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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.

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

6. 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.

Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

7. 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.

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

8. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of the city. On the way, you will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From there, you will be able to see the Sacred Valley, and gain some insight into the history of the Inca. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled, as there is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also be able to witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. Later on, you will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture, and also see some amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. You will then head to the town of Urubamba, where you will sit down for a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction which was built during the Inca’s heyday. This is an extraordinary Inca site in which you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. You will then continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles, with this town’s inhabitants living in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua, and maintain age-old customs. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Cusco at around 7:00PM.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Group Tour with Buffet Lunch

9. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Group Tour with Buffet Lunch

Experience the secrets of the Incan Sacred Valley on this trip from Cusco. Journey to the little town of Chinchero, the Salineras salt mines, Urubamba, the Ollantaytambo fortress, and more on this full day excursion. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel from between 06:35-6:50 am. Relax as you are transported to the picturesque little town of Chinchero, known as the city of the rainbow. See the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat and the Andenería agricultural terraces. Continue to Maras and the agricultural experimentation platforms of Moray where it is thought that the Incas created their own micro-climate. Head to the Salineras salt mines to see the salt evaporation ponds which have been in use since Incan times. Drive to the town of Urubamba to eat your fill of delicious Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, go to Ollantaytambo fortress which was a strategic military, agricultural and religious center. Visit Pisaq before going back to Cusco at 7:00 pm.

From Cusco: Pisac Private Half-Day Bike Tour

10. 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

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!