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The Sacred Valley

Why visit The Sacred Valley? 

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.
Reasons to visit The Sacred Valley include: 

  • Numerous Inca holy and archaeological sites, large and small ”“ including the most famous of them all, Machu Picchu - gaining an insight into this fascinating ancient civilisation. 
  • Hike, horse ride or raft to take in the great natural beauty of the area, with stunning, snow-capped mountain scenery and lush agricultural terraces. 
  • Visit the highest settlement in the Sacred Valley (2920m) ”“ Pisac. Shop in the hundreds of market stalls and visit the Inca ruins above the town.
  • Visit the Inca settlement of Yucay, a tranquil place not greatly visited by tourists. 
  • Chill out in the delightfully laid-back town of Urubamba, an ideal base from which to explore the rest of the valley. 
  • Visit the centuries-old, terraced salt pans at Maras, fed by an underground stream. 
  • Photograph the fascinating pre-Inca agricultural testing station at Moray, its four deep, parabolic depressions once used by agriculturalists to mimic different climates. 
  • See the original Inca layout and very impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo and the famous Sunday market at Chinchero. And don’t forget to head a few miles out of Chinchero, for one of the most amazing views in the Andes.  

When to go to The Sacred Valley 

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.

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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time:

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.

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