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Nestled in the Peruvian Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a breathtaking region that stretches between the city of Cusco and the iconic Machu Picchu. Renowned for its lush landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, the valley was a crucial area for the Inca Empire and continues to captivate visitors today. The Urubamba River, a vital source of life, winds its way through the valley, nourishing the fertile lands that have been cultivated for centuries.

The Sacred Valley offers a rich tapestry of experiences for travelers. The area is dotted with ancient ruins, each with its own unique character and significance. Among them are the terraced salt ponds of Maras, the amphitheater-like terraces of Moray, and the fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo. These sites offer not just historical and cultural insights but also serve as stunning viewpoints to soak in the surrounding natural beauty.

For adventure enthusiasts, the Sacred Valley provides a playground of opportunities. Activities like trekking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting are popular ways to explore the landscape. Hiking trails lead you through a variety of terrains, from high-altitude plains to cloud forests, offering panoramic vistas of the Andean peaks.

One of the key highlights of the Sacred Valley is its vibrant market culture. Towns like Pisac and Chinchero are famous for their bustling markets where artisans from surrounding villages come to sell their wares. These markets offer a feast of color and craftsmanship, showcasing textiles, pottery, jewelry, and more. It's also a fantastic place to experience the local way of life and interact with Quechua-speaking communities.

The flora and fauna of the Sacred Valley are equally captivating. From llamas and alpacas grazing in the fields to a variety of bird species that include the Andean condor, the area offers numerous opportunities for wildlife spotting.

In summary, the Sacred Valley is more than just a gateway to Machu Picchu; it's a destination that warrants exploration in its own right. Whether you're interested in history, eager for adventure, or keen to soak up local culture, the valley offers a well-rounded experience set against a backdrop of staggering natural beauty. It’s a place where the heritage of the Incas is still palpable and where each corner offers new avenues for discovery.

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Geeky Facts about The Sacred Valley

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It is called Sacred Valley because of its alignment with the milky way.

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The majority of the well preserved Incan ruins are located in Sacred Valley.

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The Incas settled here for its special geographical and climatic qualities.

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Inca & Amazon Adventure

Inca & Amazon Adventure

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12 days from

£4,020 / person

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Amazon to the Andes

Amazon to the Andes

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12 days from

£1,799 / person

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Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

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15 days from

£3,999 / person

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Amazon, Incas & Titicaca - 13 days

Amazon, Incas & Titicaca - 13 days

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13 days from

£2,945 / person

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Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise

Ultimate South America with Brazil's Amazon & Galapagos Cruise

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30 days from

£10,384 / person

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Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure

Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure

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12 days from

£2,396 / person

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