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Best Places to Visit in Sacred Valley of the Incas Peru

Best Places to Visit in Sacred Valley of the Incas Peru

The sacred valley of the Incas is one of the biggest tourist attractions of Cusco by its stunning landscape, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and vestiges of  Inca citadels. It also has a pleasant climate and is located to only one hour journey by car from the Cusco city. Throughout this charming valley crossed by the Urubamba River, there are small Andean villages  full of history and custom where you can perform different activities such as explore  the archaeological sites, hikings, visit to the handicraft markets, bike rides, horseback riding, canoeing in the Urubamba River and others.

The most prominents attractions are :

Pisac Ruins

Pisac Archeological Site

Pisac Archeological Site

Pisac is the gateway to the famous Sacred Valley, where the Incas erected on the mountain a magnificent Citadel that consists of agricultural terraces, walls, warehouses, buildings and temples joined by an inca trail neatly built on cliffs and tunnels accompanied by spectacular views of the beautiful Urubamba valley. This Citadel was erected in the 15th century by order of the ninth inca King Pachacutec and should fulfill an important role in the Inca era, due to its strategic location and the quality of its architecture in their temples. In colonial times the Citadel was abandoned and its inhabitants were forced to live in the new colonial villages known as Reductions created in the year 1572 by the Spanish as part of its policy regime of creating small villages agglomerated around a Christian Church and a central square. Currently in Pisac square every Sunday there is a traditional fair where the indigenous communities of the Sacred Valley practice the barter of their products. Ver mas

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo Ruins

It is located 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco and with a height of 2.850 meters above sea level, this impressive Inca construction was erected in the fifteenth century during the reign of the Inca Pachacutec and shows an amazing architecture in its buildings ,such as the temple of the sun, built with giant stone blocks perfectly joined crowning the mountain, and in the lower part is possible to see the remains of the ancient Inca citadel, composed by royal buildings , cobbled streets crossed by canals where the water still runs as in ancient times.

Salt Mines of Maras

Salt pans of Maras

Salt pans of Maras

The salt mines of Maras is composed of more than 3,000 small ponds constructed on the mountain slope in terraces and are exploited since ancient times. Every year during the dry season the local people start to work collecting the salty water that emerge from mountain bowels like a water source, and is directed by tiny canals to fill the ponds. The salty water contained in the ponds are gradually evaporated by the sun heat and after the salt is collected to be commercialized in the local and international market.
Its consumption is highly recommended by its content of minerals suitable for human organism. and it is known as the pink salt of Maras.

Moray Terraces

Moray Terraces

Moray Terraces

It is located 67 kilometers from the city of Cusco. It is a formidable archaeological complex with concentric circular terraces built in a natural depression, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater. These terraces formed a large agricultural laboratory, in which the ancient Peruvians experienced and got improvements in agricultural production, also has Andean religious importance that inspires a great mysticism. Now is used also as a center of the Ritual offerings to the Mother Earth (Pachamama).

Chinchero

Chinchero Church

Chinchero Church

This village is located 28 km from Cusco on the way to Urubamba. In where you will find the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, and the beautiful colonial temple built over the remains of an important Inca temple. One of the main attraction is its Sunday market, originally dedicated to the barter of products between the people from the valleys and the highlands. Nowadays, the market is a true spectacle of color and movement that causes the tourist fascination with its offer of crafts and elaborated textile garments made with the purest pre-Columbian style.

Pikillacta Ruins

Pikillacta Ruins

Pikillacta Ruins

The pre-inca Pikillacta Citadel belonged to the Wari Empire and had as its main centre the Department of Ayacucho including the Cusco area.The Pikillacta Citadel was built around the year 750 dc. And it stands out for the harmonic and symmetrical distribution of its buildings separated by streets perfectly aligned and distributed by sectors, such as the main square, its urban and religious area, besides having a well-organized system of roads. Its architecture is simple with rustic style walls, it was elaborate with stone settled on mud mortar and some of its most important buildings were plastered with gypsum and boast a considerable height. Pikillacta means the village of fleas in the quechua language and it was put in the colonial era due to the amount of existing buildings.

Tipon

Tipon Inca Ruins

Tipon Inca Ruins

The archaeological site of Tipon is located at 23 kilometers to the south of the city of Cusco, in the district of Oropesa, and shows the excellence Inca engineering to build their agricultural terraces, beautifully distributed and irrigated by canals of water carefully worked. The water was brought from the mountain through canals and aqueducts built with great skill, to provide the city with this vital element, there are also some water sources wonderfully worked that probably were used as places of worship to the water.

Temple of Andahuaylillas

Andahuaylillas Church

Andahuaylillas Church

Located at a distance of about 41 kilometers from Cusco’s city. The colonial church of Andahuaylillas boasts a wonderful interior decoration of mural paintings and art canvasses dedicated to St Peter and St Paul belonging to the Cuzco school of the eighteenth century. Also it has beautiful golden altars of baroque style dedicated to various saints and virgins.and is without any doubt one of the most beautiful chapels of the Peruvian colonial art, considered by many as the Sistine chapel of America.

Temple of Huaro

At 41 kilometers from the Cusco city is the church of San Juan Bautista Huaro , built in the second half of the sixteenth century. In its interior stands out its altar carved in wood and gilded with gold leaf of renaissance style, and its magnificent murals painted by the native artist Tadeo Escalante that show representations of hell, heaven, and the judgment where it shows an impeccable originality. Is there where the hell appear with depictions of evil beings who torment sinners that fall to the underworld on their way to death. And also the death is represented as a skeleton holding a scythe and at his feet the symbols of power such as the crown, the papal tiara which reminds us that everything in the life is vanity

These murals were instruments used to evangelize the indigenous and keep them faithful in the new Christian doctrine.

Chapel of Canincunca

It is a small chapel built at the beginning of the XVII century, in devotion to the virgin Mary known as Purificada very popular in the southern Peruvian Andean, it has mural paintings that decorate its interior walls and friezes with beautiful textiles patterns.

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