Overview

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was the Inca civilisation’s breadbasket and spiritual home. Their ancient terraces - still almost pristine - tumble down the mountainsides towards an earthy quilt of sunlit fields bursting with maize, fruit, flowers and vegetables. The fast-flowing River Urubamba rushes relentlessly towards the Amazon basin beneath a parade of spiky, snow-stifled peaks. Adobe villages with traditional markets and colourful dress codes unfold in the shadow of the monumental ruined Inca cities and temples. With so many of Peru's best features, this is a gorgeous place for visitors. Now peppered with hotels from family hostels to first class boutique hotels, it’s increasingly a place to linger for a few days; lower in altitude than Cusco, 3,399m, and conveniently en route to Machu Picchu, 2,430m.

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Holidays Sacred Valley of the Incas

From expertly designed Private Journeys to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.

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A Taste of Peru

12 days from £4,110pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail

12 days from £3,040pp

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Active Peru: The Ausangate Trek

11 days from £2,560pp

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Empires of Peru: Kuelap and Machu Picchu

15 days from £2,840pp

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Things to do

Explore the various ways to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Sacred Valley, on foot, by bicycle and by boat. Book your tour now with Journey Latin America.

Accommodation

Examine hotels and other first class places to stay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Book your accommodation in Peru with Journey Latin America now.

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The weather in Sacred Valley of the Incas is wide and varied

The Sacred Valley can be visited throughout the year. At just over 2,400m, it is almost 1000m lower in altitude than nearby Cusco, which makes for a more temperate climate. The dry season, when sunny days can be expected, runs from May to October. Travel between April and June and you’ll find the fields full of ripening produce.

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  • Maggie
    Maggie Wilson - Travel Expert

    Maggie visited Latin America on her first backpacking trip when she was 19. Since then, she has taken every opportunity to travel, and has managed to explore a lot of the region in subsequent trips.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    A globetrotter since her childhood, Alex spent a year studying abroad in Guadalajara and has returned to Latin America countless times since then.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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