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The salt mines of Maras, are around 14km from the town of Maras. If you travel out of tourist season the only way to get there is with a taxi, but it’s worthy and anyway cheap, you can get a taxi for around $10 that will drive you to Moray, and the salt mines and will wait for you. You have to keep in mind that you have to pay and extra 5 soles per person to get into the salt mines.

Other places that you can visit from the Salt Mines are:


Sacred Valley


A salt mine is an operation involved in the extraction of salt from rock salt or halite, a type of evaporitic deposit. Areas known for their salt mines include Khewra in Pakistan, Tuzla in Bosnia, Wieliczka and Bochnia in Poland, Hallstatt and Salzkammergut in Austria, Rheinberg in Germany, Slănic in Romania, Provadiya in Bulgaria, Avery Island in Louisiana, United States, the wich towns of Cheshire and Worcestershire in England, and the Detroit Salt Company's 1,500-acre (10 km2) subterranean complex 1,100 feet (340 m) beneath the city of Detroit. The Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich, Ontario, Canada is one of the largest salt mines in the world. It measures 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide and 2 miles (3.2 km) long.

Prior to the advent of the internal combustion engine and earth moving equipment, mining salt was one of the most expensive and dangerous of operations. While salt is now plentiful, before the Industrial Revolution salt was difficult to come by, and salt mining was often done by slave or prison labor. In ancient Rome, salt on the table was a mark of a rich patron (and those who sat nearer the host were above the salt, and those less favored were "below the salt"). Roman prisoners were given the task of salt mining, and life expectancy among those so sentenced was low. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder stated as an aside in his Natural History's discussion of sea water, that "[I]n Rome. . .the soldier's pay was originally salt and the word salary derives from it. . ." Plinius Naturalis Historia XXXI.

Modern rock salt mine near Mount Morris, New YorkEven as recently as the 20th century, salt mining in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany was performed by persons being punished.

Today most salt mines are operated by large multi-national companies like Cargill and Compass Minerals.

September 2009


lindsey & lewis said...

you were in peru, where are the smilies?!! looks like fun, peru is on the list:)

Travel said...

Hi Lindsey, good to hearing form you. Yeap, we were in Peru around September but I have been very busy at work, so I didn't have time to upload anything until now.

Peru it's great, so I totally recomend you to visit it.

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