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

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Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Peru Sacred Valley Tour is one of the popular day tours from Cusco. Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas tour is one of our signature tours exclusively designed by our travel experts to offer you a detailed understanding of the Inca history and traditions.

Sacred Valley of the Incas houses plenty of archaeological sites that played a vital role during the Inca times. Farming was the main occupation of the Incas. The weather and soil here favored them completely. The Incas built many farming terraces all over the valley. 

The circular terraces of Moray is a testament to their advancement and dedication in farming. To Incas, this was an agricultural laboratory. 

The terraces of Moray have different levels dug into the ground. Each level has a different temperature. This allowed the Incas to determine the ideal weather condition needed to grow a crop. 

Our full day trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas is a combination of the Classic Sacred Valley tour and Maras Moray tour. Classic Sacred Valley tour takes you to Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros.

We have designed this tour to give you an insight into the history, local traditions and customs. We highly recommend doing this tour before visiting Machu Picchu as this will give you an introduction to the Inca civilization.

To enhance your experience, we will be serving a traditional buffet lunch at a local restaurant in Urubamba.

Join us as a solo traveler, as couples or in a small group and let our local tour guide give you the authentic local experience.

Also, check out our Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour package designed to offer you the best of the Inca sites on a two day tour. 

Departure & Return Location

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Includes

  • Pick up from the Hotel
  • Tourist Transport
  • Professional guide English/Spanish
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba

It does not include

  • Beverages such as Water
  • Snack

Considerations

Entrance Tickets (BTC) to the Archaeological Groups:

To carry out the tours in the city of Cusco, you need to acquire a BTC (Tourist ticket of Cusco, which allows the entrance to 16 places, with 10 days of duration, within them to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, museums and also to carry out the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas), the price is:
for FOREIGNERS adults S/. 130.00, students S/ 70.00 and for PERUVIANS adults S/. 70.00, students S/ 40.00.

Itinerary

Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas

Your Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas tour starts with a 0700 AM transfer from your hotel in Cusco. We will be driving you for an hour to the village of Pisac.

Pisac:

Home to massive Inca ruins, the archeological site here is just second to Machu Picchu in size. It is perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley. On this guided tour of Pisac ruins, we will be introducing you to different areas of the complex.

Pisac is also home to a renowned market where craftsmen from neighboring villages gather here to sell their products. This is an ideal place to shop for souvenirs.

Altitude: 2980 meters above sea level (9776 feet)

Ollantaytambo:

We will continue our Peru Sacred Valley tour with a drive to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo was the former administrative capital of the Incas. The Inca site here is snuggled between two peaks.

This was one of the most sacred sites to the Incas. However, it turned to be a deadly battleground when the infamous battle of Ollantaytambo was fought between Manco Inca and Hernando Pizzaro in 1531.

After the guided tour of the complex here, we will be visiting the town. Ollantaytambo is referred to as the living Inca town. This is because it was never left abandoned. Houses here have a traditional inca touch in architecture.

Today, Ollantaytambo is a popular transit point for boarding trains to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. It is also the last major town before the trailhead of the esteemed Inca Trail. 

Once you have had the fill of the history here, we will drive you to Urubamba where we will be serving farm fresh lunch at a local restaurant.

Altitude (Ollantaytambo): 2850 meters above sea level (9350 feet)

Altitude (Urubamba): 2870 meters above sea level (9416 feet)

Maras:

After relishing a native meal, we will drive you to Maras. This is probably the most photographed site in the entire valley. Maras houses over 6000 pre hispanic salt ponds that are built on the slope of a hill which are active even today.

Locals continue the traditional solar evaporation method to extract salt. They let in natural spring water into these geometric ponds and wait for it to evaporate. When it does, it leaves behind crystals of salt which are manually scrapped out.

Maras salt is pinkish in color and has a distinct taste. Our local expert will explain more about the Salt mining traditions during the tour. 

Altitude: 3385 meters above sea level (11,106 feet)

Moray:

After touring this prominent site, we will be driving you to Moray. The circular farming terraces here are unmissable. The Incas used them as an agricultural laboratory. Each level here has a different temperature which allows them to determine the best climate needed to grow any crop.

Thanks to this, Peru produces over 800 varieties of potatoes.

Altitude: 3500 meters above sea level (11,500 feet)

Chinchero:

Our final stop on this full day Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas tour will be in Chinchero. Often referred to as the land of the Rainbows, Chinchero houses a small Inca complex which was built as a summer palace by Pachacutec.

The farming terrace here has aqueducts that are connected to the nearby river which serves even today. 

The royal palace here was demolished upon Spanish conquest and the whitewashed church was built on its remains which stands here today. 

Chinchero, however, is prominent for its Andean textiles. Locals here have preserved their age-old traditions. During your visit, you will witness how they dye the extracted wool from Llamas and Alpacas and knit them to make beautiful sweaters and more. 

Culminating this informative and joyful Cusco to Sacred Valley of the Incas tour, we will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be reaching by 0600 PM. 

Altitude: 3725 meters above sea level (12,221 feet)

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Mariam Nicholson

Solo Traveller

The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, and I felt like I was stepping into an ancient world as we made our way through the cobbled streets and terraced hillsides. The local guides were extremely knowledgeable and helped to bring the history of the valley to life as they recounted stories of the Inca civilization and its people.

October 18, 2022
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