Maras

Our next stop in Peru was Maras, home of some ancient salt evaporation ponds.  According to Wikipedia, “Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds.”  It was very interesting to see.

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Here’s a close-up look at the ponds.

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As you make your way alongside them, you’re actually walking on some of the salt at times.

There are several shops and venders nearby that sell crafts and salted snacks, such as toasted corn or potato chips.  They were delicious!

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I couldn’t help but buy some of these shoes.

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We also bought some salt to take home — some of it was pink, others were white but with added herbs.  What great souvenirs to take home from this place.  We continued our journey across the beautiful countryside.

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In one of the villages Jorge pointed out an ancient doorway with carvings on it.

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The local people were always wonderful to see along the way, and didn’t mind having their portraits taken when asked.

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These cute boys were watching sheep on the hillside.

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We came to a small village that had a typical statue in the middle of its square, portraying some of the local sites.

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In the above photo, the circle at the bottom left portrays something that will be featured in my next post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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