The Sacred Valley: we’ve already told you a bit about it…. its many rivers and gorges, and the fertility of its valleys make it the most agriculturally-productive spot—the very best corn in Peru is grown here. Today, you’ll start exploring this enthralling Andean spot.
In the morning we’ll pick you up at your hotel in Urubamba and head to Chinchero town, the jumping-off point for your Sacred Valley visit to start. Enjoy your time here, admiring the traditional art that locals display in their handcraft clothes (in which the Inca’s knowledge and tradition survives until today), and a great view of the valley.
In Chinchero you can also find some archeological remains, including a beautiful church constructed in the seventeenth-century which was one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru.
This trip continues to the Raqchi viewpoint from where you can see the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, which will be our next stop. People have been living here steadily since the Incan period; this is definitely a place with history. Take a walk through town, climb its iconic fortress, and have lunch (included) in Chuncho restaurant, the perfect place to have a special gastronomic experience.
After lunch, you’ll visit the Living Museum of Yucay where you’ll learn about Andean traditions and browse through exhibitions containing textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware, just as they used to be in the old times.
You’ll also have a closer encounter with the inhabitants of the museum: the llamas, sheep and alpacas, which can be hand-fed. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.
(Say hi! to our Peruvian llama…)