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Sacred Valley Tour

Sacred Valley Tour

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare and fruitful combination for the high Andes. It was also the route to a jungle and therefore an area with access to fruits and plants of tropical lowlands, being the principal farmer from Inca Empire. The Sacred Valley also served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from invasions of the Antis, fierce jungle tribes raided the Andean highlands from time to time.

The Sacred Valley is located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo and it counts with beautiful Andean landscapes where its habitants (native quechua speakers), retain many customs and ancestral rites. The architecture looks like Inca Trail monuments and Choquequirao ruins, all these tours also are fantastic if you want arrive to Machu Picchu.

This amaing site on the shoreline from Urubamba river that adorns the valley is 35km from Cusco where you can realize rafting along the Vilcanota or Huillcamayo river, exploring Moray where exists the agricultural laboratory from Incas.

No doubts the highlights of this Sacred Valley tour is by archaeological sites of the area and traditional towns where abounds the artisans.

Also visit Chincheros, Huchuy, Ollantaytambo and more sites to take pictures from viewpoints and realize an expedition among the unexplored areas, during the excursion you see the landscapes but also can heard histories about what happened in each monument, learning culture and watching rituals by local people that have a different custom froms us.

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • Visit of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in 1 day,
  • Guided tour of the Pisaq Inca City,
  • Exploration of the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq,
  • Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo´s Incan fortress
  • Guided tour of the Incan site of Chinchero.

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a profesional Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley Tour.

Transportation: Tourist bus.

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons.
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

Interesting Information

Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a lush agricultural region, created by the Urubamba River and  an important source of food for the Incas that keep supplying the city of Cusco with a majority of its production until nowadays!

Our first stop after 1 and half an hour is Pisaq. There we first visit its ruins of a large Incan city situated above the today´s Pisaq Town. Then, we descend by our bus to the modern Pisaq to visit its famous traditional handicraft market.

After that, we head for lunch to Urubamba Town considered to be a capital of the valley. There, we have a buffet lunch in one of its lovely tourist restaurants offering traditional Andean cuisine.

Then, we continue our trip to later visit the still alive Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where our Tour Guide guided us around its Incan fortres and explains us about its purpose and history. The town and fortres are strategically located overlooking the beautiful valley! This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of the Incan urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Incan fortress and for being one of the couple places where Spaniards lost a major battle during their conquest!

In the afternoon we start returning to Cusco making a last stop on the way to receive a guided tour in the archaeological site of Chinchero that served as an astronomical center and Moon worship during the Incas times.

We reach Cusco around 7 pm.

Included

  • Tourist transportation,
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide,
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba Town.

Not Included

  • Boleto turistico (tourist ticket) to the Sacred Valley,
  • Tips to local staff.

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Sacred Valley
  • Visit Ollantaytambo ruins
  • Visit Chincheros town

 

Best moment from the Trek

  • The guided tour of Sacred Valley ruins

 

Encampment Equipment


Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Sacred Valley Tour

Here is everything you need to know about Sacred Valley Tour.

Where is located the Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located 35 kilometers from Cusco, and about 600 meters below the level of Cusco. It covers the part of the basin of the Vilcanota river between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Altitudes in Sacred Valley

  • "Cusco" at 3,399 m.a.s.l.
  • "Pisaq" at 2,974 m.a.s.l.
  • "Ollantaytambo" at 2,972 m.a.s.l.
  • "Chinchero" at 3,762 m.a.s.l.

What does "Pisaq" and "Ollantaytambo" mean?

The origin of the name "Pisac" comes, probably, from Quechua word "p'isaqa", which means partridge (abundant in this place).
The word Ollantaytambo is made up of two words: "Ollantay", which comes from Aymara and means to observe, to look from above, and "Tambo", which comes from Quechua and means shelter, resting place. Therefore, the meaning of Ollantaytambo would be: "resting place from where you can look out"

Is it possible to visit the Sacred Valley on my own?

There are two direct roads that connect Cusco with the Sacred Valley and connect the towns of Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. To reach the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you must first reach Cusco; generally your visit will begin in the town of Pisac and continue through the city of Urubamba to then visit the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo.
Buses leave every day from Cusco to all the cities of the Sacred Valley. You will find buses that leave every 15 minutes heading to Ollantaytambo. Bus tickets cost around 15 soles. Getting to Pisac by bus will take you 45 minutes to an hour and costs approximately 7 soles. From Pisac, you can go to Urubamba in 30 minutes, or to Ollantaytambo in one hour; the prices vary between 5 and 10 soles.

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