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Sacred Valley – Full Day

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to 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 the fruits and plants of the tropical lowlands. The Sacred Valley served as a buffer zone, protecting Cusco from incursions of the Antis, the fierce jungle tribes who from time to time raided the highlands.

Today the Sacred Valley remains a lush agricultural region supplying the city of Cusco with much of its produce such as maize, fruit and vegetables.

Trip Overview

Places that are visited

  • Pisac Market
  • Pisac archeological site
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero


Option A – Cusco to Cusco 

In order to escape the crowds, Terra Quechua Peru does their Classic Sacred Valley tour in reverse to many of the ‘standard’ tour groups.

We start early and head to the high mountain village of Chincheros, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at high altitude. (3,800m/12,500 ft.) We will visit a weaving house and have a demonstration on dying and weaving techniques as well as visiting the famous Chincheros market. From Chincheros, we descend to the base of the Sacred Valley and then onto Ollantaytambo, which features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village centre.

We have a buffet lunch in Urubamba before heading to Pisaq – our final stop for the day. In Pisaq we will first the attractive ruins, built with breathtaking audacity by the Incas and then descend to the market at Pisaq before returning to Cusco, via the ruins at Sacsayhuaman. (If you are short of time this visit might be only very short).

This is a long but rewarding day for those who want to experience the best of the Sacred Valley in a short amount of time.

Approx time: Depart Cusco 8am, return Cusco 6pm.
Market days in Chincheros: Sunday
Market days in Pisaq: Every day, but a little more local on a Sunday, with fruits and food stands.

Our Sacred Valley tour runs every day, but if clients have a particular interest in visiting on market days, they should organize their itinerary to suit these days.

Option B – Cusco to Ollantaytambo 

We recommend staying overnight in Ollantaytambo, its an atmospheric village with a great ambience. Also, if you are heading off on the Classic Inca trail or a Lares trek the next morning you save yourself quite a lot of driving!

In the morning we will briefly stop at Sacsayhuaman before heading to Pisac’s extensive and beautiful ruins, then onto its lively tourist market.

The Pisac ruins are some of the finest and largest in the entire valley. Despite the excellent condition of many of the structures, little is conclusively known about the site’s actual purpose. It appears to have been part city, part ceremonial center, and part military complex. It might have been a royal estate of the Inca emperor (Pachacútec). It was
certainly a religious temple, and although it was reinforced with the ramparts of a massive citadel, the Incas never retreated here to defend their empire against the Spaniards (and Pisac was, unlike Machu Picchu, known to Spanish forces).

After visiting the ruins, we will descend to the village of Pisaq, famous for its market, where hundreds of stalls crowd the central square — marked by a small church, San Pedro el Apóstolo, and massive pisonay trees.
We will have lunch in Urubamba before visiting a traditional ceramics factory where we can purchase beautiful earthenware. We then continue on to Ollantaytambo with its impressive Inca fortress that guarded the entry of this part of the valley and protected it from possible invasion from the lower jungles. The fortress consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. The design of Ollantaytambo village and the majority of its foundations date from the Inca era when it was a strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre. We have time to stroll in the picturesque streets after settling in at our quaint lodge in this village.

Approx time: Depart Cusco 8am, end Ollantaytambo 5pm
Market days in Chincheros: Sunday
Market days in Pisaq: Every day, but a little more local on a Sunday, with fruits and food stands.
Our Sacred Valley tour runs every day, but if clients have a particular interest in visiting on market days, they should organize their itinerary

Included / Not Included

Useful Information

Daily departures from our Cusco Office (calle suecia 380-D).
Need to book in Advance.
Schedule Departure time- Group Service: 07:30am (from our office, Suecia Street ·380-D).
Pick from Hotel for Private Service (07:30am).
Hours: from 07:30am to 18:00 pm.


_Round-trip transportation (tourist bus)
_English-speaking Tour Guide

Not Included

_Tourist Ticket for archeological sites
_Lunch in Urubamba (a town lying between Pisac and Ollantaytambo)

What you need to take:

_Tourist ticket (not included in price)
_Sun hat
_Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
_Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
_Camera and films
_Money fotr lunch, shopping, fees, etc.

Prices & Availability

Group Service Price:

US$20 per person

Group size: Up to 30 people.

Private Service Price:

US$230 for the whole group (up to 8 people), Not per person!
Aditional person: USD 20.00



Terra Quechua Peru offer daily departures on the Inca Trail (excluding February when the trail is closed).

Since 2000 the Inca trail has been regulated by the country of Peru. This has provided many wonderful things, like clean trails and camping sites, but it has also limited the amount of people on the trail each day. Now only 500 people are permitted on the trail every morning – this includes hikers, guides, porters and cooks. If your date is not available, do not fret, there are many wonderful treks to Machu Picchu – just as beautiful as the Inca trail and not as crowded.



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It is strongly recommended to book your Inca Trail at least 4 months in advance as permits can quickly sell out.

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