Best things to do in Urubamba and sightseeing in Urubamba
Sacred Valley of the Incas - Urubamba
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley in the Andes. It is also known as Urubamba Valley as it is formed by the Urubamba River. The valley mutely flows through numerous archaeological remains and villages. It encompasses the heartland of the Inca Empire. The Sacred Valley is commendably picturesque and mesmerizing. The beauty of this quaint part of Peru snuggled high in mountains is comparatively unvoiced.
Machu Picchu - Urubamba
A Vistadome Train will take you to and back from Machu Picchu. On the first day an organized 2 hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes visits to the Caretakers Hut, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Three Windowed Temple, the main quarry and Intihuatana (the Solar Clock). On the second day there, you have until the afternoon to explore some of the sights that are not included on the standard tour. The tour package includes entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu, a moderately challenging trek, where from atop you are afforded spectacular views of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a train back to Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred to Cusco, for the last leg of the journey.
Intihuatana - Urubamba
It is located 3,300–3,400 meters above sea level, near the town of Písac in the Urubamba Valley. The Intihuatana was so-called because the Incas are believed to have “tied” the sun to a hitching post during sunrise on the solstice to stop it from going any further away. It is said to be important in telling Inca when to harvest their crops. Archaeologists believe that it was used for making astronomical observations and calculating the passing of time.
Abra Malaga - Urubamba
Abra Malaga, also referred to as Malaga, high pass is located in the Vilcanota mountain range. It is a habitat of endangered species like Royal Cinclodes which live in Andean forest and many other bird species. This high pass has forests with extensive zones of bamboo and straw Andean meadow.