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Quebrada Jarpa Huaylla

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  • Day41

    Salineras of Maras

    November 9, 2017 in Peru

    The salt is formed by evaporation of the spring water that flows out of the hill nearby. The water temperature is about 21-22 degrees C. This heating is due to the volcanic activity below the earth. Due to the heated water, salt from prehistoric salt tubes below the earth melts and runs with the water out to this place.
    The Incas created a system of about 3000 terraced pools to store the water and let it evaporate with the heat of the sun during the dry season. The salt fields are worked with exactly the same technique as the Incas were using. In fact, it is the descendents of the workers that used to work during the Inca times that still work here.Read more

  • Day18

    Vi sluttede vores besøg i Cusco med en speed-rundvisning af Sacred Valley i skønt vejr. Her fik vi set lidt flere ruiner og et biologisk forsøgscenter (Moray) hvor Inkaerne angiveligt har forsøgt at vænne forskellige planter til at vokse i nye højder. Derefter gik turen til Salinas de Maras, et stort område til saltudvinding fra en underjordisk kilde.
    Turen sluttede med et besøg i Pisac, hvor endnu en imponerende inka-bebyggelse findes. Vi sagde farvel til vores hyggelige lille hostel og udsigten fra terrassen, nu går turen mod junglen!Read more

  • Day28

    Wow! Ok, I loved Cancha Cancha (camp #2). Here we met with a local woman in her home. She is 70 and lives with her husband in a 1 room house typical of the high Andes. They have 1 light which was installed a year earlier. They pay 12 soles/$4 month for limited use. Guinea Pigs (cuy) run free in the house and are saved for Christmas and birthday meals 😳 In the photo you can see the kitchen (kittens warming by the ashes and a cuy with his glowing eyes literally hiding in the stove) and one bed as well as the only small table. As pictured, this woman makes cloth from Llama and Alpaca to sell. Later, Araceli and I brought a piece of cake to the house to say thank you, in at least a small way, for letting us into her home. She also gets a small amount of money for allowing our tents in her pasture.

    This community is a 2 to 4 hour hike (downhill) to the nearest town. For us, it took 4 hours. Along the way out of the mountains we passed several more children all looking after their animals. We handed out colored pencils as small gifts whenever we could. The hike back up the mountain would have easily taken me a whole day, it's a very steep trail and a very remote community.

    Once out of the mountains we had our last lunch with the porters, horsemen, and chef. Although we certainly paid for the privilege, I think all 3 of us guests battled with some guilt about the disparity between our accommodation and experience compared to that of our porters and even our guide Lucio. We did tip the team well and were careful to choose (to the best of our ability) an ethical company but the fact remains that at 1 point a porter was carrying the toilet- no bueno. The porters also wore sandals (not boots) and were only given sleeping bags (no blankets or pads). Also, the porters had simple meals and then were given whatever we couldn't finish. One upside, since we were just the 3 amigos+ Lucio, we had TONS of leftover food so the boys actually ate rather handsomely. Alex easily cooked 4 courses+ for a party of 6 or 7. Perhaps my view is a little skewed and the team only views these differences as customer vs employee? Our team was humble and shy but hopefully, we were able to communicate our gratitude for providing such a comfortable and enjoyable experience in a demanding environment. They did deliver an A+ service, truly :)

    After saying farewell to the camping staff, Lucio took us by bus to the salt mines of Maras. Yummy!!! These mines were active in Pre-Inca times and are still operating using the same evaporation method. No machinery required to harvest salt from the 3000 pools. The spring fed pools are not as salty as the ocean but still pretty darn good. I bought some salt for the kitchen at home!
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  • Day147

    Salineras de Maras

    April 4 in Peru

    On our next stop we have come across another way of extracting salt in South America.
    This time is through evaporation and the scale of those mines are huge. Around 3 000 pools are spread across hillside with a saline water filling them up. The whole process takes about 30-40 days and can be done only throughout the dry season.
    The site did look impressive and we even tasted the stream of salty water.
    As our tour guide is very strict with timing, making sure we arrive to the last site on time, we had a quick walk around for picture taking before we headed for well deserved lunch in Urubamba.
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