Circular terraces at Moray
Maras salt pans
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Today we will discover the other part of the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, known as Moray, a town famous for its large complex of unusual Inka ruins, located to the north-east of Cuzco and close to the town of Maras.
The site at Moray is made up of enormous circular terraces which were possibly used to study the effects of different climatic conditions on the crops. The depth of the holes (the largest is 30 meters deep) create a variation of temperatures of 15ºC between the top and the bottom levels. As in other Inka sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system which provided water for the plants.
Next we will visit the saltpans. Since pre-Inka times, salt has been obtained at Maras as the salt water (from a sub-terranean current nearby) evaporates in the sun, leaving just the salt as a result.
In the mines there are thousands of salt pools; when the light is reflected off them, the atmosphere is very calm and impressive.
We will enjoy our boxed lunch and then continue on to Ollantaytambo (2792 masl / 9160 ft), an important fortress due to its great surrounding walls, it was actually used as a storage city, strategically located in the Sacred Valley. It is a living Inka town, and its narrow stone streets make it an attractive and relaxing place. Return to our hotel.
Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.
“With the protection of mother earth and the permission of the apus …”
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