God is a great magician and she has a magic stick, by which she operates our planet. just imagine! the geographical structure of our planet, It is a combination of water and land and obviously many awesome and miracle inventions of God.
There are some places on this magical planet that leave your jaw on the ground, whilst you drag it along like an old car dragging a broken bumper. Yes, today I am going to talk about “The Maras Salt Ponds”, located in the ancient Inca Sacred Valley. The salt pond is one of such a magical place.
Me and my team last one year, we have traveled to many countries like the salt ponds managed to blow the seasoned travelers away, we did not expect to see such a unique landscape will appear in front of us “The Maras Salt Mines”
The Maras Salt Mines, really more flats than mines, are a dramatic patchwork of pools varying in sizes, elevations, and striking in their unintended designs with shades of brown to blue to creamy white. There are around 3,000 of these shallow pools fed by mineral-rich springs. These springs come up from the mountain to pass over interior salt cavities that then exit the mountains’ cavities to ultimately flow through trenches designed to fill the pools. Each pool is roughly two inches deep changing color as an intricate system of spring-fed waters continues to wash over the pools. The pools start out brown in color and lighten as water continues to flow, changing the color as it fills. When the pool is filled, the keeper of the pool lets the hot Andes sun evaporate the waters, then the salt is harvested with paddles, sieves, and shovels. Backbreaking work for sure.
After climbing down the steep steps to get close enough to dip our fingers into the warm water to taste the salt, some of the travelers and their family, presumably collecting salt by hand.
Today at the place of salt lake As hundreds of years ago was about 5 square meter large salterns are filled with the mineral-rich waters of a warm hypersaline underground spring streaming out of the mountain and then left.
Once the water is evaporated, the beautiful naturally pearl pink salt is hand-harvested in the dry season from May through November and sold at markets in the region. Thanks to the world-wide recognition of Peru’s natural resources and gastronomy, Maras salt today is also a sought-after product especially by chefs and gourmets around the globe and therefore exported.
Access to the Maras salt ponds is by no means easy by every traveler, Only those travelers adventurous enough to climb deep into the branching crevasses of the Urubamba valley will be rewarded with the jaw-dropping view on the glittering pool. Perhaps that is one of the reasons the Salineras are still in use after all this time – no perfunctory tourist venue arrived to disturb the tranquil beauty.
It is said by the geologist much of central Peru was covered by ocean millions of years ago. When the Andes mountains arose, some seawater was trapped inland and by evaporation formed salt deposits embedded in the rocks of the pushed-up sea bed. These now enrich the spring water that feds the Maras salt evaporation ponds not only with sodium chloride (salt), but also with numerous natural minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and copper.
So the pink Maras salt is not only beautiful to look at, but also provides natural sea salt and various for our body important minerals while adding a trace of light sweetness and Peruvian earthiness to any dish.