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The breathtaking pre-Inca salt mines of Maras are located on a wide-open hill, above the Urubamba Valley. When the Andes rose out of the sea millions of years ago, some of the sea water was believed to have been trapped inland and the salt contained within it eroded into the rocks. A mineral-rich spring now feeds these terraced ponds and you often get a chance to see locals collecting the salt from their family's section - wading almost knee deep in the water. From Maras it is possible to walk for approximately an hour down to the Urubamba River, stopping to admire the beautiful views of the valley.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in the Sacred Valley
What to do in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Pisac ruins & market

The spectacular hilltop ruins of Pisac guard the north-eastern entrance to the valley and afford wonderful views.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a large Inca archaeological site, that was once one of the most important centres of the region.

Moray terraces

Moray is a well-known Inca site where we can see the innovative round terraces.