If we venture to get to know Peru and discover its routes, we will learn that its geography is magnificent, absolutely varied and, sometimes, difficult to access. Reaching such emblematic places as Machu Picchu requires climbing to over 3,000masl in height, crossing valleys, and then descending back down to gateway to the jungle. One of the great feats of the Inca culture was its ability to dominate nature in the different conditions in which they found it, and to use very advanced techniques to take maximum advantage of the capacity of the land, obtaining a level of production that allowed them to maintain a population of more than 12 million people.
One of the places where you can appreciate this great work is at the terraces of Moray. At first glance, this place surprises us with its large size, intriguing us with its circular shapes, impeccable paths, and a multitude of details. Some questions arise in our mind: what was this space used for? How did they build it? Recall that the Inca culture existed more than 500 years ago and the technology used was obtained strictly from local wisdom. The beauty of the place could make us think that Moray was created for aesthetic and religious purposes, but much research and evidence, such as the irrigation channels found within, reveal that this was actually an agricultural laboratory.
Each level that is observed, from the lowest in the center to the highest on the exterior, has different temperatures. The former are warmer because they are protected from the winds and wetter, because the water takes longer to evaporate. On the other hand, in the higher areas, there is greater cold and dryness. In this way, Inca engineers could replicate up to 20 microclimates and thus correctly plan the use of soils at the different heights that made up the Tahuantinsuyo (Inca empire). This was very useful in planning the planting of different types of food and thus avoid the famines that can endanger society.
Many tourists take advantage of the visit to this place to fill themselves with energy and connect with nature. And you, would you like to visit the terraces of Moray? Do you know any other place that has served as a laboratory in the ancient world? We want to know what you think and if you have any questions. Do not forget that our Sumaq hotel is the best option for your visit to Machu Picchu. If you wish to make a reservation or contact our team, please write to email@example.com.