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Moray Archaeological Complex
The complex is located 74 km (46 miles) from Cuzco, 3,500 metres above sea level. The archaeological complex stands out for its unique Andean circular terraces that resemble amphitheatres. The largest has 12 platforms and is 100 metres tall.
According to researchers, the circular terraces in Moray served as a centre for agricultural research, as each level provided different climactic conditions and allowed the Inca to experiment by cultivating different plants.
The terraces were made by building containment walls filled with fertile earth. They were watered via complex irrigation systems. At the base of the terraces is a rain water storage system. These techniques allowed for the cultivation of over 250 types of plant.
Other studies suggest that the site was used for astronomical observation and monitoring climatic changes. This was done by following the sunlight and the shadows cast by the area's tall mountains.
Location: Maras is located 48 km (30 miles) north of Cuzco (1 hour, approx.) and Moray is almost 30 km (19 miles) from Maras.
Average temperature: 12°C (54°F) between November and March, and 9°C (48°F) between April and October, with cold nights and sunny days.
Season: Cuzco has two well-defined seasons: a rainy season, between November and March, and a dry season (the best time to visit) between April and October.
Important: entry with tourist ticket, or with a single entrance ticket that costs 10 Soles.