The Sacred Valley counts with important history and it is one of the most important touristic place of Peru. The Urubamba region offers a lot of different touristic activities like: Hot springs, rafting, paragliding, horse riding, trekking and more. The Valley is placed at 2,800 with a nice weather and without the prescence of mosquitoes.
Our tour for the Sacred Valley takes our travelers for the beautiful places that used the house the Incas. You will start the tour in your Hotel in Cusco to make your first stop in Pisac and visit the Pisac Marketplace to then enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba. After that you will visit Ollantaytambo to then finally go to Chinchero.
Discover the Sacred Valley with us.
Crew: A Salkantay Trek Machu representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley Tour.
Transportation: Tourist bus.
This is the name given to the end of the vast Urubamba Valley, between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, located a short distance from the city of Cusco where agricultural areas and beautiful villages were concentrated from the Incas. The valley is flanked on the right bank of the Urubamba River by the Urubamba Mountain Range. The valley is characterized by very special conditions, beautiful landscape, excellent climate, very fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river of the Incas, the Vilcanota (Quechua voice, sacred or wonderful thing), that upstream, in the town of Urubamba , it changes its name and it is called the Urubamba River.
The Sacred Valley is comprised between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, has wonderful Andean landscapes, where its inhabitants, natives of the Quechua ethnic group, conserve many customs and ancestral rites. It is the area where you can appreciate and magnify the high technological development reached by the Incas in agriculture through andenerías systems (set of earthen terraces in a staggered way over the mountains to be used in the sowing) that are found today. in full production, accompanied by sophisticated designs and hydraulic engineering works that were used for irrigation. The centers of adoration to the Pachamama (mother earth) also stand out. Today, each town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas has the fusion of Inca and Spanish architectural style. The richness of its people in its folklore and crafts, its way of life, its clothes, make it a place that will leave you unforgettable memories.
In the morning, we pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a lush agricultural region, created by the Urubamba River and an important source of food for the Incas that keep supplying the city of Cusco with a majority of its production until nowadays!
Our first stop after 1 and half an hour is Pisaq. There we first visit its ruins of a large Incan city situated above the today’s Pisaq Town. Then, we descend by our bus to the modern Pisaq to visit its famous traditional handicraft market.
After that, we head for lunch to Urubamba Town considered to be a capital of the valley. There, we have a buffet lunch in one of its lovely tourist restaurants offering traditional Andean cuisine.
Then, we continue our trip to later visit the still alive Incan town of Ollantaytambo, where our Tour Guide guided us around its Incan fortress and explains us about its purpose and history. The town and fortress are strategically located overlooking the beautiful valley! This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of the Incan urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Incan fortress and for being one of the couple places where Spaniards lost a major battle during their conquest!
In the afternoon we start returning to Cusco making a last stop on the way to receive a guided tour in the archaeological site of Chinchero that served as an astronomical center and Moon worship during the Incas times.
We reach Cusco around 7 pm.