What to visit in the Sacred Valley tour 1 day
Pisac is the first place to start the trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is located 33 kilometers from the city of Cusco, east of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba. Peru. This archaeological site is one of the most important in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
As was common in Inca architecture, the cities were built on the basis of figurative animal footprints. Pisac, was shaped like a partridge, as its name says.
This city has an Inca and a colonial part. Its main square is a colorful and entertaining place with a variety of handicrafts for sale. This city is known for its astronomical observatory.
Ollantaytambo (Quechua: Ullantay Tampu) is an Inca settlement and archaeological site, capital of the District of Ollantaytambo (Urubamba Province), located in southern Peru, about 90 km northwest of the city of Cusco.
During the Inca period, Pachacutec conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the conquest it served as the fortress of Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. It is the only Inca city in Peru that is still inhabited.
In Ollantaytambo there are terraces of resistance (to avoid landslides), not agricultural as in the other archaeological sites of Cuzco. Today it is an important tourist attraction for its Inca constructions and for being one of the most common starting points of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Chinchero, the most typical town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is a purely Inca city that the ambitious conquerors wanted to “civilize” to implant their culture, but never quite succeeded. Its people live in almost intact Inca constructions, in the same place where their distant ancestors lived and formed the largest and most prosperous civilization in America.