The sacred valley tour is one of the typical and famous tour in cusco region, the road north from cusco climbing up to as pass undulating across the pampa and then descends dramatically in to the spectacular, fertile Urubamba valley, which is also known as the valle sagrado (sacred valley). The mighty river that flows through the valley was considered sacred by the Incas. From pisac it is known as the vilcanota. Downstream it tends to be refore to as the Urubamba. The Inca built their palaces, religious centers alongside this giant tributary of this the amazon river, include the citadel of pisac and ollantaytambo, such as salineras and moray are also here. The region is considered sacred because its vital importance to Cusco, the area is rich in history so it’s worth allocating several days to explore it fully.
Machulas journey is one the specialist doing this tours and ready to take you whenever you like it, we are offering different itineraries just joint us don’t miss this tour.
Pick you up at your hotel at 8:00am. Then we head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas by minivan. Our first stop is a famous lookout from where we can enjoy amazing views on the tremendous flat farming area and the Urubamba river. Next we will drive to the Inca citadel of Pisac, where we will see the huge agriculture farming area, store houses and the Inca’s cemetery. After you will explore the ruins by yourself, we will visit the local market downtown Pisac. Here you can buy some local souvenirs and see different beautiful handicrafts. In the town of Urubamba we will have a stop to eat an organic buffet lunch and then continue our ride until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo. Here we visit another impressive Inca construction and our tour guide will give us more information about this place and the Incas history and show us the most important places. Once we have finished exploring this amazing Inca citadel, we return to Cusco. If you stay in the Sacred Valley, please tell the guide and we will drop you off at your hotel.
Today we will explore a very different part of the Sacred Valley. Pick you up at your hotel at 8:00am. Then you will be taken to the small town of Chincheros, where we will visit and enjoy an impressive Inca walls inset with large trapezoidal niches. We will also see different channel systems and stairs cut into the rock as well as the colonial church, built on the upper part of the plaza in the early 17th century. Then we continue our tour toward Maras, where we will have the chance to see a colonial era-village that once supported a thriving community. Evidence of the glory past can be found in the decorated stone arches and intricate lintels that still adorns some of the houses. After a short visit we go west, on an unpaved road for 9km until we reach the huge terraces of Moray. Here we find three gigantic concentric depressions in the earth. They were shaped into circular terraces of varying sizes. After obtaining a lot of information about this interesting place we head to the salt mines. Here we can enjoy thousands of large flat shallow pans, where mineral water is transformed to salt. This salt mine has been working for hundreds of years, and still provides work for the locals. Once visited all those tourist attractions we will drive all the way to Ollantaytambo train station to catch up the train to Aguas Calientes town where we will spend the night in a 3 stars hotel.
Today is a very important day Remember we will visit one of the seven wonder of the world. Because many people will go to Machupicchu, you will meet your tour guide at 5.00 am at your hotel. From there you will go to the bus station to take the bus for 25 minutes until the entrance gate of Machu Picchu the most important Inca citadel. At the entrance you will have to show your original passport and then you will enter the citadel. Usually we will have the chance to see the sunrise above the ruins. The best spot to enjoy the sunrise is at the guardhouse, from where you can take amazing post card pictures. After enjoying the sunrise, you will get a guided tour (about 2.30h) through the ruins, walking and exploring all of the famous places of this impressive citadel such as temples, palaces and plazas. After the tour you will have some free time to explore more places by yourself. If you have entrance tickets for the Huaynapicchu or the Machupicchu Mountains you will have time to climb them now. The ones who will not climb one of these mountains can visit the Inca Bridge or climb up to the sun gate from where you will have beautiful views. Around 2:30pm you will take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at a restaurant at your choice. Then you go to the train station to take the train to Olantaytambo. Make sure that you have be at the train station 30 minutes before the train leaves. At the train station of Ollantaytambo our driver will be waiting for you in order to get back you to your hotel in Cusco.
Starting Altitude - 3300m / 11811ft.
Highest Altitude - 3600m / 10826ft.
Lowest Altitude - 2000m / 6561ft.
Overall Difficulty - Easy.
Pre trek briefing.
Collection from your hotel in the morning of tour departure
Round trip bus transportation.
Permit or entrance feeds to machupicchu..
English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide (you will have an assistant guide for groups over 9 people).
Bus up, down and from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
Private transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
1 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes in a basic 3-stars hotel. This will be a nice, clean and safe hotel with breakfast included and private bathroom.
Lunch: your lunch is no including in you tour of sacred valley of the Incas, you have buy is organic buffet lunch normally the cost is around s/40.00 Peruvian soles. Tips for the guide, driver.
ISIC card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
Waterproof jacket / rain poncho.
Hat and gloves.
Sun cream (factor 35 or higher).
Toiletries and hand sanitizer.
Camera and film.
We do not provide the entrance ticket to the attractions. You can get the ticket (“boleto turistico”) cosituc which is located on “Sol Avenue” near the main square or at the control points of the ruins.
The partial ticket cost S/70.00 Peruvian soles and includes 4 places.
The general ticket cost S/130.00 Peruvian soles and includes the city tour, the sacred valley tour, the south valley tour, some museums and some event in Cusco.