National Geographic : 1913 Apr
Photo byHiram Bingham YUCAY, THE LOVELIEST SPOT IN SOUTHERN PERU The beautiful valley of Yucay was that portion of the Urubamba Valley most favored by the Incas of Cuzco for their country houses. This view is unsurpassed for beauty or grandeur by any in Peru, and by few in .the world. There is every gradation of color and depth of shadow from the dense blue of the tropical sky past the glittering crests of the glacier-clad Andes down to the exquisite green terraces ofthe famous gardens of Yucay. Although the bottom of the valley is 9,ooo feet above the sea, it enjoys a climate not unlike thatofthe south ofFrance. The Incas, ever appreciative of beautiful views, built some of their country houses on the most sightly points of this wonderful valley.