Stay: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado (2 nights)
The heartland of the Incas, tucked in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley is the guardian of a number of prominent ancient sites; its frosted-peaked mountains and Inca farming terraces making it ideal territory for outdoor adventures like mountain-biking, trekking, horse-riding, river-rafting, and rockclimbing (adrenalin-junkies may also want to check out Action Valley for its bungee-jumping and vertical slingshot).
Peppered with historic towns and villages, Pisac, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo are the Sacred Valley's most visited, all with an individual Incan heritage, architecture and draw all of their own. Pisac is a must visit for its handicraft market, Urubamba for its art, while Ollantaytambo is the most original and to us, the most picturesque. We'd also suggest mountain-biking through the valley past the Maras Salt Mines and Moray Archaeological Park.