Uriel Montúfar – PERU
The Salineras de Maras, or “Kachi Raqa” in Quechua, are salt mines in the region of Cuzco that have been in operation since the time of “Tahuantinsuyo” (the Inca Empire). Each parcel belongs to a family and is passed down from generation to generation, but the mines are operated communally. The salt trade is the primary source of income for the community of Maras. The mines are divided into 3,000 5m2 pits and form terraces or platforms on Qaqawiñay Mountain.