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martes, 12 de noviembre de 2019

Q'eswachaka: the last Inca suspension bridge

Each year, in a remote corner of the Peruvian Andes, four Quechua communities renew a five-century-old bridge
During the time of the Incas there was a great network of roads called “Camino Real” to unite the Inca empire. However, due to its rugged geography many places were joined by suspension bridges made of vegetable fiber.



The Qeshuachaca is the only bridge that has been renovated from generation to generation by the families of Cusco until today. The bridge is located in the department of Cusco, over the Apurimac River at 3,700 m.a.s.l. About a thousand people from different communities, near the bridge, meet for four days to renew it.
Now, we will know the four days of tradition that delays the reconstruction of Queshuachaca:
On the first day, the inhabitants of the communities leave in search of a solid straw of vegetable fiber called Ichu in Quechua. Once the necessary amount of Ichu has been collected, the women weave this solid straw to form the ropes of the bridge, and the men are responsible for joining the rope from end to end and then braid it.
When the second day arrives, the structure of the old bridge is taken apart, the stone nails that support the bridge are removed, and four ropes are placed that are the base of the structure of the new bridge.
Tired, but with strength, on the third day, the villagers conclude with the assembly of the handrails and the bridge surfaces where the communities will cross.
And finally, on the fourth day, they celebrate the reconstruction of the bridge to the sound of music with native dances, given that the work is considered as a holiday by Peruvian ancestors.
Therefore, if you travel to Cusco do not hesitate to visit this hidden place in the Andes: A destination little known to travelers that evokes amazement and tradition. Do you dare to cross it?

sábado, 2 de noviembre de 2019

How to do the Salkantay trek without a tour and on your own?

Unlike the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek can be done without a tour, on your own and without a tour guide. To make this walk you must take all necessary precautions.

Follow these recommendations to make the Salkantay trek on your own:
Book the Machu Picchu tickets in advance before making the Salkantay trek. Otherwise, you can return without knowing the Wonder of the World.
The route to follow is the same as the Salkantay trek with tour. The journey on your own may take more or less days, depending on the visitor's ability.
The first step is to reach the town of Mollepata from the city of Cusco. Cars are taken at the ‘Arcopata’ bus terminal, in the city of Cusco.
From Mollepata the ascent begins. It is advisable to carry what is strictly necessary (food for 5 days and sleeping equipment) to avoid carrying excessive luggage.
What to wear for the Salkantay trek?
  • Sleeping bags.
  • Cap or hat
  • Trekking shoes
  • Trekking backpack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Poncho for the rain.
  • Canteen with water.
  • Water purifying tablets.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Snacks
  • Cash.
What does a tour to Salkantay trek include?
In general, tours to Salkantay trek include the following:
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sleeping tents
  • Tour guides
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation from Cusco to Mollepata.
  • Transportation by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo.
  • Bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
  • Horses to transport luggage (5 kilos).
When is the best time to do the Salkantay trek?
The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in the dry season (from April to October). During those months, there is less chance of rain so the roads are in better condition.
In the dry season, however, the days are sunnier and the nights colder. According to mountaineering experts, June, July and August; It is the best time to do the Salkantay trek.
Tips for the Salkantay trek
Acclimatize one or two days in the city of Cusco before performing the Salkantay trek.
Avoid alcoholic beverages or high fat meals. The altitude sickness or soroche in Salkantay and Machu Picchu is one of the greatest difficulties.
Perform some exercise prior to Salkantay trek. You don't need to be in excellent physical shape but a little exercise will help.
No matter what part of the year, he wears warm clothes during the Salkantay trek. The nights are especially cold in the first two days.
Plan up to the smallest detail the Salkantay trek on your own.

miércoles, 30 de octubre de 2019

What is the origin of the Lomo Saltado?

The lomo saltado is a typical dish of Peruvian cuisine. Its origin dates from the end of the nineteenth century, where it was known as "beef tenderloin", "sauteed lomito", "lomito a la chorrillana" or "lomito al juice". It is considered one of the best dishes in Peru.


This delicious dish comes from two cultures: the Chinese and the Peruvian, where it has been able to balance a perfect flavor and color. It is made with beef tenderloin, red and Chinese onions, yellow pepper, sherry and Sillao.
Know the origin of the loin sauteed from Peru
Recall that the Chinese began to arrive in Peru in a massive way in 1849, where they brought their condiments and sauces that they sold on the well-known Capón Street in the Center of Lima.
Also, Lomo Saltado is found in all menus of Peruvian restaurants in Miami and in the world, it has become the flagship dish, in addition to ceviche. Without a doubt, it has become a positive contribution to the gastronomic culture of Peru.
It should be noted that the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega reports that the first cattle arrived in Peru in 1538 and when the meat began to be sold it was too expensive. However, it was gradually falling in price. He also states that the first cows should have arrived shortly after the conquest, and that they took time to sell.
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For this reason, there are not many Peruvian dishes with beef. The sauteed loin is a product of the influences of Chinese culture, which has given very important contributions to the culinary culture of Peru.
Also, Gastón Acurio said in an interview: “It has Inca, Spanish and especially Chinese influence. It has the Asian technique of the pan and sauteed in cooking, giving rise to what we know now as sauteed loin, accompanied by potatoes on a separate plate, in the 40s. Five decades later the potato is incorporated in a single presentation ”.
Today, the sauteed tenderloin is found in the menu of all Peruvian restaurants in the world. Without a doubt, the sauteed loin is one of the most representative dishes of Peruvian cuisine. It is a dish that without the contribution of oriental food, would not have been possible to make.
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lunes, 21 de octubre de 2019

THE PERUVIAN CEVICHE AND THE HISTORY THAT CONVIRED IT IN THE NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE

Seviche, ceviche or cebiche, is perhaps one of the most recognized typical dishes it has in Peru; and although its origins are still unknown and disputed by others, it is a culinary delight that has been prepared for many years, making it a representative of Peruvian food.


It is not known exactly what the beginnings of the cebiche were, but several theories are supported that make use of the name, place and even ingredients that were changing as new cultures were involved with the preparation of this traditional dish.
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It is believed that more than 2000 years ago on the Peruvian coast, the Mochica culture prepared a dish based on fresh fish, which was cooked with juice from a local fruit, called tumbo; then in the time of the Incas, the fish was macerated with girl, and it was until the arrival of the Spaniards when the ingredients we know today in the ceviche were added: the lemon and the onion.
According to the historian Javier Pulgar Vidal, the word "seviche" comes from "siwichi" which is a Quechua terminology that translates as fresh or tender fish. Other versions are also discussed as "cebiche" from the word bait, used to refer to a delicacy or food.
Turning to other languages, it is suggested that ceviche comes from marinade, which is a word of Arabic origin; Likewise, the historian Juan José Vega describes “seviche” from “sibech” which is another Arabic word, and its use is also directed towards acidic food, which tells a story about the arrival of Pizarro and some Moorish women They added sour oranges and then lemon juice to the fish.
Despite having spent a lot of time since the knowledge of these ways to prepare the cebiche, the same ingredients remain, such as: white fish in pieces, red onion in julienne, lemon juice, chili, chopped coriander and salt.

miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2019

Chiri Uchu, typical dish of Cusco

he Cusco region, being one of the most recognized destinations, has an indigenous cuisine due to the use of protein-rich products from the area such as: corn, different meats such as alpaca, guinea pig, lamb, pork, etc.

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The essence of culinary miscegenation has made the Cusco cuisine well positioned before our visitors.
"Chiri Uchu" This name comes from the union of two Quechua words: Chiri which means "COLD" and Uchu which means "AJI" so we can understand what it is: Aji (or spicy) cold, this is the flag dish of the region of Cusco in the celebration of Corpus Christi.

History:

The chronicles of Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, who in 1572 spoke of the "strange" combinations of ingredients that the ancient Peruvians made in the kitchen, suggest that this stew has an Inca origin; especially of the chaskis (young athletes who traveled from one place to another carrying certain messages), since they carried their food in their ch’uspa (purse) and therefore tended to eat it cold.
It is also presumed that he was born of the Aynis (Reciprocal Work System among family members), since at the end of the work day each Ayllu (Family Community) shared the best of his meal with others, thus forming a mixture of foods.
With the arrival of the Spaniards, customs and traditions were replaced with religious traditions, just one of them was the “Corpus Christi”, a Catholic holiday that brings together patron saints and virgins of all the parishes of the city; This is how Chiri Uchu becomes part of the European fusion with Andean traditions.

lunes, 14 de octubre de 2019

The Sacred Valley sits on the banks of the Urubamba River

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, which comes from the Quechua word Wilcamayu or Sacred River. The Incas built archeological centers, along its banks, which replicated the constellations they knew of the Andean sky so that this contributes, even more, to the beauty of this charming valley.


The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 35 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of Cusco. It covers the part of the Vilcanota river basin between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo.
Between the months of April and October, at night the temperature drops considerably, in the early hours of the morning the tempreratura rises gradually until after noon.
Here are some suggestions of what you can do in the Sacred Valley
Canoeing in the sacred river of the Incas (Huillcamayo or Vilcanota).
Appreciate and buy handicrafts at the famous craft fairs in Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
Tour Moray, impressive agricultural laboratory of the Incas.

miércoles, 2 de octubre de 2019

Lares Valley tourist attraction of Cusco

When you go to the Lares Trek Valley, you are impressed because this trip is very beautiful for the eyes, due to its mountains, its landscape, its ravines, its spectacular sky, the people and their clothes, particularly one is amazed.


The Lares Valley is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way to Machu Picchu, making a detour in the town of Calca to undertake the trip to the Lares Valley, in Calca one can make a stop to buy supplies, with water , cookies and fruit, you can also enjoy a delicious breakfast in the main market of the town of Calca, it is advisable to leave early
Lares has allowed maintaining the nuance of its Andean people although it is located not far from the Sacred Valley, this valley is very pleasant to walk, experiential tourism, and take a dip in its hot springs as well as the bathrooms Hot springs of Machu Picchu, if one does the Lares trekking it is usually 4 days, including Machupicchu this is the most common that travelers do.
The thermal baths in the valley of Lares, said baths have a separate mention since the one that goes to Lares goes to the thermal baths, I am baths are medicinal and relaxing and are characterized by their color and their smell, the color of yellowish color and a smell of sulfur since these waters probably come from some volcano, particularly it is not known exactly where they come from, Lares thermal baths are very hygienic and are contained in pools made of very well treated stones these pools are cleaned daily and maintain a cleanliness at the height of the visitor.

lunes, 23 de septiembre de 2019

The Qhapaq Ñan: ancestral paths of the Incas

The Qhapaq Ñan, is the word that defines the road system of the Inca Civilization and is definitely the best material test, which can give us an idea of ​​the magnitude of this empire, becoming one of the greatest achievements in indigenous America. An estimated 23 thousand km is calculated, although other studies say that up to 40 thousand km could be registered, from an extensive network of roads, built on one of the most rugged territories in the world, which communicates the cities and settlements of the state most important in America, before the Spanish invasion.


This network of roads crossed the Empire of the Incas, along roads drawn from north to south (from end to end) along the coast, mountains and jungle; through the Cordillera de los Andes, with small sections, which communicated from the east of its territory to the Pacific coast. Designed in harmony with the topography of the place, wide in some areas, very narrow in others, with completely cobbled sections and others simply of land.
Like all the important cities of the Empire, the city of Machu Picchu, connected to Cusco (capital of the Empire), through the Inca Trail that we have traveled so far, at least two important accesses to the Sacred City (Inca Trail and Camino Salkantay), although there may be two others; one that descended through the Urubamba valley from Ollantaytambo, and another that crossed the high part of the Andes. And together with these, a complex network of secondary roads, to communicate the existing settlements throughout the region.
The world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, is only part of this complex network of roads, which goes up the Urubamba River basin to the Inca City, named for being the most suitable name. At present it is considered by many, the most beautiful of all, for the complement present between its landscapes and its history, you can visit it in three or four days, on a perfectly planned tour.
This Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, allowed to join production sites, with storage and administration centers. It is located in the middle of the jungle, which provides adequate environmental conditions for the production of specific foods. It is very likely that the entire Empire was supplied from this area. Therefore, this road articulated Machu Picchu with the capital and this with the other cities.
The gigantic network of roads of the Inca empire (Qhapaq Ñan) was built with the main purpose, to keep a huge territory communicated, this allowed to mobilize armies very quickly for the time. But it had other very important uses, as it served as trade routes, acting as an economic articulator, in a civilization with a tendency to redistribution and exchange, in the same way that Machu Picchu's corn or coca reached Huánuco, In Huánuco, surplus production (potatoes and others) was redistributed in other locations, such as Machu Picchu. Another extremely important purpose was the representation of the central power of the empire, as it was thought ideologically; -Yes, I know Cusco because I have seen the road- Then, the road was the essential ideological representation of the power of the Empire, both economic and ideological.
This path, a means of communication and transport par excellence, fundamental in economic articulation and ideological dissemination, was essential for the existence of such a vast territory. It crossed the central squares of the main towns of the Empire, joining places of worship, commerce and administration, passing through water sources, an element (fundamental for life) that symbolized the goodness of Mother Earth and the reproduction of life.
And despite the information available, the Inca Trail is only a small branch of the Empire's road network, an important tourist attraction in Peru and one of the largest in the world. Although the fact in itself, of knowing new places, what we offer is fantastic, goes beyond a visit to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary in Peru; We offer an approach to the culture of the people who built those places, to the people who currently inhabit those places, their customs and their history. So you can transform visible material evidence into an experiential learning experience.

jueves, 19 de septiembre de 2019

The Queshuachaca: the last Inca suspension bridge

During the time of the Incas there was a great network of roads called “Camino Real” to unite the Inca empire. However, due to its rugged geography many places were joined by suspension bridges made of vegetable fiber.


The Qeshuachaca is the only bridge that has been renovated from generation to generation by the families of Cusco until today. The bridge is located in the department of Cusco, over the Apurimac River at 3,700 m.a.s.l. About a thousand people from different communities, near the bridge, meet for four days to renew it.
Now, we will know the four days of tradition that delays the reconstruction of Queshuachaca:
On the first day, the inhabitants of the communities leave in search of a solid straw of vegetable fiber called Ichu in Quechua. Once the necessary amount of Ichu has been collected, the women weave this solid straw to form the ropes of the bridge, and the men are in charge of joining the rope from end to end and then braid it.
When the second day arrives, the structure of the old bridge is taken apart, the stone nails that support the bridge are removed, and four ropes are placed, which are the base of the structure of the new bridge.
Tired, but with strength, on the third day, the villagers conclude with the assembly of the handrails and the bridge surfaces where the communities will cross.  Queshuachaca Tour
And finally, on the fourth day, they celebrate the reconstruction of the bridge to the sound of music with native dances, since the work is considered as a holiday by Peruvian ancestors.

lunes, 16 de septiembre de 2019

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN INFORMATION, HIKE IN CUSCO

Ausangate is the fifth highest mountain in Peru, with its 6384 meters high, located in the Pitumarca district, Canchis province, Cusco region, in southern Peru; Ausangate is considered the most important mountain in the Andean worldview.


The “Apu” Ausangate is for the Andean culture, life giver and guardian of one of the most varied ecosystems in the world; Its name means "copper" in Quechua. When you are on this mountain, remember that it is sacred to local people; In fact, many of the nearby Andean communities still have pilgrimage dates to the top of the mountain. As the community of Chillca; of shepherds of llamas and alpacas, which have inherited Inca and pre-Inca cultural traditions. It is possible to share the daily life of the shepherds and work with the llamas.
RAINBOW MOUNTAIN TREK
Climate change has discovered the multicolored beauty of these mountains located in the Vilcanota, Vinicunca or Winicunca mountain range, also called Seven Color Mountain, Rainbow Mountain or Mountain of Colors (the inhabitants call it Cerro Colorado) is a mountain of Peru with a altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level and owes its incredible coloration to the richness of minerals that houses its soil, the Winikunka mountains are behind the imposing snowy Ausangate.
A walk through these parts constitutes a very special experience, combining the fact of being at such levels with the enjoyment of an outdoor activity and the contemplation of a visual wonder.
Leaving the city of Cusco, you drive along the Longitudinal race of the Peruvian Sierra del Sur in the direction of the town of Checacupe where you take the fork towards the town of Pitumarca, and from this town you travel the journey through a carrosable trail passing through several rural communities such as Ocefina, Japura, Hanchipacha, until arriving at the community of Pampa Chiri, where the road ends and the 5km walk begins approximately until the Vinincunca pass. where you can see the Natural Formation in the shape of a Rainbow, considered the Mountain of Colors.

lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2019

AUSANGATE TREK FULL ITINERARY

Our Ausangate trek 5 Days is an amazing and less-known trek surrounding the snow-capped Sacred Mountain Apu in Quechua of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) that takes you over mountain passes, awesome mountain scenery, remote Andean villages, hot springs, turquoise lakes and the new natural wonder the rainbow mountain.


- PRIVATE SERVICE:
• $480 p/p (Min. 2 pax)
• $460 p/p (Min. 3 pax)
• $440 p/p (Min. 4 pax)
• $420 p/p (Min. 5 pax)
- SHARED SERVICE (RETURN ONLY):
• $470 p/p (Min. 2 pax)
• $450 p/p (Min. 3 pax)
• $440 p/p (Min. 4 pax)
• $430 p/p (Min. 5 pax)
DAY 1: CUSCO- QUESIUNO- JAMPA
Pick-up times in Lodgings:
• Private Transportation: 06:00 A.M.
• Shared Transportation: 03:00 A.M - 4:00 A.M.
 Our pickups start from 06:00 a.m. (private transport) or 03:00 to 04:00 (shared), depending on the service contracted from their respective lodgings, to direct us to Urcos, bordering the Vilcanota river to reach our destination that will be the community of Quesiuno (3 hours by car) where we will receive our breakfast in the camp, after that we will travel about 20 min. more by car to start our journey through a part of the Andes, observing the wonderful Apu Ausangate on your side, after a 3 hour walk, we will go to our base camp, located in the hampa community, where they will receive your dinner and small information for the next day.
DAY 2: CCAMPA- 7 LAGOONS- PACCHANTA
In the morning (06:00 am) we will start preparing for our breakfast at 07:00 am, after that we will start our hike to the 7 lagoons of Ausangate (4 hours approx.), Where you can observe the existing biodiversity in the place and in addition to those appreciate these beautiful turquoise lagoons, we will do one for about 1 to 2 hours to receive lunch and then we start our trekking to the town of "PACCHANTA" (2 hrs.). The community of "PACCHANTA" is located on the slopes of the snowy "Ausangate", at 4200 masl. Its inhabitants, who are dedicated to the raising of alpacas and the cultivation of native tubers, are all expert weavers. With the fiber of the alpaca they make their clothing and use their meat as a source of protein. Native potatoes, fresh or traditionally converted into chuño and moraya, provide the carbohydrates they need to fight against cold and physical exertion.
Here is where we will set up our camp and then you can enjoy some refreshing and replenishing thermal baths located in the same community. Dinner, rest and small information for the next day.
DAY 3: PACCHANTA - UPIS - YANACOCHA LAGOON
In the morning (06:00 a.m.) we will begin to prepare for our breakfast at 07:00 a.m., to begin our journey in the middle of mountains and colors towards the town of Upis (2 hrs and a half), where we will receive our lunch. During the journey we can see different types of turquoise lagoons in the middle of these wonderful mountains, such as: "Azul cocha, Puccacocha and Ccomercocha", after 3 hours walking and enjoying the scenery, we will arrive at a beautiful lagoon called Yanacocha, in which our camp will be located. Dinner, rest and small information for the next day.
DAY 4: YANACOCHA LAGOON - ANANTA
Our fourth day will start early (06:00 a.m.), to prepare for our nutritious breakfast at 07:00 a.m., and start saying goodbye to this wonderful lagoon. We will walk approximately 5 hours to reach the town of Ananta, where you will have the afternoon free to share and explore the surroundings of this beautiful landscape, since our camp will be in this same place. Dinner, rest and small information for the next day.
DAY 5: ANANTA - RAINBOW MOUNTAIN - CUSCO
Very early in the morning (05:00 AM) we will get up and prepare for our nutritious breakfast (06:00 AM) and begin our adventure towards the wonderful "RAINBOW MOUNTAIN", step of 5,029 meters above sea level, where you can see beautiful landscapes , lagoons where South American camelids (alpacas, llamas and vicuñas) and other species of mammals such as pumas, Andean birds, condor etc. live. The place called Montaña VININCUNCA, is where you can see the wonderful colorado hill with the sunrise shows its best impressive valley and colored hills of magical colors that only exists in this place in Peru. Around you can see mountains like Apu Sarinini and "Montaña Ausangate", with a height of 6,372 m.s.n.m. being one of the highest in Cusco. In the Inca mythology of this mountain and the nearby lakes - among which Sivinacocha stands out, from where the masculine energy that fertilizes the sacred earth mother Pachamama is born. We will be visiting the Mountain of Colors approximately 30 minutes, in which our guide will give us a small explanation of their surroundings and take some pictures of this wonderful landscape. After this wonderful experience, we will begin our descent (2 hrs and 30 min approximately) to the town of quesiuno, observing the wonderful landscape it offers us and the small towns that are there and live in this wonderful valley, upon arrival we will receive our exquisite lunch buffet, which consists of typical Peruvian food, then pack and return to Cusco around 19:00 hrs. approximately.

sábado, 7 de septiembre de 2019

CUSCO IMPERIAL

The Sacred Valley for the Incas
With the river feeding the valley, its fertile lands were one of the main centers of food production during the time of the Incas; Some places, such as Moray, were used as agricultural laboratories, to experiment with species of plants brought from across the empire. The Incas cultivated potatoes, white corn, coca, fruits and vegetables, on terraces like those that can be seen in many valley villages specially designed for this purpose. Today the valley produces lucuma, peach, avocado, and one of the best corn grains in the world.


But it was more than just an important agricultural center; The Urubamba River Valley, "Willcamayu" for the Incas, was one of the most important elements in the religious cosmology of the Incas. They believed that the flow of the Urubamba was closely linked to constellations and mountains, they also believed that it was the counterpart of the milky way on earth.
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Where is the Sacred Valley of the Incas?
The Urubamba river valley or "Sacred Valley of the Incas", is located 15 km northeast of the city of Cusco, is reached by a paved road. A trip by car to one of the nearest villages will take around 40 minutes. From there you can move to the other villages in the valley.
What is the weather like in the valley?
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is 2,800 m.s.n.m., 600 meters below Cusco, and enjoys one of the best climates in this region, daytime temperatures vary between 19 ° and 24 ° C. This privileged climate made the Incas take it as their main center of agricultural production, experimentation and research. Nowadays, travelers use the valley to acclimatize themselves, before starting their tours through Cusco and Machu Picchu, and without a doubt one of the best ways to avoid altitude sickness.
What to see in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?
Known by the Incas as Willcamayu, the beautiful valley extends from the town of Pisac to Ollantaytambo, along the Urubamba river. The ancient Inca settlements in these cities are presented as checkpoints, before entering the "Inca Trail" that leads to the sacred city of the Incas, Machu Picchu; They are simply amazing, and one of the best before what you will see in wonder.
Pisac
The town of Pisac is located 33 kilometers from the city of Cusco and is presented as the door to the Sacred Valley. It is world famous for its craft market and its impressive archaeological remains, located on a mountain above the town. This town was a kind of capital of the region in the time of the Incas, very important for its excellent location and its fertile lands. The Inca and colonial constructions that are exhibited in its territory, are admirable for its great bill and for the platforms that surround the mountains and polished stone structures, assembled to perfection. On the other hand, the people of Pisac has become the spiritual center of the Sacred Valley, in it you can have all kinds of experiences and spiritual retreats, in addition to meeting people from all over the world interested in this.
Urubamba
Urubamba is one of the most important cities in the valley today, it is a city that was born during the colony and is considered the world capital of corn. This is possible because it is watered by numerous rivers that are born in the peaks of the glacial mountains; This whole territory was highly appreciated by the Incas due to the fertility of their lands and the great qualities for cultivation. It is one of the best places to relax in the valley, you will see many foreigners, but beware, they are not tourists, they are people who left their countries and decided to stay in this cozy town.
Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, also known as Ollanta, is located 97 km northwest of the city of Cusco; approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by car. It was during the time of the Incas a fortified city, with temples, urban, agricultural and defense walls. It is known that the Inca city of Ollantaytambo served as an administrative checkpoint. After the Spanish invasion, it became one of the favorite places of the viceroys. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America; In addition, many people consider that after Machu Picchu, the town and the ruins of Ollantaytambo contain the most impressive Inca stone work in Peru; However, it is not the only amazing thing about this place. Only a few years ago, global positioning systems allowed us to discover that Ollantaytambo is aligned with other ancient constructions throughout the world; the pyramids of Gíza, the Easter islands, the Nazca lines, are just some of them; In addition, the most important archaeological remains around the world are aligned around this line. We recommend you visit the Inca city of Ollantaytambo, otherwise, you will be missing out on something very big.
Chinchero
On a normal tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the town of Chinchero will be the one you will visit after touring most of the valley, back to Cusco; It is located 28 km from the city of Cusco at 3,772 m.a.s.l. and it has important archaeological sites, a beautiful 17th-century colonial church with canvases of the "Cuzqueña School", and a typical market where bartering can still take place.