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The Sacred Valley Peru Tour

Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco or the Sacred Valley Peru Tour with Maras Moray is one of the popular full-day tours from Cusco. It takes you to all the sites that form the Sacred Valley of the Incas and to the two renowned archaeological complexes in South America, Maras, and Moray. 

As Cusco City Tour, this full-day trip also offers an insight into life during the Inca Empire. This is one of our signature tours. We have dedicated English-speaking local tour guides who have immense knowledge about history. 

Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco includes visits to Urubamba, Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, Moray, Salt Mines of Maras.. 

To enhance your experience, we will be serving you a local buffet lunch in Urubamba.  

Pisac:

Pisac is a small Andean village. It is home to massive Incan ruins and a traditional market. The archaeological complex of Pisac nestles on a hilltop overlooking the valley. 

It is just second to Machu Picchu in size. The complex houses farming terraces, ceremonial sites, remains of ancient Incan temples, and more. 

The market sprawls every weekend in the main square, Plaza De Armas of Pisac. It is worth visiting because it reflects the authentic traditions that the locals have preserved. Farmers and craftsmen from nearby villages set their stalls to sell their products. If you are looking to buy some Peruvian souvenirs then the market in the town of Pisac is the best place. 

Ollantaytambo:

This is a beautiful village that depicts the town planning of the Incas. The village is sandwiched between two massive Inca ruins. Ollantaytambo was an administrative center for the Incas. 

The village saw massive development under the reign of Manco Inca. In fact, it has impressive stonework in the whole of Sacred Valley.

The archeological site here was sacred to the Incas. They used it primarily for religious purposes. In 1537, when the Spanish invaded Ollantaytambo, the sacred site turned into a deadly war zone. Although the Incas won the battle, Manco Inca deserted the place fearing the following attack and moved to the Vitcos Rosaspata. 

Today, Ollantaytambo serves as a gateway to the trailhead of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or if you are visiting Machu Picchu by train to Aguas Calientes. 

Maras:

This is one of the most photographed sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Maras are home to the salt mines that nestle on one side of a hill. The villagers continue to practice the Incas way of salt mining. In fact, this tradition is passed down from generation to generation. 

There are geometrically shaped puddles in which they let in the natural spring water. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind crystals of salt which are scrapped out manually. The salt of Maras is pinkish in color and has a distinct taste. 

Moray:

Another prominent site in the Sacred Valley is Moray. It is home to distinct agricultural terraces. The circular-shaped farming terraces resemble the Roman amphitheater. 

The Incas built them by digging holes in the ground. There are different levels. 

There is a difference of 15 degrees celsius from the top to the bottom. The Incas experimented with the growth conditions of different crops here. This was more like an agricultural laboratory for the Incas. 

Chinchero:

The town of Chinchero is often overlooked by travelers. It was built as a country resort during the reign of Inca Tupac Yupanqui. Chinchero has the most fertile soil in the whole valley. 

Like all Inca sites, the complex has impressive farming terraces with many aqueducts. Most of them are in use even today. 

There is also a white-washed church overlooking the town. This was built by Spanish colonists by destroying the royal palace of the Incas. 

Locals in Chinchero are popular for weaving. You will see most of the locals dressed in their traditional colorful attire. They have often seen knitting using Alpaca or Llama wool. 

We offer both small group tours and private tours. We highly recommend this trip before visiting Machu Picchu or Rainbow Mountain as it will help you acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness.

Check out our exclusive 1-Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco Itinerary and our Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 2-Day Tour.

Do take a moment to check our reviews on Tripadvisor

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

0700 AM

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Bi-lingual Tour Guide (Spanish and English)
  • Buffet Lunch in Urubamba (Vegan option)

Price Excludes

  • Partial Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico) 70 soles por person | Full sites (130 Soles) for 10 days
  • Entrance ticket for the salt mines of Maras (10 soles per person )
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary
Cusco to Sacred Valley Tours

Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco - Sacred Valley Peru Tour

At 0700 AM we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will drive you from Cusco to Ollantaytambo.

Chinchero:

On our way, we will be stopping in Chinchero. Here we will be visiting the archaeological site and weaving center. 

Our local expert will introduce you to the Andean handicrafts. 

Maras Salt Mines:

We will then drive you to Maras Salt Mines. This is not included in the tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico). You will have to pay an additional 10 Soles to enter. 

Here our guide will show you the traditional method of Salt Mining. You will have the opportunity to walk around the salt puddles and get a first-hand sight of the traditional ways of salt farming. 

Moray:

Then we will drive you to the site of Moray. Here our local expert will give you a detailed tour of the site. You will discover how the Incas used this site and its impact on today’s life.

Then we will stop for lunch in Urubamba. To make your Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray experience more authentic we will be offering you Peruvian food. The buffet lunch includes options for vegans.

Ollantaytambo:

We will then continue to Ollantaytambo. Here, our local expert will give you an introduction to Incas town planning. Then we will be visiting the archaeological site. Our professional guide will give you a detailed tour of the site and explain the significance of each part of the complex.

Pisac:

Then we will visit the renowned Pisac ruins. We will be driving you up to the main entrance of the complex. Here we will give you a guided tour of the complex. After the tour, we will drive you down to the main square where you can visit the local market and buy some souvenirs if desired. 

After exploring the Sacred Valley of Incas, we will return to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo at around 0600 PM.

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FAQs
Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco - Sacred Valley Peru Tour

What is the Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley is a valley located in the region of Cusco, in Peru. It starts at the Inca citadel of Pisac and it ends at Machu Pichu. The Sacred Valley is known for its numerous Inca ruins and wonderful Andean landscapes. 

What to do in Sacred Valley Peru?

The main attractions of the Sacred Valley are the town of Chinchero, the salt mines of Maras, the circular stone platforms of Moray, the town of Urubamba, and the Inca sites of Ollantaytambo and Pisac.

How to get to Sacred Valley from Cusco?

The simplest way to get to the Sacred Valley is by taking a minivan from Cusco. The trip takes about one hour.

Do I need a tour for Sacred Valley?

Although as of October 2021, it is not mandatory to be on a tour to enter the Sacred Valley of Incas, signing up for a guided tour is surely safer, cost-effective and informative. Sacred Valley houses over 5 archaeological sites, each of these sites are far away from the Cusco and it is not easy to get a transport to travel from one site to another. 

What is the altitude of Sacred Valley Peru?

The average height of Sacred Valley Peru is at 8000 feet. Pisac is the highest point of the valley at 3000 metres above sea level (9800 feet) and Ollantaytambo is the lowest at 2792 metres (9160 feet). 

Is Cusco in the Sacred Valley?

No, Cusco is not a part of the Sacred Valley of Incas. The nearest site is Chinchero which is 30 kilometres away from Cusco. 

How to get from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu?

The easiest way to get from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is by taking a tourist train from Ollantaytambo train station to Aguas Calientes and taking an onward bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu citadel. 

Is the Sacred Valley in Machu Picchu?

No, Machu Picchu is not a part of the Sacred Valley. Towns that form Sacred Valley of Incas are Chinchero, Lamay, Calca, Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray

3 Reviews
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Joseph B

Solo Traveller

It was absolutely fantastic. We loved out tour experience, our only regret was not booking a longer tour. These guys are absolute professionals and they know how to give you a great experience

October 19, 2021

Helder C

Solo Traveller

Great trip with knowledgeable guides lots of inca ruins and experiences such as textiles and silver factories..great photos and awesome memories
Thank you guys you where greatest

September 18, 2021

Wilbert Noel

Couple Traveller

This tour covered pretty much all sights of the Sacred Valley in a day, we found this to be a good value for time and money. We visited sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Maras and Moray and Chinchero in a day. Maras and Moray are very fascinitating. It is very impressive to see how the Incans dedicated their time and life for farming and did experiment different methods of farming. Everything was exceptional and the guide was very friendly and extremely informative. Highly recommend this company.

November 5, 2019