This stunning valley was viewed by the Incas as a representation of Heaven on Earth, and they built many magnificent temples and fortresses along the banks of the Urubamba River. Many of these ruins can be seen - and modern rural life experienced - in places such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. And, as the Sacred Valley is lower than Cusco, it's also a great place to acclimatise to altitude.
Reasons to visit The Sacred Valley include:
The temperature is fairly consistent all year, but most people tend to go in the dry season, which is April through October. For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
Urubamba is about a 75-minute road transfer from Cusco. You can fly to Cusco and then immediately transfer to the Sacred Valley for a couple of days, allowing you to see the sites and acclimatise to altitude before returning to the higher altitude of Cusco.
Welcoming small hotel at Ollantaytambo station with pretty gardens and en-suite rooms, perfect for exploring the Sacred Valley.
An historic 17th casona within walking distance of Cusco's main square, providing cosy accommodation and pretty gardens.
The Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is a luxury hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a great location from which to explore this fascinating region.
A luxury hotel in the scenic Sacred Valley offering a wide range of excursions and activities.
Rustic, self-contained accommodation in a pretty garden setting.
37-room hotel located in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
88 room hotel created from a 17th century monastery, set amongst beautiful gardens in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Sol y Luna Hotel provides a perfect base to explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.