Moray’s laboratory

We have left behind the salt mines of Maras, a landscape that has captivated photographers and film makers from all over the world and that reveals also the feasibility of the traditional handling of the resource, putting it into touristic value. Generally, the name of Maras is associated to Moray, to such a point that they form a circuit due to its proximity and access. Located at 7 Km west of Maras, the access to Moray is well-marked, the route is of firm soil and there is parking space with a tourist guide service. By the way, this route is the one of more transit by the cyclists and of those who enjoy walking in altitude without much uphill effort, this option will fit you. The view from the sky, Moray could well be a landing strip for spaceships, for its form, composed by a set of huge concentric circles that descent in the form of a roulette.

According to the anthropologist, John Earls, Moray was an agricultural laboratory built by the Incas to recreate a series of microclimates where to plant a large variety of improved crops in an experimental manner. The temperature of the soil in each anden determined that the Incas could develop about twenty miniature ecological zones to produce grains such as quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) and kiwicha (Amaranthus coudatus), as well as variety of squashes {Cucúrbita ficifoiia and Cucúrbita máxima), and, of course, multiple potato varieties (Solanum tuberosum L.). This interpretation is not the only one: there are different hypothesis over the role of Moray that go from the side of astronomical observation to worship as a primordial sense. Anyway, what is astonishing to this place is, one more time, the perfection in the way of handling shapes by the Inca architects and hydraulic engineers that employed in all their works the highest abstraction sense.