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Moray: Discover the Archeological Complex

  • Published on May 01, 2017 Destinations
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Architecture in the world has been evolving as the years went by, from new buildings equipped with high technology to architectural complexes that leave a mark on history.

A place with ancestral legacy becomes an important attraction for today’s travelers who seek to learn more about cultures. That’s why Peruvian architecture leaves a unique legacy, appreciated by everyone.

Peruvian edifications reached a high level of engineering that was taken as a model for other future generations. The Incas made great buildings in Cusco, today a region with the best architectural works inherited by the ancient settlers.

One of the most remarkable edifications is the Moray Architectural Complex, which consists of a system of several terraces at various levels, each having its own microclimate. This archeological area is built over a land depression, looking like a huge amphitheater.


Moray Architectural Complex is located in the district of Maras, province Urubamba, approximately at 74 kilometers from the city of Cusco and 7 kilometers from Maras.

What role did it play?

Moray Archeological Complex served as an agricultural laboratory. The scenery has circular floors as if it were an amphitheater inside a hole. In addition, this system has enigmatic terraces with more than one meter and a half in depth.

Moray does not only captivate by its spectacular natural landscape, but also the terraces amaze the traveler since each terrace has its own climate. This research center was one of the most important in Cusco because it served as a place for domestication and acclimation of wild vegetables that were cultivated to be adapted for human consumption.

Moray has been classified as an experimental greenhouse and 60% of the products domesticated there can be consumed today. Presently, potatoes, broad beans, barley, wheat as well as corn are grown there. This later is grown in small amounts in order to keep preserving this monument.

On the other hand, some historians believe that Moray was a place for astronomical observation for monitoring climate changes, following the light of the sun and the shadow of the mountains.

Additional details about Moray

Moray is a word in Quechua and it is named like that after harboring rural communities such as Mullak’as and Misminay. Another hypothesis is that it comes from the word Amoray which is a word related to harvesting.

Information for the traveler

  • Opening hours for complex: from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Moray is located at 3500 m.a.s.l.
  • It is advisable to use comfortable clothes and sneakers for the tour.
  • The distance from Salineras de Maras to Moray Archeological Complex is 30 minutes approximately.
  • El Complejo arqueologico de Moray cuenta con una variada condici+¦n clim+ítica
  • Moray fue un centro de investigacion milenario
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