The Urumbamba valley in the Andes, full of history and culture, just a few miles from the equally famous town of Cusco.
Allow a number of days here since the valley is home to magical places, touristy or less so, to discover.
Cusco and Machu Picchu are in general the two most unmissable visits of every holiday in Peru. This is a happy coincidence, because these two places are both gateways to the wonderful Sacred Valley of the Incas (also known as the Urubamba valley). And I guarantee that when you get there, you'll understand how it got its name. Landscapes of uncanny beauty, eucalyptus trees, llamas, snow-covered peaks, lakes galore, all you could possibly hope for..
So, what should you do there? From Pisac to Ollantaytambo, there's no risk that you'll get bored. Here's a non-exhaustive list: typical villages, of which Chinchero is the most authentic of the ones popular with tourists, walks and hikes of all sorts, archaeological sites, salt marshes, a good number of festivals, especially in June and July, and adventure sports. In short, definitely one of my favourite places in Peru!