Located 2,430 meters (7,970 ft.) above sea level, Machu Picchu is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. Living here must have felt like being on top of the world.
Cloud formations high up in the mountains around Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and one of the most important areas for maize production in Peru
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu.