The Sacred Valley of the Incas: Chinchero

Chinchero was located on the plains above the left hand slope of the Sacred Valley, on the road between Cusco and the town of Urubamba. This site once controlled access to the Sacred Valley. According to historians, this village was established around 1480 as one of the palaces of Inca Tupac Yupanqui.  Read more

The Sacred Valley of the Incas: Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is located to the north of Cusco at the farthest end of the Sacred Valley, very close to Machu Picchu. Its name comes from two Quechua words: “Ollanta”, the name of a soldier from the local ethnic group who served with the troops of Inca Pachacutec and who became well-known for falling in love with an Inca princess; and “tambo”, which means a place of rest.  Read more