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(2,890 m.a.s.l.)

In the middle of the Sacred Valley, on the right bank of the Urubamba, we find this little and attractive town of particularly fertile lands and whose name translated into Spanish means "deceit" or "bewitchment".

The district of Yucay belongs to the province of Urubamba. It is located at 78 km to the northeast of the city of Cusco by asphalted road (1 hour and 15 minutes approximately), and 28 km to the north of Calca.

It is a town of Incan origin that stands out due to the remains of the palace of Inca Sauri Túpac (one of the rebel Incas of Vilcabamba), a colonial church and a small site museum.

According to the legends, in the middle of the XV century, approximately, the Inca Huayna Cápac got captivated by the incomparable magnificence of Yucay's settings and decided to settle there. Two physical elements turned Yucay into the favorite place of the Incas: the softness of its weather and the magnificence of its landscape.

Amazed by the richness and fertility of the region, he ordered the mitimaes to bring there the richest soil from all the Tahuantinsuyo valleys in order to increase the productivity of this place. The extraordinary cultivation terraces of Yucay constitute a testimony of this enormous effort.

* Mitimaes: They were groups sent together with their families and their own ethnical chiefs to different places in order to achieve distinct objectives. Some defended the borders while others cultivated the land where the labor force was missing like the fourteen thousand people sent by Huayna Capac did in Cochabamba. The great variety of duties assigned to the "mitimaes" could show trust and be a distinction or be a punishment infringed to ethnic groups that deserved a punishment. Finally, there were "mitimaes" with religious purposes to honor and serve important sanctuaries.

Warm and kind
Since Yucay is 600 meters below Cusco and, in general, the entire Sacred Valley, it is ideal for tourists that arrive at Cusco by plain. Spending the first days in this area will allow you to eat and sleep quietly and avoid the fearful headaches produced by the mountain sickness.

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Its two squares are separated by the restored Santiago Apóstol church. At the Manco II square it is possible to appreciate the Palacio de la Ñusta (Palace of the Ñusta) as well as the remains of a construction of polished stone and adobe with high and low-relief decorations, which corresponded to the Palace of Inca Sairi Túpac. He was the second "colonial Inca" or Inca from Vilcabamba, who received the Oropesa marquisate as a reward. There are also numerous ruins disseminated through the valley and prodigious engineering works such as agricultural cultivation terraces with retaining walls made up by enormous stones.

Those who love adventure sports can go for a walk to the Lago Negro (Black Lake), by the San Juan snow-capped mountain. The steep circuit starts behind the Posada del Inca Hotel and continues up to Huayllabamba. It takes a whole day.

Yucay has the most luxurious hotel of the valley: Posada del Inca. The main building is an ancient colonial big rambling house, built in the middle of the XVI century by nuns of the Santa Catalina de Saena Order. The hotel guests have the chance to take part in Posada Aventura, a program that organizes adventure tours of canotaje, treks, mountain bike, horse rides and aerostat trips. Each activity has bilingual guides, modern and full equipments, an efficient security system, and all the precautions to arrange an unforgettable journey.

The Hostal Y'Lary, located at the Manco II Square, is a good and economic lodging alternative.

Sonesta Posada del Inca of Yucay
Address: Manco II Square of Yucay, 123, Urubamba (Sacred Valley)
Phone: (51-84)20 1107 / 201346
Fax: (51-84) 20 1345
Located at one hour and a half from the city of Cusco, this three-star hotel has 69 rooms, of which two had been adapted. The entrance is accessible. You can enter through the lateral entrance in where there are ramps on the pavement or through the main door using the movable wooden ramps to go up and down one step. The accessible rooms are located in the first floor and they also have movable wooden ramps to go up one step on entering. The hotel does not have any internal corridors in the first level. The rooms have doors that lead directly to the exterior, which are favorable for a fast evacuation in case of fire. The free width of room doors is of 0.89 cm and the bathroom door is of 0.84 cm. The public restrooms of the restaurant and the bar are not accessible. Precisely, they have been planning certain modifications for public restrooms.

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