The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement for the Incas. Its agreeable climate and fertile plains make a rare and fruitful combination for the high Andes. It was also the route to the jungle and therefore an area with access to fruits and plants of tropical lowlands. The Sacred Valley also served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from invasions of the Antis, fierce jungle tribes raided the Andean highlands from time to time. It is called like this because of its vast territory which is between Pisac and Ollantaytambo located at a short distance from the city of Cusco where the Incas had their agricultural areas and beautiful towns. This valley is well-known for having very special conditions such as excellent weather, fertile lands and the waters of the sacred Incas river named Vilcanota which changes its name in the town of Urumbamba where its named after this town. The Sacred Valley of the Incas has breathtaking Andean landscapes where inhabitants who are native quechua speakers keep lots of the traditions of their ancestors. You can also see the technological development that the Incas reached in agriculture by using shed systems that are still used today accompanied by the most sofisticated designs of hydraulic engineering. Pachamama rituals also stand out nowadays, this is a ritual done to ask blessings and permission to Mother Earth to have excellent crops or to go through specific areas. Nowadays, each Sacred Valley town has a merger of Incan and Spanish architectural styles, the richness of its people with folklore and handicrafts with its inhabitants clothing styles, amaze tourists from all over the world.
To Visit: Pisac Market, Pisac ruins, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero archaeological sites
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 08:00
Return Point: Cusco - Near to the main square
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class tourist transport and professional guide English or Spanish.
Physical Rating: 2 - Demanding - Moderate
Age requirement: 2+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a profesional Tour Guide on the Sacred Valley Tour.
Meals: Buffet lunch in Urubamba Town.
Transportation: Tourist bus.
07:30 We pick you up from your hotel
08:30 Start the Sacred Valley Tour
09:30 Explore the Pisac market by yourself or in the group
10:30 Guided tour in Pisac Ruins
11:30 Driving to the Urubamba town
12:30 Buffet Lunch on the Restaurant (Included vegetarian)
13:40 Driving to the Ollantaytambo town
14:30 Guided tour of the Ollantaytambo archeological site
16:00 Continue the Sacred Valley to Chinchero
17:00 Guided tour of the Chinchero temple
18:00 Return to Cusco
BOLETO TURISTICO GENERAL - TOURIST TICKET
This ticket is not included on the tour, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 (U$ 41) or S/70 (U$22) for students with a valid ISIC card. The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the Inca sites such as Sacsayhuam, Quenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (City Tour), 4 museums in Cusco, Inca Pachacutec monument's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray (Combo Sacred Valley of the Incas) and the Centro Qosqo (It's a theater where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco - 125 dances) This is a better option if you plan on also combining the City Tour, Sacred Valley and visit and explore the Cusco city.
BOLETO TURISTICO PARCIAL - TOURIST TICKET
This ticket is a partial tourist ticket, the price for this ticket is S/70 and it is valid for 1 day. Only you can visit City tour, Sacred Valley or Moray with this ticket. Not included the Cusco museums, Pachacuted Monument and the Centro Qosqo (It's a teatre where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco)
Please Note: In this general tourist tickets. Not Include Entrence to Qoricancha or the Cathedral of the Cusco. Entrance to Qoricancha Is S/15. Entrance to The Cathedral is S/25.BOOK ONLINE
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 fortres and explains us about its purpose and history. The town and fortres 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.
Remember that Cusco is at 3400m above sea level and you can suffer from High Altitude Sickness, drink coca leaves tea and check your blood pressure just in case. It is important to arrive to Cusco 2 or 3 days prior to any tour to acclimatize. Rainy Season is between the months of October and April you should know that February is the rainiest month this is why the Inca Trail is closed the whole month. From May to August the weather is extremely cold and you must wear suitable clothes to protect yourself. Make sure you have cash in soles (the country’s currency) this is helpful because if you buy things using another currency you may pay more than you should. Book your tour in advance you can do it online using Tierras Vivas webpage.
This trip gives travelers the opportunity to explore two of the most popular tourist locations in Peru in a single trip. The first day explores the Sacred Valley, including the Pisac Market and ruins and the Ollantaytambo archeological site. For an included lunch, travelers can enjoy a buffet style taste of traditional Andean food. After a train ride and night in Aguas Calientes, the second day is an early morning tour of the sacred city of Machu Picchu.
In the region of Puno, at 3,809 meters above sea level, is the highest navigable body of water in the world, the expansive Lake Titicaca. The lake is rich in culture and history, dotted in floating islands that are actually made by hand from reeds, difficult though that may be to believe. According to legend, Manco Capac and his wife Mama Ocllo came from this lake before building the Tahuantinsuyo Empire. This trip includes a motorboat tour of the lake and visits to various islands. The main economy of these islands is tourism, and locals live off the land and the lake, which is abundant in trout and other fish.
The Andean Condor is a remarkable bird, with a 7-8 foot wingspan and a lifespan almost as long as that of humans. This trip offers the opportunity to see these animals up close and soaring in their natural habitat and trips to two Incan sites on the way back. The viewpoint for watching the condor is also a beautiful view of the Apurimac canyon itself, which is incredibly scenic and breathtaking, and home to the quickly flowing Apurimac River. Most of the way, there is a bus ride to the site and then a short hike to the viewpoint, where two hours are set aside for watching the condors and admiring the landscape.
The rainbow of the Rainbow Mountain is caused by 7 distinct colors of eroding sedimentary rock. The hike to reach it is exhausting for even the fittest individuals, due to the incredible altitude of 4,400 meters above sea level. Horses are available along the trek, especially in case of emergency. Travelers should not attempt this hike before acclimating in Cusco for at least a few days. A few different paths are available to the mountain, but all offer beautiful views of the many other colorful mountains in the area. This is a tourist location, but intimidating to most, so a relatively isolated experience compared to other options.