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Sacred Valley – Full Day

Sacred Valley – Full Day

The Sacred Valley tour is one of the most popular tours in the region. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire and it functioned as both an agricultural, spiritual and political center for them. Throughout its length there are many Inca and Pre-Inca sites that can be found and the Sacred Valley tour visits the 2 main sites, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lasting a full day you will get to appreciate the fine works of craftmanship that the Incas produced and see the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley. Many tourists opt to do this tour just before their visit to Machu Picchu as you can choose to finish in Ollantaytambo from where you take the train on to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu).

Duration – 1 Day                                                                                                          Difficulty – Easy

OVERVIEW

Tour Description

  • Full Day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • See small villages and ancient ruins
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Round trip transportation (tourist bus)

Places to Visit

  • Pisaq Market & Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo and Chincheros.
  • Awanacancha Village available for private service only. Here you can see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas) and ladies doing fine traditional weavings.

ITINERARY

Tour Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00 – 8:20am. 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 (Lookout Point). From there we will be able to see the whole Sacred Valley and gain an insight to the Inca history.

Pisac Market & Ruins

Pisac is located just a 30 minute drive from Cusco and has one of the best markets in the region. Selling a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts it is a great place to do your souvenir shopping and pick up a little something for yourself too.

Another 20 minutes up the mountain is the Inca site which goes by the same name as the town; covering a large area with many finely constructed buildings the site had various purposes ranging from military, religious and agricultural. Exploring the site is a great way to spend a morning, most people only have a flying visit as their time is restricted but this means they miss out on seeing a large part of what is on offer.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a small town at the other end of the Sacred Valley to Pisac. With quaint cobbled streets, a perfect climate and a variety of cafes and restaurants, Ollantaytambo is one of the gems of the Sacred Valley.

The Inca site here has some of the finest stonework that you’ll get to see on your visit to Peru and it wasn’t even finishe! The site gets its name from the general who first occupied the area, Ollanta. The legend goes that Ollanta was a general of the first great Inca Pachacutec. Ollanta angered Pachacutec by falling in love with his daughter and a war sprung up between the two during which Pachacutec raised Ollantaytambo to the ground. The site we see today was probably constructed by Pachacutec who is believed to be responsible for the majority of the great Inca sites we know today.

Chinchero

Chinchero is a small town on the plains above the Sacred Valley and Cusco. Chinchero is home to a beautiful colonial era church and a large area of terraces. On Sunday’s there is a mass held in Qhechua(the language of the Inca) and a market which mostly caters for tourists.

PRICES

Tour Prices

Two options available:

a.-Group Service. – Join other persons on the tour. Daily departures at U$S 25 per person

  • Daily departures.

b.-Private Service. – Tour recommended for families, friends who are not happy to share the tour with other persons.

  •  US$ 230 in total 2-6 persons (7+ persons please check with your Travel Advisor)
  • Private Vehicle and guide at your disposal for the tour.

INCLUSIONS

Included:

  • Group service: Round trip transportation (tourist bus shared with other people)
  • Private Service: Vehicle & Guide at your disposal. Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
  • English Speaking Guide.

Not Included

  •  Entrances to the archeological sites – You need to purchase the 1Day Boleto Turistico at the first site you enter. The price is S/70 soles  per person. This Boleto have access to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros and other sites in the Valley.
  •  Lunch in Urubamba (the approximate cost of the lunch is 60 soles)

Note: If you are doing The Sacred Valley & Cusco City tour it is actually better to purchase the 10 Day tourist ticket (Boleto General). This give you access to other archeological sites, museums and attractions in Cusco. The price is S/130 soles per person. Please check with your Travel Advisor.

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