Moray is another fun Sacred Valley archaeological site to visit. We stopped here on our way back to Cusco from Ollantaytambo, which involved being dropped off our bus at a lonely intersection and hiring a taxi to take us ten or so miles to the ruins and back.
It’s believed that the concentric circle terraces at Moray were a kind of agricultural laboratory for the Incas, who used the incremental temperature variations that the depressions produced to study how seeds grew best under different conditions. To us it felt like some kind of crazy amphitheater and we had a great time scampering up and down the terrace levels.
With the taxi driver waiting we only had an hour or so at the site, which ended up being just enough time to scramble down to the lowest level and entertain the group of people at the top by running around in a circle like a hamster.
Our driver dropped us off again at the highway intersection where we waited for a bus headed to Cusco, but we lucked out and a couple guys in a new minivan stopped and picked us up. After all the crappy buses we’d been riding over the last couple of months the van felt like a limo, and we basked in the luxury all the way back to Cusco.