Most people that travel to Peru think that the only place to visit is Machu Picchu. However, there are many other places you can visit while you’re here. Here are the top 3 places to see in the Sacred Valley.
- Pisac Ruins
Where and what exactly is Pisac? Well, it is set high above a valley floor patch-worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac’s Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main Sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple you’ll see even more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and if you look close enough you’ll see that the higher crevices and rocky overhangs hide hundreds of ancient burial sites etched into the rocky surface. It’s really quite amazing.
Urubamba is considered more of a commercial hub rather than a tourist attraction in itself but the local market selling fresh fruit and vegetables and pots and pans and other essential items is perhaps a better way to see how the locals really live rather than the overly touristy market at Pisac. It has a wide-open town square or “Plaza de Armas.” You’ll also enjoy its warm climate while its laid-back atmosphere makes it popular with visitors and many ex-pats that have decided to make Urubamba or the surrounding villages their home. You can also find some superb accommodation in the area ranging from luxury hotels, family-run farm houses to yoga and meditation retreats, there’s a bit of everything here
The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba river – an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed. A tour of the area will take you along all of these areas and more, even having a chance to see how this almost impenetrable rock was cut using ancient methods.
There you have it, the Top 3 places to visit in the Sacred Valley. If you want to know anything more about Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu Travel, check out the rest of our blog posts at Peru Travel Blog and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our special packages.