The postcard of the Andes and South America is the famous and fascinating ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. It remained “lost” until 1911 when it was rediscovered in the jungle by Hiram Bingham. As such, it escaped the Spanish purge and remains the best preserved Inca city uncovered to date.
There’s more than enough to see in the Sacred Valley without hoofing it over the mountains and braving the sandflies of the Inca Trail. The Urubamba valley has a plethora of ancient ruins, sacred sites, wonderful wildlife and spectacular views. There is reliable, easy to find transportation around the area, and it’s great for leisurely exploring the Inca way of life. And you still end up enjoying Machu Picchu, rested and ready to explore.