LUXURY TRAVEL TO SACRED VALLEY

  • BEAUTIFUL SCENERY, INCAN RUINS AND ANCIENT CULTURES
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Destination Sacred Valley

It was probably the most populated area by the Incas, a strategic emporium for the region, the privileged climate and fertile soil were the perfect combination for the agriculture in the Andes. The Valley was a special zone with abundant fruit and nutritious plants such as corn and Coca leaf that were used in religious ceremonies and ritual acts.
This beautiful place called the Urubamba Valley was created by mighty glacial rivers that sliced through solid earth to form one of the most environmentally diverse basins in the Peruvian highlands. The valley’s surrounding mountains extend skyward, to elevations where snow accumulates year-round. For the climate and the natural beauty, the Valley became one of the best alternative luxury vacation spots in Peru.
The Vilcanota River runs along entire Valley to merge with the Amazon River hundreds kilometers later, Vilcanota means Wilca Mayo or Sacred River for this reason since it provided the vital element for crops and was personified as a Deity.

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Attractions

Ollantaytambo

The name Ollanta is attributed to a chief of the area who had a forbidden love with the sovereign’s Inca Pachacuteq daughter; and Tambo because it was a place of passing. The town is located in a strategic area to defend Cusco of the invading Antis (tribes of the forest). Ollantaytambo is the only town that conserves almost intact its streets of stones and Inca buildings; it is an example of how the Incas divided their cities in city blocks or courts with a single entrance and a main courtyard.

Moray

The fascinating Agricultural Laboratory of the Incas, three large natural depressions in which terraced co-centric circles was constructed. Seeds cultivated at this site were likely spread throughout the Incan empire to improve crop yields in the harsh conditions of the Andes and were one of the benefits offered by the Incas for peaceful assimilation of surrounding tribes into the Incan empire. Today the site is a series of co-centric circles on plateaus 400 m above the valley floor (3,200-3,500 m above sea level). The site was designed by the Incas to take advantage of natural depressions a little below the level plain and model Andean jungle and semi-tropical environments for the cultivation of different varieties of plants.

Maras Salt mine

The Salt Mines, or, “Las Salineras” are literally salt mines derived from the flow of a naturally salinized creek between Ollantaytambo and Cusco. While they were, in typical Inca style, improved upon and made beautiful, it is likely they predate the Incas by hundreds if not thousands of years. From one source, a small steam of water coming out of the mountain above, a series of gravity-powered distillation pools have been built, each just a few centimeters lower than the other. This allows a steady but very slow flow of salt water to flow over the large, flat areas and dry out into pure sodium chloride – ordinary table salt.

Vilcanota River

In Quechua language Wilca Mayo means Sacred River, flowing down from the Andes range to the Amazon basin. The entire Train ride to Machu Picchu follows the river and gives you impressive views. Take the time to kayac or river rafting in its waters.

Pisaq Market

This colorful market, an explosive sensual experience, where local vendors and artisans offer a variety of quality products at reasonable prices. Pisaq is a thriving community. Several restaurants offer roasted cuy (guinea pig) and empanadas (pastries stuffed with vegetarian or meat fillings) baked in traditional ovens.

Chinchero

The superb landscape of the Vilcanota Mountains, the snow-capped Chicon and Wakay Wilka, with a colorful traditional market. Inca structures and Colonial building erected on them, make this town a rare jewel, local people barter their produce with a nice offer of craftsman works and textiles that follow a purely pre-Columbian style. Two beautiful lakes may be seen from the Chinchero esplanade: Piuray and Huaypo.

What to do?

Explore Archeological Site

Almost everywhere you look away there are ancient agricultural terraces where you can find an archeological places such as Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, just you need to walk a couple of minute or take a taxi to reach there.

Spend the time with locals

Visiting local communities on tours is something that is growing strongly in this area, find a lot of Community associations such as Yachaqs, Misminay, Willoq, have created programs that demonstrate to travelers their daily activities including planting, harvesting, cooking lessons, textile weaving. It is a great opportunities for visitors to become involved in responsible travel project and for a really personalized trip.

Plan a Hike

Full day excursions, moderate trek from Chinchero, Ccorao, Maras or Calca will be the right option for families or couples, trail surrounded by beautiful view.

Colorful Textiles

Browse Colorful Textiles in Awanacancha, Pisaq or Chinchero.These Andean towns have an excellent displays of millenary art and how to keep the tradition alive. A nice textile explanation in Chinchero, wide varied of craft in Pisaq market and the finest handicrafts in Awanacancha. A great addition to any luxury tip in Peru.

Travel tips

Altitude Sickness

  • Sacred Valley is lower than Cusco so you shouldn’t have much trouble with Altitude, but still it is better to acclimatize a couple of days while drinking plenty of water, eating light meals, drinking coca tea and chewing coca leaves. Talk to a medical professional if all else fails.

Weather

  • This delightful Valley usually has warm days, cold nights, high precipitation between November and March, and dry sunny conditions for the rest of the year.

Best time to visit

  • The Sacred Valley can be visited at any time of the year. Yet the best popular time to visit is during the dry season, from April to October, a period known for having clear, hot days and cool nights. For the best scenery, April and May are fantastic months to visit because the countryside is exceptionally lush after the rainy season and the views and weather are sublime. This is a superb destination for luxury travel.

How to get there

  • The towns of the Sacred Valley are accessible by bus or private transportation via the Cusco-Pisac highway or the Cusco-Chinchero highway (shorter). Routes depend on how much of the valley you want to see and how quick you may want to travel. Most visitors do a combination of both routes, going through Pisac, crossing the length of the valley to Ollantaytambo, and going back to Cusco through Chinchero.

What to pack

  • It is a full day excursions so get your backpack with a water bottle, local currency, sun protection, repellent, hat, all your tickets and of course your camera.