PERU: SACRED VALLEY

Quaint Andean villages, ancient Inca ruins, salt ponds, mountain scenery and colourful markets make the Sacred Valley an essential stop on any Peru itinerary.

The Sacred Valley is an area of bucolic farmland located about 15km north of Cuzco towards Machu Picchu. Spread out along the Urubamba river are a handful of attractive towns and villages where locals sell their wares at traditional markets. The valley is home to Ollantaytambo and Pisac, two old Inca Citadels, and other mesmerising Inca sites such as the salt ponds at Maras and the ethereal circular terraces at Moray. With a wealth of top accommodation options this peaceful corner of the Andes is a fantastic place to breathe in Peruvian culture.

Best Time To Visit Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is best visited between the drier months of April and October. This area can still be visited in November and December too. There is more chance of rain, but fewer tourists. We advise against the wettest months of January and February.

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Sacred Valley Highlights

A wonderful area for relaxation, culture or adventure activities, the Sacred Valley is a great place to spend a few nights. Here are our top highlights in the area.

  • Discover Inca secrets at chinchero
  • Peruse the lively Pisac market
  • Unearth the past at Ollantaytambo, an old Inca fortress
  • Surreal salt ponds at Moras and the undulating terraces of Moray
  • Stay in the Sacred Valley Pods suspended off the edge of a cliff!

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