The province of Urubamba in Cusco

The province of Urubamba is made up of some of the most touristic districts in all of Cusco. Among them, the district of Aguas Calientes stands out, where nothing less than the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is located. Inca citadels such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Moray and more also stand out.



Explore the province of Urubamba

Urubamba is a province of Cusco famous for hosting the main tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Know what places to visit in this province. Don't miss out!

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1. Urubamba

Urubamba is a town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is famous for the beauty of its landscapes, its pleasant climate and adventure sports.

Urubamba
Chinchero

2. Chinchero

Chinchero is famous for its archaeological site (Túpac Yupanqui Palace). The town stands out for its customs, textile centers, church and clothing.

Chinchero
Chinchero archaeological sites

3. Chinchero archaeological sites

Chinchero is famous for its archaeological site, the ancient palace of Túpac Yupanqui. To visit it, you must buy a tour or the Cusco Tourist Ticket.

Chinchero archaeological sites
Chinchero textile centers

4. Chinchero textile centers

In Chinchero there are dozens of textile centers where llama and alpaca garments are woven and dyed in a traditional way. It is part of the tour to the Sacred...

Chinchero textile centers
Ollantaytambo

5. Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is an Inca town and city in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It has temples, walls, platforms and more. From there the train to Machu Picchu...

Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo archaeological site

6. Ollantaytambo archaeological site

This archaeological site has structures as imposing as Machu Picchu. It is located in the town of Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Ollantaytambo archaeological site
Catcco Museum

7. Catcco Museum

The museum exposes the history of the town of Ollantaytambo, famous for its archaeological site and beautiful crafts. It is located in the Sacred Valley of the...

Catcco Museum
Maras

8. Maras

Maras is a traditional town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its main attractions are the salt mines of Maras and the circular platforms of Moray.

Maras
Salineras de Maras

9. Salineras de Maras

The Salineras de Maras in Cusco, Peru are hundreds of natural salt wells used since the Incas. You can go with a tour package that includes Moray.

Salineras de Maras
Moray

10. Moray

Moray, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is 50 kilometers from Cusco in Peru. Tours include guide, entrance fees and transportation and cost $ 60 approx.

Moray
Yucay

11. Yucay

Yucay is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas famous for its pleasant climate, the ancient palace of the Incas Huayna Capac and Sayri Túpac and much more.

Yucay
Yucay Museum of Living Culture

12. Yucay Museum of Living Culture

The museum shows some of the customs of the peoples of the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as: their textiles, their gastronomy, their drinks, ceramics and...

Yucay Museum of Living Culture

The capital of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the province of Urubamba are the majority of Inca citadels and Andean towns that make up the famous 'Sacred Valley of the Incas'.

The province of Urubamba is made up of seven districts: Chinchero, Huayllabamba, Machupicchu (Aguas Calientes), Maras, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba (capital) and Yucay.

During the Inca era, its fertile lands were used to build extensive terraces and platforms. Corn was mainly produced there.

The Incas also built their main citadels in the mountains of Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. Near the town of Maras they built a circular agricultural center called 'Moray'.

During the colonial era the Spanish built baroque churches in the first Indian reductions, which would later become Andean villages of great beauty.

Today the province of Urubamba offers dozens of tourist attractions for the visitor. This has caused the proliferation of hotels, restaurants and other tourist services, some of which are of a very good standard. An international airport is even being built in the town of Chinchero.

Where is?

The town of Urubamba, the capital of the province of the same name, is located 53 kilometers by road from the city of Cusco. Urubamba is located at 2,871 meters above sea level.

The geography of the province of Urubamba is marked by the presence of the Vilcanota River as well as high snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay, Chicón, El Verónica and more.

The province of Urubamba is located northeast of the city of Cusco. It limits with the provinces of Calca, Anta and La Convencion.

Much of its territory is made up of mountains and valleys. However, it also has high tropical jungle, such as the district of Machupicchu.

How to get there from Cusco?

To get to the district of Urubamba (capital of the province of the same name) by public transport, follow the following route:

Urubamba province map

History of the province of Urubamba

The territory of Urubamba was occupied by various ethnic groups who were subjugated or annexed to the nascent Inca empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. During the Inca times, the fertile territory was used for the cultivation of potatoes, corn, quinoa and more. The most important citadels built by the Incas were located in the current districts of Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Yucay.

With the invasion of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca temples were destroyed. In its place baroque colonial temples were built. In addition, the so-called 'indian reductions' were created, which would become the current towns and districts of the province. In 1825 the province of Urubamba was created. In 1839 the district of the same name was chosen as its capital. Due to its fertile lands as well as its Inca towns and citadels, the territory of Urubamba is also currently called 'The Sacred Valley of the Incas'.

Main tourist attractions

These are the main tourist attractions in the province of Urubamba:

Weather

The climate in the town of Urubamba (capital of the province) is temperate and warm. The temperature varies from a maximum of 23ºC. up to a minimum of 4ºC. at certain times of the year. The average temperature is 11ºC.

April to October is the dry season. In those months the rains are not frequent (the geography becomes dry). Also the nights are colder. From November to March the rainy season occurs. In those months it rains more often. The nights are less cold.

Provincia de Urubamba
Provincia de Urubamba
Provincia de Urubamba
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Additional Information

The province of Urubamba covers an approximate area of ​​1,439 square kilometers. Some 80,175 inhabitants live there. The town of Urubamba is the capital of the province. It is situated at 2,871 meters above sea level. This town has the best hotel and restaurant services.

Each town celebrates its festivities with music, dance, lots of joy and faith. Some of the most recommended festivities are the 'Festivity of Torrechayoc' (in Urubamba on May 15), the 'Festivity of the Lord of Choquekillka' (in Ollantaytambo on May 31) as well as the carnivals of Chinchero, Yucay, Maras and more.

Tourist attractions close to Urubamba

Yucay

Yucay is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas famous for its pleasant climate, the ancient palace of the Incas Huayna Capac and Sayri Túpac and much more.

Yucay

Chinchero

Chinchero is famous for its archaeological site (Túpac Yupanqui Palace). The town stands out for its customs, textile centers, church and clothing.

Chinchero

Maras

Maras is a traditional town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its main attractions are the salt mines of Maras and the circular platforms of Moray.

Maras