A scenic train ride from the myth- and mist-shrouded Inca citadel of Machu Picchu – the city in the clouds – Peru's Sacred Valley is a treasure trove of ancient wonders, waiting to be discovered. Easily reached from the Incan city of Cusco, it's home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites, from colourful markets at Pisac to the ruins of Ollantaytambo to the latest ‘lost city' of Choquequirao.
Throughout the region you can admire the Incas' astonishing knowledge of architecture and hydraulics as you marvel at the ruins left behind by this highly advanced civilisation. The circular terraces at Moray show off agricultural prowess, while the meticulous placement of giant granite blocks at Sacsayhuaman point to expert masonry skills. The Heritage-Listed Spanish church at San Pedro de Andahuaylillas is another not-to-be-missed highlight.