On this full day Sacred Valley tour from Cusco, you will be visiting the Inca sites that has been an important part of Incan civilisation. Stretching over 60 kilometres, Sacred Valley holds its prominence even today. Soil in the valley is very fertile in and cultivates different varieties of crops.
A complete tour of the Sacred Valley along with the South Valley tour would give you a complete understanding of the Inca history and its impact today, in modern Cusco.
Our Sacred Valley tour operates from Cusco will take you to the below mentioned archaeological sites:
Tourists often overlook Chinchero. Inca Tupac Yupanqui built Chinchero as a country resort. The aqueducts and agricultural terraces which were constructed during his reign are in use even today. Among all sites of Sacred Valley, Chinchero has the most fertile soil.
Locals in Chinchero are famous for weaving. They sell their handmade sweaters, bags and other products in the market that sprawls every Sunday.
There is a white-washed church, which stands in the Plaza. This church was built on top of the remains of the palace of Inca Tupac Yupanqui in 1607 by Spanish conquistadors.
The Salt Plains of Maras is very distinctive and has been in use since pre-Incan times. These geometric shaped puddles on the hill side are supplied with fresh water from the nearby natural springs. When the water evaporate they leave behind salt crystals. They the scrape them off the ground. The local community in the region owns the salt field today.
Moray is a popular site in the Sacred Valley of Incas. The circular shaped agricultural terraces are among the most photographed sites of the valley. These agricultural terraces looks somewhat like a Roman amphitheatre. This was like an agricultural laboratory to the Incas.
They used to experiment the growth of crops in different weather conditions. There is a difference of 15 degrees celsius from the top to the bottom of the circular agricultural terrace.
Ollantaytambo was an administrative centre of Incas. Sandwiched between two Incan ruins, Ollantaytambo depicts the perfect city planning of Incas. The archaeological remains (former fortress) are very unique and are on a hill top overlooking the town.
The fortress was a religious site and served as a last stronghold of Inca Manco Yupanqui. The fortress was used by Inca Manco as a retreat from Spanish attacks. The religious site later became a major battle ground. From high above the the terraces and fortress the Incas managed to hold back the Spanish army, which resulted to be a victorious battle for the Incas.
However, Inca Manco knew that the Spaniards would return and wit even more force, the Manco retreated to Vilcabamba in the jungle. Soon after, Pizarro and his troops conquered the fortress of Ollantaytambo.
One of the most prettiest sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas is Pisac. The archaeological complex of Pisac is immense and is just second to Machu Picchu. The temple of the sun here is an unmissable Inca ruin. Pisac is also known for its weekend market where the local farmers and craftsmen set their stalls on the main square and sell their products. Pisac market is an ideal place to shop souvenirs.
We operate both group and private tour of the Sacred Valley of Incas.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco around 0700 AM to start the Entire Sacred Valley Experience. Our first stop will be at Chinchero about a 45 minutes drive away from Cusco. Here, our local expert would guide you on visiting the agricultural terrace which has been quite prominent since Incan civilisation. There is also a handicraft local market where the local vendors sell their handmade crafts.
After getting a complete insight of Chinchero, we will visit Maras. Maras is known for its Salt Mines those are picturesque and the salt produced here has a distinct taste. Here we will have a guided tour where our local expert would talk with with you on methods of Salt Farming which has been existent since pre Incan times.
After visiting Maras, we will have a short drive through the scenic Andean route to Moray. At Moray, you will be familiarised to the different methods of farming that was invented by Incas and are practised even today.
We will then drive to Ollantaytambo town. Ollantaytambo is a perfect example of Incan architecture. Here our local expert would walk with you to the renowned ruins that once served as a fortress. You would get a detailed overview on different areas of the archaeological complex with a bit of history for a detailed understanding.
After touring the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, we will drive to Urubamba town, also known as the heart of Sacred Valley. Here we will stop for lunch.
From Urubamba, Pisac is a quick drive away. At Pisac we will start our tour with a visit to the massive archaeological complex that is built overlooking the town. There are many interesting areas and sites those have held a great significance for Incas which you would know as you would take a stroll with our local expert.
We will then be visiting the market of Pisac which is popular among travellers as well as locals. Here you can buy some souvenirs as it is much more cheaper here than in Cusco.
After the tour, we will drive back to Cusco city and will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from the main square of Cusco, Plaza De Armas.
I can totally reccomed them. Jose Luis is a very nice and informative guide with a lot of consideration and positive approach. He shared so many things that i seldom found on any guide book or travel sites. I can totally reccomend this tour as it was a very informative experience and helped on my trip to Machu Picchu to learn and know more about Incas way of life.
Agradecer por el buen trato y la información que nos dieron desde el principio, por tener paciencia para guiar con niños pequeños.
Hacer el tour valle sagrado de los incas fue lo mejor que hicimos en familia. La agencia nos trato bien e hizo una buena organización para que nada saliera mal.
GRACIAS POR LOS RECUERDOS
un gran paseo familiar que disfrutamos al máximo
Regrese del tour y todo fue excelente el servicio y la atención, la información que JOse Luis nos brindo se cumplió en todo el tour . La excursión al valle sagrado fue una gran idea, conocer de cerca Urubamaba Pisac Ollantaytambo fue satisfactorio .
Definitivamente hicieron un buen trabajo al organizarnos todo este tour para un grupo de cuatro fue una visita inolvidable.
Mis hijos y yo hicimos VALLE SAGRADO.
Desde nuestra consulta con ENCUENTROS PERU ADVENTURE hasta nuestra despedida, todos los aspectos de nuestro recorrido fueron excelentes.
La comunicación, organización, el guía fue excepcional. Eramos un grupo pequeño y el guía nos explicaba mejor, tenia mucho conocimiento.
Disfrutamos mucho de nuestro TOUR
We had a very special experience with Encuentros and Jose as our guide. We were never rushed and exery thing about the tour was explained extremely well. The transport from our hotel in Cusco to the sites and back was very comfortable and the pickup was punctual too. This is a very good trip where we were familiarised to different parts of the valley and their prominence during the Inca rule. Totally worth it