Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo With A Premier Private Guide
Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco City/ Airport to Ollantaytambo–Get immersed in the amazing vistas, mingle & laugh with local people, and explore the stunning Incan sites perched along the Sacred Valley with a premier private local guide on this 1 day tour from Cusco city or Cusco airport.
This Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo or Urubamba uniquely designed by Peru Summit Adventures allows you to explore the highlights of the Valley, a bucket list for everyone, hence it is perfect for those who are arriving in Cusco city in the morning and want to take advantage of to visit the Incan sites and other places en route while being transferred to Ollantaytambo town or Urubamba as well as it’s perfect for those are staying in Cusco and want to move to Ollantaytambo town/train station or Urubamba. Besides this tour is perfect, if you are staying in Ollantaytambo town before your trip continues to Machu Picchu or just taking the train in the evening, so we make sure to drop you off at the train station on time to continue your journey to the wonder of the world–Machu Picchu.
As named popularly Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba valley as an official name, it is a relaxed and incomparably beautiful and tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills of the Urubamba mountain range, long the home of attractive colonial towns, isolated weaving villages, the Rio (river) Urubamba, massive Incan agricultural terraces, ancient Incan temples, perfect to explore on this day tour with a Peru Summit Adventures premier private guide at your side.
The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley. This Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco is a perfect one to visit these historical sites that all locals are proud of them. This is a great way to explore the Sacred Valley while learning about the Incan stuff like history, agriculture, nourishment, religion, and so on.
The Sacred Valley, also known as Urubamba Valley, was considered a very important region for the Inca civilization in Peru. It was called “Sacred” because of its fertile soil, abundance of water, and the sacred river (Urubamba river) that runs through it, which the Inca believed to have special powers.
The Incan Empire built many of its most impressive structures and citadels in the Sacred Valley, including the Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero. The valley was also an important agricultural center for the Incan people, as they used the fertile soil and terraces to grow crops such as maize, potatoes, quinoa, and fruits, reason of that they built thousands of agricultural terraces along the valley.
The Incans also had a strong connection to nature (mother nature – Pachamama), and they believed that the mountains and rivers of the Sacred Valley were inhabited by powerful spirits and deities. Many of the sites in the Sacred Valley, including Machu Picchu, were considered sacred and used for religious and ceremonial purposes. The Sacred Valley played a significant role in Incan culture and remains an important cultural and historical site in modern-day Peru.
Places to Visit on Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo
Chinchero ruins & colonial church
Moray farming testing center
Maras salt mines
Ollantaytambo ruins & Ollantaytambo town
Pisac ruins and market
Stop offs en route
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UPGRADED COMFORT: Premium or Comfort trips are led by Peru Summit Adventures experts, an experienced crew at your side, or top trip leaders/guides, and tap into private local experts' resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to unique sites that only the local leaders/guides know. Itineraries are carefully crafted and fully planned, with plenty of free time to roam. Camping gears are high-end and accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals (especially in hikes) and activities are included in the trip price.
EASY - MODERATE: Designed for everyone. Hotel nights and/or lodge nights, day tours, nature walks, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, horseback riding.
Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
While we expect the tour will run as the itinerary describes to Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Participants should accept that there is the possibility of changes, being necessary liable to local conditions, eg, strikes, natural disasters, these changes might be at the discretion of your travel company.
Min 2 ppl, Max 8 ppl
Minimum of 02 people is needed to depart. Family groups, couple travelers, friends, or even if you’re a SOLO traveler, you are welcome to our trips. Price is per person, which is based on two people who might share a room/tent. The itinerary is described and based on shared services as well as semi-private service; however, if you are looking for a private service, that would be upon request.
No, the number of people to visit these places are not limited yet, the entrance ticket can be purchased at one of the sites in the Sacred Valley (the entrance ticket is included); thus you could book this day tour even with a couple of days in advance.
DAY 1: 1-day Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco City or Airport to Ollantaytambo
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The following “à-la-carte” tours are explored in 1 day starting in Cusco City or Cusco airport and finishing in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba
Sacred Valley also called as Urubamba valley is a vast valley that covers over 100 km/ 63 miles of distance, where the Incan civilization took all the valley as they were conquering to the jungle side of Cusco, this valley offered them a great climate to develop the agriculture, reason of that today the farming terraces are still laying along the valley or adorning any mountain as a patch, as well as, the climate was the main factor to start their palaces and temples along the valley and today those places are the must-see ones while your trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.
On this tour you will explore the following Historical Sites:
The Quaint Town of Chinchero and its Ancient Site
Visit unchanging large farming terraces that are extended outside of the demolished ancient buildings; they remain from a glorious period of the Incas surrounded by scenic views. Also visit a lovely church dating from the 16th century, this small and a little dark church is a jewel of colonial art, the walls and the ceiling are entirely painted; the big wooden door is finely sculpted with an important quantity of biblical scenes. The altar is extremely covered with gold and religious representations. In Chinchero town, the locals still dress in their traditional clothes; even more on market days but more authentic. There is a liveliness that crosses the entire village and its calm lifestyle.
Maras Salt Ponds
Maras salt ponds is an astonishing place located in a harsh valley, since the Inca period, thousands of wells have been dug, new ones every year, to extract a precious element–salt. The salt comes from a spring, loaded with minerals, which flows from a little higher up. To collect it, a technique developed relies on terraces: they retain the water which, as it evaporates, deposits its salt load, ready to be collected. The landscape is breathtaking: the colors contrast; the white of the salt, the green/brown of the grass, the different terraces ranging from ochre to brown, and the high Andean mountains. Nowadays, the locals still farm the salt by hand as the Incas did centuries ago, and most likely this is what you will see during your visit.
Rounded Shape Terraces of Moray
The archaeological site of Moray is unprecedented in the region. Here, you will see Incas terraces but in circumscribed circles that are getting in the ground, reaching until 1.20 m/4 ft high for each circle into two different basins. All perspective is incredible by watching from the top or below. It might have been a kind of agricultural testing center “laboratory” where experiments were made in function of the micro-climates corresponding to each terrace level. It is very impressive and impossible to miss. Today, because of this place Peru has over 3000 varieties of potatoes, over 20 varieties of quinoa, over 100 types of corn, and many more types of farming products.
The Great Ollantaytambo
The Inca archaeological site of Ollantaytambo has been the place of the Inca’s great victories against Spanish invaders. It was a fortress, a ceremonial center, an administrative center, and a site for agriculture. The most important part is the Temple of the Sun whose stone boulders were brought from a quarry at 5 km, these stone blocks are so impressive that just to imagine how they could put them at such height above the Valley is an epic story. Just beside this archaeological site is located the town of the same name, this town was built on the Urubamba River (sacred river); the urbanization layout and the organization of the building are directly from the Incan time. The foundations are intact and original from over 500 years ago. This is the well-preserved urban organization in all of Peru. Its sinuous small paved streets open a range of houses (called canchas) that are organized around small patios and unique entrances with tall gates. In the inside court, the small animals (Guinea pigs, chickens, pigs, etc.) are cheerfully frisking. This is a must-see place in the Sacred Valley.
The Impressive Pisac
It is nestled on the sidewall of the mountain, bordered by two steep cliffs. This complex, exceptionally well preserved, is made of stairs, terraces, temples, houses, a ceremonial center, water channels, etc. The conservation of the constructions is absolutely amazing; especially the Intihuatana neighborhood, which is the most important part of Pisac, they are all in perfect shape as well as the crop terraces. On the other side along the cliff, there are many holes that were tombs and unfortunately were sacked by the Spaniards in order to look for more gold. This site is uncontestably unmissable in the Sacred Valley, and the walk between terraces and almost entire edifices will leave an unforgettable memory.
You can also visit the colorful lively market where locals showcase their textiles, jewelry, pottery, etc, all made here in the village. Once in the village, you can also get to one of the local “panaderias” bakery-type places with an oven to try the tasty empanadas (snacks filled with meat and vegetables) the empanadas are cooked in a colonial traditional wood-fired oven; this is a true attraction and the taste of these empanadas are probably one of the most authentic you can try in Peru.
Itineraries to select starting from Cusco City/Airport: Choose the best itinerary you are interested in, the beginning schedule may vary as well as the price, the visit to local markets is optional, you can deice at the moment. For further details please contact us.
Option 1. Maras Salt Ponds, Moray, and Ollantaytambo from $135.00 USD per person.
Option 2. Chinchero Town & Inca Site, Maras Salt Ponds, Moray, and Ollantaytambo from $140.00 USD per person.
Option 3. Pisac, Llama Farm, and Ollantaytambo from $140.00 USD per person.
Option 4. Llama Farm, Pisac, Maras Salt Ponds, Moray, and Ollantaytambo from $150.00 USD per person.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our very best possible to adhere to the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change for several reasons beyond our control, including strikes, weather, natural disasters, and terrain conditions. On some occasions, these conditions may demand us to deviate from our original schedule, in which case we will provide the best available alternative options. And we’ll make a great experience of it!
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