Maras Salt Mines
I've never encountered salt up close until this South American trip. Visiting Maras / Salineras, a terraced Pre-Inca Salt mine is a huge contrast to the flat 10,000 square kilometer salt desert of Salar del Uyuni in Bolivia. It was part of our taxi stop from Cuzco. Salineras is one of the cultural sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas located 7 miles from Moray. It is made up of 3000 salt ponds, each with an average area of 5 square meters connected to a naturally flowing salty hot spring from the mountains.
Salt everywhere. Hike along the edges of the salt pond and catch a glimpse of the above view. It's fascinating how this salt mine has been operational for thousands of years.
There are bike tours that offer exploration of the Sacred Valley including hiking tours. If you have limited time, like us, you can visit the cultural sites within a day by hiring a cab from Cuzco on your way to Ollantaytambo. It was very convenient for us before catching the last train to en route to Aguas Calientes, the lost small village at the foot of Machu Picchu .
Have an excellent week!
Love & light,