The Sacred Valley was a truly special place for Inca civilization. Their many rivers and gorges, and the fertility of their valleys make this the best productive spot—the best grain corn in Peru grows 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 the 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 traditions survive until today), and a great view of the valley. In Chinchero you can also find some archeological remains, 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, 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 gastronomy 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 fed. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel.