Made up of the towns of Pisaq, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, as well as other, less-visited towns, the Sacred Valley is one of the most attractive routes near Cuzco, as its tall mountains frame a green mantle of agricultural fields, picturesque towns and a magnificent river.
The valley, which is thought to have been the centre of agricultural production for the Inca Empire, is where the best Peruvian maize is grown. There are also countless Inca archaeological sites, and traditions that survive to this day.
Beautiful towns transformed by the arrival of the Spanish display their mixed architecture, art and living culture: Písac and its handicraft fair, cosmopolitan Urubamba, the imposing fort of Ollantaytambo and Moray, with its dazzling circular terraces.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Vilcanota or Urubamba river. It can be reached in one hour from Cuzco.