The Sacred Valley, once the center of the Inca Empire, is brimming with important and consecrated Incan sites. These include the citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo that guard the valley on opposite ends, the complex of Puka Pukara, the religious site Q’engo, the agricultural site Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and the king of the Sacred Valley, aka Urubamba Valley, Machu Picchu.
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Rio Sagrado, A Belmond Hotel, Sacred Valley is an oasis rich with the spirit of the Incas.
This venerated Andean highlands valley known for its natural beauty is home to a plethora of picturesque villages, including Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Traditional Pisac is renowned for its handicraft and farmer’s markets, but even more famous for the vast Incan complex that looms large over the town. Ollantaytambo, which marks the beginning of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, also boasts an expansive Inca fortress and some of the oldest continuously inhabited buildings in South America.
The best time to visit the Sacred Valley is from April to October during the dry season, especially if you plan to hike the Inca Trail.