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Cusco Sacred Valley Tour popularly known as Sacred Valley Day Tour from Cusco is one of our signature tours. It takes you to three prime sites that played a significant role during the Inca Empire. The valley is home to many archaeological sites which were primarily used for farming.
Accompanied by an English speaking professional guide, you will get a detailed insight to Inca civilization and how the Spanish conquest in South America impacted it.
We highly recommend this tour while you are acclimating to the altitude of Cusco.
Chinchero is a traditional Andean village located close to Cusco city. This charismatic village is often overlooked by tourists. Locals here have preserved their age-old traditions and culture. Infact, most of them still converse in Quechua.
They are popular for handicrafts. Locals here knit woollen wears using Alpaca wool. You will be able to witness the process from extraction of wools to knitting on this tour.
The village has the most fertile soil in the whole Sacred Valley of Incas. It was developed during the rule of Pachacutec who developed Choquequirao, Cusco and Machu Picchu. He built a country resort here.
The agricultural terraces here have many aqueducts which were built during the rule of Pachacutec. Most of them are in use even today. The white washed church that sits on the top was once the site of Pachacutec’s royal palace. On conquering Chinchero, the Spanish rulers demolished his palace and built the church on its remains.
The most picturesque village in the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo is the best surviving example of Inca’s town planning. The narrow cobblestone streets of the village have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
The village is snuggled between two massive Inca ruins. These Inca sites were primarily religious and ceremonial sites. This became a battleground in 1537 when the Incas led Manco Inca II defeated the Spanish intruders. Read more here.
Today, Ollantaytambo station serves as a gateway to Machu Picchu train tour and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Pisac houses the most impressive archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley. Infact, the site is so big that it is just second to Machu Picchu.
Pisac is also home to the famous weekend flea market. Farmers and craftsmen from the neighbouring villages set up stalls around the main square to sell their products. If you want to buy souvenirs, then this is an ideal place to shop for.
Machu Picchu Peru Cusco is one of the reputed local tour operators in Cusco. Sacred Valley Day tour from Cusco is one of signature tours. We have exclusive local guides who are born and bred in the region.
They are certified tourism professionals with an extensive knowledge about Incas history. We aim to make your tour to Machu Picchu an unforgettable experience. We operate the Cusco Sacred Valley tour in small groups. This would allow you to have enough time to explore the Sacred Valley.
The full day Sacred Valley tour from Cusco is one of the popular day trips from Cusco. We offer this both in group and private tours.
Also take a moment to check our Super Sacred Valley Tour that takes you to Maras Salt Mines and Moray agriculture terrace.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0800 AM. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Chinchero. Here our local expert will be giving you a guided tour of the archaeological complex and weaving centre.
Once you have had your fill of this beautiful Andean village, we will drive you to Ollantaytambo. Here we will be walking you through the picturesque village. We will then be hiking to the picturesque Inca ruins that boast beautiful Incan architecture.
We will then be driving you to a local restaurant in Urubamba. It is referred to as the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here we will be stopping for lunch. We will be serving you a buffet lunch with options for vegans.
Then we will be driving you to Pisac. Here we will be starting the tour by visiting the market. Although the main market is set only on weekends, there are plenty of small shops in a narrow cobblestone alleyway where you can shop for souvenirs.
We will then be driving you up to the main entrance of the archaeological complex where our local expert will be giving you a guided tour.
After the full day Sacred Valley tour from Cusco, we will return to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Cusipata, a block away from the main square at around 0530 PM.
Sacred Valley is definitely worth visiting. Infact it the Inca sites here are unmissable. They have been quite significant to Incas.
Sacred Valley begins from Chinchero which is 30.5 kilometres away from Cusco.
Machu Picchu is easily accessible from Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley. There are frequent train services by Peru Rail and Inca Rail to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes, it is a 25 minutes bus ride up the hill to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Although Sacred Valley is at a high altitude, it is much lower than Cusco. The highest village of Sacred is Pisac at 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) and the lowest is Urubamba 2,050 metres (6,730 ft).
The regions in the Sacred Valley were owned by Incas. It is considered sacred because it was here the Incas did a majority of farming. Infact sites like Moray was used as an agricultural laboratory by Incas where they experimented with the growth conditions of different crops at different temperature zones. Thanks to this, Peru now produces over a 800 variety of potato.
You cannot skip this tor this is the best way to see the life in rural areas and how interestingly they have preserved their traditions and culture. The guide service was very informative. Thank you Karen and her team
A fantastic half day excursion to the Sacred Valley of Incas. I absolutely loved the way Karen did organise the trip. I never felt rushed or hurried at any stops.
All thanks to Karen and her crew. Karen was quick to respond to our mails which helped us a lot in organising this tour effectively. Our guide, Micheal was very knowledgable. They never rushed us and gave us enough time on all sites we visited on this circuit.