Travel to the Andes and spend time in the beautiful Sacred Valley, an area of high mountains, colourful villages, a multitude of Inca ruins and rich textile history. Explore the market town of Pisac, the impressive Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and have lunch hosted by the family of a local private hacienda, a property dating back to the 17th century. Visit the village of Chincheros best known for its textiles, explore the weavers workshop accompanied by local weaving expert Nilda Callañaupa, a lady who is passionate about keeping the traditional techniques and patterns alive.
The Sacred Valley is a valley in the Andes region of Peru, close to Cusco – the capital of the Inca Empire. This valley was formed by the Urubamba river and according to recent researches it encompasses the “heartland of the Inca Empire”.
We visited several sites of the Sacred Valley. Having a car helped a lot to visit these archeological places since we could go when we wanted and stay the time we felt enough to explore it. Otherwise we would need to integrate organized tours, which is something we usually don’t like.
The one-time capital of the Inca Empire
Cusco is a gateway to Machu Picchu and a hub for travelers from around the world and from across the backpacker-to-luxury spectrum. Cusco’s appeal is accordingly multifaceted.
Stand on a balcony overlooking the Plaza de Armas. Work your imagination hard enough and you can just about see and hear the pomp of marching Inca armies and the bluster of the few Spanish soldiers who managed to defeat them.** Fast forward several centuries and Cusco today is a brilliant representation of Peru’s heterogeneous past and present, a place where indigeneity and cosmopolitanism are embraced in equal measure.
Cusco displays the great epochs and violent transitions of its history in architectural sediments. The palaces of Inca kings provide the foundations for towering Catholic churches where morning Mass is given in Quechua. Colonial-era mansions with open patios and elegant interior spaces are revamped for 21st-century use as hotels, museums, restaurants, bars, lounges, and boutique shops selling art, chocolate, alpaca wool scarves and sweaters, and sundry souvenirs.
By day, the imperial Inca city is serene. By night, it comes alive with the bustle of nightowl locals and travelers. At all times, Cusco sparks with the energy of ad-lib mixings of cultures, languages, and traditions and the meetings of people who were formerly strangers.
As a metaphor for Cusco, the word palimpsest comes to mind. Wander the city’s streets and you’ll see the oldest inscription faint but visible under the new. The past is never fully past. Instead, it joins the present to create tantalizing possibilities for the future. You may come to Cusco with expectations, but it’s what you find by accident that will turn out to be more fascinating than anything you could have imagined.
The Rainbow Mountain ( Altitude 5100 M.S.N.M) of Peru. A fantastic day tour (with trekking) to the 7 Color mountain, through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes. Start from cusco, located in southern peru.
Close to “Ausangate mountain “, This is considered a holy mountain (or mountain spirit) by local Peruvians. (6,385 m / 20,945 ft), the highest mountain in the Cusco region. The area is inhabited by traditional Andean people or Quechuas. It,s a very good chance to observe the real country life in Peru.
This route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature with llamas and alpacas. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain are amazing !