Sacred Valley

A Wealth of Archaeological Treasures

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Agriculture in the valley Agriculture in the valley An hour's journey across the mountains from the Inca capital of Cuzco will bring you to the warmer, more verdant environs of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stretching from Pisac in the east to Ollantaytambo in the west, this fertile agricultural valley is peppered with fascinating archaeological sites and picturesque villages. The Vilcanota or Urubamba River (also known as the Willkamayu, or sacred river, in Quechua) flows through it and glacial peaks stand sentinel over its lush fields.

The Incas prized the Sacred Valley for its pleasant climate, fruitful land and strategic location. It was one of the empire's principal farming areas, said to produce the best corn in all of Peru, and to this day it continues to supply the city of Cuzco with grains, fruits and vegetables. The Incas used the valley as a gateway to the Amazon and built palaces, fortresses and temples here, the most famous and awe-inspiring of these being the ruins at Ollantaytambo and Pisac. They conceived of the river as a mirror image of the Milky Way, in fact, and assigned great ceremonial importance to the region as a whole.

Today, the Sacred Valley is every bit as alluring as it was in Inca times, and its status as one of Peru's top tourist destinations is testament to this. On top of first-class archaeological sites and idyllic scenery, it offers tourists a variety of outdoor activities (such as hiking, biking, horseback riding and rafting), premier handicraft markets, and fine lodging and dining. Lower in altitude than Cuzco by about 1,000 ft, the valley is a great place to spend a day or two acclimatizing to the thinner mountain air before heading to the Inca capital city.

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Av. Hermanos Ayar s/n, Urb. Las Orquideas, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.7
Constantly innovating and improving its services and facilities to achieve the full satisfaction of its guests, the Hostal Chaska is a...
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Calle Wiracocha s/n, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.3
The Wiracocha Inn's three-story, ocher-colored building is located at the edge of the forest and adjacent to the Aguas Calientes River....
from USD 49 per night
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Av. Pachacuteq 804, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Located in Aguas Calientes' main street close to the thermal baths, after which the town was named, Hospedaje Aguas Calientes is a...
from USD 29 per night
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Huayna Capac s/n, Chichubamba, Urubamba, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Located in the hamlet of Chichubamba at the outskirts of Urubamba, El Huerto Paraiso is a rural hotel set in Spanish colonial-style...
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Calle Aymuraypa Tikan 105, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Conveniently located only 50 meters east of the railroad station where the trains from Cuzco pull in, the Machu Picchu ByB is housed in...
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Altura del 5to Paradero, Yanahuara, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
The family-owned Inkallpa Valle Sagrado hotel offers guests four-star accommodations inspired in the cultural and architectural...
from USD 121 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec Mz. 19 Lt. 9, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.6
Taypikala Boutique Machu Picchu is a modern and luxurious hotel located in Aguas Calientes, the town below the ruins of Machu Picchu....
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Avenida Pachacutec 150, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.8
Located in the upper part of Avenida Pachacutec, just a stone's throw away from the entrance to the hot springs, Hostal Imperio de los...
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Avenida Pachacutec 109, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.6
Smart, chic and people-friendly, the El MaPi Hotel unites creative design with day-to-day practicality. Its eye-catching yet...
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Lí­nea Férrea Km. 110, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Escape to your own private Andean paradise of lush gardens, whitewashed cottages and intimate terraces in the shadow of Machu Picchu....
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Calle Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.2
Gringo Bill's Hotel offers cozy accommodations with personality right on the main square of Aguas Calientes. Catering to travelers...
from USD 98 per night
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Las Orquídeas M-24, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.5
Conveniently located near the train station, Inti Punku Machu Picchu is an attractive modern hotel with helpful staff. It can...
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Barrio las Orquideas D-8, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.0
Located a few minutes from the Machu Picchu train station, handicraft markets, and thermal springs, the Green Nature hotel offers...
from USD 65 per night
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Avenida Pachacuteq 803, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.5
Pakarina Inn & Restaurant is a budget lodging in the center of Aguas Calientes catering for all types of travelers, from backpackers to...
from USD 25 per night
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Alameda del Artesano 219, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The Inti Punku Inn opened at the beginning of 2012, featuring a clean, crisp décor in a quiet setting yet conveniently located right...
from USD 80 per night
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Avenida Pachacutec 809, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 7.0
Pachakuteq Inn is located close to the natural hot springs that the town is named for, and just across the street from the Wiñay Wayna...
from USD 49 per night
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Avenida Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
Nestled on the western side of the small town of Aguas Calientes, in the shadow of the mountain housing the archaeological site of Machu...
from USD 361 per night
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Calle Chaska T'ika C-6, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Margarita's House is a budget hotel on the eastern side of the railroad station featuring basic guest accommodations with en-suite...
from USD 30 per night
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Carretera a Chillca, Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 8.0
The Ñustayoc Lodge was conceived as a refuge for adventure travelers in an idyllic rural area surrounded by opportunities for outdoor...
from USD 69 per night
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Carretera Calca Km. 60.5, Huarán, Urubamba, Cuzco, Peru
Review Score 9.0
The nearby rushing Urubamba river and majestic glacial peak of Pitusiray are just two of the reasons why the Qawana Boutique Lodge was...
from USD 59 per night
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This is a zero-star hotel.
Probably due to the type of accommodation, this hotel or vacation rental has not been evaluated by existing star rating systems. The stars for this property are therefore awarded by Pacarama based on its expertise and knowledge of the hotel market in Peru and Chile.
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