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The Sacred Valley Of The Incas

The Sacred Valley was the heart of the Incan Empire and lies just outside of Cuzco.  Here traditional communities sow these fertile and sacred lands in time-honoured tradition of Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Goddess of harvesting, fertility and planting.  This area is 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 many adrenaline based excursions including mountain biking, white water rafting or you may prefer to opt for a more sedate experience like visiting a local market or a guided tour around some 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 located close to the train tracks in Ollantaytambo from where you will catch your train to Machu Picchu. Alternatively, you may decide to stay at a more remote and luxurious hotel and enjoy facilities like a swimming pool and spa. Our favourite options include Explora Sacred Valley and Sol Y Luna


The Sacred Valley - Our opinion


The Sacred Valley is seeped with history, culture and activities and is a must see on visiting Peru. If you take a little time to relax 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 take a later train to Machu Picchu to avoid the crowds.
 

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