The Sacred Valley was a crucial area for the Inca Empire and it functions as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them. Throughout its length there are many Inca and Pre-Inca sites that can be found. Its climate was beneficial to the development of agriculture and the construction of important cities like Pisac,Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, which we will visit as part of this tour.
On this tour we will drive through the mountains to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas” which held great significance in Inca Culture. The Valley has a milder climate than Cusco and we will see a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and several archeological sites.
PLACES TO VISIT:
- Visit the Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary where you may see the native animals like Condor and Puma.
- Stop at the viewpoint of the Sacred Valley
- Enjoy Pisac Inca remains for 2 hours exploring the whole site without missing anything.
- Explore the typical local market of Pisac
- Quick stop at Urubamba for Lunch (Not included)
- Visit the whole archeological site of Ollantaytambo and enjoy the amazing views
- Visit of Chinchero and enjoy the colonial church, the Inca remains and the famous handmade craft center
It starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at approx 6:30/7 p.m.
We will pick you up at your hotel at 8am, and then we will drive in our private van towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We will stop at Ccochawasi Animal Sanctuary to see the native animals like Condor, lama, alpaca and Puma. Then we drive for 10 minutes up to the mirador of Taray to have a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like carpets. Afterwards we will drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where we can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. We can also admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the Inca tunnel and the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours exploring the Inca city. Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, where we will afterwards, we will go to Urumbamba for lunch and after that we will go to Ollantaytambo, where we will explore the archeological site for 1 hour 30 minutes and admire the water fountains, the Sun Temple, the Intihuatana and the impressive store houses. Then we will head back to visit the colonial church of Chinchero and the Inca site with her many farming terraces which the Incas used to grow potatoes. Then you will visit the famous handmade craft center, where you will see the ladies working in the traditional style demonstrate how they weave together beautiful alpaca sweaters since the Inca’s time, afterwards we could buy some hand-made souvenirs. Finally we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel by 7.00pm.
Pisac Market & Ruins
In the town of Pisac, there is the largest handcraft and colorful market of the region of Cusco. Here we experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbian style to purchase. Every Sunday there is also a procession of the mayors, who go to church at around 9.30am to attend the traditional Mass held in Quechua.
It is here in this beautiful, strategic spot, that the Inca Pachacutec built his fortress/sanctuary of Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful setting and the hills that surround it hide some of the most impressive ruins in the Valley. It contains structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Baños de la Princesa (Princess Baths). This site is one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a battle during the conquest.
The remains of what was the royal hacienda of Inca Tupac Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial church built on Inca foundations.
There is also a Sunday market here, although it attracts fewer tourists than Pisac you can find many handicrafts and local products.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR
- Professional English speaking guide
- Buffet lunch at Urubamba town
- Private comfortable transportation
- ENTRANCE TICKETS: All the sites visited on this tour require the Tourist Ticket, which can be obtained at your first stop. This ticket is 70 soles for a one day pass or 130 soles for the 10 day pass. If you are planning on visiting the ruins along the Cusco city limit, such as Sachsayhuaman, invest in the 10 day pass.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TAKE
- For students: ISIC card (If you are booking with the student discount)
- Warm jacket
Places to Stay
|NUMBER OF PAXS||1 PERSONS||2 PERSONS||3 PERSONS||10 + PERSONS|
|PRICES PER PERSON||USD 150||USD 90||USD 70||USD 50|
*If you are a group more than 11 people let us know, we can make a special price.
HOTELS IN CUSCO
RESERVATION IN HOTEL :OPTIONAL
We select some hotels in this destination, here you can find some of them, but if you would like other accomodation we have a lot of options for you.
HOTELS IN CUSCOCATEGORYWEBSITEBelmond Palacio Nazarenas5*www.belmond.com/es/palacio-nazarenas-cusco/Belmond Monasterio5*www.belmond.com/es/hotel-monasterio-cusco/Inkaterra la casona5*www.inkaterra.com/en/cuscoCasa Cartagena5*www.casacartagena.comJW Marriot cusco5*www.espanol.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cuzmc-jw-marriott-el-convento-cusco/Libertador Palacio del inka5*www.libertador.com.pe/luxury-collection/cusco/informacion-general/Atiq Boutique Hotel4*www.atiqhotel.comEl mercado tunqui4*www.elmercadotunqui.comCasa andina private collections4*www.casa-andina.com/hotel-cusco-peru_casa-andina-private-collectionCosta del sol Ramada4*www.costadelsolperu.com/peru/hotels/cusco/San Agustin Dorado4*www.hotelessanagustin.com.pe/es/hoteles/cusco/el-dorado/Tambo del Arriero3*www.tambodelarriero.comBoutique San blas3*www.casasanblas.comTierra viva cusco San Blas3*www.tierravivahoteles.com/es/tierra-viva-cusco-san-blasRumi Punku3*www.rumipunku.coCasa Andina Catedral3*www.casa-andina.com/classic-cuzco-catedral/Emperador Plaza3*www.emperadorplaza.comVilla Hermosa3*www.hotelesdelavillahermoza.comAmaru Hostal2*www.amaruhostal.comCusco Plaza I Nazarenas2*www.cuscoplazahotels.comAndean Dreams2*www.andeandreamshotel.com