Surrounded by the magnificent Andes Mountain Range, Peru’s Sacred Valley tells stories of ancient civilizations and dramatic natural beauty. From Machu Picchu’s ruins to internationally influential culinary traditions to awe-inspiring outdoor adventures, the region has captured imaginations for millennia.
One of the Sacred Valley’s only ancient Incan cities that’s higher in elevation that Cusco, Chinchero nowadays is a picturesque village of adobe houses, narrow alleys, and lively plazas. It’s most popular with visitors for its many traditional handicrafts and markets; the Sunday market is the largest, with farmers and artisans from around the region coming to sell their produce and textiles. The town is also known for its woven goods, with several workshops open for visits.
A breathtaking sanctuary built by the Incas in the 15th century and rediscovered in 1911, Machu Picchu is one of the most magnificent ruins on earth. High in the Andes, ancient pathways lead to stone walls and agricultural terraces surround a citadel filled with the ruins of temples and watchtowers. For an even more impressive experience, climb the adjacent green peak, Huayna Picchu, and look down on Machu Picchu with a bird’s eye view.
The Valley of the Incas is filled with dramatic ruins and impressive archaeological sites set amidst postcard-perfect scenery, but one of the most impressive in the Urubamba region is now known as the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Park. An architectural marvel in its own right, this city was also a sacred site, with one of the area’s most important temples.
An adventure in two parts, Pisac encompasses both the currently inhabited town and the ruins of its predecessor. Perched even higher in the Andes than the current town, the ruins are those of an ancient Incan fortress destroyed by 16th-century conquistadors; carved directly into the rock, its pathways and temples demonstrate skilled masonry. Below sits the lively market town that inherited its cultural legacy.
One of the world’s most famously beautiful stretches of unspoilt land, the Sacred Valley of the Incas attracts outdoor adventurers to its soaring mountains, pristine lakes, powerful rivers, and green meadows. Explore the lands of the former Inca Empire by trekking or mountain biking, go white-water rafting down the Urubamba River, kayak across high-altitude lakes, and visit ancient villages and Incan ruins.
A major holiday throughout Peru, the Feast of the Three Kings (Adoración de Reyes Magos) has one of its largest celebrations in neighboring Ollantaytambo, including folk dancing and bull-running.Learn More
The Sacred Valley puts an Andean spin on the lead-up to Lent, with most towns hosting parades, traditional cultural performances, parties, and more.
Urubamba’s only major festival, held in honor of a holy cross erected several centuries ago, is celebrated with several days of bullfights, street parties, live music, traditional dancing, and more.Learn More
Spring is a popular time for festivals in the Sacred Valley, and this celebration held in the neighboring village of Ollantaytambo is emblematic of the area’s multicultural traditions.Learn More
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Heal your body, mind, and soul at the Spa at Tambo del Inka, which uses indigenous Incan ingredients Ð including cocoa and quinoa Ð grown in the hotel gardens in its treatments.Learn More
Sample the traditional flavors of the Andes at Hawa Restaurant, serving Incan cuisine made with organic ingredients grown on-property or by local farmers.Learn More
Take a dip in the indoor-outdoor infinity pool, which overlooks the scenic Vilcanota River and surrounding hotel gardens, full of indigenous plants and herbs for the spa.Learn More