Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and its uniqueness
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, located 35 km from Cusco, between the cities of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, is one of the most important tourist places in Peru and the evolution of the Inca peoples.
It is crucial for those seeking knowledge combined with the indescribable natural beauties and experiences.
The “sacred” of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Formed thousands of years ago by the currents of the Vilcanota or Urubamba river, just as in the past it was called Willkañuta (house of the Sun) or Willcamayu (sacred river), the Sacred Valley extends for more than 100 kilometers and has large and towns. impressive administrative centers, which are part of this ancient occupation.
The name of the sacred for the place is related to the rich flora and fauna, the fertile land and numerous streams that, rising from the snow-capped mountains, follow waterfalls, supplying the entire region with abundant water and feeding the sacred river.
“The architecture of the Valley, like its symmetry, seems to reveal that it had the exclusive function of serving as a mirror of the Milky Way for the Incas.”.
The ancient people of the place performed rituals in the region, very well provided by nature and with a privileged view of the Milky Way, known in the Andean world as Mayu or celestial river, it served the Incas as an axis of orientation for the ritual.
All knowledge of time came from the constellations, where the darkest were identified in the Milky Way, with greater density and brightness, forming shadows of enormous silhouettes, generally of animals, which in Andean thought were responsible for generating fertility and abundance in the earth.
How is the road to the Sacred Valley?
In recent years, the annual average of tourists to the Sacred Valley was 1 million, according to the numbers of Peruvian guides.
The Sacred Valley as a whole extends through several cities and archaeological sites on the banks of the Urubamba River. And while the roads are great, they go up and down mountains, making the journey more time consuming than it seems, but at no point does the view become tedious or exuberant.
With that, our advice is to prepare yourself for a full day excursion. With lunch, which is usually located in Urubamba, one of the largest cities in the Valley.
The refinement and dominance of this city are its differences. Local food and drinks with unique flavors are served here with the best of the region: hospitality.
Route map of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
To stop at some points of the Valley tour, it is essential to complete the trip with the experiences of knowledge of this region so rich in history and learning through the years.
We’ve listed a few stops below, but we’ll talk about other posts soon.
- Pisaq: famous for its craft markets.
- Urubamba: amazing food, hospitality and hospitality.
- Ollantaymbo: rich in unforgettable mountains, ruins and aqueducts.
- Chinchero: very well remembered for the baroque churches and Peruvian weaving.
It is trips like this one, full of peculiarities, history and culture, that enrich us with the experience and pioneering spirit of a beautiful trip.
We hope you enjoyed it. Until the next post.
Inspiring sources: Vida sem Paredes e Andarilhos do Mundo.