The Sacred Valley of the Incas
If you’d like to spend some time living in one of the most spectacular locations in the world then this is where you need to be!
Tolemac House is located in the town of Urubamba in the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru.
Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Andes mountains, the Sacred Valley is full of jaw-dropping views. It’s as if God came down and sculptured this place himself!
The valley is bookended by the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo and runs for about 70 kilometers.
The town of Urubamba is the largest town of the valley and the main commercial center. However, due to there not being many tourist attractions in Urubamba it is a peaceful town with few tourists.
Let me tell you more about the locations…
Tolemac House is located less than a 15-minute walk from the center of Urubamba.
Urubamba is a large market town in the heart of the sacred valley. It’s a great jumping off point to variety of amazing places.
In the center of Urubamba is a large market where you can buy an amazing variety of fresh fruit, vegetables and all kinds of natural food. You can also find a large variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes.
For me, one of the nice things about Urubamba is that it’s not chock-full of tourists like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It feels like a much more authentic and real place.
Ollantaytambo is less than 30 minutes away. It is an ancient Inca village that still retains some of its original layout and streets from the time of the Incas.
It’s a very popular tourist destination because the majority of people going to Machu Picchu get the train to Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo.
There is also a spectacular Inca ruin here that sweeps up the mountain and provides some incredible views from the top.
Pisac is at the far end of the valley from where we are, and is slightly closer to Cusco. It takes about 50 minutes to drive there in a taxi.
Pisac is a beautiful town, popular with tourists and has a great collection of shops, cafes, and restaurants. It is also famous for its huge artisan market. Above pisac is another amazing ruin that winds around the entire mountain. You should drive up in a taxi but you can walk down to the village and the views are magnificent.
Pisac is also home to the largest ex-pat community in the valley. However, it does tend to attract the more floaty new-age type people and it’s kind of become the Sedona (or Glastonbury) of Peru. If that’s your thing then you’ll fit right in at Pisac. But if you prefer your spirituality to be a little more grounded then you may find Pisac a little too much to deal with at times.