Sacred Valley of the Incas
Sacred Valley of the Incas Cusco
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco. The Valley is generally understood to include everything between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Urubamba River, or Vilcanota River or Wilcamayu, as this Sacred river is called when passing through the valley.
It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The Sacred Valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
It was one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for maize production in Peru.
Písac is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley on the Urubamba River. The village is well-known for its market every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an event which attracts heavy tourist traffic from nearby Cusco. One of its more notable features is a large pisonay tree which dominates the central plaza. The sanctuary of Lord of Huanca, home to a sacred shrine, is also near the village. Pilgrims travel to the shrine every September Read More
Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuteq who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail Read More
Chinchero is in the province of Urubamba in the department of Cusco.Chinchero also known as The Rainbow City is located 28 km. northwest of the city of Cusco. It is at an elevation of over 3160 meters and is flanked by the snow capped peaks of Salkantay, Veronica and Soray. The view from Chinchero is breathtaking Read More