Urubamba (Cordillera Urubamba in Spanish) is a 50 km mountain range located within the region of Cusco, in the Peruvian Andes. The Urubambas are located right next to the Urubamba Valley, also called Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado in Spanish), so many of the snow capped mountains can be seen from several points of the valley.
Although the area is mostly known for the many Inca constructions and the Machu Picchu archaeological site, the Urubamba range offers a good scenario for mountaineering and trekking.
Mountains in the area are not climbed as often as other mountain ranges in Peru. However, trekking is a more popular activity in the area as the Lares Trek, a known hiking route south of the range, is offered as a tour alternative by tourism agencies in Cusco.
In Cusco's Avenida Grau there are small buses or vans that take you to the sacred valley, where the main towns at the foot of the mountains are located.
The best season is between June and September (dry season). The following data are for the town of Urubamba, located at the foot of the mountains at 2870 m (9420 ft).
The Urubambas are not within any protected area, except for the southern slopes of the westernmost peaks (Huajayhillca and Bonanta) which are inside the Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary.
To reach the other peaks, there are roads or paths that serve the villages next to the mountains.
Some of these paths may be next to or inside communal or private property. Although the locals are friendly, please gather information in Cusco or the main towns in the valley about the area you're about to enter.
3D view of the central part of the Urubambas: Halancoma, Huacratanca. 3D view of the eastern part of the Urubambas: Capacsaya, Chicón, Sahuasiray, Pitusiray 3D view of the northern part of the Urubambas: Terijuay, Quilloc, Apuy Padreyoc
The names of the mountains are those that appear in the maps of the Peruvian National Institute of Geography (IGN maps, 1:100 000).