Maras Salt Pools

By Paige, Nicaragua, October 2012

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The Incas were the masters of the terrace, carving their steep Andean territory into enormous staircases, where layers of crops could be grown. In the mountains above the Sacred Valley, some 25 miles (40 km) from Cusco, on the road to Ollantaytambo, lies a very different use for this most innovative technology.

Just northwest of the old Inca city of Moray lie the Maras Salt Pans, a slender crevasse through the pale pink Qaqawinay mountain packed with some 3,000 shallow pools. An artesian spring, as salty as the ocean, is deliberately poured through the individually owned pools as it has been for untold centuries.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Peru Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Peru.

Photo courtesy of 3rdparty! via Flickr.

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