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 £3,720pp

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Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail

12 days from £3,042pp

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Active Peru: The Ausangate Trek

11 days from £2,320pp

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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.

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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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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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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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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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