Sacred Valley Tour Full day
This tour starts at 8:00 AM, we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the tour, we will start visiting the Archaeological Center of Pisac located 45 minutes from Cusco by private transport. Pisac will give you an idea of the advanced knowledge that the Incas achieved in architecture. As in other Inca constructions, some studies reveal that it was not a fortress, but a kind of “royal treasury”, property of the Inca Pachacutec, composed of platforms, domestic structures, ceremonials and aqueducts that provided water for the agrobusiness operation. Another good reason to visit Pisac is its craft market, where you can find some unique and authentic reminders. At noon we will go to the town of Urubamba where we will enjoy the buffet lunch that will allow you to enjoy the delicious Peruvian cuisine. Urubamba was one of the main agricultural centers of the Empire of the Incas. Currently, the best corn in the world is harvested, and in the rainy season, the valley’s own fruits are abundant, such as peaches, capulí, quince, strawberries of the highest quality, among others. In the afternoon we will visit the Ollantaytambo Fortress that constituted a strategic military, agricultural and religious center to administer and control the Sacred Valley of the Incas; this is deduced by the constructions that presumably were for agricultural deposits and for military use like walls and watchtowers (probably to protect themselves from the jungle ethnic groups). This archaeological site comprises a series of overlapping terraces, showing the impressive and large stone blocks finely carved and located on the upper terrace. On the way back to Cusco we will visit the town of Chinchero, known as the city of the rainbow, to visit the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat built in 1607. On the Tupac Yupanqui palace, we will also see andenería and its market of artisans.
The tour of the Sacred Valley ends in Cusco 6:00 PM approximately. Upon our arrival in Cusco we will leave you in your respective hotels.
Pisac is located at 33 km from Cusco by paved road. It has an ancient village, an archaeological site considered one of the most important of Cusco, and a modern town of colonial origin. This place also has a Sunday market which attracts thousands of visitors and people from remote villages, using colourful traditional clothes. Here it is recommended to buy all crafts, since these are cheaper than in the city of Cusco.
Typical Inca village located at 21 Km from Urubamba (2,800 masl). It was named in honour of the Chief Ollanta, famous for his affair with an Inca princess, daughter of Pachacutec. One of the best preserved areas lies in the north of the Hanan Huacaypata Square, a total of 15 blocks of houses built of carved stone walls. In the vast archaeological site, located on the hill which call the people, structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana and the Baths of the Princess. The area available for restaurants, hotels and rental of horses and mountain bikes. Ollantaytambo part of a confirmed way, amounting to “Abra Malaga” (4,200 masl) and inner eyebrow toward the mountain, passing through villages such us the picturesque Huilloc, home of renowned Huairuros.
This town is located at 28 km. From Cusco on the paved road to Urubamba where are the remains of what was the “Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui”, it is like a beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, its greatest asset. However, it is its Sunday market, originally dedicated to the exchange of agricultural products between the villagers of the valley and the high end. Currently, the market is a spectacle of colour and movement that causes the fascination of tourists with its range of handicrafts and textiles made of pure pre-Columbian style. Here also tourists can be part of the wonderful demonstration of the natural dyeing of wool, which are dyed naturally with plants, seeds and minerals.
End of the services.
- Pick-up from the hotel.
- Tourist transport.
- Official Tour Guide Service in English and Spanish.
- Picnic Lunch included.
- Entrance tickets to all places to visit
- Transfer to the hotel at the end of the tour.
- Extra drinks.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO BRING
- Carry original passport and card of migration (TAM).
- Wear sneakers or light/tennis shoes.
- Bottle of water “canteen”
- Drink plenty of fluids during your excursions.
- Carry a raincoat (long poncho) during the rainy season.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts.
- Wear long pants.
- Carry sunscreen, brimmed hat for sunny days.
- Carry binoculars.
- Carry sunglasses and plastic bags.
- Carry medicine and / or personal items (liquid for contact lenses).
- Carry a backpack or lightweight suitcase (no weight limit between 5-6 kilos maximum).
- Carry a camera or camcorder.
- Have on hand checks in small denominations and coins in soles or dollars.