Places

All About Hauran/Arin

These two charming towns are tiny, but they’ve become highly popular with expats for some reason. Consequently, there’s now an abundance of houses designed and furnished to ‘Western standards,’ and there’s a warm, welcoming community here. However, there’s not much to do – the only eatery is the much-loved Viva […]

All About Calca

Calca is a very pretty town, characterised by two wonderfully appointed squares, side by each. Both are heavy with flowers, sculptures and ancient trees, and are divided by a charming colonial church and market. The town is still highly authentic, with little tourism. There’s a bus station that takes travellers […]

All About Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is best known as being ‘the last Inca village’. Indeed, much of the architecture and infrastructure the Inca left behind is still intact in this attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. It may be two and a half hours by bus from Cusco, […]

All About Urubamba

At 53 km from Cusco, Urubamba is one of the fastest growing towns in the valley, and with good reason. As the largest town in the Sacred Valley, it’s packed with great cafes, bars and restaurants, and it’s also perfectly located between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Although it was once […]

All About Pisac

Pisac is possibly one of the most popular towns in the valley, and there’s a sizable expat community there. The vibe is generally a bit ‘hippy’ ish, and there are, correspondingly, plenty of vegan restaurants, health food shops, ayahuasca ceremonies, yoga classes and other such services. At 2970m, the elevation […]