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Sacred Valley of Peru – Hidden under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado or the Sacred Valley, is about 15 km north of Cusco as the condor flies, via a narrow road of hairpin turns. It’s worth exploring this peaceful, fetching corner of the Andes Mountains with attractive colonial towns and isolated weaving villages.

Star attractions are the markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but it’s also packed with other Inka ruins. Its myriad trekking routes are deservedly gaining in popularity. Adrenaline activities range from rafting to rock climbing.

Many travel companies in Cuzco offer whirlwind tours of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping at Andean markets and the most significant ruins. It’s also worth an in-depth visit.

When you carry out the Classic Sacred Valley tour, you get to visit the following archaeological Inca ruins:

Pisac Ruins and Market (Mercado de Pisaq)

Ollantaytambo fortress and the town

Urubamba spot for lunch, almost all travel agencies stop to eat in this province

Chinchero market and ruins

You must have the boleto turístico or tourist ticket to explore the traditional sacred valley, which can be bought directly on all Inca ruins

¿Where is the Sacred Valley Peru?

The question of many travelers, where is sacred valley? The answer is very simple, it is between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Therefore, you will always go through Valle Sagrado de los Incas in order to visit

¿Where to stay in the Sacred Valley before Hiking the Inca Trail?

There are many hotels, hostels for travelers to the Sacred Valley use Cusco as a base, but if you have a little extra time, if you’re worried about the altitude in Cusco or booked 4.day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, consider staying in the valley instead. Most Sacred Valley accommodations are located near Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, with a smaller number clustered in the Pisac area.

The best time to Visit the Sacred Valley

♥ For the best chance of dry season, visit the Sacred Valley during its high season between June and August. The rainiest part of the year is November through March.

 → Come during the shoulder-season months

♥  April, May, September, and October for slightly smaller crowds and lower prices than you’d find in high season, without an excessive threat of rain.

Top Highlights in the Sacred Valley

 Pisac Ruins

Famous for its Sunday market, in which farmers come from all over the Sacred Valley with a colorful bounty of local fruit and vegetables, Pisac is also worth a visit for its large Inca ruins. Located above the town via a zigzagging road, the agricultural terraces and stone ruins offer sweeping views of the valley below.

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Aside from its cobblestone streets and friendly cafes, Ollantaytambo primary attraction is the Inca fortress located right at the edge of town. Though these ruins are more compact than those in Pisac, be prepared for some climbing; the terraces and temples were built into a steep hillside.

Chinchero

In this small town, you can take in a traditional weaving demonstration, visit a pretty colonial-era church, and explore Inca terraces. Chinchero also has a Sunday market.

Maras

This town is home to two of the Sacred Valley’s most distinctive attractions: a patchwork of hillside geometric salt pools that have been used to mine salt for centuries, and an Inca site called Moray, where the concentric terraces look like a giant green amphitheater.

Getting There and Around Sacred Valley Peru

The nearest major city to the Sacred Valley is Cusco; most international travelers arrive by air via Lima. Once in Cusco, there are a variety of ways to get to the Sacred Valley. While cheap public buses operate in the area, most tourists find it safer and more comfortable to take a taxi or arrange a private transfer through a hotel. Another option: Shared taxis, or colectivos, carry up to four passengers and connect major towns in the area.

You can rent a car at the Cusco airport, but the U.S. State Department cautions against driving yourself at night or in rural areas in Peru, thanks to poor signage and sometimes dangerous roads. Instead, many travelers join local tours (see below) or hire a driver to take them around the Sacred Valley. Your hotel can help you find a driver and English-speaking guide.

Sacred Valley Tours

 For visitors with limited time, the easiest way to explore the Sacred Valley is to take a group tour from Cusco. Full-day tours, such as this tour from Machu Picchu Hiram Bingham sister site, Inca Trail Discovery typically stop in Pisac (including the ruins and market) as well as Ollantaytambo. Other tours include Chinchero and/or Moray and the Maras salt flats. For a more active day, you can even go biking or horseback riding in the valley of the Inkas.

There are also two-day tours that include one day in the Sacred Valley and one at Machu Picchu, such as this Machu Picchu Train offering.

→ ♥ Many tour companies in Cusco run Sacred Valley tours. A couple of reputable options include:

Machu Picchu Tour

Lares Trip

Machu Picchu Discovery

Inca Trail Tour

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