Moray is just outside of Cuzco and can be easily visited in a day. Or the alternative is to stay in the Sacred Valley for a few nights as there is also a lot of other exciting things to do here. This is what I chose to do! The one thing that really struck me about Moray was the location of it! When I drove to the archaeological site, the views were simply breathtaking, snow capped mountains are everywhere along the horizon. Although I guess it's called the Sacred Valley for a reason.
This beautiful place was built in Inca times and the circles are nearly hypnotic if you look at them long enough. The 'craters' are up to 30 metres deep in places, which considering they were built thousands of years ago is very impressive.
At first, I will be honest, I had no idea what these amazing but strange ruins were used for. They seemed like maybe the Incas just wanted to make the landscape even more jaw dropping. However with a little research I discovered a few theories. One being that it was for storing things like foods at different temperatures, so basically like a historic cellar. They learnt that the temperature at the bottom could be 10 to 15 degrees colder than at the top. How amazing is that!!
Now unfortunately, the ruins are showing signs of damage which has only been partially repaired however I found this didn't really effect the experience. If you think that this ruin is centuries old there is really very little damage and you can still imagine how it was even more striking back in the Inca times when it was built. The damage has been caused by the notorious 'rainy seasons' in South America, which have washed away some of the stone and mud bricks.
Moray in my personal opinion is a hidden gem of Peru, it has such amazing beauty and the structure and mystery is very interesting and left me more intrigued to find out more about how and why it was built.
It often isn't talked about as much as sites like Lake Titicaca and Saqsaywaman but I feel it should be! It's very easy to visit if you are in the Cuzco area and it is included in the Boleto Turistica. The things you will need to take basically just include yourself and a camera, of course. If you are looking for a cheap, easy amazing day out whilst travelling, you may just have found it!
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