Sacred Valley Tour has become one of the most important tourist destinations near Cusco. Picturesque villages and Inca buildings that have survived for centuries can be found along the valley of the river Urubamba or Vilcanota. This is a recommended tour while one is adapting to the high altitude of Cusco as it does not demand a great deal of physical activity. This area is known for three of the most important handicraft markets of Cusco region: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
The Sacred Valley tour includes trips to some of the most important Inca ruins, in Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. This trip is recommended for a Sunday when one can enjoy the big traditional markets in these friendly, bustling towns.
The Sacred Valley Tour starts at 8:20am when our staff will be waiting at the reception of your hotel. Then we board the bus for Pisac, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Pisac Ruins and Pisac Market:
Pisac is located 32 km northeast of Cusco, approximately one hour away. It is famous for its colorful handicrafts market which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The market has taken over Pisac to such an extent that it fills the main square of Pisac. The Pisac Ruins on a nearby mountain have an ancient irrigation system, impressive agricultural terracing and an Inca Observatory.
Urubamba is located 78 km to the northwest of Cusco, 25 minutes by bus, in the middle of the Sacred Valley. Surrounded by fertile fields, Urubamba was an important farming centre in pre-hispanic times. A variety of difference accommodation is available which makes this an ideal base for excursions.
Ollantaytambo is located 97km to the northwest of Cusco, two and a half hours away by bus. Ollantaytambo was an important Inca administrative centre and the best surviving example of Inca city planning, said to have had spiritual and military purposes in Incan times due to its impressive walls and towers. A temple, terraces and an urban area can also be seen within the complex.
Chinchero is located 28 km to the northwest of Cusco, 30 minutes away by bus. Famous for its amazing views of the Vilcabamba mountains range, Chinchero has beautiful stone walls in the main plaza and agricultural terraces which are still in use. There is also a colonial church from the early 17th century, which was built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace.
- Professional bilingual English-Spanish guide and public transport between sites.
- Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Urubamba can be included for an extra charge.
- All entrance fees. All ruins are included in the Boleto Turistico.
What to Bring
- A Day Pack.
- Good sturdy shoes.
- Warm clothes.
- Cap or Hat.
- Raincoat or Poncho.
- Water and Snacks.
- Boleto turístico and ISIC card if applicable.
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