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It is a humble town and, nevertheless, proud to offer the world an invaluable treasure, the famous salt of Maras.
Visiting the salt mines is impressive: there are hundreds of very white “pools” on which you can walk. And in its surroundings, all imaginable products made with this precious salt, even chocolates!
Maras is also home to the Moray Archaeological Complex, where circular terraces or «muyus» sink into the earth creating different microclimates, in what appears to have been an Inca center of experimentation for agriculture.
The village of Maras it`s our first stop. Maras was of great importance during the viceroyalty, declared as Villa declared as the town of San Francisco de Asis (it was the principal source of salt in the southern mountains), it’s showed by the church and the houses that still have the emblem of the noble indigenous on their facades.
The salt mines of Maras, which is our second stop, belongs to the village of Maras. The salt mines of Maras surprises the visitor by its more than four thousand ponds that are being worked by more than 380 families that have inherited the custom of extracting the salt; the marketing of the salt is made by the association Maras Sal that looks out for the interests of the village since the late 80ies.
Our last stop are the circular terraces of Moray who are a sample of how the Andean man challenged nature and took advantage of its geographic status, these terraces were used as an agricultural laboratory that let the villagers have a great variety of potatoes and maize among other produce.
Tour Maras Moray and Salt Mines
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