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.
Itineraries Featuring Sacred Valley
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The Inca Tour - Peru
Group - 13 Nights from £2,854
Explore the Inca Empire of the Sun including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" before taking the train to Machu Picchu. We travel by bus along magnificent Andean landscapes from Lake Titicaca to Cusco.
Lima - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Lake Titicaca / Puna - Sacred Valley - Machu Pichu - Cusco
The Moneda Tour - Bolivia Peru
Group - 17 Nights from £3,672
Step back in time to explore landlocked Bolivia and the riches of Potosi. Cross Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Inca Empire and perched at the top of the Andean mountains, before travelling by train to Cusco and Machu Picchu fortress.
Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Puno / Lake Titicaca Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
The Viracocha Tour - Brazil Argentina Bolivia Peru
Landmark - 21 Nights from £5407
Cross continent from tropical coast to high Andean mountains with remote heartland villages and markets; Cosmopolitan Cities, Inca archaeology and dramatic mountain landscapes
Rio de Janeiro - Iguazú - Buenos Aires - Santa Cruz - Sucre - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Sun Island - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco - Lima
The Shaman Tour - Argentina Brazil Bolivia Peru
Landmark - 28 Nights from £8036
Cross Continent with a cruise deep in the Amazon Rainforest, Cosmopolitan Cities, Colonial Heritage and magnificent Iguassu Falls, combine with stunning Andean Landscapes.
Buenos Aires - Iguazu - Rio de Janeiro - Salvador - Brasilia - Manaus - Amazon Cruise - Lima - La Paz - Lake Titicaca/Puno - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco
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