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Maras: The salt mines in Cusco City

08 July 2013

Maras known by some as “salt mines” are constituted by about 3000 small wells , built on the side of the slope of the mountain “Qaqawiñay”,during the dry season fill or “water” every 3 days with salt water that comes from a natural spring located on top of the wells for the water evaporates, the salt contained in it gradually solidifies.This process will continue for about a month until a considerable volume of solid salt, about 10 cms. height from the ground, which is then beaten and well granulated, the salt is then bagged in plastic bags and shipped to markets in the region today that iodized salt is being so consumption is not harmful. this is  reason  that Maras is  an wonderful  atractive  for  a lot  of  tourist  as national and foreigners.

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