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Sacred Valley of the Inkas

An excursion to the Sacred valley of the Urubamba (also called Vilcanota) river is a must. Here the wealthiest Inca families had their country estates, a first experiment with private property in the Inca Empire . although the circuit, which has excellent highway to most sites, can easily be made in one day, this does not leave much time for lingering, for seeing some of the archeological sites which are away from the roads, or simply for taking in the view. The towns of Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo offer several hotels and restaurants which allow the more inquisitive visitor to reside in the area without daily trips back to Cusco.

Normally, tours drive to Pisac thirty kilometers from Cusco and then fifty-seven kilometers down the valley through the towns of Calca, Yucay Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. However, there are several sites upriver from Pisac which are less frequented by tourist, like the towns of Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas and Urcos. Chinchero is also in the returnroute to Cusco on this circuit.

The town of Pisac , dating from colonial times, has a Sunday market which has become a favorite of the tourist. Above the town there are Incas ruins, including a stone fortress with an impressive view of the valley. On colonial town of Pisac, which conserves its Incas foundations, rises the hill known as the Intiwatana with one of the finest terraces (andenes ) in the region. On the summit the Incas built an astronomical tower with nice carved stones from which they could observe the of the sun.

Calca which is surrounded by the Pitusiray and Sawasiray snow capped mountains, has a beautiful landscape. The archeological remains of Huchuy Qosqo is also in this province as well as the medicinal hot mineral baths of Machacancha and Minasmoqo.

Yucay is a pretty valley inhabited by the Runas of the Tahuantisuyo who built impressive works of agricultural engineering. This village is important for the palace of the Inca Sayri Tupac II, a construction made of stone and adobe mud bricks.

Urubamba, located 78 Km. From Cusco via Pisac, is the heart of the sacred Valley of the Incas and it’s known as the "Pearl of the Vilcanota", whit beautiful countryside and a very healthy climate, it is a the foot of the majestic snow- capped peaks Chicon and Pumahunca.

Urubamba is also known as Archaeological Capital of Perú, and it has many possibilities for tourist activities, specially adventure tourism because of its natural beauty. In the rain season there is an abundance of seasonal fruit. The area was also a pre-Hispanic agricultural center.

Ollantaytambo,45 miles from Cusco, was a favorite residence of the Inca, with is terraces running up the steep slope to the top where a carved stone throne allowed the ruler a magnificent view of his holdings. Many of the buildings in the town itself date from Incas times. Walking through the village’s streets can give you a gut feeling of what it must have been like at the height of the empire.

Chinchero, a picturesque town near a pleasant small lake on a high plateau with an attractive church built on a Inca temple and recent excavations there have revealed many Incas walls and terrace. It has become very tourist- oriented but nonetheless the Sunday market and Indian mass are more authentic than a Pisac. At the market, there is a wide selection of handcrafts, including waving, pottery and alpacas goods. Celebrations are held in Chinchero on September 8th. Which is the day of the virgin.

ITINERARY
Departure of Cusco, in the morning we go in direction to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, these trip will take us to visit pinturesque towns characterized for its colorful handicraft markets and archaeological sites and beautiful colonial constructions.

Places to visit:

  1. Pisaq

  2. Urubamba (almuerzo)

  3. Ollantaytambo

  4. Chinchero

  5. Return to Cusco at 18:00 hours.

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Transportation: Private bus
Guide
: Spanish / English

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