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Combo Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Combo Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is quite extensive, covers more than 100 kilometers in length and goes from west to north in the territory of Cusco. There are two direct roads that connect Cusco with the Sacred Valley and connect the towns of Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. On this tour we will go through the mountains until we reach the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" which had a great importance in the Inca culture. The Valley has a more temperate climate than Cusco and we will see a series of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces and many archaeological sites. This tour is the "Traditional" or Classic tour, designed to see the entire Sacred Valley in a single day full of action! If you have more time, we recommend spending the night in the Sacred Valley (we recommend either Ollantaytambo or Urubamba) and so you can assimilate a bit of the relaxed atmosphere. Among impressive landscapes of vast vegetation and cities that maintain their culture intact, the Sacred Valley of the Incas shows its visitors the variety of flora, friendly climate and natural resources that it has. In times of Tahuantinsuyo was the center of the Cusco civilization, thus becoming an important source of food for the ancient Incas. This city is located within the province of Urubamba and is surrounded by imposing gorges. The Sacred Valley is located between high mountains that frame a colorful blanket of fields of crops, accompanied by picturesque villages and a splendid river. Its innumerable archaeological sites, built in times of the Incas, have made it the favorite place for tourists. Recognized for being the main center of agricultural production in the time of the Incas.

Quick Itinerary:

07:00: Pick you up from your hotel and Start the Combo Sacred Valley Tour

08:00: Explore the Pisac market 

08:20: Driving to Pisac acheological site

08:50: Guided tour in Pisac ruins

09:20: Driving to the Ollantaytambo

10:40: Guide tour of the Ollantaytambo 

13:00: Lunch in Urubamba town

13:30: Driving to Moray archeological site

14:20: Guided tour of Moray 

15:00: Driving to the colonial small town and guided tour of the Moras 

15:30: Guided tour of the Salt Mines or Salineras

16:00 Continue the Sacred Valley to Chinchero

16:30 Guided tour of the Chinchero temple

17:30 Return to Cusco

19:00 Cusco


Attractions and activities you can do in the Sacred Valley:  

It is the tourist attractions that make the Sacred Valley Tour one of the richest destinations in culture, tradition, custom and history. Learn more about the magical cities you have below: 

  • Ollantaytambo: Pre-Inca city that still keeps its adobe and stone buildings. It is one of the perfect points to start the journey to Machu Picchu, making the ancient Inca trail. From this point you can see the corn harvests and learn more about the cultivation of the land, where they use the river water to transform it into drinking water and clean for the people. 
  • Salt miners of Maras: Located 40 km from the city of Cusco, in this place is one of the oldest deposits of salt, the same that were extracted in times of the Incas for human consumption. 
  • Moray: Known for its impressive circular construction, fulfilling the function of an amphitheater by the huge terraces it has, the advanced engineering of Moray was totally innovative for the time. This entire complex was developed for the manufacture of food.  

Adrenaline can not go unnoticed if one speaks of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In this place, tourists can practice extreme sports where it only requires enthusiasm and enthusiasm. The activities that can be done outdoors are: mountain biking, canopy, trekking, zipline and mountain climbing.


Important Data of Sacred Valley Tour:

  • Currently, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is composed mainly of 6 villages: Pisac, Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Calca and Yucay. Most of these villages are not at high altitude. The summits that guard these places protect them from the icy winds of the puna. The Urubamba River covers a large part of the land making fertility of the farmland possible. During the day the temperature can reach 23 ° C. At night, at 4 ° C. For the Incas, this type of climate made possible the cultivation of a variety of agricultural products. Today, the inhabitants of diverse localities consider that the Valley contains a perfect climate.
  • The perfect climate prevailing in the Sacred Valley originated an environment conducive to the cultivation of different agricultural products such as quinua, beans, olluco, coca and, above all, corn. Because each product needs a different type of microclimate for its cultivation, the Incas created an impressive system. Testimony of this are the agricultural terraces found in Moray, a circular andenery system similar to an amphitheater. Today, the white corn harvested in these areas is considered the largest and most delicious in Peru.
  • More than 100 million years ago, in the formation of the Andes Mountains, thousands of salt pools were formed in the current town of Maras in the Sacred Valley. A stream nourishes the wells that, after evaporating with the sun, leave natural salt crystals ready to be collected. During the Tahuantinsuyo, the Incas took advantage of this natural resource as well as the current inhabitants of the area. It is estimated that there are about five thousand salt wells, which are one of the main tourist attractions of Cusco.
  • The villages of the Sacred Valley seem detained in time. This is due to the many customs that are kept alive thanks to the efforts of the villagers themselves. In Pisac, for example, there is an artisan market that had its origins in the important commercial transaction during the Viceroyalty. In Chinchero, there are many textile centers that preserve the type of yarn inherited through many generations. In the Sunday market of this traditional village you can still make barter or trade. The inhabitants still dress in their daily life with the typical costume of the town.
  • Obligatory route to Machu Picchu. Currently, there are only 3 ways to reach the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. The first is through the Inca Trail, a 4-day trekking route, which is the way the Incas came to the Inca City in the past. The second is with a 2-hour train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes, a village located on the outskirts of the Wonder of the World. The third is with the alternative route by Hidroeléctrica. All these mentioned routes cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas. That is why it is recommended to visit the main towns of that fertile territory before knowing the Inca llaqta.

Interesting Info:

ITINERARY:

This tour starts at approximately 07:00 hrs. and ends at 7:00 p.m., we pass by your hotel, to have a guided tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, over the Vilcanota River, for a panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical market of Pisac , where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and haggle prices with sellers, then we go to the fortress of Ollantaytambo to then drive to the city of Urubamba, traveling along the Vilcanota river. Finally we will visit Chincheros, Moray And Salt mines, returning to Cusco between 18:30 and 18:40 hrs .

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Private transportation to Sacred Valley, Maras, Moray and Salineras or Salt Mines,
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide,
  • Entrance fee to Salt Mines or Salineras
  • Buffet lunch in Urubamba Town.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Boleto turistico (tourist ticket) to the Sacred Valley and Moray (U$ 22)
  • Tips to local staff.
  • Other not mentioned

Clothes:

It will depend on the season of the year. From November to March is rainy season and from April to October is the dry season. In rainy weather (which are brief and not daily) the weather is generally quite hot, sunny; in dry weather it is also hot and with solar brightness but without the possibility of rain. 

  • Wide-brimmed hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Light jacket (for rainy season add a waterproof jacket) 
  • Light shirt
  • Summer or short pants 
  • Cotton socks 
  • Sneakers 
  • Backpack

Items for personal hygiene:

  • Repellent 
  • Cream for itching 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Pills for altitude 
  • Some medicines for the road (if you are going to walk) 
  • Sanitizer Toothpaste and brush (smart packaging)

The technology we carry:

Some of the most important things for us is to document our adventures in order to be able to show them to you, that is why we must think very well what we are going to take and what we are not going to take. 

  • Camera and charger (we use a DSLR and a GoPro) 
  • Sufficient memory cards for the camera (If you are going to trek, you will always have space for photos) 
  • Phone and charger (in case of rain, we use this cover for Iphone) 
  • Portable power bank (sometimes not found where to charge the phone or camera)
  • Adapters (it will be useful for all your trips)
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