Best Time to Visit The Sacred Valley
One of the most famous places to visit in Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There are about 6 villages that make up a fairly large territory full of different landscapes with an incredible amount of wild diversity, each of these villages makes up a sensational place to visit at the time of the year you choose.
If you plan to take a tour we suggest you go during the dry season as the weather is more conducive to enjoying each of the landscapes without running the risk of being caught out in the rain. During the rainy season, the soil can give way and be more slippery because of the amount of water that falls on a daily basis. This type of weather can also put a hamper on your trek through the Inca Trail as it goes through the valley itself.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Andean rains
The rainy months tend to be between late December and early March, these months are not the most suitable to visit as you want to take in the beautiful mountains and vegetation in its entirety. However, there are many people who like to travel during the rainy season as they see it as being a bit more “wild”, particularly if you’re going to be trekking.
Those who choose to go in the rainy season should be prepared with any necessary equipment so that no accidents occur, or acquire them on arrival. These items may include things like waterproof shoes and clothing, umbrellas, trekking sticks, etc. During these months, temperatures vary between 16 to 20 degrees Celsius in the day and up to 4 ° C at night.
Traveling to the Sacred Valley
There are many different ways to reach the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The first is from the north of the city of Cusco, entering through the town of Chinchero, eventually arriving after a few hours. The second option is via the East side of the city through the town of Pisac, there are some incredible views along the way. The third option is to enter through the southern valley of the city of Cusco starting with the town of Tipón, you might even make a short detour to check out the local shops.
The vast majority of the towns that make up the Sacred Valley are colonial, full of indigenous traditions and cultures that have remained in this area for many years. Patron celebrations, dances, different costumes, archeology, and architecture are just some of the traditions that have remained in the culture of these people for thousands of years.
Whenever you decide on going, you’re sure to have an amazing time. If you want to know anything more about Peru, Cusco and Machu Picchu, check out the rest of our blog posts.