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Sacred Valley of Inca, Peru
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The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru in South America, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. The area between towns Písac and Ollantaytambo, along the banks of Urubamba River, (other names Vilcanota River or Wilcamayu), is called Sacred Valley of the Incas. The river with fertile soil along its banks fed by numerous streams and small rivers, mild climate and easily defensible location made the area an agricultural paradise (the best place for maize (corn) production in Peru) and a major settlement for the Incas. Terraced slopes and the patchwork of fields surround ancient fortresses and villages of The Sacred Valley with lots of archaeological sites and places of tourists' attraction.
What Makes It Special
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the place where the ancient civilization of the Incas and Inca Empire emerged. The valley itself was regarded as sacred by the Incas as the territorial correlation to the Milky Way. The legend has it that four Ayar brothers, Uchu, Manco, Cachi and Auca, created by Viracocha (the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology), who lived in a cave in Tampu Tocco mountain close to the Pacaritambo, house of daybreaks, (settlement 33km from Cusco) were looking for a place to settle. Finally, after several years, only one Ayar Manco with his wife Mama Ocllo reached the place where Cusco was built. According to legend he became the ancestor of the Inca dynasty, changing his name to Manco Capac. The descendants of Manco Capac built a vast and strong empire which was defeated by Spanish conquistadors. Beautiful views, enchanting history, ancient ruins and mystery made the place unique for any visitor.
Directions To Destination
By Plain to Peru:
The best way to get to Urubamba Valley and Urubamba town in Peru is by plain. You need to make quite a trip - first getting to capital of Peru Lima and than to Cusco. Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM, ICAO: SPIM), in Spanish Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez, is Peru main international and domestic airport. It is located 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the historic center of Lima and 11 miles (17 km) from Miraflores - a famous district of beautiful homes, villas, parks and flower gardens.
Best Time To Go
October, November, April, May are the best months to enjoy breathtaking sceneries. Located at 2800 meters altitude and surrounded by mountains it enjoys mild climate with rainy and dry seasons.
Where To Stay
We can recommend Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (Avenida Ferrocarril S/N, Valle Sagrado, 000 Urubamba) five star hotel with rates starting from $235 to $595 per room/night. Taxes and 10% service fee are not included in the room price. It is the only hotel in Urubamba with a private train station that provides services to Machu Picchu. There are 128 rooms in the hotel.
You can do whitewater rafting to navigate the Urubamba River and other streams with rapids and waterfalls in the Sacred Valley, trek through its hills and mountains, hike the Inca Trail, or explore what the towns have to offer.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Warm clothes are essential in your trip to the Sacred Valley because the nights may be cold. It wold be wise to have hats, sun glasses and sun block - ultraviolet radiation is the highest in the world in this region.
Web Sites: Sacred Valley of the Incas