Salt & Inca

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Apr 03, 2011

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Flag of Peru  , Cusco,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whilst visiting the Inca museum a few days ago, a few things stuck out from what I had learnt. One of them being an Inca site in Moray...

After booking out tickets for 30 Soles (7.00), Maartin and I ventured to the Plaza de Armas for 9am this morning for our bus ride to the site. Again travelling on the same route that I took to for the bike ride to Machu Picchu, we passed the poorer districts of town and out onto the beautiful countryside with mountainous backdrop.

After leaving our first stop of a mountain viewpoint we moved onto the penultimate stop which was the Salt Mines. Here we had to pay an additional 5 soles (1.00) entry fee. The Salt mines were another discovery of the Incas with the small pools of water to farm the salt also their invention. Amongst other things, the Inca's used the salt that they mined to preserve meat and on mummification.

Moving on, we got back on the bus for our final and featured stop. Moray is an archaeological site near Cusco which consists of a number of circular depressions placed within one another, going 30m deep. The temperature difference between each depression is approx 1-3 degrees Centigrade. It is not certain what this site was used for however academics believe it was an Inca experimentation on crops and altitude / climate.

Not much happened appart from taking pictures at the top, climbing down to the warmer bottom, taking more pictures and climbing back to the top again. Still it was nice to visit such an interesting and mysterious site.
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