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The Sacred Valley

Just outside Cusco, the Urubamba river flows through the picturesque, fertile Sacred Valley under the shadow of the snow-capped Vilcabamba mountains. Once breadbasket of the Inca, the Sacred valley sits on average at 2800m above sea-level, 500m lower than Cusco, and is characterised by white-washed Inca villages, traditional markets and a series of impressive Inca sites and ruins. 

Though more often visited as a daytrip from Cusco, the Sacred Valley is the perfect spot for acclimatising and recharging your batteries. There is a good selection of hotels that provide welcome relief from the bustle of Cusco and attractions that will keep you busy for days. 

At the top end of the Valley, Pisac offers a popular traditional market with fine ruins in the hills above the town while at the far end, Ollantaytambo, arguably the most authentic Inca town remaining, boasts a spectacular fortress overlooking the countryside, never conquered by the Spanish. Further afield, the pre-Colombian salt-flats of Maras are hugely photogenic and often combined with the enigmatic site of Moray, circular Inca terraces that rise up the hills.  

The Sacred Valley Hotels

$$$$ The Hotel Sol y Luna The Sacred Valley

Just outside the village of Urubamba at the heart of the picturesque Sacred Valley, the Hotel Sol y Luna is a small, charming hotel and resort nestled in pretty, landscaped gardens surrounded by...

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$$$$$ Rio Sagrado The Sacred Valley

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The height of luxury, nestled in lush, well maintained gardens at the heart of the picturesque Sacred Valley, the Hotel Rio Sagrado is an exclusive Orient Express property perched on the banks of the...

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$$$ Hotel Pakaritampu The Sacred Valley

The Pakaritampu is a small, rustic hotel surrounded by pretty gardens perched right at the edge of Ollantaytambo with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley and in sight of the town’s impressive...

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$$$$$ Hacienda Urubamba The Sacred Valley

The Hacienda Urubamba is one of the newest and most anticipated hotels in the Sacred Valley, a charming, colonial style lodge perched at the foot of the Vilcabamba Mountains with sweeping panoramic...

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$$$$ Aranwa Resort & Spa The Sacred Valley

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Overlooking the Vilcanota River set against the dramatic back-drop of the Urupampa mountains, Aranwa Sacred Valley is a charming retreat and spa just 1½ hour’s drive from the Inca capital Cusco. The...

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