ENJOY this fantastic tour to see Moray the Inca farming research laboratory, located west of Cusco.
The Incas used these circular terraces as an agricultural "research station".
Due to the design, and climate and terrain, the average temperature on the lower terraces is much cooler than on the higher ones.
Thus, enabling "researchers" to test different crop strains for different climates.
Storing and channeling water was another key to the Andeans success as farmers.
Chinchero: Is located 28 kilometers from Cusco and surrounded by patchwork style fields of exquisite natural colors.
Chinchero is a charming town, with colonial style buildings and was a major agricultural center during the Tawantinsuyo.
One can appreciate the stone walls with trapezoidal niches that provide the setting for the traditional market, where they still practice bartering, the Chincheros women can always be recognized for their very distinguishing clothing and braided hair. The famous church and archeological site here requires a tourist ticket.
Moray: Following a breathtaking drive of 20 kilometers with the beautiful snowcapped Chicon and Veronica mountains in the Cordillera Vilcanota as a backdrop, we arrive at Moray here, we visit the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory, consisting of four platforms in an amphitheater style, Moray has a depth of 150 meters, the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental site to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems.
Maras / Salineras: Located 11 kilometers from Moray at an altitude of 3,380 m is a small village, as a model of a miniature city.
Famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3,000 small wells with an average size of about 5 ms². The salt mines have been used since Inca times as a means of economic exchange. Seeing how the salt is recovered from these mines is fascinating.
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