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The Sacred Valley, Peru

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A May 2009 trip to Peru by LenR

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Quote: The Sacred Valley, Peru is commonly defined as the land along the Urubamba River between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This area, which was the past heart of the Inca Empire, rewards visitors with incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes mountain vistas, and interesting towns.

The Valley

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You can go white water rafting or kayaking, paragliding or hang gliding, or horse riding in the Sacred Valley, trek through its hills and mountains, hike part of the Inca trail, or explore what the respective towns have to offer. The Sacred Valley receives water from various rivers that descend through the surrounding gorges, and the different landscapes that are created are very attractive. The most popular tourist attraction in or near the valley, of course, is Machu Picchu, and this must not be missed.The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare combination for the high Andes. It was also the r...Read More

Alhambra Restaurant

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Alhambra Restaurant Photo, Yucay, Peru
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From Pisac, following the Vilcanota River towards the west, the narrow route between the river and the hills passes through the towns of Calca, Yucay and Urubamba before arriving at Ollantaytambo. Yucay is associated with some important events in Incan and colonial history. In the spacious Plaza de Armas there is a beautiful, impressive tree, the pisonay, whose leafy branches and beautiful flowers grant the town an air of festivity and elegance. The ruins of the Palace of the Inca Huayna Capac can also be found in this area. Urubamba, located 78km from Cusco via Pisac and 57km via Chinchero, is not located far from here. It was one of the main agricultural centers of the Inca empire. Like...Read More

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Alhambra Restaurant
Carretera Urubamba-Ollantaytambo Rd.
Urubamba, Peru
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Pisac Market

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Pisac is the first significant town you come to north of Cusco. It is a picturesque Andean Village, typical except for the huge, spreading pisonary tree that dominates the central square. Most tourists visit Pisac to see the famous market on Sunday, but there are smaller, but still significant, markets on both Tuesday and Thursday. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. Fruits, vegetables and grains happily share the stage with ceramics, jewellery and woollens on the central plaza and spill over into the side streets. Sellers set up shop from about 8 am and ...Read More

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Between Cusco and Pisac

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A trip to the Sacred Valley often starts with brief stops at some Inca sites near Cusco before heading off to the village of Taray and the tourist attraction (trap) of Awana Kancha. After passing Sacsayhuaman, the huge ruins complex above Cusco, the first stop can be at Quenko.Quenko (Qenqo) is a temple and amphitheatre about 7km from Sacsayhuaman. The ruins are very well preserved and feature a series of underground tunnels with an Altar (probably for sacrifice), galleries and carvings. Quenko was carved from a huge limestone formation. Niches in the wall were used to display religious items. The amphitheatre with its huge monolith in the middle featured some wide seats or thrones. This m...Read More