Willka T'ika sits at the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Inka.
The Sacred Valley cuts a gentle curve through the Andes between the two 20,000-foot peaks dominating the region: Ausangate in the southeast and Salkkantay, near Machu Picchu, in the northwest. At 9,000 feet above sea level and just 13 degrees south of the equator, the air of the Sacred Valley is pure and its light crystalline.
This is a region of sacred geography. The highest mountains are considered powerful deities, apukuna. Another name for the Urubamba, which flows through the valley, is Willka Mayu, Sacred River. Regarded as a reflection of the Milky Way on earth, its course marks the pathway of the sun around the time of the December solstice.