The Road to Machu Picchu: The Rings

The road to Machu Picchu took us to Moray. Moray is an archaeological site in Urubamba Peru approximately 50 km (31 miles) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500m (11,482 ft) and just west of the village of Maras of the Salt Mines and consist of large rings.

Moray has captivated and puzzled travelers since it was photographed during an aerial survey of the Sacred Valley in 1931 by Robert Shippee.

The rings at Moray are relatively simple but may have actually been an “ingenious series of test beds”. These rings vary in size, with the largest ending in a depth of 30 meters (98 feet) deep and 220 meters (722 feet) wide.

When you first look at the area, it reminds you of a Greek amphitheater or a sci-fi movie. What do you think?

The deep bowl-shaped are circular in shape and have stair-like terraces climbing up to the valley floor above.

It is believed that ruins were once an “agricultural laboratory” used by the Incas. Their depth, designs, and orientation with regard to the sun and wind are signs of a specific purpose. Furthermore, it is thought that the Incas used the terraces and different temperatures to test crops and experiment with them.

There is a major temperature difference between the top and bottom of the bowl. Also, no matter how much it rains in Peru, that area never floods. So, there is some type of irrigation/drainage system flowing underneath. 🤔

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