Our suggestions combine culture, cuisine, history and adventure and so offer the perfect all-round introduction to this beautiful and storied part of the Andes!
1. Go white-water rafting on the Urubamba River
The sharp mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas were thought to be mountain gods who kept watch over the fertile valley, the bread basket of the empire.
2. Learn about traditional weaving in Chincheros
An international airport is being built outside of Chincheros, so it's a good idea to visit the town now before its character is inevitably altered.
3. Visit the showstopper Inca ruins of Moray
Moray was the Inca's agricultural laboratory.
4. Do a super scenic quad bike or horse ride
Riding a quad bike is a fun-filled way to explore more of the Sacred Valley than you could easily do by foot.
5. Visit the striking Maras Salt Flats
The Salt Mines are a visually striking feature of the valley – it's where green farmland gives way to steeply terraced beige salt pans dotted with workers in traditional hats.
6. Enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch
Did you know that there are 3,800 different types of potatoes in Peru? Comfort food just reached a whole new level!
7. Hike up to the incredible Pisac ruins
On the valley floor is the Spanish colonial town, which was built on a pre-exiting Inca settlement at the command of Viceroy Toledo (the man responsible for the final defeat of the Incas). The Inca citadel, meanwhile, sits high above on a spur and is surrounded by terraces.
Quechua was adopted as the official language of the Inca Empire, which helped to spread it to more of the Andes.
8. Visit Ollantaytambo, the only still-occupied Inca town
Stroll around the town Visit the local market Pop into CATCCO Museum Explore the Ollantaytambo Inca ruins
Stroll around Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo still has some original Inca streets and homes, making it a must-see when visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas!
Visit the market
Pop into CATCCO Museum
Explore the Ollantaytambo ruins