- Hiking / Trekking
- Archaeological Site
In my opinion, all the villages of the Sacred Valley of the Incas have a special charm and are worth a visit. Urubamba is bathed in an enchanting setting. It is in a strategic position at the foot of the winding river Urubamba, opposite the snow topped mountain of Chicon and deep in the green valley of the Incas.
Urubamba is a place to meet people and talk to them. In fact, while there I met lots of travellers who, like me, had set off to explore Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This wonder of the world is 2 and a half hours from Urubamba, a Peruvian trip that I recommend you to do by train as the scenery is breathtaking.
In addition, as the town is about 2,800 metres above sea level you don't get the unpleasant effects of altitude sickness to the same degree as elsewhere in the valley. Another advantage that is not to be sniffed at is that the temperature is more reasonable.
The advantage of taking a tour of the Sacred Valley when visiting Peru is that you'll be amazed by whichever town or village you happen to end up at. And when it comes to choosing where to stay, Urubamba constitutes a nice option. This is especially true for those in search of peace and tranquillity. I spent a bit of time living in Cusco and Urubamba was one of my favourite places to stay when I used to come to spend the weekend in the area in order to explore the surrounding area. However, Urubamba is not a particularly interesting place to visit for half a day, especially if you're pressed for time.
The main advantage the town offers is that it lies at the point where several roads meet, and these roads lead to various culturally interesting sites such as Maras, Moray, Chinchero and Huchuy Qosco. The town also has plenty to offer hikers: the area contains a multitude of lakes as well as a large number of both short and long distance walks, along which there are some simply wonderful views to be had. Ah … the Andes! Urubamba is also an important centre for adventure tourism (hang-gliding, white-water rafting, etc.), though I didn't actually try any of these myself.
Something else that may inspire you to visit the area is the fact that a significant number of New Age philosophy types have moved here, attracted by the particular energy and atmosphere of the place. Namaste!