The Salt of the Earth – Inca Style

This may be the first–and last–time you see the terms “luxury travel” and “salt mines” in the same sentence.

But when German luxury travel blogger, Norman, visited Peru’s Urubamba valley, he became fascinated with the Salineras de Maras, or Maras salt mines. It’s easy to understand why.

The Maras salt mines consist of 6,000 mines—or small ponds, more accurately—built into the side of a mountain, and have yielded salt since the days of the Incas. They are still functioning today, with each salt pond belonging to a single family, who tends it and harvests its salty bounty.

In this post on his blog, Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), Norman goes into great detail on his visit to the Maras salt mines. He covers the history of the mines, and the technical details of how they function today. His post is also chock full of photographs, which bring the mines to life, as well as detailed advice on how best to go about making the trip to the mines, which are located 25 miles outside Cusco, yourself. Read Norman’s post here.

If, like Norman, you’re intrigued by the Maras salt mines, check out this trip, and start planning your visit.