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This Sacred Valley Tour is a long but rewarding day for those who want to experience the best of the Sacred Valley in a short amount of time.
Choose from one of two itinerary options on this Sacred Valley for the best fit to your Peru travel plans!
The lowland area between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place which held great significance in Inca Culture. The Sacred Valley has a milder climate than Cusco and on this Sacred Valley Tour we will see a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites as we drive through it.
If you have more time, we recommend an overnight stay in the Sacred Valley, allowing you more time to soak up some of the relaxed atmosphere.
Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:
Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the bookingin order to be eligible for the discount.
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We head out of Cusco around 8am towards the high mountain village of Chinchero, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at a high altitude (3800m / 12,500 ft). On this version of the Sacred Valley Tour, we are traveling in the opposite direction as most agencies in order to avoid the crowds.
In Chinchero, we will visit a weaving center and be treated to a demonstration of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. If we’re there on a Sunday, we’ll also visit the famous Chinchero market!
From Chinchero, we’ll enjoy jaw-dropping vistas as we descend into the Sacred Valley, continuing on towards Ollantaytambo. This quaint Inca city is the only existing town that is laid out according to an Inca plan, and it features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village center.
We will have a buffet lunch in Urubamba before heading to Pisac, our final stop for the day. In Pisac we will first visit the attractive ruins, built with breathtaking audacity by the Incas high above the town, and then descend to the artisan market, one of the biggest in all of South America! After this, we head back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.
This is the “standard” Sacred Valley Tour itinerary. We will start out early, leaving Cusco to Pisac where we will begin by exploring that city’s ruins.
The Pisac ruins are some of the finest and largest in the entire valley. Despite the excellent condition of many of the structures, little is conclusively known about the site’s actual purpose. It appears to have been part city, part ceremonial center, and part military complex. It might even have been a royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacutec. It was certainly a religious temple, and although it was reinforced with the ramparts of a massive citadel, the Incas never retreated here to defend their empire against the Spaniards (and Pisac was, unlike Machu Picchu, known to Spanish forces).
After visiting the ruins, we will descend to the village of Pisac itself, famous for its tourist market where hundreds of stalls crowd the central square. The square is marked by a small church, San Pedro el Apóstolo, and massive pisonay trees.
Leaving Pisac, we head towards Urubamba where we will visit a traditional ceramics factory where we can purchase beautiful earthenware. After visiting the ceramic factory we will have lunch in Urubamba, then continue on to Ollantaytambo with the impressive Inca terraces of resistance (to avoid landslides). The archaeological site consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases.
The design of Ollantaytambo village and the majority of its foundations date from the Inca era when it was a strategic military, religious, and agricultural center. You will have time to stroll in the picturesque streets after settling in at your accommodations.
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