The Incas' Sacred Valley Urubamba Valley Named for being the main food supplier of the Inca empire, the Sacred Valley sits on the banks of the Urubamba River. This river in its beginnings has the name of Vilcanota, that comes from the Quechua word Wilcamayu or Sacred River. The Incas built archaeological centers, along their banks, that replicated the constellations that they knew of the Andean sky so this contributes, even more, to the beauty of this enchanting valley. Location: The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 35 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of [...]
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Friendly and hospitable, the city of Cusco is a cosmopolitan city That has managed to wisely combine the impetus of modernity with its mystical millenary past, which has led it to offer the foreign visitor an energy aura rarely seen. It was the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo, sacred city and center of government of the four extensive regions of the vast Inca empire that came to cover great part of the current territories of Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. It holds the titles of "Archaeological Capital of America" and "Cultural Heritage of Humanity", in addition to being the "Historical [...]
Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. Located at 2430m, the site is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”. It’s one of the most famous and spectacular sets of ruins in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, Machu Picchu receives over one million visitors per year and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. MACHU PICCHU: This mountain-ringed Inca sanctuary, never found by the Spanish conquistadors, was “discovered” for the outside world in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham. Remote and legendary, the labyrinthine hilltop [...]