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The Sacred Valley of the Incas
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The Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba are used inter-changeably to describe the valley that runs from east of Pisac to Ollantaytambo at the western end of the Valley. It is a narrow, winding valley with spectacular snow capped peaks constantly in view.
There are multiple places of interest in the valley, making at minimum a full day and at best two full days (properly distributed over the correct days of the week) well worth spending. It is also a popular day trip with overnight going to or returning from Machu Picchu.
At the eastern end of the valley is Pisac. Best know for its Sunday market, there are now smaller markets on Tuesday and Thursdays. There is also an impressive set of ruins perched on the mountainside overlooking the valley.
Mid-valley are the village of Yucay and the small town of Urubamba, where most of the lodging of the valley is located.
Ollantaytambo, at the end of the valley, is built on the foundations of an old Inca town and has another impressive set of ruins. It also has the train station serving the valley.