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When is the best time to visit The Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley can be visited throughout the year. The dry season, when sunny days can be expected, runs May-Oct. Travel in Apr-Jun and you’ll find the l fields full of ripening produce.

For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.

What language is spoken in The Sacred Valley?

The languages spoken in The Sacred Valley are Spanish and Quechua.

What currency do I need in The Sacred Valley?

The Peruvian Nuevo Sol is the main currency used in The Sacred Valley. US dollars can be exchanged for local currency in a couple of small shops in Ollantaytambo and Pisac but you are better off using an ATM in Cusco or at the airport before heading into the valley.

What is the time difference between The Sacred Valley and the UK?

The time difference between The Sacred Valley and the UK is GMT -5 hours.

What does a visit to The Sacred Valley combine well with?

Cusco, 53 km by road; Machu Picchu, 23km by rail; Tambopata and the lodges of the southern Amazon, 1 hour by air from Cusco; Lake Titicaca, 6-9 hours by road or 10 hours by train from Cusco; Colca Canyon, 280km by road.

How do I get to The Sacred Valley?

Flights to Cusco from Lima take one hour. You will then need to drive approximately 2 hours to The Sacred Valley.

What key events are there in The Sacred Valley?

Semana Santa, Easter. Processions and other celebrations in towns and villages.

Carnival: Feb/Mar. Celebrations start in Pisac 7 weeks before Easter Sunday with competing dance groups and continue in local villages.

Reyes Magos: 6 Jan in Ollantaytambo. Commemorates the Three Wise Men, with statues of poncho-clad Jesus brought down from the mountains. A fair, bull-fighting and dancing.

Señor de Choquekillca:  Variable, 50 days after Easter Sunday; but spreading over 4 days. Ollantaytambo celebrates its patron saint’s day with dances, processions, masses, a cockfight and bullfight.

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