We hired a taxi to transport us for the day. What would be an unthinkable expense in many countries cost only $17/each, since we shared the expense with our cousins, Susie and Tom. Our driver dropped us at our first stop, the Inca ruin, Moray.
We’d had time to read up about Moray before our visit. Otherwise we never would have understood what was laid out before us: most likely an Inca agricultural research station at 3,444 meters (11,300’).
The Inca Empire extended out over a huge geographic range, and they strived to master agriculture in all areas. Pollen studies of the area indicate that the Inca brought soil from different areas as fill to test how the large variety of vegetables did in different soil conditions.
After exploring Moray, we started our hike to the old town of Maras, where our taxi driver would be waiting for us at the town square
Our taxi driver was waiting for us in the main square, just as planned. He drove us to the nearby Maras salt pans, one of the most amazing sites to photograph!
The visits to Moray and Maras, with a stunning hike in between, seemed a perfect way to spend a day in the Sacred Valley of Peru.