From Saturday, June 15, 2019, on, it will be prohibited to enter the salt mines of Maras (Cusco) for all domestic and foreign tourists. The salt mines of Maras are situated in the province of Urubamba, in Cusco, at an hour and a half by bus from Cusco. The beautiful site is part of the tourist circuit for visitors of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and has become increasingly popular during the last five years.
The Company MaraSal S.A. however, recently reported that there have been too many reports of contaminants such as paper, plastic and cigarettes at the Salt Mines. Therefore, they informed to all institutions and tour operators in Cusco that offer trips to the site, that the restriction measure is for healthiness reasons because this natural and medicinal product is consumed in Peru and all over the world.
Tours will continue to visit the salt mines, but up till now, tourists had permission to enter the salt crystallisation pools. From Saturday, June 15, the tours to the salt mines will end at a general viewpoint, and it will no longer be possible to enter them.
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