Moray and Maras

History

Moray’s archaeological site consists of a series of Inca agricultural terraces constructed in natural depressions. These terraces are organized in a concentric pattern, forming amphitheater-like structures. The deepest structure is 150 meters deep, while the average height of the platforms is 1.80 meters.

Scientists think that during Inca times Moray was used as an agricultural research location. This idea is reinforced by the fact that each terrace level has its own microclimate. It is worth mentioning that the temperature can vary greatly across the levels of the agricultural terraces. This difference might be as much as 14 degrees Celsius.

On the other hand, Maras is a collection of more than 3 thousand salt mines located near Moray. Each salt mine is around 5 meters in length. The salt produced in Maras is still being sold nowadays.

Geography

Moray and Maras are located 50 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. They are approximately 3500 meters above sea level. The climate is characteristic of the Andean highlands, with two seasons: dry and wet.

Activities

Moray and Maras offer a great variety of activities. Visitors looking for adventure can participate in quad bike tours and zip lining. However, more traditional activities such as visiting the ruins of Moray and the Salt Mines of Maras are also quite popular.

Our Travel Packages

Andean Discovery by Bike – 7 Days

Andean Discovery by Bike – 7 Days

7 Day
Cusco
Maras - Moray - Machu Picchu
Maras-Moray Hike & Machu Picchu – 2 Days

Maras-Moray Hike & Machu Picchu – 2 Days

2 Days
Cusco
Maras-Moray - Machu Picchu