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Discover the Aranwa Scared Valley, which was constructed on the site of a prominent Spanish hacienda known as the Taravilca.

Aranwa Sacred Valley was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

Harkening back to Peru’s Colonial era, the Aranwa Sacred Valley was built on the grounds of a prominent Spanish hacienda known as the Taravilca. Haciendas were self-contained colonial estates that typically grew a variety of crops that were used for both sustenance and export. Many Spanish settlers flocked to the Sacred Valley of the Incas back during the 16th century due to the fertility of its land. These families specifically settled around the areas of Yucay, Urubamba, and Urquillos, which specialized in producing goods and textiles. As such, the Taravilca’s earliest owners created the hacienda in order to reap economic benefits of the area.

At least a hundred workers were employed at the time of the hacienda, and presumably the estate had mill villages with homes, kitchens, bakeries, a flour mill, and store to serve all workers. It became so profitable that the owners of the Taravilca established the Yaravilca workshop. This quaint establishment remained active well into the 1900s. Much of the Aranwa Sacred Valley’s current guestrooms reside within this historic workshop complex. Visitors today can still see the parallel system of vaults that were built on stone walls to let the water move the decks of filling, washing, dying wool, and hot-pressing.

  • About the Location +
    Also known as Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is located just to the north of Peru’s capital of Cusco. The region had been located in the heart of the Incan Empire since the 1000s. The Inca lived in the valley for centuries until Spanish conquistadors wrestled control away during the 1500s. Many amazing Incan ruins dot the landscape of the Scared Valley, including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu.

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