Iconic hilltop ruins of a large 15th-century Inca city featuring numerous structures & terraces.
Maras District, Salineras, Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Salineras is a cultural site in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. . Salt has been harvested from the briny waters of the Salineras spring for thousands of years. There are thousands of salt pans nestled in a canyon, which are used to evaporate water to extract the salt. The salty water is directed to the ponds by an intricate network of channels. Once the pond is filled, the flow of water is cut and it is allowed to dry. Salt precipitates in crystals, and when dry it can be harvested. The salt pan is run on a cooperative system.