The Pichingoto Community
Salineras Ranch is close to the salt mines, or the famous “salt pools” of Maras, located both in the same rural community of Pichingoto alongside the Vilcanota River.
Pichingoto, a small, pre-Inka village, is home to a community so ancient that their origins are obscured in legend and myth, and the place where the salty spring streaming from the heart of the mountain was first discovered.
The village itself is surrounded by vast expanses of fertile farmland and a marvelous view of the local Quechuan architecture built into the rock face with the original intent to guard the mountains. It was here that the people of Pichingoto crafted the first pans to process the salt using ancestral techniques, which are still used in agricultural, irrigation, and by the local families who reside here.
Maras and the Terraces of Moray
Marvel as you make your way through the quaint and colonial town of Maras, where the views of the Vilcanota Mountains are serene and unspoiled. This ancient Andean community is characterized by its picturesque fields that boast beautiful scenes of multi-colored crops, as well as the famous church of San Francisco de Maras.
While in Moray, you can expect to behold impressive architecture and several varieties of native crops that are still being cultivated by members of the local community.The infamous Inca agricultural research and development center of Moray is renowned for its concave coliseum, encircling four terraces that appear to dissolve into the land like an artfully crafted crater. Filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, what was originally designed and used to conduct experiments with crops at various altitudes, is now a significant attraction in the Sacred Valley.