The Sacred Valley of the Incas is named after the Vilcanota River or Sacred River of the Incas, divided in few sections with other names too, as Urubamba River. The ancient Incas discover a connection of this river with the Milky Way, they believe that the were connected with the galaxy, also the fertile land among the river, turn this valley in one of the most important agriculture centers of the Inca empire, where they constructed terraces and pyramided figures in the ground, in honor to their divinities, also in this valley is found few administration centers as Pisaq, among the valley there few settlements of farmers that in our modern time torn in colorful towns, in the sacred Valley can be found the biggest white corn on earth , because the local farmers still cultivating the fields with the same technique of the ancients Incas.
The Sacred Valley tour starts in Cusco at 8:00 am. We pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the bus, where you will meet your tour guide and your travel mates (shared service).
We leave Cusco around 8:30 am in direction of Pisaq, descending to the Sacred River Urubamba. With a few stops along the way at various lookout points, we will arrive at Pisaq town, where you can enjoy browsing around the traditional handicraft market of Pisaq with enough time for local souvenir shopping. Afterwards we drive up the mountain where Pisaqs ruins are located. Our tour guide will take you around temples, terraces, tunnels of this complex all the time enjoying the majestic view of the Sacred River as well as seeing the Intihuatana (sun clock). Then we drive among the Sacred River passing by a colourful little town, where you can observe the descendants of the Quechua people wearing colorful ponchos.
We stop in Urubamba town for lunch (we recommend a buffet lunch of Peruvian food) After a short rest we keep going until we reach Ollantaytambo, one of the last living Inca town. You will be amazed by this Inca town taking in the impressive temple of the Sun with its intricate stone work detail, the terraces constructed to sustain the mountain and admire the total temple in the shape of a lama.
You will have short time to explore by yourself this amazing complex, with its beautiful water fountains. After exploring this magnificent complex, we take the road back to Urubamba and leave the river to go up to the beautiful fields of Chinchero, discovering again another amazing Inca Spanish complex and lastly visiting a weaving family, who still using natural minerals and organic ink to colour the wool. We will return to Cusco around 7:00 pm, to plaza Regocijo.
We recommend you buy the General Tourist Ticket that allows you to visit 15 places, including the ruins of Cusco and the museums. Otherwise you can purchase a one day partial ticket which allows a one day visit of just the Sacred Valley sites, only including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. This is in case you are not planning to visit any of the Cusco sites.
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Important – If you going to stay in Cusco a few days or more than a week we recommend you to buy the Boleto Turistico “Tourist Ticket valid for 10 Day” it cost 130 soles (US$ 49.00) and allows you to visit the sites in the City Tour, 3 sites in the Sacred Valley and also the circles of Moray and the water temple of Tipon and Pikillacta (south Valley of Cusco). You can also visit museums and the folkloric dance center of Cusco (everyday dance show at 7:00 pm).
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Price US$ 30 per person group price
1 person US$ 220
2 persons US$ 110 pp
3 person US$ 100 pp
4 person US$ 80 pp
over 5 persons US$ 70 pp
Exclusive international transaction fees The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further informations please don’t hesitate to ask.
With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.