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Andean Natives of Sacred Valley of the Incas
Varayocs in Pisac Town
Varayocs in Pisac Town
Old Man - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Old Man - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Old Man - Sacred Valley of the Incas
Woman with typical hat
Saleswoman of flowers
Woman in Pisac Town
Pisac Indian Market
Girls in Pisac Town
Womand and children

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Just an hour’s drive from Cusco city, the Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley of the Incas, is a setting of picturesque communities, impressive terraces and many important archaeological sites and amazing landscapes. Dominated by the imposing peaks of the Vilcanota mountain range, the fertile valley has been the storehouse for agricultural products for the people of Cusco since Inca times, and today is famous for being home to maize cobs with the largest kernels in the world.

The valley is embraced between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo, it has wonderful highland landscapes where its inhabitants, native of the Quechua ethnic, conserve many customs and ancestral rites. It is the area where you can appreciate and magnify the high technological development that the Inca, reached in the agriculture through "andenería" systems (platform systems that are a group of earth patches arranged in steps on the hills to be used in the sow). These systems are still today in full production, with sophisticated designs and hydraulic engineering works that they used for watering. Also outstanding adoration centers to the Pachamama (mother earth).

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  • Map of Cuzco

    Map of Cusco