Las Salinas, bordering the Estero Nilahue, also it is known as "Laguna de Cáhuil", currently they located in the area of Canyon, 2 km south of Cáhuil and are worked hundreds of years ago, It is indigenous to the area the first to use this ancient technique for harvesting salt.
Thanks to that during much of the year the estuary empties into the Pacific Ocean, sea level near its water is salty, which it forms the basis for the production process of salt. On the shore of the estuary several "quarters" are drawn about 20 square meters each, in this network of barracks that have different levels, names and temperatures, among which the salt water will slowly decanting a small gate mechanism, to completely evaporate and leave a layer of fine salt, clean and completely natural.
The production process part in spring (September October), after the rains and when the low level estuary, allowing the salt to clean the barracks and then let the salt water. Decantation and evaporation through the different plots, also they have different temperatures, It takes several months. Once summer arrived and depending on external conditions there during the season (rain, temperature, humidity), extraction normally lasts until March will begin,es.
Production ceases different types of salt depending on its proximity to the layer of clay that lies at the bottom of the barracks. The first layer is a thin, clean agglomeration of salt called "flower of salt" is then the "mousse" and sea salt premium. The lower layers are called second and third salt, those used for leather production processes, removing snow from roads in areas with temperatures below zero, among other things.
En 2011, salineros were recognized by the Council of Culture and Arts as a “Living Human Treasure” together with other impulses, It has allowed add value to production to begin making gourmet salt with different spices like, merquén, cayenne, it, ciboullette, algae and salt smoked salmon and many more.
We invite you to visit this beautiful place, where you can take a walk along Las Salinas de Cáhuil and sightseeing, take salt in various formats such as memory, Kitchen, Bath or shop wholesale and leverage spend to eat at any of the traditional local restaurants.
Las Salinas de Cáhuil waiting!