South America 2019-202x

unknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650

Salinas de Guaranda

June 23, 2019  —  Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador

Salinas is a superb village very popular with travellers and locals alike. In addition to being picturesque, Salinas could be described as a small gastronomic village. Some local businesses produce cheese, salamis, and even chocolate; believe me, everything is delicious.

Salinas is located on the Trans-Ecuadorian Trail that most cyclists follow to cross the country from north to south, or vice versa. There, I met many cyclists.

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Sara and Scott, two Australian cyclists.

It's a small world you say... all so true!

Catherine, a cyclist friend from Quebec, mentioned to Sara and Scott that I was in Ecuador with a motorbike. Thus, when we started talking, they asked me where I was from and I also told them I was travelling with a motorbike. Then right away, to my great surprise, the next question from Sara was to ask me if I was Jocelyn. Wow! She talked to me about Catherine, and I understood why she knew who I was.

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The mirador

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador

A small hike leads to a mirador with magnificent views on the village and the surroundings.

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
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The salt mine

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador

When Salinas was founded in 1884, the salt mine was the principal income for the village. It was a tough and seasonal endeavour since during the rainy season, the salt was too diluted.

On the adjacent photo, the mouth of the stream can be seen next to a statue of the Virgen. Nowadays, the mine produces very little salt since the source seems to have mostly dried up, and the village has also diversified its economy.

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Canals bring the water to several pools.
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Evaporation pools.
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
The salty water is collected in various pools built on this rock wall.
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
This old lady is collection salty water.
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
The old lady's llama used a donkey...
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
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The Trans-Ecuadorian trail before reaching Salinas

Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador
Salinas de Guaranda - Ecuador