Maras, Peru: Salt Pond Collectives

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Seriously  one of the surprisingly coolest things we saw in South America – A collective of salt ponds, owned (as the name would suggest) collectively, and farmed by individuals.

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As visitors, we were allowed to walk on the ledges between  and around the ponds and flowing, salty streams.

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And sample the delicious natural salt crusting off of the edges and forming in the ponds.

Farmers come to their ponds to bag up salt to sell, and sometimes,  just hang out and talk.

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These boys were hard at work scraping and bagging salt.  They let me take their picture, but they did not stop working!img_9127

The ponds extend all the way across the  side of the mountain.

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And right to the edge.

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Like I said – very cool, and tasty!

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