Where in the world am I? (#25)

It’s time for another “Where in the world am I?” photo challenge! Like in weeks past, I’ll give no clues up front, but will periodically tweet and post clues on my  Facebook and Google+ pages to help you out. So, if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, click here.

Here are the rules:

  • Leave your guess here on my blog only (not on Facebook or Twitter) by Friday, July 6th at noon (PDT).
  • I’ll be giving out hints via Twitter & Facebook throughout the week.
  • One guess per hint (i.e.: with each hint, you can leave a new guess.)
  • One winner will randomly be selected from those who answer correctly and will be featured on my Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and Google+ Page with his/her name, blog (if applicable), Twitter and Facebook page, as well as a brief bio.
  • Anyone can participate!

Here are the clues I’ve given so far:

Clue #1: This place has been active use for over 500 years.Clue #2: The blue dot near the center of the photo is a man in a blue jacket.Clue #3: The white in the photo is crystalized salt.

The answer and winner of this week’s challenge:

I apologize for the delay in announcing the winner—it was much harder to update my blog while traveling in Peru than I expected. This photo was taken last week at the Maras salt flats, located in Peru’s Sacred Valley about twenty-five miles outside of Cuzco. Congratulations are due to Mary at The World Is A Book for knowing the answer!

Since pre-Inca times—more than five hundred years ago—salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating the highly concentrated saline water that emerges from a subterranean spring. The water is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels and gradually flows into hundreds of terraced ponds. As the water evaporates, dry salt remains and is harvested by the locals. They farm the salt for their own personal use as well as to export it around the world. I bought a small bag as a souvenir of my visit.

This week’s winner lives by the same words as me, first spoken by St. Augustine: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Mary was born in the Philippines, grew up in Guam, and currently lives in San Diego, California. Together with her husband and two kids, she’s traveled to four continents and 30+ countries!  Be sure to check out Mary’s blog at theworldisabook.com, become a fan of her Facebook and Google+ Pages and follow her on Twitter too!

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