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Moray and Chinchero

PERU | Monday, 12 April 2010 | Views [263]



We first heard about Moray from the Wrights at an Explorers Club meeting.  Their descriptions and photos were right on target.  Moray is 1 ½ hours by taxi from Cusco, all uphill through breathtaking scenery.  We could have been in Switzerland if not for the sheep, goats, burros and fornicating dogs.

Moray itself is a giant amphitheater of concentric terraces, each said to have a different microclimate suitable for specific crops.  All but four are covered in grass while the lower ones are planted in corn and other crops we couldn’t identify.  The stonework has that Inca attention to detail that we have come to recognize. 

On the way back we stopped briefly at the Salinas salt pans, which we thought would look like salt pans in Africa.  Instead this was an enormous hillside covered with swimming pool sized evaporation pans that fill with mineral laden water from a hot spring above.  Salinas has been a source of salt since Inca times.

Our final stop was at the town of Chinchero, a touristy place whose claim to fame is the church built upon Inca walls.  The Plaza was filled with women and their colorful goods spread out awaiting the next busload of tourists.  


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