I know you're wondering why I posted a picture of mud puddles. It's not as pretty as a sunset or a rainbow or a bunny in the woods. But these mud puddles are actually the "salineras de Maras", salt pools in the mines of Peru's Sacred Valley.
Between visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu, I literally hopped and scrambled around them, getting an up close and personal look at how they harvest this natural resource -- and it was a REALLY cool part of my trip (see link in profile to find out what else I did instead of hiking the Inca Trail).
Unfortunately, as of today, they're now closed to tourists. Apparently, the visitors brought garbage and pollution with them, directly impacting the salt quality and the livelihood of the locals who work here. Just a friendly reminder to be a conscious traveler and pick up after yourselves. I know, I know... with you guys I'm preaching to the choir. So just keep on being awesome and pass the message onto a friend so we can keep this world a beautiful place. - 4 hours ago