The Scared Valley


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The Sacred Valley



The Sacred Valley

Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas stretches between Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and the legendary 15th-century city of Machu Picchu. Encompassing what was the fertile homeland of the Inca Empire (1438 to 1533), today the transcendent region – also known as the Urubamba Valley – is a quiet expanse of country that is steeped in Andean history and culture.


Long the home of attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages, in recent years it has become a destination in its own right. Star attractions are the markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but the valley is also packed with other Inca sites. The area has more than a few notable trekking routes as well as activities ranging from rafting to rock climbing, most of which are organized in Cusco or Urubamba.


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Ollantaytambo is a tranquil and less trafficked Andean village and archaeological site, which serves as a base option for travelers en route to Machu Picchu as well as a starting point for the 47km Inca Trail that ends at Machu Picchu. Once a country retreat for Inca royalty and nobility, Ollantaytambo is also where the Incas also fought some of their last battles, resisting Spanish conquest from the still intact fortress and staggered terraces rising up around the town. The gridded, cobblestone town streets are the product of Inca city planning, dating back to the 1200s. Babbling waterways, branching from the nearby rivers, feed the still-flowing irrigation system that the Incas designed and is one of many examples of handiwork admired to this day. The town, which buzzes during the day with tourists catching trains to and from Aguas Calientes, is hushed at night, with locals peddling three-wheel motorcycle rickshaw taxis. A climb to the top of the village’s ceremonial center where Incas would worship provides sweeping views of the Sacred Valley, across the Patakancha and Urubamba Rivers.


Urubamba is located about 20km southeast of Ollantaytambo and is another jumping point for exploring The Sacred valley. In addition to being one of the closest towns to the archaeological sites of Salinas and Moray, Urubamba has a relatively low altitude and allows for easier acclimatization. Just a few kilometers to the northwest of Urubamba, Moray is another ingenious Inca agricultural construction, though it is no longer in use. While it resembles a giant amphitheater with concentric terraces leading to the ground, it was created for agricultural experimentation. Each level corresponds to a different micro-climate, which the Incas possibly used to test crops. The deepest center part was the hottest, and temperatures decreased as it moves outward, allowing the Incas to determine which climate was best suited to which crop.

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Pisac, like Ollantaytambo, is located about 40km southeast of Urubamba and encompasses both a historic town and a striking Inca archaeological site, with a series of steep agricultural terraces and hilltop fortresses visible from the town’s center plaza. A series of intricate rails lead over and through the terraces, tunnels, temples, tombs and ceremonial center engineered by the Incas for farming, worshipping and bathing. The Sun Gate, included in many of the Inca’s lofted towns, perfectly frames the setting sun during biannual solstices, as it has and will continue to do for centuries. The splendid views down and across the Urubamba Valley rival those of Machu Picchu, and unlike the iconic site, the area is often hushed and sparse of others.






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Sacred Valley Accommodations


Hotel Sol y Luna

Hotel Sol y Luna
Sol y Luna offers 43 rustic-chic Peruvian-style bungalows set in beautiful gardens in the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley). All casitas are en suite and feature marble bathrooms with all amenities needed for a comfortable stay, luxury linens, local artwork, wi-fi and terraces to enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you.

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Sonesta Posada Yucay

Sonesta Posada Yucay
The 88-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, five minutes far from Urubamba, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to Machu Picchu one of the World's New Wonder.

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