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Sacred Valley

HIGHLIGHTS

Pisac Ruins: The small town of Pisac is located 32 Kilometers (20 Miles) from Cusco. On the top of the modern town there are the ancient ruins, which consist of a vast amount of agricultural terracing and a small Inca village. Made up of groups of terraces, the outline of the site forms the shape of a giant condor. In ancient times the condor was considered to be the messenger of the sun, and the one who was in charge of carrying the spirits of the dead onto the world beyond. For this reason Pisac was also considered to be a place of great spiritual worship. 

Pisac Market: Peru’s most famous crafts market takes place in Pisac on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday. This ancient Inca village is nestled in the shadow of an imposing Inca fortress and temple and it is famous for its beautiful and colorful market where tourists can shop for traditional handicrafts and every kind of handmade Peruvian products. 

Awanakancha: AwanaKancha provides an opportunity to see products made from South America's four camelids (alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco) from the first steps of the production process to its end: the animal, the shearing, the textile weaving and dyeing, and the finished products, which you can purchase in the showroom. It makes a great stop for the whole family, as kids usually have lots of fun feeding the camelids on-site. 

Ollantaytambo Temple: Second in importance only to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo includes some of the Inca’s best stonework, including a series of ceremonial baths, elegant trapezoidal doorways, and a sun temple that faces the rising sun. 

Maras: It was home to the descendents of the Incas of the Hurin Cusco Clan. In Colonial times, it was the first salt producing center of the central – Sierra. This picturesque town is located 53 km northwest of Cusco (1hour drive) by a paved road. The town has a large church and several colonial houses with code-of-arms of noble families on their facades. Close to Maras, at the Peasant community of Pichingoto, there are salt mines, known locally as “salineras”. Landscape is awesome n this area.  

Moray: Located 9km west of the town of Maras, along an unpaved road, his archeological site is perhaps one of the most mysterious of the pre-Hispanic Cusco area. The site consists of a large irrigation system and a series of concentric agricultural terraces, constructed by means of stone retaining walls. The location is believed to have been an enormous agricultural laboratory in which the Incas purposefully created several microclimates in which they grew a variety of crops. 

Chincheros: Known to the Incas as the birthplace of the rainbow, this typical Andean village combines Inca ruins with a colonial church, some wonderful mountain views and a colorful Sunday market. On a high plain with sweeping views to snow-laden peaks, it’s quite beautiful. Since it is very high, it’s unwise to spend the night until you’re somewhat acclimated.

WEATHER

The climate is mild for being located in a valley, its altitude ranges between 2,800 and 2,900 m the temperature ranges between 59°F and 68°F. Weather in this area is mild with sunny days for most of the year. The nights can get somewhat colder but still quite mild. Its climate is marked by two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season occurs between the months of November to April. During this season, from December through March, the Sacred Valley Peru weather can, like Cusco, receive its fair share of rain. Nevertheless these showers do not last long and in between the sun will manage to peek through the clouds. Also during this time of the year the temperatures are among the highest.

WHERE TO EAT

Huacatay Restaurant: The Huacatay is a small restaurant in Urubamba which was created with love and little by little it has been becoming one of the region's most creative kitchens. Not only it’s a place where every dish is an experience for the senses but also a refuge where aesthetics and atmosphere are part of the charm. 
Address: Jr. Arica 620 Urubamba Cusco Perú 

Tunupa Restaurant: Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas the restaurant has a breathtaking view of the Urubamba.  It has a capacity of 400 people and they can organize any kind of events. Dishes are a fusion of traditional Peruvian ingredients and Japanese and Thai food; the buffet is very good and they give you a Pisco sour for free.  
Address: Urubamba. 

Hacienda Alhambra Restaurant: Set in a charming garden where pet alpacas roam, it serves up a dazzling array of cuzqueño dishes, stylishly done. The Restaurant offer a daily buffet with a great selection of traditional Peruvian dishes, criolla cuisine options, international dishes and Novoandina food. Address: Carretera Cusco Ollantaytambo, Km 74, Urubamba. 

Wayra Restaurant: Wayra menu brings an informal proposal designed by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, who has collected the seasonal flavors of the valley and offers simple but memorable dishes. All are offered in a different setting, each with its own atmosphere and with unique and stunning mountain scenery and views of the Sacred Valley. 
Address: Sol & Luna Hotel Sacred Valley

3 Keros Restaurant: The 3 Keros Restaurant is conveniently located in the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, one block from the Hotel Tambo del Inca and 2.5 km from Orient Express Hotel Rio Sagrado. Ingredients are from the the finest market in the area and of the highest quality, cooked with great dedication, responsibility and always thinking about the health of the passenger. Their motto is: "Cooking with love and taste." 
Address: Av. Señor De Torrechayoc1, Urubamba 

La Casa de Barro Restaurant: located in Chinchero, important archaeological center and gateway to the Sacred Valley. Tourists here can taste the typical cuisine of the region, along with the warmth of the fireplace. It has a wide selection of domestic and imported liquors. 
Address: Calle Miraflores 147, Chinchero (La Casa de Barro Lodge & Restaurant) 

Hacienda Huayoccari Restaurant: The restaurantis located in an extremely elegant country house in the hills above the Sacred Valley. The menu begins with a Pisco sour in the main room full of antiques or outside in the gardens. Then the guests, who feel as if they belong to an exclusive club, are allowed to enter the dining room with wood paneling which has large windows from which you can enjoy a stunning view of the Andes.  
Address: Hacienda Huayoccari, Urubamba

SHOPPING

Cerámica Seminario: Ceramics workshop seminar creates a new proposal based on the techniques and styles of the ancient cultures of Peru. This form of art is the result of research that Seminario made more than 35 years ago and that is now known as the Seminario Style.
Address: Urubamba.

Awanacancha: AwanaKancha provides an opportunity to see products made from South America's four camelids (alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco) from the first steps of the production process to its end: the animal, the shearing, the textile weaving and dyeing, and the finished products, which you can purchase in the showroom. It makes a great stop for the whole family, as kids usually have lots of fun feeding the camelids on-site. 
Address: On the outskirts of Cusco, the valley road.