Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley is the name given to the Urubamba River valley and includes a lot of significant Inca sites. Pisac, Ollantaytambo and of course Machu Picchu along with a lot of other places we didn't visit.

When you come over the mountains you can see why the Inca's named it that. Wide, fertile and of course, easy access along the edge of the river.

We came in at Cusco, travelled up to Pisac, then back down to Ollantaytambo before catching a train to Aguas Calientes, visiting Machu Picchu, then heading back to Cusco.

See also Pisac, Olli, Aguas and Machu


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Me! with our first view of Sacred Valley
9:24pm 28th February 2012
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Everyone taking photos of Sacred Valley
9:27pm 28th February 2012
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Sacred Valley, this time without me
9:27pm 28th February 2012
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Looking out at Sacred Valley
9:28pm 28th February 2012
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Close up on the fields
9:29pm 28th February 2012
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Tina, Ralph and Jansen overlooking Sacred Valley
9:31pm 28th February 2012
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Ralph and Jansen at Sacred Valley
9:33pm 28th February 2012
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Welcoming sign to the district
9:34pm 28th February 2012
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The majority of the houses have the two bulls on the roofs and I don't have enough space here to explain why.
9:44pm 28th February 2012
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Spinning alpaca wool
9:58pm 28th February 2012
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Weaving by hand
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Villagers
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Drying the wool after its been dyed
10:06pm 28th February 2012
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Drying the wool after its been dyed
10:12pm 28th February 2012
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One day this will be shorn... or eaten... or both
10:29pm 28th February 2012
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Typical hillside village
10:30pm 28th February 2012
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Taking the sheep to the fields
10:31pm 28th February 2012
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The weavers
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Looking down the valley from the village
10:43pm 28th February 2012
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A different view of the Sacred Valley
10:56pm 28th February 2012
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This is a wild pepper plant
11:01pm 28th February 2012
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First glimpse of the Inca terraces
11:16pm 28th February 2012
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Mountains, graffiti and fields in the Sacred Valley
1:30am 29th February 2012
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An alpaca
2:48am 29th February 2012
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Rastapharian Llama
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I think this is a hibiscus
2:50am 29th February 2012
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I should know what this is, I'll remember at 2am tonight
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Macaws
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Another macaw
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Close up of a macaw
2:55am 29th February 2012
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Cochineal bugs on a prickly pear cactus. Silver now, but squash them and they turn red
3:17am 29th February 2012
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Tina gets possessed from time to time. Give her pisco sours and she goes into remission
9:53am 29th February 2012
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Next morning the cloud was out
8:08pm 29th February 2012
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The train to take us to Aguas Calientes
9:33pm 29th February 2012
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Jansen and Tina on the way to Aguas Calientes, it was early
10:28pm 29th February 2012
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Ralph and Heather on the train to Aguas Calientes
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There are little sidings and stations all the way along the train tracks.
10:35pm 29th February 2012
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The train back in Ollantaytambo
5:29am 2nd March 2012
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The Ollantaytambo ruins from the train station
5:40am 2nd March 2012
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The rare Tina photo pose caught again
5:59am 2nd March 2012
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Double rainbow in the Sacred Valley
6:04am 2nd March 2012
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Snow on the mountains
6:20am 2nd March 2012
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