Vegan says:

    Wow how amazing is that?? I need to travel!

  3. Laurie Barrie says:

    What a fascinating journey! The salt mines are truly beautiful in their own way. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Laurel Wadsworth says:

    This looks beautiful. So much fun!

  5. Angelic Sinova says:

    Peru seems AMAZING! I love your photos <3

  6. Brendy Beauty says:

    Gorgeous! Glad you guys are keeping busy! 😉

  7. Fiona Naughton says:

    Wow! What a fantastic landscape, so amazing! 🙂

  8. This looks mesmerising! What a beautiful place! I never knew they had these all the way up in the mountains!

    Katie <3

  9. Amby Felix says:

    That is AWESOME!!!!!!! I love your Peru photos!

  10. Kayli Schattner says:

    Wow! What a cool experience– I want to get to Peru!

  11. How crazy is that?! It looks like snow! That's such an awesome adventure you went on!

  12. Melissa Haag says:

    Wow, amazing pictures!

  13. Kendall Rayburn says:

    Holy cow! That is just gorgeous!! What an amazing experience!

  14. Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking says:

    This looks so cool. I'd love to visit one day. I've only been to the salt flats in Utah.

  15. Just salt a river- isn't it amazing? My mind was so blown!

  16. It's always a life-changing thing to travel 🙂

  17. They were were so amazing!

  18. It did look like snow! It was pretty crazy- walking on it felt like slush too!

  19. Those are pretty amazing too! Nature, you kill it!

  20. Rebekah Clarke says:

    That is so cool!! Peru is on my 'to travel one day' list and if I ever make it I definitely want to see this!

  21. Wow that is amazing! I'm sure the pictures didn't do the sights you guys saw any justice, but it looked completely amazing!

  22. Michelle Chouinard says:

    Wow! Amazing, beautiful, awesome. How cool that you got to see it in person!

  23. Wow, how cool! You took such great pictures. I'm amazed at how relatively inexpensive this was – it was definitely worth every penny! 🙂

  24. Alicia Brown says:

    Wow! That looks like quite a sight! Thank you for sharing your adventures! It's fun following along.

  25. Ayana Pitterson says:

    Freaking amazing view! Wow, I had no idea about this. Absolutely breathtaking.

    Thrifting Diva

  26. I am sooo glad that you are sharing this trip with us! WHO knew this was all in peru! that view is pretty gorgeous indeed! I also love your nail polish color and how adventurous you guys are!!!

  27. That is so cool! I love that every new person gets their own pool. And I love the pictures you got!

  28. Ecuador InMyEyes says:

    Wonderful pictures! And what an amazing place! Definitely worth a visit!

  29. Christen P says:

    You guys seem to have the best life. I love looking at all of your posts.

  30. Katie Limberg says:

    Wow beautiful pictures! I love that you guys made that pact and go on a date every Friday 🙂

  31. Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen says:

    Oh my gosh! This looks amazing! I was about to ask what the salt tasted like but I'm going to guess salty *blonde moment*

  32. freelyfatima.com says:

    Wow that is amazing!! Love that you got a chance to experience something that you'll never forget!

  33. Oh my goodness that looks like such a fun trip

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