When traveling between the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, you pass through a fertile land surrounded by soaring snowcapped mountains and lush forest; a region of breathtaking beauty and magnificent views that is an integral part of the history of the Incas and was revered by the Incas for its abundant provisions. They named it “the Sacred Valley”.
The Sacred Valley is the perfect beginning to your journey through the Peruvian Andes, it is considered the best location to acclimatize gradually to the elevation of the Andes and prevent the discomfort of altitude sickness.
And most important... you follow the sequence of history. On the sacred valley you visit important archaeological sites, continue to Machu Picchu which is the pinnacle of the Incas’ legacy, to finish in Cusco, the capital of the empire with the finest examples of Inca architecture, along with colonial buildings where many walls of Inca masonry have been incorporated into Spanish Colonial structures. Cuzco is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
This route is the proper way to discover the hidden secrets of the Incas.
Climate of the Sacred Valley
Sun hours in the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley is the home of finest Inca settlements, important colonial towns, colorful markets, impressive tourist attractions, unique Inca terraces, ancient Quechua communities and mystical power sites, a favorite for meditational and transformational groups. Its pleasant climate and overwhelmingly beautiful scenery is the idyllic setting for soft adventure activities like hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, white water rafting, lake kayaking, paragliding, ATV, trekking and zip line.
Since 1978, our tour packages have included overnight stays in the Sacred Valley. Extra nights are strongly recommended.
Sacred Valley Exceptional Experiences