Luxury holidays in Sacred Valley of the Incas

Connecting the terraced villages of Pisac and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley was once at the centre of Incan civilisation. Snaking between the steep Andean foothills on either side, this fertile strip of land helped to sustain the surrounding villages and citadels, allowing the entire Cusco region to flourish under Incan control. During the colonial era, impressive farmsteads were built on prime plots in the foothills, some of which have now become hotels, often with organic farms attached to them.

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When to go

The most popular time to visit is between June and August, when the weather is at its most reliable. If you want to avoid the worst of the crowds, consider May or September.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Alejandro Velasco Astete International is the closest airport. In spite of its name, most flights that land there are domestic – the best route for international arrivals is via Lima, which can be reached direct on a BA flight from London Gatwick, or via Madrid if you’re beginning your journey on the continent.
  • Automobiles

    Peru doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to tourist-friendly driving: attitudes can be gung ho, and those with the largest vehicles tend to act as if they have a greater right to the road. Unless you’re confident in your swerving skills, you’re better off taking taxis or having someone local do your driving for you.