Canyon sights in Peru
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The beautiful Río Urubamba valley, aka El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley), has many star attractions: the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, which proudly preside over its undulating twists and turns; hectic markets and fetching Andean villages. It's also famous for high-adrenaline activities, from rafting the Río Urubamba to drifting off in a hot-air balloon. Most activities can be organized in Cuzco or at hotels in Urubamba.
A multitude of travel agencies in Cuzco offer whirlwind tours of the Sacred Valley, stopping at craft markets and the most significant archaeological sites, but even if you only have a day or two to spare, it's immeasurably…
This remote canyon is the deepest known canyon in the world - around twice the depth of the Grand Canyon, with stretches dropping down to below 3500m (11,480ft). While the depths of the ravine are only accessible to experienced river runners, the rest of the fertile valley is rich in striking scenery and trekking opportunities.
The canyon also shelters several traditional rural settlements that currently see only a handful of adventurous travelers. Hiring an experienced guide is the most socially responsible way to visit this remote region.