The Most Unmissable Things to Do in Peru’s Sacred Valley

At a glance, the area’s relaxed atmosphere and tiny market towns may lead you to think it’s only a place of transit. But a closer look will dispel this illusion. 

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was named as such because it contained some of the best agricultural land and was therefore owned by the Inca himself.

Many species are sheltered here, including Andean condors, vicuñas and even pumas.

Learn about the valley’s wildlife at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

This small, traditional Peruvian town is best known for its craft market.

Browse for souvenirs at the Mercado de Pisac

Don’t miss the Templo del Sol (Sun Temple), with its precisely cut dry stone walls. 

Appreciate the finest Inca stonework at Parque Arqueógico Pisac

Prices here are the cheapest in the region, although touristy knickknacks such as stuffed Alpaca toys are probably cheaper in Cusco.

Discover Chinchero’s authentic local market

The best thing to do here is capture photographs of the families at work.

Photograph the dazzling white of the Salineras de Maras

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