The Incan Terraces of Moray Cusco Peru

by Kathy Doore

Besides being an important agricultural center to the Inca, Moray is considered a sacred site. Offerings of coca leaves are left here in appreciation for the gifts of abundance bestowed on mankind by the earthmother, “Pachamama.”

The enormous natural depressions in the ground surface at Moray were originally used for constructing irrigated farming terraces, but what is surprising is that the difference of average annual temperature between the top and the bottom reaches temperatures as high as 59°F! In those natural formations nature has created an environment of “micro-climates” that today we create in greenhouses.


Because of its climate conditions, Moray was an important center of hybridization of wild vegetable species that were modified for human consumption. It was the Inca prototype of an experimental biological station, very advanced for its age! Andean man grew over 3,000 different varieties of potato, and 150 types of maize here.



There are still many enigmas about this site. Structures found near the bottom depression pre-date the Inca, which is true of many sites in this area. One of the puzzles is how drainage for water flowing through the aqueducts works. It has been suggested that there are underground channels here allowing water to drain through porous natural rock formations (water filtering) to the earth’s interior. Even today during the rainy season, Moray never floods!

Energy sensitive people report a “cone of energy” emmanating from one of the earthen depressions, shown below.