Sacred Valley Cusco – Full Day

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Itinerary

The Sacred Valley Cusco, located only 1 hour from the city of Cusco, is home to large archaeological sites that are visited daily by hundreds of tourists of all nationalities.

In the sacred valley you can find archeological centers such as: Pisac, Huchuy Qosqo, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray and chinchero.

A one-day tour of the Sacred Valley Cusco, generally includes visits to tourist centers such as: Pisac, Ollantaytambo and chinchero. Depending on each tour operator, trips to Moray and Maras can also be organized.

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 Chinchero market. From Chinchero, 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!

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 9am, end Ollantaytambo 4pm
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 Santa Ana 535).
Need to book in Advance.
Schedule Departure time- Group Service: 08:30am (from our office, Santa Ana 535).
Pick from Hotel for Private Service (08:30am).
Hours: from 08:30am to 18:00 pm.

Included sacred valley cusco tour.

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

Not Included

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

What you need for the tour of the Sacred Valley Cusco:

_Tourist ticket (not included in price)
_Sun hat
_Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
_Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
_Water
_Camera and films
_Money for 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