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Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley

The town of Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley is a Peruvian town located in the district of Urubamba, province of Urubamba, department of Cuzco.


In pre-Hispanic times, the town of Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley was dominated by the Inca Empire. Currently, its economy is based on agriculture, cattle raising and tourism.


Tourism gradually increased in the area since Machu Picchu became known and became one of the seven wonders of the modern world, since the populated center is located between the capital of the province of Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, which are two stops on the route that leads to the lost city of the Incas.

How to get to Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley?

After taking a bus on Calle Pavitos in Cusco and leaving the city of Cusco, the highway will take you through fields flooded with flowers, trees, mountains and snow-capped mountains; You will enjoy the tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Urubamba so much that you could agree with León Pinedo. Then you must take a bus to Yanahuara. Although in Yanahuara there are few places of historical interest, the landscapes will make up for anything; but in addition to the landscapes, the incredible collection of hotels of all categories, the beautiful climate.

Other way to get to Yanahuara is the Lares Trek 4 Days.

What to see in Yanahuara in the Sacred Valley?

Perhaps some of the attractions of Yanahuara are its impressive landscapes and the mix of people from all over the world living in a small town; but it is not the only thing.

The Plaza de Armas of Urubamba

The Plaza de Armas de Urubamba is the main one in the city, it is framed by huge Pisonay trees and by a beautiful colonial church with twin towers. In the square you will find dozens of motorcycle-taxis whizzing around the square to get passengers, one of the places that you should definitely visit is the beautiful house-workshop of Pablo Seminario. The whimsical work of this famous potter with pre-Columbian motifs, is famous and is sold throughout Peru. Love or hate his style.

The Town of Yucay

The town of Yucay is located south of Urubamba, it is a quiet and pleasant town with one of the best climates of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in addition to having beautiful and exuberant landscapes. It is the land that the Spanish ceded to the traitor of the Inca empire Sayri Túpac, and you can still see the palace that he built on the lands they gave him. In the Plaza de Armas de Yucay, you can see Inca foundations around; the town of Yucay is also home to some of the best Inca-made agricultural terraces. These platforms are located on the slopes of the mountains that surround the town.

Other places to visit

  • The Santiago Apóstol Church in Urubamba’s Plaza de Armas was built between 1649 and 1686 and houses beautiful works of colonial art.
  • The Casa Martin Pio Concha, now restored, is a true example of colonial civil architecture.
  • You can take excursions from Urubamba, to the town of Moray or to the Maras Salt Mines.