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7 Days in Peru Day 3: Visiting the Maras Salt Ponds in Peru

Trip to Peru Day 3: Maras Salt Ponds in Peru

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! 

 

 

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!

Urubamba Peru

 

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34 Comments

  1. Christen P says:

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

  2. Ecuador InMyEyes says:

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

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

  4. 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!!!

  5. Ayana Pitterson says:

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

    Thrifting Diva

  6. Alicia Brown says:

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

  7. Wow, how cool! You took such great pictures. I'm amazed at how relatively inexpensive this was – it was definitely worth every penny! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Michelle Chouinard says:

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

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

  10. 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!

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

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

  13. They were were so amazing!

  14. It's always a life-changing thing to travel ๐Ÿ™‚

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