Yesterday afternoon we hired a taxi to take us from Ollantaytambo to Moray and on to Salineras. The total trip took us about 5 hours over winding mountain roads. Our driver, Carlos, was great and waited patiently while we visited both sites. Total cost for the cab was about $30.
Our first stop was Moray. The following is courtesy of Wikipedia.
Moray is an archaeological site… on a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft) … The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30 m (98 ft) deep. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.
The drive itself was spectaular as we made our way through the mountains above Urubamba.
Salineras is a vast array of salt evaporation ponds. The local stream Carries salt leeched out of the rocks. The water is diverted to the numerous ponds where the water evaporates leaving the salt.