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Sacred Valley

Stretching between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas is a place of breathtaking beauty and holds great significance in the Andean region. Bustling markets, hillside Inca ruins, and centuries-old salt mines are among the attractions you can explore during our small-group and private Sacred Valley tours.

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What to see in Sacred Valley

MIL Centro Restaurant

At MIL Centro you can taste various flavors unique to Peru cooked up by world-class chef Virgilio Martinez. This sister project to his flagship Central Restaurant in Lima has been climbing in acclaim since its inception in 2018. Panoramic views of the Moray ruins and Andes mountain can be seen from the windows while representations of the same landscapes can be tasted in 8-courses of gourmet cuisine.

Pisac Ruins

Witness some of the most impressive examples of Incan engineering at the Pisac ruins. Here Terraces, stone structures, and aqueducts will give you a first glance of the wonders to come at Machu Picchu.

Pisac Market

The Pisac market is an artisan market that can be visited daily. This world-famous market is a great place to pick up Peruvian souvenirs like Andean textiles or Maras salt. You’ll also witness the beautiful rural landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Ollantaytambo Ruins

The Ollantaytambo ruins are a unique archaeological site. This is the only place where the Incas took a stand against the Spanish conquerors. After putting up a fight, the Spanish gathered more forces and took it over as a fortress. Perfectly carved into the mountainside, with Inca terraces that overlook the Urubamba river you’ll understand why it was once an Incan estate as you gaze out into the scenic Sacred Valley.

Maras Salt Mines

While most mines are underground, the Maras Salt Mines are above-ground terraced pools that fill with natural saltwater. As the water evaporates, the salt solidifies and has been harvested for centuries by the nearby communities.


The Moray ruins are believed to have been an experimental farm. Archaeological evidence suggests that the concentric circles of terraces were used to test how altitudes affected the different growth rates and crop productions.


Chinchero is where to go in the Sacred Valley if you’re wanting to visit a traditional Andean town. Get a glimpse into the contemporary Andean culture and visit nearby Inca ruins and historical sites.


The town of Urubamba lies along the shores of the Urubamba River and is a traditional Andean town nestled within the Sacred Valley. Here you’ll find some of the Sacred Valley’s best hotels and lodges.

Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

The Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary is a family-run rescue center for animals and is a highly recommended place to see in the Sacred Valley for families. Here you can feed alpacas, pet Peruvian hairless dogs, see colorful macaws, and more!

Sacred Valley Hotels


Tambo del Inka

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Avenida Ferrocarril, Urubamba, Sacred Valley


Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

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5to Paradero Yanahuara, Sacred Valley


Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado

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5to paradero Yanahura, Urubamba, Sacred Valley

Peru Highlights

Peru is filled with archaeological ruins, scenic landscapes, and delicious flavors. Must-see places in Peru include:

Inca Trail

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in four or two days. The Inca Trail is a 500-year old pathway where the elite Incas once entered into the “Lost City of the Incas”. Plan with your Peru for Less travel advisor in advance, Inca Trail permits tend to sell out even 6-months in advance.

Amazon Rainforest

Step into the lush Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and witness a spectacular array of wildlife in its natural habitat. Lodges in Puerto Maldonado are ideal for excursions and daily activities. Those looking for a more luxurious Amazon experience would love an Iquitos Amazon River cruise. Colorful macaws, giant tarantulas, and playful river otters are among the sights you’ll behold.


Cusco city has it all, archaeological ruins, colonial buildings, top-rated restaurants, and countless places to explore. Your Cusco City Tour will take you to the top highlights like Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, the Cusco Cathedral, and more.


Arequipa is a picturesque town and also the second-largest city in Peru. Local markets, beautifully built colonial architecture, and El Misti volcano are among the things you’ll see while walking the cobblestone streets of the white city.

Lake Titicaca

Sail on the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca and step on the reed Uros and Taquile floating islands. Some of the best weavers are found in this area so pick up some Peruvian textiles here for unique souvenirs.

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are mysterious geoglyphs and geometric shapes drawn onto the desert floor hundreds of years ago by the Nazca culture. Little is known about them nevertheless, the Nazca Lines inspire awe in those who take a flight over them.


Lima is a mixture of modern city living and historical significance. Here you’ll find Central restaurant (ranked #6 by 50 Worlds Best), UNESCO World Heritage sites like Historic City Center with the San Francisco Convent, and the best shopping in Peru.


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