The 'Sacred Valley of the Incas', or Urubamba Valley, lies just north of the Inca capital of Cusco and today comprises the heartland of the Inca tradition and the descendants of a once great civilisation. The valley is characterized by several very special conditions: an excellent climate, fertile lands and the waters of the Vilcanota River, which in the town of Urubamba changes its name to Urubamba River.
The Urubamba Valley, due to extremely fertile land, is the bread-basket of the region, producing some of the best-quality corn in the world. Driving along its single main road, with farms and agricultural terraces on either side, you can see that essentially this is the way that the people of the valley have been living for centuries.
The Valley is also home to some of the finest Inca ruins and villages, still inhabited by Quechua-speaking people. A few days in the Valley offer the traveler the unique opportunity of slowing down and mingling with the living Inca culture while experiencing the spirit of the region. The more remote villages also offer the opportunity to experience the Inca traditions as they have been practiced for hundreds of years.
Here the inquisitive traveller can appreciate the incredible technological achievements of the Incas in works such as agriculture and architecture. The systems of "andenería" (stepped platforms on the hillside, arranged for ease of cultivation and watering) are still in use today, and can be seen at sites such as Moray. Monumental fortresses such as Ollantaytambo and Pisac are testament to the Inca understanding of defence and building techniques, with enormous stone blocks built up on the hillsides into impenetrable citadels.
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Journey through the Andes with stunning landscapes taking you to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. Visit stunning colonial cities and visit remote islands on the magnificent Lake Titicaca.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Machu Picchu - Cusco
The Andean mountains generate wildly contracting landscapes and cultures with desert and the Nazca Lines on the coast, soaring peaks by the Lost City of the Incas and lush rainforest.
Lima - Ica(Nazca) - Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Amazon - Lima
Rambling in the stunning Andean countryside, we trek the ancient Inca Trail to the Citadel of Machu Picchu, passing remote villages steeped in history and maintaining a traditional way of life.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
Journey to Arequipa, the 'White City', Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navegable lake, and discover the ancient civilisations of Cusco, culminating in the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Lima - Arequipa - Lake Titicaca / Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco
From the comfort of a river boat, we explore the pristine exuberant vegetation of the Amazon rainforest, the flora and fauna and discover the people who live along the riverbanks.
Quito - Amazon Cruise - Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
High on the mountainside, protected by jungle and a deep canyon, Machu Picchu was an ancient stronghold. We see the descendants of the Incas and explore their heritage.
Lima - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Lima
Lake Titicaca has a serene tranquility and small isolated farming communities preserving their traditional way of life. We visit the exuberant rainforest and the history of the Andes.
Lima - Amazon - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco - Lake Titicaca
Discover ancient cultures, mountain landscapes and the diversity of the Amazon rainforest with your little explorers, on this family-orientated tour of Peru.
Lima - Amazon - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
Explore the Inca Empire including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley", taking the trains to Machu Picchu and along magnificent Andean landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca / Puna - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco
Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross mysterious Lake Titicaca perched at the top of the Andean mountains, travelling by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Puno / Lake Titicaca - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
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