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Moray, Maras

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Historic Site
Marvel at Inca farming expertise and ingenuity at the mysterious Moray, the ruins of a farming complex used to cultivate a variety of plants in the Andes. Reminiscent of crop circles, the three depressed circles that form decreasing terraces over one another were in fact created thanks to the dexterity of Inca hands and tools. Seeds farmed here likely made their way through to the empire itself, in order to improve crop yields in difficult Andean conditions. Read up about the processes involved before arriving to enhance your visit with greater understanding. If you're feeling activre, take advantage of a guided mountain bike tour to the site. Plan to see Moray and other attractions that appeal to you using our Maras trip itinerary maker.
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  • Ciklopicheskoe construction is actually a huge selection field for growing grain crops. The Incas were able to recreate the conditions of growth of plants in various locations in the territory. Ask How? Read the comments of specialists.
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  • This was an amazing place. The whole concept is incredible. It was huge and so interesting. The concept makes so much sense. I found this to be a strange place ; who thought of this. There was a group...  more »
  • It's a beautiful location, important not to lose the tour being in Cusco. Mostly to learn a bit of the historical culture of the Inkas, it was a place for experiments of agriculture. Heritage today! With the Middle very well preserved!
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  • Very cool! Definitely worth the walk down into the terraces and over to the terrace that has not been fully restored. It's neat to see the comparison. Our tour guide gave us great explanation of the history. Add Moray to your sightseeing list!
  • Interesting site but I dont believe this place is from the 14th century like our local guide said it was.
  • Moray (Quechua: Muray) is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and the bottom. It is possible that this large temperature difference was used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Speculation about the site has led to discussion about Moray as an Inca agricultural experiment station. Its microclimatic conditions and other significant characteristics led to the use of the site as a center for the ancient study of domestication, acclimatization, and hybridization of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption.
  • As part of the sacred valley tour this is a good spot to see. This site just adds to the mysteries that abound around the 4 corners of the south American world and the sheer intelligence of the Inca people. A must see with a tour guide.
  • Best preserves of the ancient civilization. Worth visiting if you can plan your travel well