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Sacred Valley Tour

Sacred Valley Tour

The Sacred Valley day tour will let you know the 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.

During the Sacred Valley tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo you will visit Písac, a picturesque village located in the foothills of the Intihuatana hill (place where the sun is moored), has the best andean system achieved by the Incas in all the Andes. The complexity and beauty of the Inca constructions and the contemporary people, the immense agricultural complex, great administrative and social center, religious and military, is considered by many scientists and historians as one of the most important living museums in the world 

The tour of Sacred Valley also includes a visit to Urubamba, one of the most important cities in the valley today, a city that was born during the colony and is considered the world capital of corn. At the end, you will visit Chinchero, which has important archaeological sites, a beautiful colonial church of the seventeenth century canvases of the "Cuzqueña School", and a typical market where you can still carry out barter.

No doubts the highlights of Sacred valley tours from Cusco is by archaeological sites of the area and traditional towns where abounds the artisans.

 

Quick Itinerary 

07:20 We pick you up from your hotel 

08:00 Start the Sacred Valley tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo

08:40 Explore the Pisac market by yourself or in the group 

09:10 Guided tour in Pisac Ruins 

10:00 Driving to the Calca town 

12:00 Buffet Lunch on the Tunupa Restaurant (Included vegetarian) 

13:40 Driving to the Ollantaytambo town 

15:00 Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archeological site 

16:30 Continue to Chinchero 

17:30 Guided tour of the Chinchero temple 

18:00 Return to Cusco 

19:00 Arriving to Cusco. 

 

Highlights of the Sacred Valley day tour:

  • Tour of Sacred Valley in 1 day
  • Visit the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq
  • Guided tour of the Pisaq Inca City, 
  • Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo´s Incan fortres, 
  • Guided tour of the Incan site of Chinchero (textile processing)
  • Typical lunch in the Urubamba town

Interesting Information

Sacred Valley tour itinerary

In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel to start the Sacred Valley from Cusco, 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!

After 1 and half hour driving, the first place we will visit 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.

At midday, we drive to Urubamba town, and have a buffet lunch in one of its lovely tourist restaurants offering traditional Andean cuisine, before continue the Sacred valley tours from Ollantaytambo


Then, we continue our Sacred Valley tour from Cusco 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 to visit 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

Packing List

The fascinating Sacred Valley day tour has daily and special departures from the city of Cusco and can be the perfect complement to your visit to Machu Picchu.

Know in detail what to take to fully enjoy Sacred valley tours:

  • Wide-brimmed hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Light jacket (for rainy season add a waterproof jacket)
  • Light pole 
  • Summer or short pants
  • Cotton socks 
  • Sneakers 
  • Backpack 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Antibacterial hand gel (for before eating, etc.) 
  • Photographic camera (you will see incredible landscapes and archaeological remains, etc) 
  • Passport (always required in Cusco tours) 
  • ISIC (International student card to obtain benefits) 
  • Snacks like fruits, energy bars, cookies, etc. 
  • Still water (constant hydration recommended) 
  • Coca leaf tea is highly recommended as an energizer and anti-altitude sickness (although the Sacred Valley is at lower elevations than the city of Cusco) 
  • Money in soles for personal expenses (purchase of typical products, etc.)
  • A plastic bag to put waste (policy of protection of the ecology and tourist heritage of Cusco)

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Sacred Valley day tour

Here is everything you need to know about Cusco 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 tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo

  • "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 do the Sacred Valley day tour 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 all Sacred valley tours from Cusco 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. To do Sacred valley Peru tours, 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, to continue the tour of Sacred Valley, 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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