Maras and Moray

Maras and Moray Archaeological Complex

Maras and Moray Archaeological Complex

Maras and Moray are located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the city of Cusco, Moray is the place where you can see the daring conceptions of the Inca constructions had no limits. Throughout the world, man has generally built from the ground upwards. In Moray, they worked down, removing tons of stone and rocks and using thousands of workers for many generations, to give form to many groups of terracing in an almost perfect circular form.

It is possible that the word Moray comes from the term “a moray”, corn harvesting or from “moraya” or “moray” which is the name for dehydrated potato. Barrionuevo describes the monument in the following way: 7 km. from Maras lay the hanging gardens of Moray, built in a gigantic trough. A series of circular platforms descend to a depth of 150 meters.

There the Incas grew wheat, quinoa grain, panti, kantu flowers and other plants as part of an experiment. A system of canals where the rain accumulates today ensured the irrigation of the hanging terraces of the amphitheater. Moray was with no doubt an artificial paradise of plants and flowers, something like a greenhouse within the ground.

The decoration took advantage of the natural depressions in the terrain, which they shaped based on an architectural plan. This included the construction of a network of aqueducts and drains, for the irrigation and release of water brought by the rains. It was so perfectly built that it still works perfectly.

Maras and Moray Visiting Regulations

To help with preserving this invaluable archeological monument and world natural and cultural heritage site, we recommend you bear the following in mind:

•Bring drinks in canteens only
•Do not bring food or eat within the monument
•Put litter in the indicated trashcans
•Walk only on the signaled circuits

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