Sacred Valley in Photos, from Cusco to Ollantaytambo | Peru

The sun is just about to break. It’s almost five in the morning and the night bus from Puno is pulling into the Cusco terminal. It was a long ride but I can’t wait to start this leg of the trip.

I am here on my way to Ollantaytambo to catch the train for Ciudad Machu Picchu, but first there is the amazing region of the Sacred Valley to be enjoyed. Stretching for about 60 kilometers in Peru’s Andean highlands, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire along with Cusco and Machu Picchu. Its fertile farmlands, Spanish colonial villages, Inca citadels and mountain escapes are all stunning places to explore and photograph.

Hiring a driver right from the bus terminal was the best option, as it allowed me to stop anywhere and for as long as I wanted. It was truly an amazing experience.

Here are some of my favorite landscape photos of the region, all made with Fuji X-T1 cameras. I will also post some portraits of the Sacred Valley’s people in my next post, so stay tuned.

CHINCHERO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Farm land and mountains close to Chinchero on the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

URUBAMBA PROVINCE, CUSCO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: View of the Urubamba Valley in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley in Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

URUBAMBA PROVINCE, CUSCO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: View of the Urubamba River and Valley in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley in Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

URUBAMBA PROVINCE, CUSCO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: The Urubamba River in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley in Peru. (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MARAS, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Marasal salt plains near the village of Maras in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MARAS, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Marasal salt plains near the village of Maras in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

PISAC, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Inca Terraces in the PIsac arqueological site, on the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Typical cobblestone street in Ollantaytambo, a small village in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, a small village in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

CHINCHERO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Mountains close to Chinchero on the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

MARAS, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Front door in the Maras village in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

PISAC, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: The PIsac arqueological site, on the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

CHINCHERO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Inca Terraces in Chinchero on the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

OLLANTAYTAMBO, PERU - CIRCA OCTOBER 2015: Archaeological site Pinkuylluna in Ollantaytambo, a small village in the Cusco region known as Sacred Valley (Daniel Korzeniewski)

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