Many travellers to Peru are so excited by the thought of visiting the well-known Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu that they neglect to take the time to expertise and discover the neighbouring surrounds within the Peruvian Andean mountains. Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies an important vary of cultural and historic stops to maximise your keep, so if you happen to’re visiting the Sacred Valley, right here’s what to not miss when…
Visiting The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Your first cease will probably be Awanakancha: house to Alpaca, Artwork, and Andes tradition. It is a fast cease on the best hand facet of the primary street and can solely take a most of 20-30 minutes to cease and luxuriate in. You’ll be able to stand up shut with a variety of alpaca, llama and vicuña earlier than making your approach to observe the native Andes tradition, and at last stopping on the present store for a high quality piece to take house with you.
Pisac is an exquisite little city centred on the primary avenue, “San Francisco”. You’ll solely want 30-40 minutes right here to sift via the treasures (and never so particular treasures) of the Pisac market and meander via the grid of facet streets as you go.
As the biggest city within the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba is effectively value a go to in your manner via to Machu Picchu. The city is positioned one hour outdoors of Cusco, so can function an important place to cease for a chew to eat as there are extra selections right here than different cities within the area.
One of the best time to go to Ollantaytambo (also referred to as Ollanta) is within the afternoon when the hoards of vacationers have already handed via en path to Machu Picchu. This city is the most effective surviving instance of Inca Cities’ planning methodology, so you’ll want to permit for round an hour to cease right here and discover on foot.
In your manner again to Cusco, you’ll want to cease by the Chinchero district to strive a little bit native favorite – ‘chicha’. Chicherias lining the road are identified to locals by their technique of putting a big pole outdoors the doorway with a big crimson cowl on the highest. Chicha is ‘corn beer’ with a low alcohol proportion, so it’s even in style amongst children as effectively! It’s an acquired style, so you’ll want to take small sips! (picture).
I journeyed to Machu Picchu with Trafalgar on the Highlights of Peru eight day tour.