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Report 2038: Peru with Kids

By ktp from California, Fall 2012

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Page 7 of 14: Moray

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Moray crop laboratory

After Chincheros comes Maras, where you can opt to take two dirt roads - one to Moray (archeological site) and one to Salineras (salt pans). Both are a bit rough and the one to Salineras is harrowing!

Moray is a visually stunning Incan site that is especially good if your kids are tired of looking at a bunch of rocks. The concentric circles are lovely to look at from the top. If you feel you are up to dealing with the altitude, you can climb all the way down to the center using floating rock stairs. Our guide Edwin shared the details of this giant crop laboratory with us (they've found a variety of seeds on each terrace and engineered irrigation and drainage).

We all were doing okay with the altitude except for our daughter who had both stomach and head aches. Climbing back up she really lost her breath and Edwin, who had worked as a guide on the Inca trail for many years, offered to carry her all the way back up. Thank you, Edwin!

The salt pans (the other road from Maras) is also a visual stunner. We wanted to get to the hostel and rest so we didn't explore but were glad to have seen the site from above.

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