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The enchanting ancient home of the Incas

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Inhabited some 1,000 years ago, the Urubamba Valley, or the Sacred Valley of the Incas, follows the Urubamba River 100 kilometres from the Inca ruins of Pisac to the incomparable Machu Picchu. Inhabited some 1,000 years ago, the Urubamba Valley, or the Sacred Valley of the Incas, follows the Urubamba River 100 kilometres from the Inca ruins of Pisac to the incomparable Machu Picchu.
Why the Sacred Valley?
Experts believe the Incas moved to this region of Peru because the lower altitude of the valley was more suitable for agriculture than at higher elevations in the Andes Mountains. The conquered land was divided between the emperor, the religious community and the farmers, likely explaining the prevalence of royal and religious ruins today.

Machu Picchu may steal the show, but the Sacred Valley is its own sight to behold – filled with fortresses, observatories, temples and other mysterious structures. Follow an expert guide on foot or horseback along the intricate networks of Inca trails that wind through the hills and link small towns like Pisac and Urubamba. After hiking up to Machu Picchu, depart aboard the Hiram Bingham train, which trundles through the Sacred Valley yielding excellent views in comfort.
  • Breathtaking mountain views.
  • Centuries of history evident in architecture and ruins.
  • Fascinating cultural context.
  • Expert local guides for hiking or horse riding.
  • Luxury train journey through the Sacred Valley.
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