Thursday – March 24, 2011 – From Chincheros to Moray
After leaving the town of Chincheros, we drove to the Inca archaeological site known as Moray. We did not hike to the bottom of the terraced area, but Freddie provide an overview briefing of the area.Moray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest ofCuzcoon a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of thevillageofMaras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 m (98 ft) deep. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.