The entirety of our trip to date has been self organised. After some investigation our trip into the Sacred Valley of the Inca’s would have to be done true gringo style, as an organised tour, due to time constraints. Our impulsive and expensive purchase of the tourist ticket in Cusco ensured that we would certainly have to make the trip into the Screed Valley, as half the value of the ticket was consumed in the Sacred Valley highlights.
The Valle Sagrado (The Sacred Valley) is in the Urubamba Valley, and was named so by the Inca’s due the vast fertile plains that line the valley floor, following the Urubamba River all the way from Pisac, near Cusco, to Machu Picchu. The valley is Sacred due to it’s ability to grow many different crops, in particular Maize (Corn), of which there are 200 varieties in this valley alone, and was the Inca civilisations vital source of life (food) grown from the earth – from their sacred god Pachamama.