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  • Address: Cusco, Peru
  • Admission: $4
Of all the surviving Inca ruins which surround the Sacred Valley, most are known for their size, their age, or their complex level of construction. The Moray, however, located 31 miles northwest of Cuzco, stands out from many of the other ruins for its fascinating level of genius.

At the height of the empire, the Inca were regarded as some of the most successful farmers in all of the Western Hemisphere. Crops such as maize, quinoa, and various potatoes trace their roots to Andes, and the yield on crops which were farmed by the Inca regularly trumped those of their neighbors. 

Although the Moray might just look like a big hole in the ground, historians theorize that this multi-terraced depression explains the reason for the agricultural prowess. With concentric circles spiraling down into the Earth, the Moray is comprised of numerous terraces linked by zig-zagging steps. While it could almost even be classified as art, the Moray is instead a wonder of science.

For inexplicable reasons, the temperature difference between all of the terraces can sometimes be as much as 27°F. Consequently, each terrace has a unique microclimate which subsequently experiences its own temperature. Without even having to leave the valley, the Inca had created an agricultural laboratory which mimicked the temperature throughout the empire. Crops would be rotated from terrace to terrace, and when it was found that a microclimate maximized yield, the knowledge would be spread throughout the empire so that farmers could grow crops which were best for their climate. Through trial and error at the Incan Moray, the Inca slowly became masters of agriculture.

Today, the Moray can be visited with tours which depart from the city of Cuzco. It is often combined with a visit to the Salineras salt mine, a massive quarry of terraced mines where laborers harvest bags of salt. When combined with the markets and surrounding ruins, the Moray is just one of the fascinating sights which recall the wonders of the Inca.

Practical Info

The Moray is located 30 miles northwest of Cuzco, and it is accessible by tour in conjunction with the Maras salt mines.

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ATV Tour to Maras Moray from Cusco, Cusco, null
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ATV Tour to Maras Moray from Cusco

Visit Moray archaeological park and Maras' salt mines, beautiful landscapes and natural formations in this ATV tour.

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $244.00
ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco, Cusco, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

This tour on ATV is designed for families group, friends etc, whose look for adventure visiting Sacred Valley’s most interesting sites in Cusco city such as ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.00
Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Salt Mines from Cusco, Cusco, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Salt Mines from Cusco

Join this day tour departing from Cusco and learn about Maras Moray and the Salt Mines!

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $130.00
Bike Tour to Moray and Salt Mines from Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Bike Tour to Moray and Salt Mines from Ollantaytambo

This bike tour is a   highly recommended way to enjoy the Sacred Valley. Routes are filled with both beautiful landscapes and diverse archaeological sites. Read more

Location: Ollantaytambo, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Small-Group Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This full-day, small-group tour will take you off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley. Visit the ruins of Moray, the Salineras and hike to hidden Inca ruins ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
2-Day Machu Picchu Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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2-Day Machu Picchu Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Machu Picchu is the greatest Inca civilization in South America! We will start our journey in Cusco and drive you along the Sacred Valley passing by Chinchero, ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $449.00
Half-Day Cycling Tour of Maras and Moray from Cusco, Cusco, Overnight Tours
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Half-Day Cycling Tour of Maras and Moray from Cusco

This Peru mountain bike tour offers high altitude biking and cycling through the Andean mountains near Cusco, passing the city of Maras and the Inca terraces ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00

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