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Moray from above

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This is a view overlooking the Inca site of Moray, near Maras, Peru.  The site comprises three groups of concetric terraces making sort of upside-down cones in the ground.  The oft-repeated theory about these things is that they were "laboratories" used by the Inca to test the growing conditions at different depths and the subtly different micro-climates at each level.  I don't think I buy that explanation. . .

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A: Moray, Peru

Af jiri spacaj, 80 meter væk

Moray, Peru

B: Peru Moray

Af Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 120 meter væk

Peru Moray

C: Moray from a little more than halfway down

Af Joe Griffin, 140 meter væk

Another picture from Moray, this one is down near the bottom of one of the concetric terrace pits.

Moray from a little more than halfway down

D: The Mineral Waterfall of Maras

Af Arroz Marisco, 5.4 km væk

A small trail uphill zigzaging from the salt pans at Maras will take one to this spot where the salt ...

The Mineral Waterfall of Maras

E: Incan Salt Pans at Maras, Cusco

Af Arroz Marisco, 5.4 km væk

Hundreds of salt pans sparkle under the mid-day sun in stark contrast to the arid valley in which thi...

Incan Salt Pans at Maras, Cusco

F: Peru Salineras

Af Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 5.5 km væk

Peru Salineras

G: The Making of Salt Pans at Maras

Af Arroz Marisco, 5.5 km væk

Since Incan times, the subterranean stream in Maras has been harvested for its salt. The method by wh...

The Making of Salt Pans at Maras

H: Outside the hostal in Urubamba

Af Joe Griffin, 8.7 km væk

This is a veiw of the street outside our hostel in Urubamba. Alyssa is ganging up on Jamie a little b...

Outside the hostal in Urubamba

I: Ollantaytambo at night

Af Joe Griffin, 10.7 km væk

This is the street outside our hostel in Ollantaytambo at night.  We were right across from a little ...

Ollantaytambo at night

J: The courtyard in our hostal in Ollantaytambo

Af Joe Griffin, 10.8 km væk

This is the courtyard of our hostal in Ollantaytambo.  From here one can see ruins on the surrounding...

The courtyard in our hostal in Ollantaytambo

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