Archaeological complex


Moray archaeological complex

Moray is comprised of 4 galleries slightly elliptical, which the people call "muyus". Most gallery has a depth of 45 m and the average height of each platform is 1.80 m.

For researchers, the circular terraces of Moray worked as an agricultural research center where each level offering a different climatic environment allowing different plants grown experimentally.

The platforms were built on retaining walls filled with fertile soil.

They are watered by complex irrigation systems. At the bottom of the platforms, there is a system that stores water from the rains. Following this practice was able to grow more than 250 plant species.


  • 13°19′45″ south latitude
  • 72°11′47″ west longitude

What was its function

For the scholars of this place, Moray was possibly an Inca agricultural research center where different agricultural crops experiments were carried out, the disposition of their products produces a gradient of microclimates having the center of the concentric circular platforms a higher temperature and gradually decreasing outwards at lower temperatures, with up to 20 different types of microclimates. It is believed that Moray could have served as a model for the calculation of agricultural production not only from the Urubamba Valley but also from different parts of Tahuantinsuyo.


The south side of the building is limited by a polished wall approximately 400 m long, east and west are limited by other walls and platforms. The main wall is built in zigzag with gigantic stones up to 5 meters high, 2.5 meters wide and between 90 and 125 tons, its size should astonish both people of that time, as it does now with anyone visiting Sacsayhuaman. Move rocks of that size must be a superhuman effort, but fit them the way they were built, looks like the work of beings from another planet, not that we say so, there are theories that Sacsayhuaman was built with the intervention of aliens.