The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located between the ancient city of Cusco and the "lost city" of Machu Picchu.
In the shadows of the mountains east of the Sacred Valley lies the traditional Andean town of Pisac. The town center is a thriving hub of commerce that still operates as it has since Incan times; with stalls filling the plaza selling everything under the Peruvian sun, and locals coming down from the highlands to exchange their produce for necessities as well as luxuries in a trade called “trueque”.
You will also visit the Pisac ruins, a very important city during Inca times and the only Inca site apart from Machu Picchu with a stone sun dial. Your expert guide will explain the history of the site and the most interesting temples and structures, and you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the countless agricultural terraces leading down to the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Our next stop is Ollantaytambo on the western extreme of this beautiful valley. Ollantaytambo is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas, and the best surviving example of Inca city planning. Although the impressive fortress was still under construction during the time of the Spanish conquest, and was never completed, it is very well preserved and marks the site of one of the few major losses the Spanish suffered during the conquest.