Sacred Valley Ruins

Attractions & Activities in the Sacred Valley


You could spend your entire Peru vacation wandering the archaeological wonders of the Sacred Valley ruins. Beyond even the most popular sites like the Ollantaytambo ruins and Pisac ruins, there are a number of lesser-known remains buried along off-the-beaten-path valley trails. Here are a few archaeological sites to consider visiting during your southern Peru vacation.

Moray Ruins

This impressively deep amphitheater-like site is believed to be a former agricultural laboratory of the Incas. The concentric terraces allow for various micro-climates to exist in once place. This allowed the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for various crops and played a role in the development of the more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes that exist in Peru today.

Pisac Ruins

This hilltop citadel towers over the Sacred Valley village of Pisac on a plateau above sweeping agricultural terraces. At the top of the site is the Sun Temple, which contains an abstract, yet significant, carved rock hitching post; this is thought to have symbolically tied the sun as it journeyed across the sky.

Ollantaytambo Ruins

This spectacular Incan ruin was both a fortress and a temple. Today, the site is remarkably well-preserved and its relics an attraction in their own right. The site was also the location of a famous and rare Inca victory over the Spanish conquistadors in 1536.

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