This is the terraced Inca salt fields of Salineras. The Salineras is a cultural site located in the Scared Valley. Salt has been harvested from the briny waters of the Salineras spring for thousand of years. The site has thousands of salt pans nestled in a canyon, which are used to evaporate water to extract the salt. The salty water is directed by an intricate network of channels. Once the pond is filled, the flow of water is cut and it is allowed to dry. Salt precipitates in crystals, and when dry it can be harvested. The salt pan runs on a cooperative system. It belongs to many families or individuals in the community. The system allows you to rent out your pond for others to harvest and vice versa. One of our tour mates wanted to buy a small package of salt to bring home. But our tour guide stopped her. He continued, " Salt is considered bad luck by the Andean people. You throw salt at someone you don't like when they come into your house. If you bring a package of salt with you, your will have a bad trip." True enough, my friend's water bottle was stolen and she stepped on human poo inside Machu Picchu.