If you are a nature lover or an adventure love, your visit to Cusco has a must visit site; the Sacred Valley of the Incas that extends along the Vilcanota river (the same one that down the river has the name Urubamba or Wilcamayu) and covers the area between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
Recently the Sacred Valley has become a must destination for those that enjoy string and thrilling emotions. In this piece of Cusco is possible to hike, kayak, canoe or do mountain biking.
A warning, if what you are looking for is a kayaking or canoeing spot, be careful, the Urubamba river can be misleading, if possible enjoy your adventure joined by a specialized instructor.
On top of its incomparable historic richness, Urubamba offers infinite possibilities of fun for the tourist: hikes, thermal baths, para sailing, hang gliding, horse back riding, mountain hiking, among other. This is without a doubt a place full of energy, history, living culture, gastronomy and mysticism.
On the other hand, if you rather have a more mellow visit, you can take part on rural tourism, working on an Anden (mountain terrace) or collecting salt, among other activities that will make you feel as part of the community.
On the Sacred Valley you can find Pisac and Chinchero, two of the most important artisan markets in Cusco, where you can find souvenir and beautiful pieces of popular art as well as to attend mass in the local church, held in Quechua.
Even though in the last couple of years the tourism facilities in the area have grown, the Sacred Valley has been able to keep its charming natural peace. Nowadays you can enjoy touristic services on an environment that transports you to the most magical part of this Cusquean valley.
Links: Machu Picchu Tours