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Sacred valley of the Incas - Towns and Attractions of the Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Urubamba Valley

Named as the main supplier of food of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley sits on the banks of the Urubamba River. This river has its beginnings in the Vilcanota River,namewhich comes from the Quechua wordWilcamayuorMilkyWay. The Incas built archaeological sites along its banks, which replicated the constellations they knew the Andean sky so this contributes further to the beauty of this lovely valley.


The Sacred Valley is located 15 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of Cusco. Encompasses part of the Vilcanota river basin between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

important data:


Seasons Climate T min. (C) T max. (C) Humidity
Rayny Season (December - March) Rainy 15 27 65%
Dry Season (April - November) Dry 10 22 46%

Between April to October, at night the temperature drops considerably in the early hours of the morning the tempreratura up gradually until past noon.


Town or City Altitude
Pisac 2980 m.a.s.l.
Calca 2929 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba 2870 m.a.s.l.
Ollantaytambo 2850 m.a.s.l.

The altitudes shown in the table are in meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.).


According to the latest report of the National Statistics Institute (INEI), the population of Cusco is as follows:

Destination Population
Pisac 5854 people
Calca 13860 people
Urubamba 12974 people
Ollantaytambo 6156 people

the figures shown are for each district in general, including rural communities in each jurisdiction.

Political Division:

El Valle Sagrado de los Incas, es uno de los lugares más bellos del Perú arqueológico. Es una sucesión de pintorescos pueblos de las provincias de calca (Pisac. Coya, Lamay, Calca) y Urubamba (Huayllabamba, Yucay, Urubamba y Ollantaytambo).

things to do:

Here are some suggestions about how to spend your time in The Sacred Valley of Cusco:

  • Rafting in our Sacred Rivers (Huillcamayo or Vilcanota).
  • You will be able to appreciate and buy handicrafts in the famous fairs of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
  • Taking a Walk across Moray, you can know an impressive Inca agricultural laboratory.

For more information about Tours in The Sacred Valley of the Incas click here.


The archaeological centers in the Sacred Valley were considered among the most important in the Inca period. Take a tour of the magical Valley of
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Traditional Peoples of the Sacred Valley, Seated on the basis of ancient Inca peoples, still harbor the customs and traditions of the Andes of Peru.
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