The Salt Flats of Salineras, Maras
Salineras is another stunning landscape of salt pans that are used today exactly as they were at the time of the Incas. As you make your way through the region, you’ll see people doing the back-breaking work on small, family operations. The reward? The salt gathered here is some of the best in the world. Naturally salt-infused water comes down from the mountains and settles in the pans. As the water evaporates, salt remains, to be extracted with simple tools. A store and many small-scale vendors sell the “fruit” of this labor in its pure form or mixed with herbs for use in cooking, bathing, or even in chocolate bars.
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