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Traditional villages, rural landscapes and hilltop Inca ruins bring you closer to Peru's fascinating past and present.

The Urubamba Valley, known as The Sacred Valley of the Incas lies just north of the Inca capital of Cusco and today is one of the best places in Peru to see Inca traditions and the descendants of a once great civilisation. The dramatic landscape is charactarised by steep mountains, snow-covered peaks and traditional agriculture, small towns come to life in colourful bustling markets and outstanding Inca ruins, particularly those at either end of the valley in Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, demonstrate the enduring brilliance of the Inca people and their customs and ways of life. The people still speak the native Quechua language and conserve ancient customs and ancestral rites.

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Pisac ruins & market

The spectacular hilltop ruins of Pisac guard the north-eastern entrance to the valley and afford wonderful views.

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Ollantaytambo is a large Inca archaeological site, that was once one of the most important centres of the region.

Moray terraces

Moray is a well-known Inca site where we can see the innovative round terraces.

Maras salt ponds

The pre-Inca salt ponds of Maras are still used by locals in the Sacred Valley even today.

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Visiting the village of Willoq is like taking a journey into the past to meet the descendants of the Incas.

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Explore the Sacred Valley on horse-back to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, at a slower pace.

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Chinchero is a rural town best known for its textile work and communal organization.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Rio Sagrado

A scenic and peaceful luxury hotel on the banks of the Urubamba River. The hotel has beautiful accommodation, wonderful lush…

Sol Y Luna

The Sol Y Luna Hotel has beautiful gardens and grounds set in breathtaking scenery. You stay in authentic, well appointed bun…

Casa Andina Private Collection

Set within stunning scenery, the Casa Andina Private Collection is an excellent base for your stay in the Sacred Valley. The…

Pakaritampu

The Pakaritampu Hotel is a pleasant surprise offering excellent value, good location close to the train station and Ollantayt…

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Designed to align with its remote mountain setting, the Explora Valle Sagrado Hotel offers an all-inclusive experience with a…

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