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Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas – Peru Sacred Valley Tour

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Peru Sacred Valley Tour Details
Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas tour is the second most popular tour in Cusco, after Machu Picchu. The full day Peru Sacred Valley Tour takes you to some of the notable Inca ruins.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas houses many farming terraces built around the Inca settlements, temples and fortresses. Accompanied by a local English speaking tour guide, you will get an overview of them, on this full day tour. 

Our Peru Sacred Valley tour is a combination of Classic Sacred Valley tour and half day Maras Moray Tour.

Moray:

During the Inca times, farming was their main source of income. They were so devoted to it that the Incas built an agricultural laboratory in Moray. These circular farming terraces of Moray barely resemble the Roman amphitheater. It has different levels dug into the ground. 

Each level has a different temperature. This allowed the Incas to determine the best temperature needed to grow any crop. Thanks to their advancement in farming, Peru now produces over 4000 varieties of potatoes and around 55 types of corn. 

Maras: 

Maras, the pre Inca Salt mines are also unmissable sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. These cascading salt terraces were built on the slope of a hill and have been passed down generation after generation. 

To enhance your local experience, we will be serving you a traditional Andean buffet meal for lunch in Urubamba. 

We recommend signing up for this Peru Sacred Valley Tour on your first few days in Cusco, while acclimatizing. This change of attitude will help you to avoid altitude sickness. 

Moreover, our travel experts have designed this tour to offer you a detailed introduction to the Inca civilization. We believe that this will be useful before you visit Machu Picchu.

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Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0700 AM

Price Includes

  • Roundtrip transport
  • Bi-Lingual local tour guide
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba

Price Excludes

  • Entrance tickets to archaeological sites USD 20 (70 Soles per person) - Cusco Tourist Ticket
  • Entrance to Maras 10 Soles
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Water and Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary

Cusco - Pisac - Urubamba

Your epic Peru Sacred Valley Tour starts with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will embark on a 45 minutes drive to Chinchero, the village of the Rainbow. 

Chinchero:

Chinchero is home to Andean textile weavers. Locals will demonstrate the process of extracting wool from Alpacas and Llamas and dyeing them to knit different products. 

This beautiful and serene village is often overlooked by tourists. It houses a white washed colonial church which was once a royal palace of Incan emperor Pachacuti. 

Among all sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Chinchero has the most fertile soil. During the Inca civilization, under the leadership of Pachacuti. the Incas built many farming terraces. The water channels here are a testament to the advancement of Inca engineering. 

Maras Moray:

After getting an immersive introduction to the Incas history and colonial past, we will be driving to Maras and Moray. Both these sites played a prominent role to Incas and continue to do even today. Moray is home to circular agricultural terraces which served as an agricultural laboratory to Incas. 

Maras is home to the salt mines. It has been passed down generation after generation. Locals here continue to practice the traditional Solar Evaporation salt farming method. Our local expert will be explaining to you in detail. 

Urubamba:

After soaking in the views of the picturesque sites of the Sacred Valley, we will be driving you to Urubamba. Altitude wise, Urubamba is the lowest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will be serving buffet lunch here.

With ample options for vegetarians, you will be impressed with the wide choice of Andean meals prepared with farm fresh ingredients.

Ollantaytambo:

After relishing a native meal, we will be driving you to an emblematic village in the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo

Nestled in between two hills each home to Inca ruins, the village is known as the “Living Inca Town”. This is because Ollantaytambo has been continuously inhabited since the Inca civilization. 

Ollantaytambo, which was once an administrative capital to the Incas houses a notable Inca temple. This is where the infamous battle of Ollantaytambo was fought between Manco Inca and Hernando Pizzaro. 

Today, Ollantaytambo serves as a prime point to travel to Aguas Calientes. 

Pisac:

Continuing the tour, we will be visiting Pisac. Pisac is home to one of the massive and beautiful inca sites perched on a hilltop overlooking the village. The inca complex here is massive and is just second to Machu Picchu in size. 

We will be driving you up the hill to the main entrance of the complex. Here our local expert will be giving you a guided tour of the complex. 

After touring the complex, we will be driving you down to the main plaza. During weekends, the narrow cobblestone streets here get filled with local people selling their handicrafts. 

After the tour, we will drive you back to Cusco city. It takes 45 minutes. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas.

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FAQs

Is the Sacred Valley worth visiting?

Yes, without a doubt the Sacred Valley is a great place to visit. The Sacred Valley is full of ancient Inca ruins. The most notable are Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray. However, this valley also has numerous small andean cities rich in history and tradition, such as Urubamba and Chinchero.

How do I get to Sacred Valley from Cusco?

The Sacred Valley can be easily visited by just taking a private car or a bus from Cusco. Usually, the first place to visit in the Sacred Valley is the town of Pisac, which can be reached after driving for around 2 and a half hours.

Should I stay in Sacred Valley or Cusco?

Both the Sacred Valley and Cusco are great places to stay while visiting the region. Due to its geographical location, the Sacred Valley in general provides a much warmer climate, while Cusco city is colder, specially during June and September.

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Eliott Wolfe

Solo Traveller

Visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you cannot avoid being impressed in the masterpieces of the architecture created several centuries ago. What you might not have expected to discover is the “energy” that fills the spirit to explore these sites.

The Temple of the Sun was one of my favorites: many areas for hiking, fantastic views from the top; the importance of this place in the Inca culture; and the city of Ollantaytambo. Get there early, make sure you get up to the top and walk all the way.

December 13, 2021

Irwine Shaun

Couple Traveller

We signed up for biking tours to the Sacred Valley and eventually changed for this. This was certainly the best experience we had in South America.

February 13, 2020
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