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From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

2. Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

Your pickup will be from your hotel in Cusco at 8:10AM, at which point you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will begin by visiting the impressive Pisac, which is known as the Inca astronomical observatory. Following that you will enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, where you can enjoy typical Peruvian dishes. Your second point will be the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you will observe the Temple of the Sun and its impressive monoliths. You'll then continue to the archaeological park of Chinchero, which is an important agrigola site. Whilst at Chinchero you can observe stairs, Inca walls, and the platforms where the locals used to post their llamas and alpacas. You can also observe Andean women who still wear Inca costumes, before you return to Cusco at approximately 7:30PM. Your tour will eventually end near the main square of Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour of The Sacred Valley With Lunch

3. Cusco: Full-Day Tour of The Sacred Valley With Lunch

Discover the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas on this unforgettable tour. Start your day with a hotel or meeting point pickup and head to the picturesque town of Pisac. Explore its colorful artisan market, where you can buy and immerse yourself in the customs of its inhabitants. Admire the imposing archaeological park of Pisac and then travel along the right bank of the Vilcanota River through the Sacred Valley. Make a stop in the town of Urubamba where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, head to the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo, built to protect the entrance to the valley. Walk through the streets of the town to get a clear idea of what this military, religious and cultural center was like during the Inca Empire. Return to Cusco via Chinchero, where the remains of the royal treasurer of Túpac Inca Yupanqui are located. Admire its well-preserved Inca Wall in the main square and visit its beautiful colonial temple, built on the foundations of an Inca building, you will end this great day in the Plaza San Francisco very close to the main square of Cusco.

Cusco: Alpacas, Salt Mines, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

4. Cusco: Alpacas, Salt Mines, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

Discover the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on a day tour from Cusco. Avoid the masses of tourists and take plenty of time at each site. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Andes, and learn about lots of fascinating cultural and historic facts to be prepared for your Machu Picchu visit. Begin your day with an early morning pickup from Cusco. Travel first to a nearby alpaca and guinea pig farm, where you'll fall in love with the alpacas and guinea pigs. Feed them their breakfast, and learn about the weaving traditions of the eldest family in Cusco, keeping this culture alive. From here, enter the salt mines of Maras and admire Moray's fascinating terraces, used for agricultural experiments by the Incas. Take amazing pictures and learn about the history of these fascinating historic sites. Around noon it's time for an energetic and delicious lunch in one of the best restaurants in the Valley, picked for its quality in food and service. Later, explore the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins and what happened during the Spanish conquest of Peru. Depending on the option chosen, you'll either be dropped off in Ollantaytambo or be returned to Cusco.

From Cusco: 6-Day Machu Picchu and Cusco Tour

5. From Cusco: 6-Day Machu Picchu and Cusco Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco and Inca Museum and Koricancha Start your tour with shuttle service from the airport or bus station to your hotel. The rest of the morning will be reserved for resting to adapt to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). In the afternoon, visit the Inca Museum, home of thousands of years of Andean culture. Continuing with the tour, head to the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo. Day 2: Saqsayhuaman, Tambomachay, and the Temple of the Moon – Transfer to Aguas Calientes   Begin your day with the journey to Saqsayhuaman. This Inca architecture, with its magnificent qualities and colossal stones, is considered one of the most exceptional constructions on the face of the Earth. From here, continue to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection, and encounter the feminine energy of the Moon Goddess. In the afternoon, travel by car to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo for transfer to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes). You will have the option to visit and enjoy the hot springs. Day 3: Machu Picchu Wake up very early for breakfast and ascend to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to appreciate the sunrise in this magical place, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. Today, Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and as a World Heritage site. Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Moray-Salt Mines In the morning, return to the "living" Inca town of Ollantaytambo by train. Visit Ollantaytambo before continuing into Moray, an ancient construction designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes. Then, head to the salt mines of Maras, about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, filled daily by a little stream of water. Day 5: Chinchero (Textile Interpretation Center) and City Walking Tour Chinchero, the rainbow village, is home of the ruins of the royal palace of the Túpac Inca Yupanqui, a picturesque community located on a high plateau overlooking the many snowcapped peaks of the Cusco region. After your visit to this area, return to Cusco, where you will have free time for lunch, and then start with your City Walking Tour around the most important places in Cusco.   Day 6: Free Day – Fly to Lima Enjoy a free morning to relax or do any activity and, according to your flight details, you will be transferred to the airport by the local partner for your departure to Lima.

From Cusco: Pisac Private Half-Day Bike Tour

6. From Cusco: Pisac Private Half-Day Bike Tour

Leisurely bike through Pisac, one of the most attractive towns of the impressive Sacred Valley. Stop at various points of interest and enjoy the stunning scenery at the viewpoint of Taray. Your tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Drive to the Sacred Valley. Once arriving, you will be handed your safety equipment and provided a briefing. Start your bike journey in Corao and reach the viewpoint of Taray. Appreciate the vastness of the valley and its gorgeous landscape. Continue on to Pisac, known for its local market, textile works, crafts, and archaeological site where temples, a residential settlement, and more are located. After spending time in Pisac, a vehicle will be waiting near the bridge of Pisac to load the equipment and transport you back to your hotel in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Pisac Archaeological Park

While it was too much in a day for me, I can’t fault them that I chose it! Our guide was really good at keeping us together and in order so we could see everything there was to see, and did a great job of explaining in both English and Spanish. Often things get lost when guides switch languages, but he did really well! Just be prepared for a full, busy day, and I’d say it’s worth it if you’re limited on time and want to see as many Incan remains as possible. The buffet lunch was also good.

The Sacred Valley is stunning. My group was super small -- just one lovely couple from Brazil and me! Our driver was amazing (I could never drive in Peru) and our guide was fantastic! We saw so much in one day. Pisac is a highlight, and the salt mines. The tour does end at 17:00 in Ollantaytambo, and it's a 2 hour drive back to Cusco. This is an incredible way to get an overview of some top sites near Cusco and a foundation of the history of the Incas. I definitely recommend.

The amazing tour! It's worth it, I recommend it 100% and our guide was the best! He explained everything very well! Thank you very much Umberto for this incredible experience!

As described...great guide and driver...and fantastic activity...I have no complaints!

The guide was very good and the tour dropped us at our hotel (very mice!)