Just over 35 kilometers away, one of the most underrated attractions in Cusco is located. The Moray ruins are impressive Inca ruins that are placed in a fairly remote area of the Sacred Valley. This impressive attraction is not usually mentioned in books and distinguished guides, so they are not full of visitors and tourists. Additionally, this beautiful spot is often combined with the Salinas de Maras on different tours around Cusco… but it is a great alternative to explore if you have time available. It is worth knowing its history and witnessing these beautiful concentric platforms. That is why, together with Machu Travel Peru, we decided to explain everything about the Moray Ruins.
ALL ABOUT THE MORAY RUINS
As for its origin, not much is known, but certain theories go around it and tend to color this attraction with great mysticism and magic. The best-known theory regarding the Moray ruins is that the Incas took advantage of the craters formed by the fall of a Meteorite. Who emphasizes this theory is the author of the book “Inka Astronomy”, Edwin Salazar. This theory dates back to 1960 and explains how a giant asteroid divided as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere. When it impacted, it left numerous craters that are located to the southwest. The Incas are thought to have made these craters a place of worship and avoided their continued erosion with the construction of the different platforms. With the different platforms built concentrically, the Moray ruins were born. This is the theory with more sense since in other ancestral cultures the craters or impact sites of different fallen meteorites used to be worshiped.
These beautiful platforms are located 7 kilometers from the Maras Salt Flats. For this reason, these two attractions are often combined in many tours in Peru. To be more exact, it is approximately 38 kilometers from the Imperial City, within the Sacred Valley. To get to the ruins, it is possible to go through the road that starts from the town or a deviation from the main road.
Moray is located within the Maras district, one of the seven districts of the Urubamba province, within the department of Cusco. All the ruins occupy approximately 36 hectares of space and are fascinating to see.
It was discovered in 1932, on an expedition carried out by Shirppe Johnson while flying through the area. He could see from the sky a sector with platforms like concentric rings. Each circle formed is a terrace or platform that overlaps another. In this way, they form various circles that expand. You can go from one circle to another through the different projecting stones nailed to the wall. Today, it is a fairly attractive Inca complex and one of the things to do around Cusco that is worth it.
HOW TO GET FROM CUSCO
If you plan to explore the entire Cusco tourist map, you cannot miss this incredible place. To easily get there, just book a tour with a tour operator/agency. If you want you can also go by taxi from the Sacred Valley, although it would be a rather expensive option (up to 80 soles). You can even take the adventure option and go by bike from Chincheros. But if you are looking for a guide to accompany you, you will have to take the first option of booking a tour. You should always take advantage of the best things to do in Cusco, so you don’t miss attractions like this one.
As for the functions of the Moray ruins, it is still discussed to this day… although it is often believed that it was an “agricultural research center” of the Incas. Due to the arrangement of the different platforms, a spectrum of varied microclimates is produced in each concentric circle. They range from higher to lower temperatures as you go outside. All the platforms are distributed in 12 different levels. The main four belong to Sector-I, the following four to Sector-II, and the rest to Sector-III. The entire complex would contain about 20 or more scale ecological zones. It is usually thought that this site served the Incas to calculate the annual production along the Tahuantinsuyo.
The soils of Sector I are usually much more humid and with low temperatures. Soils in sector II have an average temperature of 2º or 3º higher, while soils in sector III have temperatures that may be higher depending on sun exposure.
As you will see, Moray is usually a scientific discovery and you cannot miss this incredible attraction. If you are looking for other things to do in the surroundings, you cannot miss the adventure sports in the Sacred Valley.
“A TRAVELER WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO OBSERVE IS LIKE A BIRD WITHOUT WINGS”
We hope, together with Machu Travel Peru, to have inspired you to visit this wonderful, not-so-crowded attraction. If you want to immerse yourself in the history of the Inca Empire, you cannot miss this incredible place. You can always consult with our advisors to do a private tour combined with the best attractions around Cusco.