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I am salt collected from a salt pool in Salinas, Peru. While in Peru, we visited Salinas, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here, they have been mining salt the same way for hundreds of years, since the Inca Empire. Water comes from a nearby mountain where there is a lot of salt in the ground. The water is collected in hundreds of small pools. It evaporates leaving salt that is collected by hand. Typically, each pool is owned by a different family and passed down over generations.