Salt mines of Salinas

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the stream is warm!

We drove some more windy roads and saw locals out with their animals or tending their crops.  In the rain.  The salt mines of Salinas (or Salineras?) were not covered by the Cusco ticket but was only S/5.  Our driver stopped at the top so we could get a nice overview.  It was amazing.  A warm spring comes out of the mountain and flows through little pools created on the hillside.  Salt deposits on the edges of the pools when the water evaporates.  There is the main overview from the hilltop drive and then a smaller look out point near the parking area.  You can walk along a narrow ledge a ways into the salt mines, but there really isn't much for hiking here.  You can see where the spring comes out of the hillside, but you can't get down to it, however you can walk right along the stream as if flows through the mines.

salty pools

It was still raining but we walked along the little channel partway into the mines.  It was very cool.  We passed a couple of people and had to step off onto the narrow ledges between pools to pass.  We got wet and muddy but that was part of the fun.  I picked up a piece of salt and it just disintegrated in my hand.  I guess that's why no one is mining the salt on a rainy day ;)  The water from the spring really was warm, too.  I bought a chunk of salt for S/2 (less than $1US) but it didn’t look like it even came from there.  The salt mines were really cool but it was near meal time so we left.

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the stream is warm!
the stream is warm!
salty pools
salty pools
Salt mines from parking area
Salt mines from parking area
salt mines and spring fed stream o…
salt mines and spring fed stream …
salt mines from the middle somewhe…
salt mines from the middle somewh…
salt
salt
Salinas salt mines
Salinas salt mines
passing on the narrow path
passing on the narrow path
Sara and Amanda and a worker
Sara and Amanda and a worker
salty hot spring
salty hot spring
fields on way to Moray
fields on way to Moray
plowing the fields
plowing the fields
tending the cattle
tending the cattle
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