Photo of the Week: Sacred Valley, Peru

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The Urubamba Valley is not simply an area to travel through en route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, it’s a destination in its own right.

Known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this scenic expanse of land is packed with archaeological sites, small villages, colourful markets and weaving communities. If an adrenaline rush is more your style, you’ll find opportunities for trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing and rafting.

Overlooking the Sacred Valley, Peru
Viewpoint near Taray, south of Pisac.

Our visit to the Sacred Valley focussed on sightseeing, but unfortunately got cut short when a strike blocked access to the heart of the valley. The furthest we could get was the Pisac ruins, a hilltop Inca citadel famous for its agricultural terracing.

I was extremely disappointed we missed out on seeing many of the Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, especially Moray, Salinas and Ollantaytambo. Hopefully I get a chance to return one day- there better not be a strike next time!

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