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