About Sacred Valley
Tracing an astoundingly beautiful course from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley encompasses the heartland of the ancient Inca Empire with the historic citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo standing guard over the opposite edges of this steep-sided river valley. Agriculturally exploited by the Incas, the fertile alluvial plain is fed by the Urubamba River, which passes the ancient villages of Calca and Yucay on its journey downstream to the Amazon.
Of all the ruins in Peru, Pisac and Ollantaytambo are perhaps the most evocative. Spectacularly stood on a mountain spur, the fortress of Pisac towers over the colonial village and affords magnificent panoramas across the valley. Centuries-old terraces are lined with rock-cut water ducts and steps and the Templo del Sol can rival anything at Machu Picchu. Constructed around a protrusion of volcanic rock, the temple is believed to have been used to calculate the changing of the season. Further north, the incredible ruins of Ollantaytambo are defended by giant, steep terraces with several stone storehouses built on the surrounding hills. Hemmed in by snow-capped mountains, Ollantaytambo is an awe-inspiring sight and one of the few existing examples of an Inca grid system.
Retaining a traditional Andean charm, the villages of Calca and Yucay line the road between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The village of Calca is popular for the thermal baths located beneath the suspended glaciers of Mt. Sahuasiray. Late September and early October are a great time to visit when the village comes alive with local fiestas. Yucay is home to the exquisite stone walls of a ruined Inca palace with a number of Inca terraces nearby.
Sacred Valley Tours
Here are some popular itineraries for a trip to Sacred Valley
Sacred Valley Hotels
If you are planning a Sacred Valley holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Casa Andina Valle Sagrado Sacred Valley
This wonderful mountain chalet-style retreat is set on some 8 acres of landscaped grounds with spectacular panoramic views of the Andes. The property offers plenty for guests to do from the fully serviced 'Sacred Spa' to the domed Planetarium and Observatory for nights of Southern hemisphere star-gazing. The rustic details of the guestrooms perfectly complement the surroundings
Inkallpa Valle Sagrado Sacred Valley
Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley, Inkallapa Valle Sagrado is the ideal place to stay when you want peace, quiet and relaxation. With just 24 rooms all with terraces or balconies affording spectacular views of the surrounding area - you don't need a big fancy hotel. Guests can also get internet access and dine in delicious local cuisine at the "Sama" Restaurant. Grab a glass of wine and jump in the spa's hot tub for the perfect romantic evening! Located in one of Peru's most beautiful areas in the heart of the Sacred Valley with stunning scenery as far as the eye can see.
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Sacred Valley Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Sacred Valley.