sights / Historic

Moray information

Moray & Maras , Peru
admission via boleto parcial S70
Opening hours
dawn to dusk
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The impressively deep amphitheater-like terracing of Moray , reached via Maras village, is a fascinating spectacle. Concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl. Each layer has its own micro-climate according to its altitude. Some theorize that the Incas used them as a kind of laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops of each species. There are three bowls, one of which has been planted with various crops as a kind of living museum.

Though refreshingly off the beaten path, this site is not challenging to reach. You can take any transportation bound between Urubamba and Cuzco via Chinchero and ask to be let off at the Maras/Moray turnoff. Taxis usually wait at this turnoff to take tourists to Moray and back for around S30, or both Moray and Salinas and back to the turnoff for around S50.