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Inca Ruins and Sacred Valleys near Cusco

By Viator, June 2014

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As the one-time capital of the mighty Inca Empire, it’s no surprise that Cusco’s biggest claim to fame is its impressively preserved Inca ruins, but while the majority of travelers come to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, the legendary ‘Lost City of Incas’ is just one of many significant archeological sites in the area.

Set on the Urubamba river, the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba valley encompasses much of the Andean region north of Cusco and those hiking the classic Inca trail or taking the scenic train route to the Lost City will pass through the valley on route. Along with the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu, there are a number of additional sites worth exploring on a day trip, including the towering Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, the unique terraced crop fields of Moray and the Temple of the Sun at Pisac.

Closer to Cusco, the walled complex of Sacsayhuamán is one of the region’s most renowned examples of Incan architecture, constructed by Inca emperor Pachacútec in the mid-15th century. Famous for hosting the traditional Inti Raymi festival in June, Sacsayhuamán is reachable on foot from Cusco, and is often combined with a trip to nearby ruins like the ancient temple of Puma at Qenqo, the Temple of the Sun at Korikancha or the ‘Baths of the Inca’ at Tambomachay, one of Cusco’s highest ruins at a breathtaking 13,000 feet. A little further south, the 500-acre archeological site at Tipon is most celebrated for its unique terraced waterways. 

Finally, a little-visited but worthwhile alternative to Machu Picchu is the equally awe-inspiring Inca citadel of Choquequirao, located at 10,120 feet and reachable by a challenging 2-day hike or horseback ride.

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Take an all-inclusive day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco

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Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day excursion from Cusco. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you'll visit the local market and see ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 - 10 hours

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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu

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Discover the very best of both Lima and Cusco on a 7-day tour of Peru. Visit the famous landmarks and government buildings of Lima before heading south to ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

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The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

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Take on the Inca Trail, known as one of the most sacred pilgrimages around the world, on this 4-day trek through the Urubamba Valley towards the citadel of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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Sacred Valley Overnight Tour from Cusco

Stay overnight and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas in depth on this two-day excursion from Cusco. Take a walking tour through the town of Pisac to ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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7-Night Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail

Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu on a seven-night tour through Peru! Retrace the steps of the Inca Empire from Lima to Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

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