Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and discover the secrets of ancient Andean civilizations? If so, the Inkariy Museum is the perfect place for you. Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this museum invites you to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of pre-Columbian Peru. Join us on this tour to learn everything you need to know about the Inkariy Museum.

1. What is the Inkariy Museum?

The Inkariy Museum is a cultural institution dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the history of Peru’s pre-Hispanic civilisations. Opened in 2015, the museum presents a fascinating and educational insight into the cultures that inhabited this region before the arrival of the Spanish. From the Chavín to the Incas, each room of the museum offers an immersive and detailed experience of the life and achievements of these ancient peoples.

2. Location and Access

Where is the Inkariy Museum?

The Inkariy Museum is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, near the town of Urubamba (Road Via Urubamba km53, Calca 08121). Its privileged location makes it an obligatory stop for those who visit Cusco and wish to explore beyond the city.

How to get to the Inkariy Museum?

Getting to the Inkariy Museum is easy. From Cusco, you can take a bus or hire a private transport service that will take you directly to the museum. The trip takes about an hour and a half, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful views of the Sacred Valley on the way.

3. What to see in the Inkariy Museum?


  • Exhibition Rooms: The Inkariy Museum is divided into several rooms, each dedicated to a different culture. Here is a summary of what you will find in each room:
  • Chavín Culture: The first room of the museum introduces you to the Chavín Culture, one of the oldest civilizations in Peru. Here, you will see replicas of the enigmatic nail heads and other pieces of religious art dating back more than 3,000 years.
  • Paracas Culture: In the Paracas Culture room, you will discover impressive textile skills and famous burial bundles. Recreations of funerary practices and colourful textiles will show you the importance of this civilisation in Peruvian history.
  • Nazca Culture: The Nazca Culture room will allow you to explore the mysteries of the Nazca lines and the advanced ceramic and metallurgical techniques they developed. Scale models and reproductions will help you understand the magnitude of their achievements.
  • Moche Culture: The Moche Culture is known for its advanced irrigation techniques and elaborate ceramics. In this room, you can see replicas of huacas (adobe pyramids) and learn more about their social and religious structure.
  • Wari Culture: The Wari Culture room presents the advances in architecture and urban planning of this civilisation. Models and recreations will show you how they built great administrative and religious centres.
  • Chimu Culture: The Chimu Culture is famous for the city of Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world. In this room, you will learn about their political and social organisation, as well as their impressive works of art in gold and silver.
  • Inca Culture: The last room of the museum is dedicated to the Inca Culture, the largest and most powerful civilisation of ancient Peru. Here, you can see reproductions of Inca architecture, including the famous Machu Picchu, and learn about their advanced agricultural and astronomical techniques.

4. Activities and Services

  • Guided Tours: The Inkariy Museum offers guided tours in several languages, including Spanish and English. These tours are an excellent way to gain a deeper understanding of the exhibits and the history of the civilizations presented.
  • Educational Workshops: For those who want a more interactive experience, the museum also offers educational workshops. These workshops are designed for all ages and allow you to learn about ancient craft techniques such as pottery and weaving.
  • Souvenir Shop: Don’t forget to stop by the museum’s souvenir shop, where you can buy replicas of artefacts, textiles and other items inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures. It’s the perfect place to find a souvenir of your visit.

5. Tips for your Visit

What to bring

For your visit to the Inkariy Museum, we recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking. It is also useful to bring a camera to capture the impressive exhibits and views of the Sacred Valley.

Opening hours and entrance fees

The museum is open every day of the week, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is advisable to buy tickets in advance, especially during the high season, to avoid long lines and secure your entrance.

As of August, the Inkariy Museum has been included in the travel program of all the itineraries offered by Inka Time Tours in this region of Peru.
One more reason to organize a trip to Peru, relying on a tour operator with great experience in the destination

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