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The Sacred Valley of the Incas (or the Urubamba Valley) is a valley in the Andes of Peru, home to the tribe of Incas, whose empire was the largest in pre-colonial America from the 13th to the 15th century. The most famous remains of that empire is the city of Machu Picchu, located in the present-day region of Cusco. The Sacred Valley also includes ... Read more
many other towns like Písac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Chincero, the district capital, Cusco, and small towns like Calca and Lamay. The Incas' language, Quechua, is still spoken by locals in the region.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a key area of settlement to the Incas due to the Urubamba River, which is fed by numerous rivers that descend from the mountains and gorges, and its moderate climate and fertile plains that made the area agreeable for settlement. The area also provided a route to the jungle with its tropical fruits and plants. The valley served as a buffer zone protecting Cusco from incursions by nearby jungle tribes. Today the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce.

Note: A Boleto Turistico is required for access to some of the sights in and around Cusco. It can be bought at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC), Av Sol 103, Cusco (ph: +51 84-227-037). There are three different kind of tickets:

  • A full ticket (valid for ten days and for all sites), 130 soles
  • A student ticket (ISIC student card required as proof), 70 Soles
  • (liA partial ticket, (only valid for one day and a limited number of sites)
      The ticket gives access to the following sites in Cuzco: Santa Cataline Monastery, Museo Municipal d

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Cusco’s main tourist season is during the Southern Hemisphere winter from June through September, which for the Imperial City brings a cool and dry climate, with temperatures in the 60s (15-21C) . Traveling at ... Read more
off-peak times can mean much better hotel deals, but the summer rainy season can make doing things like hiking the Inca Trail pretty tricky. There is something to be said about the added air of mystery when Machu Picchu is shrouded in a thick, swiftly-moving cloud, but you might not get many postcard-worthy photos. Do bring layers if you travel during the winter -- it can get as cold as 32F (0C) at night.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

While in Peru, if you have time, you should highly consider going to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. There's amazing Incan sights like Ollantaytambo that are worth a visit. In town, you'll see llamas in town and women in traditional dress. It's a lively town and it's very popular with tourists as well.

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New York City

The Sacred Valley of the Inca may not be as well known as Machu Picchu, but it has a lot to love. It is chock-full of major archaeological sites and has an easy-living pace that is a welcome respite from bustling Cusco.

Many visitors opt to book a day tour from Cusco to see the valley's highlights: Pisac, Moray, Salineras and Ollantaytambo. If you can, stay overnight in Ollantaytambo to be the first to see the ruins come morning.

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Puerto Vallarta

The magic of the sacred valley is tangible, this region was my favorite in all of Peru.

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A must visit if you have a few extra days before or after going to Machu Picchu. So many Inca ruins and places to visit. The scenery itself is worth the visit.

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San Francisco

Full-fun relaxation spot before heading to Machu Picchu trek. Good altitude acclamation. Walk up the steepy stairs to Christo Blanco. Lamas everywhere!

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Cusco is tourist heaven. They're everywhere, but that doesn't mean you should skip this incredible area. The sights are worthwhile; there's a reason why it is so popular. Cusco itself is charming and the Sacred Valley is stunning!

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Cusco and the Sacred Vally is one of the highlights of Peru. Here you can visit the majestic Machu Picchu, and numerous other sites that contain Inca history. The view here is amazing with all the surrounding Andean mountains. Pisac and Ollantaytambo are two of the popular towns to visit.

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Although saturated with tourists, Cusco and the Sacred Valley is an unmissable part of Peru. Here you'll visit the ancient capital of the Inca and many of the remains of their civilization and its outstanding building and temples. Cusco is packed with sites and a thoroughly living culture and the Sacred Valley is scattered with old Inca sights and small Quechua villages that make a perfect place to stay and explore the Valley. Both Pisac and Ollantaytambo are two of my favorites.

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Sacred Mystical Shamanic practices and meditations "CUSCO - PERU"

A new dawn and I begin

The Andean Ideology is no stranger to the prophecies. There is a Mystical Tradition which speaks of new Andean prophecies was important for all humanity, in these modern times. The Andean Masters (Shamans Inkas) and spiritual priests, refer three important revelations:

1: The rise of women (Warmy). It is the spiritual evolution of women with the arrival of the new millennium. She is the image of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), in their hands it is the education of love and peace (Munay) focusing for future generations, in order to create balance between the masculine and feminine energy world (Andina Duality).

2: The meeting of the Eagle and the condor (Kuntur); Mystical Andean Shamans; (Paqos) and the American Indian tribes, agree that in the new millennium will be held the reunion and unity of indigenous peoples represented in the North by the Eagle and in the South the Condor, this symbolic union will strengthen spiritual traditions and original culture will emerge a better future for the social condition of mankind.

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São Paulo

Cusco and the Sacred Valley were the best part of our trip to Peru. Cusco is a small city but it's so lively you barely realize you are in a centuries year old city and there is so much history around everywhere you look at that it's become one of the most fantastic places I've been to. The Sacred Valley is a must go attraction and tells the story of the Inca empire along its path, a truly amazing experience.

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