Museum of living culture of Yucay

The Museum of Living Culture of Yucay is a great opportunity to learn about the customs of the peoples of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is located in the town of Yucay, one of the most charming and with the best climate in Cusco. The entrance to this place is free. Once inside, visitors will be able to learn how to read the coca leaf, the ceremony of payment to the earth, the salt of Maras as well as the typical dishes and drinks of Cuzco. It is a great option to learn about the culture of the Andean peoples.



Description

The living culture museum of Yucay is a cultural site that revalues ​​the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as: gastronomy, textiles, ceramics and more. Thus, visitors will be able to learn about some of the oldest practices of the local inhabitants, such as: readings of coca leaves, offerings to the land, tasting of 'chicha' (a drink made from fermented corn) and more.

The place is spacious and decorated with Andean themes. Like many houses in the towns of the Sacred Valley, this one has a breeding of guinea pigs and alpacas. The settlers weave their garments with fibers of this animal just as their ancestors did, by hand and having them naturally with vegetable inputs. It is a cultural immersion in the traditional towns of the Andes Mountains.

Location

The museum is located in the town of Yucay (almost 62 kilometers from the city of Cusco) in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

How to go?

First, you must take public transport from the city of Cusco to the town of Urubamba (the transport departs from Pavitos street in the historic center). Then you must take another public transport (or taxi) to the town of Yucay, located just 4 kilometers away. Once in town, you only have to walk to get to the living culture museum.

Map

The museum

How much does the visit cost?

The visit to the museum is free. Optionally, tourists can purchase some of the clothing or products for sale within the place.

Hours of Operation

From Sunday to Saturday from 8 in the morning to 7 at night.

Photos of the museum of living culture of Yucay

Yucay Museo de Cultura Viva
Fachada del Museo de Cultura Viva de Yucay
Explicación de un Kipu en el Museo de Cultura Viva de Yucan
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More information

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a geographic area of ​​vital importance for the Incas. There are several Andean towns of great tradition such as Yucay, Urubamba, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Pisac and more. Each town has hotels, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.

The town of Yucay is not included in the classic tours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Therefore, you can visit the Yucay living culture museum on your own or by hiring a tour guide and suggest going to the place.

Tips

The town of Chinchero has dozens of textile centers where, as well as in the museum of living culture of Yucay, visitors will be able to learn about some of the traditions of the Andean peoples such as: the traditional spinning of alpaca clothing, Inca ceramics, raising guinea pigs, alpacas and more.

In Inca times, the town of Yucay was highly valued for its fertile lands and pleasant climate. There the Inca Huayna Cápac built his palace as well as the Inca Sayri Túpac. Take advantage of your visit to the museum of living culture, to know some of the Inca constructions of the place.