Sacred Valley Tours

Valle Sagrado de los Incas, in English better known as the Sacred Valley, became famous for its tracks left by its old inhabitants, the Inca’s. The Urabamba river meanders through steep hillsides, covered with old Inca ruins, dreamy small villages and the busy market of Pisac. Just some further, you can find wide saline fields of Salineras de Maras,  and the ”Inca-lab” of Moray.

We offer four Sacred Valley tours: The normal Sacred Valley tour and the VIP tour . In the Sacred Valley tour we will visit Chincero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Pisac. In the VIP tour we will visit the same places but in addition we will visit Salineras de Maras and Moray. This itinerary gives you the opportunity to visit the most significant places of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you can appreciate the magnificent work that the Incas made in stone. We will also have the opportunity to interact with the local people and enjoy the landscapes mountainous areas that surround the sacred valley, with its glaciers, rivers and the friendly people that live in the ancestral valley.

The third tour to Sacred Valley is for people who have some less time and want to move fast! In a half of a day you discover Moray, Ttiobamba temple and Salineras de Maras and in the meantime you cross across Peruvean roads with your own Quad Bike!

The last option of visiting Sacred Valley is during a combination tour with Machu Picchu. In just 2 days you get to see both of these cultural highlights. Take a look at the link.

Around 6:45 a.m., there is a small meeting in the office that takes approximately 15 minutes. At 7 a.m., we head to Chinchero.

First of all, we will head to Chinchero, a picturesque town in the valley. It’s known for its agricultural terraces and Inca ruins. We continue our journey to Moray, thought to be an old laboratory. With its circular terraces it has a unique appearance. It was built for agriculture purposes, which can be seen to its irrigation canals. Most probably, the terraces where used for acclimatization and hybridization of wild plant species, as the temperatures varies on top and bottom of the terraces. 

Afterwards, we visit Salineras de Maras. Salineras are protuberances of salt, or salt mines. As the name suggest there is a lot of salt forming, which is also still extracted in an artisanal way. The mines are build on the side of the mountain “Qaqawiñay.” During the dry season, every 3 days the mines are filled with salt water formed by local springs. As the water evaporates, the salt gradually solidifies. After a period of around 1 month, there is enough salt stacked up to extract.

After visiting Maras we make our way to the citadel of Ollantaytambo. This city was originally made to guard the entrance of the valley, probably from invasions of jungle inhabitants. We will walk through the streets of the town and thus have a clear idea of how this military, religious and cultural center was during the Inca empire.

After this city we head to Pisaq, the center of administration of the lands of the sun, lands of the Inca and lands of the people. It’s famous for their textile and its sight dominance over the sacred valley.

During the tour we stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, overlooking the Urubamba River. The tour ends around 7 p.m. in Cusco.

Note
This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.

  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Salineras/Maras (salt mines)
  • Urubamba (Lunch)
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Pisaq Archeological ruins
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking guide
  • Tourist bus
  • 70 soles entrance fee (boleto turistico)*
  • 25 soles for the buffet lunch*
  • 10 soles entrance fee (Salineras)*

*This has to be paid in cash during the tour.

We start with a 15 minute meeting in the office, which starts around 8:45 a.m. The bus leaves around 9 a.m. to start our journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. During the tour we will make a stop to have an impressive view of the Vilcanota River that meanders through crop tapestry.

We will continue until we arrive at the Archaeological complex of Pisac, one of the important centers that also guarded the Capital of the ancient Empire.

While ascending, we will be able to observe the spectacular terraces that owns this place. Pisac is confirmed by diverse districts, those that distinguish are the ones of Qanturaquay, Intihuatana or Solar Clock and Tanqanamarka. After visiting the archaeological site we will go to the colorful market of Pisac, where we will have free time to interact with the villagers and artisans, and buy some souvenirs.

Continuing with the trip, we will stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Later, we will visit the Archaeological Complex of Ollantaytambo, known as the ‘Inca Living Village’. This place, with their Incas terraces, reservoirs of food and intact houses, welcomes us with its mystery and gives us the feeling that time has not passed since the living of the Incas. Furthermore, it emphasizes the monoliths of pink granite, elaborated with impressive perfection.

Finally, we will go to the village of Chinchero, where we will have an explanation about this archaeological complex. We will be back in the city of Cusco approximately at 7:30 p.m.

Note
This travel itinerary is very detailed. Because of circumstances – weather, time to pick up people, South American culture – we cannot guarantee that you will carry out this itinerary perfectly. This travel itinerary should be used as a guideline.

  • Chinchero
  • Urubamba (Lunch)
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Pisac Archeological ruins
  • Tourist bus
  • English/Spanish professional guide
  • 70 soles cash entrance fees*
  • 15 soles entrance fee to visit Koricancha*
  • 25 soles for the buffet lunch*
* This has to be paid in cash during the tour

We pick you up from your hotel and take a 50 minute drive to the town or Cruzpata. First of all, we will have a safety briefing and 15 minutes of practice time on your own quad bike! We will visit Moray and take some time to see this Inca ‘’laboratory.’’ With its circular terraces it has a unique appearance. It was built for agriculture purposes, which can be seen to its irrigation canals. Most probably, the terraces where used for acclimatization and hybridization of wild plant species, as the temperatures varies on top and bottom of the terraces.

After visiting Moray we continue on our quad bikes to Ttiobamba temple. Here we park our quad bikes and take a transport bus to Salineras de Maras. Don’t forget to look out the windows while driving for 15 minutes in the bus, as we can see the two highest snowcap mountains named Veronica and Chicon. 

The tour starts on either 06:50 or 12:50 and takes around 6 hours in total.

  • Salineras/Maras (salt mines)
  • Moray
  • Round trip transport (Cusco-Cruzpata-Cusco) and transport to Salineras
  • Quad bikes (Honda TRX 250)
  • Helmet
  • A guide assistant in case of large group
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fee for the visiting places
  • Insurance 
  • Boleto turístico to enter Sacred Valley (70 soles)*
  • Entrance ticket to Salineras de Maras (10 soles)*

* This has to be paid in cash during the tour

  • Small backpack 
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Hat or cap 
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra money (Soles)
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Clothing:
    • Sneakers / sporting shoes
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Jeans
    • Extra set of clothes

Sacred Valley

1 day tour

24,99

Sacred Valley VIP

1 day tour

29,99

Sacred Valley Quad Tour

Half day tour

59,99

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