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Beauties and Secrets in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Beauties and secrets in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Some people think that a visit to Cusco is only about going to Macchu Pichu. This is certainly not the case. There are various destinations in this beautiful city, each suiting the diverse preferences tourists may have. Do you want a calm and relaxing vacation? Go a take a soothing paddle ride in Laguna Piuray! Do you like precise historical facts and anthropological information? Visit the Inkary museum! Do you wish to interact with local people and learn about their lifestyles? Visit the various communities of Lamay. We’ll tell you all there is to know about the Sacred Valley, so you can plan a fantastic trip!

Chinchero Archaeological Park

Chinchero Archaeological Park

Chinchero or “Brave man” was a place of great historical importance to the Incas. It is thought that it was Inca Tupac Yupanqui’s favorite getaway resort, and also, several aqueducts and terraces where built in the place. Here you will find more of the typical and elaborate Inca stonework, as well as incredible weaving demonstrations. Locals will kindly show you how they produce different colored dyes for wool and then spin it into beautiful pieces. Enjoy the fantastic landscape of the multi-toned green farming areas, and paddle in the nearby Laguna Piuray.

Salt Mines of Maras

Salt Mines of Maras

Cusco never stops surprising us with its varied and unique destinations. Salineras de Maras is an amazing one-of-a-kind place you must visit. Here you will find stone lintels, salt evaporation ponds, and salt mines, which were the main source of salt for the Incas themselves. Salt extraction requires cooperative efforts from all local pond owners, reflecting the cooperative and collectivistic values which they inherited from their ancestors. The classic pink Maras salt has an intense and complex flavor, which is why it is currently a favorite of Peruvian and foreign chefs. Here, you can purchase it at a surprisingly low price, directly from the producers. Do bring a camera, so you can immortalize memories of this spectacular place.

Awanacancha

Awanacancha

Awanacancha is an interesting social initiative, which has its main base at the 23rd kilometer of the Cusco-Pisac highway. It started as a conservation project for many of the local camelids such as alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas, but eventually, after a local investigation concluded that traditional customs were being lost, the Awanacancha team selected certain communities that were interested in maintaining them, to provide them with all the necessary means to do so. Hence, Awanacancha is now a self-sustainable cultural center that investigates and promotes the ancestral techniques of weaving, dyeing, handling, and production of camelid fibers; and offers artisan weavers spaces and opportunities to show and transmit their knowledge. Do stop by to learn these amazing techniques and purchase fair-trade high-quality products. You might even get the chance to see a fluffy baby alpaca!

Inkary Museum

Inkary Museum

The Inkariy museum is conceived to show in a single place the main pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru, where the development of the ancient Peruvian settlers is recreated. An interesting aspect of the Inkariy Museum is its 360-degree approach. The museography proposal proposes an exhibition tour throughout 5000 years of history
through images, ceramic replicas, infographics, models, and dioramas distributed in nine rooms related to the ancestral cultures of Caral, Chavín, Paracas, Moche, Nasca, Wari, Lambayeque, Chimú and Inca. 5 6 The idea of the museum arose in 2002 as an initiative of the Mérida family – children and grandchildren of the artist Edilberto Mérida – with the aim of highlighting the history of the main original cultures of Peru.

Town Of Lamay

Town Of Lamay

Lamay is a district in the province of Calca, in Cusco, where you will find a wide variety of activities. First of all, you have Pachar Chumpe lagoon, a fantastic spot to do relaxing activities such as fishing and resting in the lakeshore. If you’d like to see some architectural pieces, you can go to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, which are much less transitted than others, in case you’d want a calm, historical visit. If you enjoy immersive tourism, you must visit the nearby native communities of Huayllafara and Chuquibamba, where locals will kindly tell you all about their customs and traditions, as well as show you typical dances and music. Also, in Janac Chuquibamba, you will find the Ruta de la Achupalla tour, where locals will teach everything about the Achupalla, a typical plant that is used by them for many purposes, from feeding animals to preparing medicines.

Town Of Urubamba

Town Of Urubamba

Urubamba is a wide territory located 50 kilometers from Cusco City, and it is best known for being calmer and quieter than the other emblematic touristic hotspots. However, this place hosts outdoor activities with the fabulous landscapes found in the area. Schedule a fun horseback ride, go on the famous rock climbing circuit Via Ferrata if you’re craving for a little adrenaline, as well as soaring through the skies in the zip lines. Do you like art? Go and visit the galleries of Tater Vera Ceramics and Seminario Ceramics, both belonging to two internationally recognized artists who love to showcase Precolumbian and colonial pottery techniques in their high-end art pieces.

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