The essence of the experience
Nestled at the foot of verdant hills is the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley). Bounded by the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley is shaped by sweeping rivers, and an abundance of fascinating archaeological monuments and indigenous people.
Visit the towns of Pisac, Yucay, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, where you can view pre-Hispanic archaeological ruins that were built by the Incas and used as citadels or resting places.
Boasting a magnificent natural setting, this destination can be appreciated for its rich flora and fauna, birdwatching, and adventure sports as well as its archaeological wealth. Highlights include vibrant markets where you can purchase beautifully hand-crafted goods, and the Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The valley is also packed with other Inca sites and trekking routes are deservedly gaining in popularity.
Brightly coloured flowers embellish the fields as the diverse microclimates allow the flourishing of flora. The area is also home to deer, chinchillas, Viscata, foxes, Andean pigeons, and an abundance of birds including pretty hummingbirds.
Snow-capped mountains, blossoming meadows, and deep aquamarine lakes make the Valley an adventurous base for tourism in South America. Take your time exploring this peaceful corner of the Andes.