The province of Urubamba is made up of some of the most touristic districts in all of Cusco. Among them, the district of Aguas Calientes stands out, where nothing less than the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is located. Inca citadels such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Moray and more also stand out.
Urubamba is a Cusco province famous for hosting the main tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Find out what places to visit in this province. Do not miss it!
In Chinchero there are dozens of textile centers where llama and alpaca garments are woven and dyed in the traditional way. It is part of the tour to the Sacred Valley.
Chinchero is famous for its archaeological site (Palace of Tupac Yupanqui). The town stands out for its customs, textile centers, church and clothing.
Urubamba is a town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is famous for the beauty of its landscapes, its pleasant climate and adventure sports.
Maras is a traditional town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its main attractions are the salt mines of Maras and the circular platforms of Moray.
Moray, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is 50 kilometers from Cusco in Peru. The tours include a guide, entrance fees and transportation and cost approx. 60 dollars.
The museum exposes the history of the town of Ollantaytambo, famous for its archaeological site and beautiful crafts. It is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Ollantaytambo is an Inca town and city in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It has temples, walls, platforms and more. From there the train to Machu Picchu departs.
The Salineras de Maras in Cusco, Peru are hundreds of natural salt wells used since the Incas. You can go with a tour package that includes Moray.
This archaeological site has structures as imposing as Machu Picchu. It is located in the town of Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Chinchero is famous for its archaeological site, the former palace of Tupac Yupanqui. To visit it, you must buy a tour or the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
Yucay is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas famous for its pleasant climate, the ancient palace of the Incas Huayna Capac and Sayri Túpac and much more.
The museum shows some of the customs of the peoples of the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as: their textiles, their gastronomy, their drinks, ceramics and more.
Aguas Calientes is also known as Machu Picchu town. It has hotels, bars, restaurants, markets, thermal baths and bus and train stations.
The thermal baths of Aguas Calientes are 10 kilometers from Machu Picchu. It is open every day from 5 am to 8 pm. The cost is 20 Peruvian soles.
This natural area is full of trees, flowers and wild animals. It is only 30 minutes from Machu Picchu town. Includes Mandor Falls.
The Putucusi is one of the 3 summits that surround Machu Picchu together with the Huayna Picchu and the Machupicchu mountain. The walk is difficult. The entrance, free.
The Manuel Chávez Ballón museum is located in the town of Aguas Calientes, a short distance from Machu Picchu. It exhibits Inca pieces as well as panels and photos.
Know everything you can see in Machu Picchu: Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, Main Temple, Royal Tomb, Intihuatana, Intipunku, Sacred Rock and more.
The Huayna Picchu mountain is the best adventure in Machu Picchu. It offers an incredible walk, beautiful landscapes, The Great Cavern as well as flora and fauna.
Huchuy Picchu offers a new hiking route in Machu Picchu. It is located next to Huayna Picchu. The ticket must be purchased online.
The Intipunku (Puerta del Sol in Quechua) was the ancient access road to Machu Picchu of the Incas. Today is a short walk. It takes 1 or 2 hours to get there.
Machu Picchu mountain is the highest mountain in the Inca city. The hike to the top is demanding. You will be able to see beautiful landscapes, flora, fauna and more.
The Inca Trail is a 4 day and 3 night route to Machu Picchu. It runs through part of the qhapac ñan (Inca road network) to the Intipunku (gate of the sun).
The Sacred Valley was a very important Inca agricultural area where they built temples and platforms such as Pisac, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Moray and Machu Picchu.
In the province of Urubamba are the majority of Inca citadels and Andean towns that make up the famous 'Sacred Valley of the Incas'.
The province of Urubamba is made up of seven districts: Chinchero, Huayllabamba, Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes), Maras, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba (capital) and Yucay.
During the Inca period, its fertile lands were used to build extensive terraces and platforms. Corn was mainly produced there.
The Incas also built their main citadels in the mountains of Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. Near the town of Maras they built a circular agricultural center called 'Moray'.
During the colonial era, the Spanish built Baroque churches in the first reductions of Indians, which would later become Andean towns of great beauty.
Today the province of Urubamba offers dozens of tourist attractions for the visitor. This has caused the proliferation of hotels, restaurants and other services for tourists, some of them of a very good level. Even in the town of Chinchero an international airport is being built.
The town of Urubamba, the capital of the province of the same name, is located 53 kilometers by road from the city of Cusco. Urubamba is located at 2,871 meters above sea level.
The geography of the province of Urubamba is marked by the presence of the Vilcanota River as well as the high snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay, El Chicón, El Verónica and more.
The province of Urubamba is located northeast of the city of Cusco. It limits with the provinces of Calca, Anta and La Convención.
Much of its territory is made up of mountains and valleys. However, it also has high tropical jungle, such as the district of Machupicchu.
To get to the district of Urubamba (capital of the province of the same name) by public transport, you must follow the following route:
The territory of Urubamba was occupied by various ethnic groups who were subjugated or annexed to the nascent Inca empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. During the Inca period, the fertile territory was used for the cultivation of potatoes, corn, quinoa and more. The most important citadels built by the Incas were located in the current districts of Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Yucay.
With the Spanish invasion in the 16th century, the Inca temples were destroyed. Baroque colonial temples were built in their place. In addition, the so-called "Indian reductions" were created, which would become the current towns and districts of the province. In 1825 the province of Urubamba was created. In 1839 the district of the same name was chosen as its capital. Due to its fertile lands as well as its towns and Inca citadels, the territory of Urubamba is also currently called 'The Sacred Valley of the Incas'.
These are the main tourist attractions in the province:
Pablo Seminario is an artist who opened his studio more than 30 years ago in Urubamba with his wife, Marilu Behar.
An architect passionate about Peruvian cultures, he learned different pre-Columbian ceramic techniques to perpetuate this art.
Today he is a renowned ceramic artist who sells his pieces all over the world!
They offer a small guided tour, with a presentation of the pieces and a video about the manufacturing process.
It is the perfect place to buy a good quality souvenir, but also to enjoy a break in its patio with a beautiful fountain, cacti and flowers.
Address: 405 Berriozabal Avenue, Urubamba; open every day from 8am to 7pm.
In Peru, the market is the heart of the community and this is even more true of the Urubamba market because it is much less touristy than others, like the one in Písac, for example.
It is a large covered market where little houses sell fruits, vegetables, a variety of potatoes, meats, cereals, and excellent fresh fruit juices.
If you like to mix with the local population and discover all kinds of products, it is a place to visit in Urubamba.
Address: two corners of the Plaza (Jirón Comercio, Urubamba)
About 10 km from Urubamba are the Salinas de Maras, a set of more than 3,000 saltwater wells.
It is a must-see in the Sacred Valley, and a magical place to take photos!
You can even visit the salt flats with a local community that offers a complete experience with different workshops to discover their traditions, taste chicha morada and guinea pig.
7 km from Maras are the agricultural terraces of Moray, where the Incas managed to simulate 20 different microclimates to grow plants from all over the empire.
There are several hikes that you can do from Urubamba.
For example, you can go to the Tantanmarka Viewpoint, which offers a magnificent view after a 45-minute climb. There is also another point of view a little further on.
For a more advanced hike, head to Nevado Chicón, which rises to 5,530m in the Cordillera de Urubamba (can be done solo, but best to go with a guide). The walk allows you to see: a river, green landscapes, the Juchuyocha Lagoon, etc.
Tambo del Inka is one of the most luxurious hotels in Peru with a prestigious spa.
It offers various treatments and massages, a jacuzzi, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool.
The outer part offers a magnificent view of the gardens and the river.
Price: massages start at 162 soles, other treatments start at 176 soles, you can use the pool, gym and sauna for 20 dollars.
Address: Avenida Ferrocarril, Urubamba, open every day from 7 to 10 at night. Remember to book several days in advance, especially in high season
Yucay is a very pretty and quiet town where you can walk between the corn fields and the mountains.
Enchanted by its pleasant climate and its fertile land, Huayna Cápac decided to settle in the town, he built palaces and agricultural terraces with an irrigation system.
The place was considered a great example of hydraulic technology and agricultural production. Today the aqueducts are still working!
Walking you will see a mixture of Inca architecture (the Ñusta Palace and the Sayri Túpac Inca Palace, which is next to one of the town squares) and colonial architecture (Santiago Apóstol Church).
It is a 100 meter waterfall surrounded by beautiful vegetation.
You have to go through the Socma community first because the walk begins from there.
It is a little touristy place that is worth visiting in Urubamba if you have time.
Also, the whole path is beautiful and access is free!
How to get to the Perolniyoc waterfall?
On your own: on the Pachar-Huarocondo highway, go to the community of Socma (2h from Cusco)
With a tour from Cusco: the visit includes pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, the hike to Perolniyoc, lunch with local products, and a stop at the Inca site of Ñaupa Iglesia.
It is a small store where you can find many natural products from the region.
There is also an "esoteric" section, but above all it is a good place to buy good quality coffee, honey, essential oils, craft beers and other products.
Address: Avenida Berriozabal 111, Urubamba.
It is the best museum in the region!
It presents the Caral, Chavín, Paracas, Mochica, Nasca, Wari, Lambayeque and Chimu-Inca cultures with clothing and reproductions of typical scenes.
Address: Km 53 of the route between Urubamba and Písac, Mon-Sun 8:30am-5pm, entry 35 soles.
The Lord of Torrechayoc is the patron of Urubamba.
It is a big party that takes place in mid-May (usually on the second Saturday of the month) with various events, with a mass, a procession, traditional dances with beautiful costumes and fireworks to close the party.
If you are lucky enough to be there in May, I recommend you go because the popular festivals are always impressive in Peru, you will not be disappointed!
Various places such as Kinsapacha, Casa de Voz, Willka T'ika Essential Wellness or Samadhi offer workshops on healing, well-being and a sustainable lifestyle: Kundalini yoga with breathing exercises, Mantra, meditation or gong.
The climate in the town of Urubamba (capital of the province) is temperate and warm. The temperature varies from a maximum of 23ºC. up to a minimum of 4ºC. at certain times of the year. The average temperature is 11ºC.
From April to October the dry season occurs. In those months the rains are not frequent (the geography becomes dry). Also the nights are colder. From November to March the rainy season occurs. In those months it rains more frequently. The nights are less cold.
Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.