Experiences in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Some places are so magical, they enliven the spirit; places where history and time stand still, connecting us to our essence, to Mother Earth. Places where we can feel traces of the ancient former inhabitants reverberate through our beings.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of these places. With indescribable magic, impressive mountains, and colorful fields, these lands charm any and all who traverse them.
The Urubamba, or Vilcanota, River is responsible for the irrigation of the Valley. This river was greatly revered by the Incas, as were the surrounding mountains and springs. The Incas built high on the mountainsides in order to execute power and dominance over the Quechua people.
Our adventurous spirit and incessant search for the best experiences for our guests has inspired us to design a new experience, which will be included in our VIPAC Experiences starting on September 1st.
Chinchero, Moray, and the Inca village of Ollantaytambo
Our VIPAC Experiences in the Sacred Valley will now include:
- Awanacancha, the Pisac Market, and the Inca village of Ollantaytambo
- 2 days – Sacred Valley of the Incas, treasures, and Inca towns
Every day there seem to be more and more attractions to discover in the Sacred Valley. Our experiences offer adventure, mystical, and experiential tourism options. We invite you to rediscover these magical lands.
|Enrique Quiñones||Javier Quiñones|
INCA TOWNS OF THE SACRED VALLEY
|The first vestiges of this town date back over 2,000 years, when it was inhabited by the Ayarmaca culture. After being conquered by the Incas, the Inca Tupac Yupanqui chose this town for his residence. Beautiful Inca palaces were built, which today serve as the foundations of the Colonial houses and temples.||These Inca ruins, hidden in the heights of the Colonial town of Pisac, were some of the most important religious centers in the Sacred Valley. The imperial Inca architecture suggests that this site was both residential and a place of worship and adoration to the gods. The site contains one of the few remaining original Inti Huatanas (where the sun was tied) that survived the Spanish conquest.||This settlement is considered the ‘last living Inca village,’ as it has been continuously inhabited since Inca times, and maintains its original, Inca urban plan and architecture. Current residents inhabit the ancient houses, traverse the same narrow streets, and wear the same traditional garments that the Incas once did. Ollantaytambo invites you to explore its diverse trails and magical sites.|
|Maras Salt Pools||Moray Terraces||Inkariy Museum|
|This one-of-a-kind place is the result of a subterranean saltwater spring that trickles down the side of a mountain, above the town of Maras. The salt mines at this site have been worked and exploited by local villagers since before Inca times. Each family has ownership over one of the saltwater pools, and these pools can only be inherited by the following generations.||Located in a remote place on the Chinchero pampas, this site was used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory. Here, they would experiment with temperatures to establish the ideal environment for desired crops. The construction yielded 20 different microclimates, and hydraulic techniques were used to increase moisture on the lower levels.||This establishment is not to be missed. Peru’s cultures expanded across the country, from north to south. Powerful empires, like the Mochica, Wari, and Tiahuanaco gave way to the Incas. Become familiar with the evolutionary history of Peru’s people, and better understand the ancient technological developments that we so admire today.|