The Sacred Valley of the Incas is timeless, simultaneously working hard to protect its heritage whilst promoting its native culture. Since the beginning of the Inca empire, the valley has been a key region in terms of agricultural experimentation. Currently, the area serves as a popular tourist hotspot, offering a glimpse into Peruvian history and allowing travellers to explore Inca fortresses that are just as spectacular as Machu Picchu. From Inca citadels to mountainside hotels, we bring you a comprehensive guide to this unforgettable region in Peru. amazing things, amazing things,amazing things
1. Ollantaytambo Ruins
This town is home of the Inca fortress where Manco Inca Yupanqui fought Spanish colonizers in 1537. Visiting the fortress of Ollantaytambo means climbing its more than 200 steps up to a ceremonial center from where you can see the immensity of the Sacred Valley. It is the best preserved Inca citadel in its original form despite having not been finished. The town of Ollantaytambo is a landmark where the Inca trail begins to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
2. Pisac Terraces
One of the first towns on the Sacred Valley route is Pisac. In this town of artisans (in which metalworking stands out), a millenary custom is practiced: trueque, or bartering occurs every Sunday, as well as its popular Catholic mass in Quechua. But the most important landmark in Pisac is in its heights. The citadel of Pisac, contemporary to Machu Picchu, is an archaeological complex where you can find the largest pre-Hispanic cemetery in the Americas. The Inca agricultural terraces that descend the mountain are called andenes and are still used today. Pisac is one of the most important archeological sites in Peru.