Isla Mujeres Experience

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Isla's Salt Mines

The ancient salt mines in Isla's interior were worked during the Post-Classic period of Mayan history (roughly AD 1000-1500). Salt was an important commodity for the Maya, who used it not only for preserving and flavoring food but also for making armor. Since the Maya had no metal, they soaked cotton cloth in salt until it formed a hard coating.

There's little to see today: simply two shallow marshes called Salina Chica (small salt mine) and Salina Grande (big salt mine) with murky water and quite a few mosquitoes at dusk. Since both of the island's main roads (Avenida Rueda Medina and the Corredor PanorĂ¡mico) pass by them, you can have a look on your way to other parts of Isla.

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