The Sacred Valley of the Incas is situated close to Cusco and was a center for the Inca culture and very important for the production of maize and other crops. The area was also a valley for wealth and health because of its its special geographical and climatic qualities, with climbing terraces on the mountain-sides and its beautiful peaks above, and the Urubamba river that has given the valley its form. Some of the peaks that surround the valley are more than 18200 feet (6000 meters) above sea-level
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas you find the towns of Písac, Maras, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. These are famous for their traditional markets and their impressive archeological complexes. Ollantaytambo is the only town in Peru that the Spaniards never managed to conquer.
From Ollantaytambo and Cuzco it is possible to take the train to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Another way to get there is to walk the Inca Trail, a four day trek where you arrive to Machu Picchu in the morning on the fourth day. This is one of the most famous treks in the world thanks to the beautiful landscapes and the amazing ruins scattered on the trek.
In the valley you will find plenty of hotels and hostels in beautiful places where you can stay and relax and spend time on many exciting activities that are offered; treks, horse-back riding, river rafting, etc.