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The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley was the once the heart of the Incan Empire, and the plateaus and plains bear witness to their agricultural prowess. Traditional communities still sow these fertile and sacred lands in the time-honoured traditions of Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Goddess of harvesting, fertility and planting.  This whole area, just outside Cusco, is well-known for its handicrafts and markets.
Exploring the region will give you an insight into the history, traditions and the warmth of the local campesinos. The fertile lands and ancient communities live traditionally where Quechua is still the first language of the Incan descendants that continue to live in the valley.

The Sacred Valley - Things to do

                      
Whilst here you can take part in adrenaline-inducing excursions, including mountain-biking and white water rafting, or alternatively you may prefer to opt for a more sedate experience, such as visiting a local market or taking a guided tour around the salt mines. Whatever your interest, you will be welcomed in a typically warm and friendly Peruvian manner.
 

The Sacred Valley - Where to stay


There are some quaint and characterful options for accommodation located close to the train tracks in Ollantaytambo, from where you will catch the train to Machu Picchu. Alternatively, you may decide to stay at a more remote and luxurious hotel and enjoy facilities such as a swimming pool and spa. Our favourite options include the Explora Sacred Valley and Sol Y Luna


The Sacred Valley - Our opinion


The Sacred Valley is steeped in rich history and culture and has plenty of activities to enjoy. It feels an important area for anyone visiting Peru. If you are able to take a little time to relax here and discover some of the beautiful communities that live within the area, you will be sure to meet some of the friendliest and spirited Peruvians.


The Sacred Valley - Top tips


Relax and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, and then take a later train to Machu Picchu to avoid the crowds.
 

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas - Reviews

Sol y Luna: Tranquility and delicious food. Great choice Johnny.
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