An excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba (also called Vilcanota) River is a “must” for anyone visiting Cuzco. Here the wealthier Inca families had their country estates, a first experiment with private property in the Inca Empire. The circuit has excellent highways to most sites and can easily be made in one day. However, this does not leave much time for lingering, seeing some of the off-road archeological sites, or simply for taking in the view. The towns of Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo offer several hotels and restaurants which allow the more inquisitive visitor to reside in the area without daily trips back to Cuzco.
|TYPE OF TRIP:||Standard and Private|
|RECOMMENDED DEPARTURES:||April to December|
Day 1: SACRED VALLEY
Normally, tours drive to Pisac, thirty km from Cuzco, and then go fifty seven km down the valley through the towns of Calca, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. In addition, there are several sites upriver from Pisac which are less frequented by tourist like the towns of Piquillacta, Andahuaylillas, and Urcos. Chinchero, home to a great local market, is also on the return route to Cuzco. The town of Pisac, dating from colonial times, has a Sunday market which has become a tourist favorite. Above the town, are Inca ruins including a stones fortress with an impressive view of the valley and the town below.