Another day at the salt mines

Where to next?

I love salt. I know I shouldn’t because I have marginally high blood pressure, but I love salt anyway. Always have.

So it was a great bonus to visit Salineras de Maras—the salt evaporations ponds of Peru. This was our last stop on our first day of touring the country’s Sacred Valley, and came after visits to Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Moray.

Our guide, Herbert, explained that the Salineras runs as a cooperative. People from the nearby town of Maras share the effort of looking after operations. Families do three-month stints maintaining the overall health of the ponds (gosh I really want to call them salts mines, which seems to roll off the tongue, but they are above ground and do not constitute drudgery jobs).

Workers come six days a week (Sundays off) and have fairly normal working hours. During their stint at the mines…er ponds…they can take a…

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