The Urabamba Valley is
the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Pachumama, Mother Earth, still watches over the noble ruins of ancient cities long ago fallen.
For the Incas, Cuzco meant "navel of the world", and they believed their
splendid city was the source of all life. And it well may have been.
The Incas had a very sophisticated civilization, and much of their advanced
methods are still questioned today. How was it that the city of Cuzco
was clearly built in the shape of a puma, their symbol of power, with
sophisticated water systems, paved streets, advanced medical techniques and
no crime. The Inca shine of Qenko had a circular amphitheatre and a
5-meter stone block which is said to represent a puma. This ceremonial
center includes water canals cut into solid rock and a subterranean room.
To the north of Cuzco is Tambo Machay, the sacred bathing place for the Inca
rulers and royal woman. A hydraulic marvel, its aqueduct system still
feeds crystalline water into a series of showers where water rituals were
once held by worshippers of the Sun.
Valley lay claim to such awe-inspiring fortresses as Ollantaytambo and
Sacsayhuaman, connected by the ancient Inca trail to the sacred citadel of
Machu Picchu. The original Inca trail meandered for over 2,500 miles
through the Andes and surrounding valleys. Runners used this trail
to deliver important communications and supplies between cities, and it is
said that there are undoubtedly dozens, if not hundreds, of undiscovered
ruins still buried beneath the thick jungle growth.
Come visit with us
some of the world's most incredible ancient cities.