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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 to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Your adventure in the valley continues 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. Following 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.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

2. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour

3. From Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Cusco to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will first explore the village and the ruins of Pisac, founded during the colonial times at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an Incan city. In the main square you can see the market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, where locals barter their products and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourdes, antique reproductions, jewelry, and other handicrafts. Next, you'll continue the uphill road to explore the ancient ruins of Pisaq; marvel around the perfectly built houses and temples and enjoy outstanding views over the Valley from the lookouts.  After lunch you will visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not overthrown by the conquistadores. Here you can explore the ruins which tower above the town. In the late afternoon you will return to Cusco, visiting the traditional market of Chinchero en-route.

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

4. 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.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

Relax after pickup on a 1-hour trip to the city of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, making some stops along the way at scenic viewpoints. Take a break in a busy, local market, selling handmade crafts and clothes. Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch and explore nearby archeological sites.  Wander through the colonial town of Pisac town and purchase unique, handmade souvenirs and gifts. After visiting the market the bus will bring you to the hills above the town of Pisac to visit the famous archaeological sites. Journey through the Sacred Valley and stop for a buffet lunch in the town of Urubamba Continue along the valley to Ollantaytambo, founded by the Inca Ollantay on the banks of the Urubamba River. Visit the Sun Temple, constructed of large blocks that have remained intact for centuries. Heading on from Ollantaytambo the bus will return via Urubamba and then head up and out of the valley to the highlands above where you will make a final stop in Chinchero town. View the old painted murals and traditional market which is famous for their handmade textiles and weavings.

Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

6. 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.

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

7. Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

Reconnect with nature on a guided 2-day, 1-night tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From Cusco, visit Awanacancha, Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca site, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesGet picked up from your hotel in Cusco, meet your guide, then take a 30-minute drive to Awanacancha, a textile center and farm. Get a chance to see the llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanacos. Learn about the farm’s variety of South American animals. Then, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process and how the locals get the natural colors. You can shop here as well. Afterward, take a 30-minute ride to a lookout point of the Sacred Valley. Take in scenic views of the Andes, Urubamba River, and the Sacred Valley’s farming lands of the Incas. Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and the Inca Empire’s largest cemetery. After exploring, head to the local Pisac Market, a handicraft market where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. Later, take a 1-hour ride to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant that offers various local Peruvian dishes made with fresh local products. Near the end of your day, head to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last standing Inca citadel. The town is built above ancient Inca buildings. Explore the town’s archeological site that features temples, terraces, storehouses, and a large Inca monolithic. After exploring Ollantaytambo, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – CuscoWake up early at your hotel, have breakfast, and take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, simply show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. First, take a short hike to the Sungate of Inca Bridge before exploring the fortress with your guide. Enjoy a guided tour for about 3 hours, visiting the most remarkable terraces, storehouses, temples, and palaces. Spend some free time exploring the site by yourself or take an optional, extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own (optional), then take a ride in the Vistadome panoramic train. Once back to Ollantaytambo, take a van back to your hotel in Cusco. 

From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

8. From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

Get to know the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on a day tour. This carefully planned itinerary works to avoid the masses of tourists and allows you plenty of time at each site. Learn about the archeological hot spots of Cusco and Perú from guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country's history. Discover fascinating weaving traditions and how natural ingredients are involved. Further, capture unforgettable moments in the salt mines of Maras or Moray terraces, with the majestic Andes in the background. Finally, enjoy the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins and what happened during the Spanish conquest of Perú.

From Cusco: Overnight Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trip

9. From Cusco: Overnight Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Trip

Escape your daily routine on an overnight, multi-stop Machu Picchu adventure with round-trip transportation from Cusco. Visit the Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and more. Entry tickets, guided tours, a buffet lunch, and overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes are included in your trip. Day 1: Cusco - Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesStart bright and early with pickup from your hotel, then set out to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a guided tour along the river. Visit the Pisac Archaeological Park and its traditional market before sitting down for a buffet lunch in Urubamba. Continue to the city of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll get out to walk through the cobbled streets to see how the Inca culture is kept alive here. In the afternoon, take the train to the city of Aguas Calientes, tickets included. The approximately 2-hour trip will give you plenty of time to relax and see wonderful views of the Andean Mountains. Upon arrival at the Aguas Calientes Train Station, take a transfer to your 3-star hotel accommodation for the night. Day 2: Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – CuscoIn the morning after breakfast at the hotel, take a 25-minute bus ride with your guide from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (included). Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the citadel. Afterward, there will be free time to explore and take photos. After experiencing Machu Picchu to the fullest, you’ll hop back on the bus to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, enjoy some more free time to explore the town and visit one of the local restaurants (costs not included). In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train. After an approximately 4-hour ride, you’ll arrive back in Cusco and take a final transfer back to your hotel.

Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

10. Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Start the tour with convenient transfer straight from your hotel, and head through the mountains on the way to Pisac. On the way you will make some stops, where you will be able to take pictures and appreciate the sacred valley of the Incas from a beautiful viewpoint. Once in Pisac, you can visit its archaeological centre and its artisan market, full of terraces and temples. Afterwards, you will proceed through the valley to the town of Urubamba, where you can have some lunch. In the afternoon the tour visits the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where you can learn about its history, magic, and culture. Then, stop at Chinchero, before heading back to your accomodation in Cusco.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We had a great guide that was super knowledgable. Our only complaint is that we felt rushed through the sites. This was a lot of locations to view in one day, I feel like the tour could have be done in 2 days to give you time to really be able to see all the sites and spend time walking around it. Some places we spent less than 30 minutes touring.

It was an amazing tour! Our guide Elizabeth made it really fun, entertaining and educational. She’s a real professional with the pictures (what everyone wants nowadays). The buffet lunch was quite good. The time flew really fast. Thanks for an amazing experience

Very nice guide, gave a lot of explanations. Visiting times in places are timed so it is sometimes frustrating to have to leave. The buffet was very good.

Excelent guid and nice tour. We stoped at Ollantaytambo nice experience befor seeing Machu Picchu.

This is a great trip that includes all the main sights in the sacred valley!