Holidays to Cusco & the Sacred Valley

Holidays to Cusco & the Sacred Valley

One of the magical corners of Peru, Cusco and the Sacred Valley merges cultural heritage with spellbinding natural sights, in a place that was deemed the centre of the world by the Inca. There’s adventure to be had in the form of white water rafting along the Urubamba River, winding its way past undulating hills, or horse riding through the wilderness to feel a close connection with the nature world. There are also age-old traditions to observe, from weaving and pottery to music and art, before having a go at making handicrafts for yourself. 


Tradition merges its way into daily life as tightly as the Inca legacy. This great civilisation has left its mark on Cusco and the Sacred Valley in many forms, most evidently in the mighty archaeological sites scattered throughout the region. From Sacsayhuaman, the complex perched on a hilltop overlooking Cusco, to Ollantaytambo’s fortresses and of course the one and only Machu Picchu; the Incas’ awe-inspiring ingenuity is clear to see in each and every remnant. Even Cusco’s foundations are owed to the Inca, built on by the Spanish colonists who added their own architectural flair to create a beautiful city, whose enchantment never fails to captivate.

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Cusco & the Sacred Valley Travel Information

There are no direct flights from the United Kingdom to Cusco – you’ll need to fly to Lima (with one or two stops) and then take an internal flight to Cusco.

  • Currency: Nuevo Sol 
  • Time difference: GMT-5 
  • Flight from UK: 23 and a half hours 
  • Visa: No 
  • Language: Spanish 
  • National drink: Pisco sour 
  • National dish: Ceviche
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Cusco & the Sacred Valley Activities

Cultural encounters and wild adventure wait in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Discover the importance of the stars to the Incan people at the Cusco Planetarium, try your hand at weaving in Chincheros and visit the lively Pisac Market where you can pick up pottery, woven ponchos and jewellery. And if you want to get your heart racing, there are numerous treks, rafting the rapids of the Vilcabamba-Urubamba River and tandem paragliding.

Cusco & the Sacred Valley Food & Drink

Traditionally dishes in Cusco and the Sacred Valley have centred on corn, potatoes, rice and indigenous meats including cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca like in pachamanca, a meal of slow-cooked meat, corn, cheese and potatoes. Another traditional dish is lomo saltado, steak sautéed with peppers and onions. Un-traditionally, the city now has a local brewery producing IPAs, stouts and sour ales. And if you’re feeling the effects of altitude, coco leaves are said to ease your pain!

Cusco & the Sacred Valley Attractions

As the former capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco and the Sacred Valley – essentially gateways to Machu Picchu – are filled with ruins and archaeological sites. Behind the city sits Sacsayhuamán, an Inca fortress while Ollantaytambo in the Valley is one of the most well-preserved Incan settlements and is the site of this ancient people’s greatest victory over the Spanish. Away from the ruins are the Salinas De Maras and the Plaza de Armas in Cusco – a great place for people watching.

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