The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must for anyone who visits Cusco because of its picturesque towns, indigenous terracing, ancient archaeological sites from the Inca culture, vast fields of corn and beautiful weather. The terracing system is still in use and is combined with today's hydraulic engineering and systems to grow the best corn in Peru.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 16.5 miles northeast of Cusco along the banks of the Vilcanota River, whose name changes to the Urubamba River farther downstream. It stretches between the towns of Písac on one end and Ollantaytambo on the other. Just a one hour journey from the city of Cusco will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its incredible archaeological sites, such as Ollantaytambo.
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The architecture of the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuamán leaves you awestruck with its 16.5 foot walls built with stones that weigh up to 137 tons.
Its labyrinthine and zigzagging underground roads and canals gave it the name Qenko, a name that means maze in Quechua.
Tambomachay was where the Inca (king of the Empire) went to rest and was a sacred center for worshiping water, the source of life.
Highlights include exquisite engravings in its walls and huge and timeless stones joined together without any type of mortar.
In Moray, the Inca people conducted agricultural research, creating micro-climates with different temperatures at different heights on the tiers.
The Maras salt pools, also known as "salt mines," are the main attraction, with 3000 pools of 54 square feet each.
A fortress with colossal walls built in a strategic location in the province of Urubamba to overlook and control the Sacred Valley.
Perfect for anyone who likes extreme sports. In Chinchero you can hang-glide or para-glide, soaking in the gorgeous views.
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