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Sacred Valley

Travel Guide South America Peru Sacred Valley

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Introduction

Mother and child in Ollantaytambo

Mother and child in Ollantaytambo

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The Sacred Valley, also known as the El Valle Sagrado or the Urubamba Valley is 20 kilometres from Cusco. The Incas built many cultural and archaeological sites in this fertile valley.

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Sights and Activities

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Getting There

By Train

Trains run from Cusco stopping at Ollantaytambo through to Aguas Calientes, the last stop before going up by bus to Machu Picchu.

By Car

Taxi's can be hired in Cusco to take you through the Sacred Valley sites.

By Bus

Local buses ply the roads in the Sacred Valley on a regular basis.

By Boat

White water rafting can be done down the Rio Urubamba.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

Local buses ply the roads between the Sacred Valley towns.

By Foot

There is a spectacular trail from the Salinas salt pans down to Urubamba crossing the Rio Urubamba.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Apu LodgeLari Calle OllantaytamboGUESTHOUSE-
Casa Hospedaje Inti PakarinaChinchero Pongobamba s/n Manuel prado N-10GUESTHOUSE-
Ollantaytambo LodgeCalle Quinta Cruz Esquina s/nHOTEL-
Bed4LessAv. San Martin 700 Paclamayo Urubamba-YucayHOSTEL-
Hotel Mabey UrubambaCarretera Ollantaytambo # 802, Quisancucho, UrubamHOTEL-

Cuzco forms a good base for exploring the Sacred Valley but there are options in other towns like Ollantaytambo.

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

Post

Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or a company like DHL which is faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive. UPS for some reason is much more expensive in Peru!

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