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Vallee Sagrado - Sacred Valley
Submitted by Tiffany on 21 July, 2013 - 18:13
The Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado) covers a huge area with a lot of great riding possibilities, it's been a while since my last visit, but I can always find some good off-roading, this time though, I've got to ensure my group can handle it.
While they're not around I do a bit of scouting, using my usual system of camera on self-time mode, propped up on my helmet which is perched on a rock
Checking out the gravel roads
In the distance I see something that looks like lots of guano on the mountainside
Naturally I go closer to check it out
it turns out to be a load of salt pans on the steep-sided mountain, apparently they've been collecting salt in this way for centuries since pre-Inca times
A mineral-laden spring comes out of the mountain and the locals have directed the flow over a series of terraced salt pans, as each pan dries out the salt residue is left and they scrape it up.
I now decide to get really close