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The Sacred Valley of the Incas on The New York Times’s List of 52 Places to Go in 2017

It is said that after the last elections in the United States, many citizens and foreign residents in Uncle Sam’s country are moving to Canada to escape the new rules and culture of the current president. But there are hundreds of other reasons to visit the maple syrup land. Only a few years ago, The New York Times gave it the first place on its annual list of “52 places to visit in 2017

Every year for the last 12 years, “NYTimes” has published the list of places that everyone should visit, and this year included the Sacred Valley of the Incas that for many years ceased to be a place of passage To Machu Picchu to become a destination in itself.

Panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The sacred valley in the list of the 52 places to visit in 2017

The valley is ranked 46th in the list of the 52 places to visit in 2017 by The New York Times; But the ancient Inca buildings and their colonial towns are no longer the only thing that attracts visitors to the sacred valley; Since it celebrates a food culture in the old valley of the Incas. A growing beer factory and other food projects are familiarizing visitors with the Andean culinary culture at the heart of the ancient Inca empire.

Next to the Urubamba River, luxury Chilean eco-hotels “Explora” have built a gigantic 50-room country house on an old cornfield; Hacienda Urubamba offers classes in the manufacture of corn beer; The Lima IK restaurant opened the inn IFK Logia; And from May, a sleeper train of “Andean Explorer” will explore the plateau, while its passengers enjoy typical dishes of season, in two cars dining with a grand piano in the bar.

The Inca Ruins of Pisac in the Sacred Valley
Inca platforms in the city of Pisac that is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Other places in South America included in the list

Next to the “Sacred Valley” are 3 other South American places included in this list. Ranked 2 we find the “Atacama Desert” in Chile, the beauty of the valley “el Pedregal” of Ecuador in 13th place and “marshlands of Iberá” in Argentina ranked 40.

The NYTimes publication also adds questions to see how the places of the selection go throughout the year, inviting people from around the world to share their opinions and experiences of these places.

What to do in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?

In addition to the incredible dining experience described by The New York Times, the valley offers many places and things to do, you can have amazing cultural experiential experiences with people from all over the world in the village of Pisac, this is also the spiritual center of the sacred valley Of the Incas. Visit its Inca ruins and tour its market. In the village of Ollantaytambo the water channels created by the Incas are still used, this village is where you will have to board the train to Machu Picchu; If you can, take some time to enjoy its incredible Inca ruins, but there is more; The town of Urubamba, the town of Yucay, the salinas of Maras; But it is not all, the valley has the geography and the ideal places to practice adventure sports and extreme, like zip line (canopy), paragliding, rafting (multilevel), etc. You can choose from many different experiences; But in addition, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the few places that will prepare you for what you will see in Machu Picchu.

Tourists practicing rafting in the waters of the Sacred Valley
Tourists practicing rafting in the waters of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Advice from people who have been there

Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Noelia ABy: Noelia A

“Amazing nature and history.“

“Pisac was one of the best things about my trip to Peru, if you are on your way to Ollantaytambo and you stop at Pisac, you will not stop turning your head. We decided to travel as the local people, in 'combi', a combi to Pisac, another until I do not know where and one more to Ollanta. It is uncomfortable, but infinitely faster and cheaper; We take the return train, but I'll stick with the combi, the ride is more fun. When I return to Machu Picchu, I will leave the train and I will do all of it, but I will take my time in Pisac; Fabulous ruins, views, agricultural terraces and much less people than in Machu Picchu. A worthwhile visit in full“


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