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Sacred Valley Cusco Full Day

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Sacred Valley Cusco Full Day
Activity Levels

easy

Tour type: Cultural
Ideal For: Adventure Seekers, Couples, Families, Nature Lovers and Intrepid People
Group Tour

USD 30 Per Person

Private Tour

USD 80 Per Person

08:30 h. You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco by our representatives. On this tour, we will take a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador, from there we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and gain an insight to the Inca history. The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; it's a combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestowing an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation channels. Our driver and guide will be ablke to suggest good views from which you can take photos. Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see amazing art works in the stone and impressive agricultural terraces After exploring we will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a unique market that shouldnt be missed. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant where we will enjoy delicious Andean food. After lunch we will continue our tour. We will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the ruins, which is an area of important Inca construction built during the Inca's heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca site where besides the ruins you will also find an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, we will return to Cusco and will drop you off at your hotel.


Highlights

  • When you travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu and vice versa, you’re bound to pass by the Sacred Valley. There’s no avoiding it! And thank goodness for that because this place is such a beauty!
  • In fact, you shouldn’t think of the Sacred Valley as just a stop along the way. Consider it as a destination in itself because this important Inca region is definitely worth exploring! In order to do that, I suggest you get a boleto turístico del Cusco (Cusco tourist ticket).
  • The tourist ticket gives travelers access to a number of museums and archeological ruins in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. There are two types: boleto general, which is good for 10 days and includes 16 sites (130 Peruvian nuevo soles), and boleto parcial, which has 3 different circuits (70 Peruvian nuevo soles each).
  • Circuit 1 is valid for a day and covers Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara and Tambomachay. Circuit 2 is valid for 2 days and covers Museo de Arte Popular, Museo de Sitio del Qoricancha, Museo Historico Regional, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monumento a Pachacuteq, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Pikillacta and Tipon. Circuit 3 is valid for 2 days as well and covers Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Moray.

Itinerary

Pisac Market & Ruins
The town of Pisac is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco. There is a colourful market on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning. Here we experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbain style to purchase. Every Sunday there is also a procession of the mayors, who at around 09h30 go to church to attend the traditional Mass held in Quechua.

Ollantaytambo
It is here in this most beautiful, strategic spot, 60 kilometres from Cusco, that the Inca Pachacutec built his fortress of Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful setting and the hills that surround it hide some of the most impressive ruins in the Valley. It contains structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Banos de la Princesa (Princess Baths). This site is one of the few places that the Spaniards lost a battle during the conquest.

Chinchero
The remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations. There is also a Sunday market here, although it attracts fewer tourists than Pisac. You can find many handicrafts and local produce here. The Incas envisioned Cusco as having a puma shape - Sacsayhuaman was the head. The magnificent zigzag walls are the major attraction. The grounds surrounding Sacsayhuaman are still used today for the colourful festival of Inti Raymi which is held on the 24th June every year.

Included

Whats Included?

  • Entrance fees - You need to purchase the Boleto de Turistico at the first site you enter (Soles 130 per person; valid for 10 days and allows you entrance into 16 various sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley)
  • Lunch

Whats Not Included?

  • Alcoholic or soft drinks.
  • Breakfast and dinner on the day of travel.