Standing over the salt ponds of Pichincoto, landscape photographer Markus Renner captures a breathtaking portion of the Peru’s magnificent Inca Trail. The 26-mile long trail originates in Cusco and ends in Machu Picchu, a journey that takes approximately four days to walk. Throughout their journey, hikers traverse valleys and peaks, jungles and forests, looking out over ancient ruins of the Inca civilization.
The salt mines of Pichincoto, located near the start of the trail, are still in use by local salt workers. As streams run through the landscape, salt water pools into the terraced mountainside, leaving high quality pink salt to be harvested once the water has evaporated.
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