Sacred Valley visited by Thousands of Tourists every year
The beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas of the Incas, located in the Cusco region, attracts more and more travelers and tourists every year. The Sacred Valley is located nearby Cusco, at about an hour bus drive from the imperial city of the Incas.
In total, the small villages between Pisac and Ollantaytambo provide 350 archaeological sites that are visited by thousands of national and international tourists every year. Spending some time in the Sacred Valley – and not only do the one day tour Sacred Valley – is one of the recommendations of Nat Geo Travel.
The following villages belong to the main tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley:
Pisac is known for its archeological site and its market where tourists can buy handicrafts. Situated 97 km northeast of Cusco, the site of Ollantaytambo is of great significance in Peru, but also in whole South America.
Runkurakay, another place to visit, is a fortress that is situated on the Inca Trail. Chinchero is known for its archaeological sites and its colonial church from the 17th century. In Moray the Incas cultivated plants and in Maras Peruvians still, use the saltpans for salt production.
Yucay is located in the middle of the Sacred Valley. The Incas used this place for agriculture. Tourists can find there the Inca Palace of Manco Sayri Tupac Segundo.
Finally, the Sacred Valley and especially Ollantaytambo, are a good starting point for your Machu Picchu Tour; you can get on the train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Pueblo, in Ollantaytambo.