Tour the main historical and archeological centers in a sacred valley tour.
This tour requires a minimum of two days, as the first day will tour the entire sacred valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo and chinchero) and continue your trip to Machu Picchu.
Unlike other regions of Peru, Cusco presents an innumerable variety of options for the tourist. Besides having the sacred valley the main archeological centers, it is one of the richest places that produces the best giant white corn grain.
During the tour to the sacred valley it is highly recommended to wear light clothing, as it is a long walk.
Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Full day excursion in the Sacred Valley and visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero
The cheapest way to tour the Sacred Valley is to join a group organized by tourist agencies, so you avoid dealing with the transportation yourself, you should also consider that there are private and personalized tours.
If you want to make the tour to the sacred valley at your own expense, the buses and minivans that travel the route to Urubamba will be your best option.
Something very important to keep in mind before doing a tour through the sacred valley is the food, you must acquire the food necessary to do hikes with all energy in archaeological centers and not present any inconvenience there.
Generally the tours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas begin taking as first point the beautiful archaeological center of Pisac.
Visiting Pisac will give you an idea of the advanced engineering reached by the Incas, Pisac is a kind of royal hacienda that belonged to the Inca Pachacútec and during the tour, through Pisac, you can see terraces, residences, ceremonial places, canals and aqueducts.
To visit the archaeological center of Pisac you will need the appropriate tickets purchased in the city of Cusco. Another thing not to be missed in Pisac is its handicraft market, which offers authentic products created by the inhabitants of the area themselves.
What can you visit in Pisac during the Sacred Valley tour?
The most important points to know in Pisac are:
- The intihuatana.
- The Inca cemetery.
- The famous andenerías.
- Deposits of seeds and food (tambos).
- Retaining walls and irrigation canals.
- Inca bridges.
The door of the snakes (Amaru punku).
After having crossed Pisac, the next point will be to know Ollantaytambo.
The bus ride from Pisac to Urubamba lasts approximately 1 hour. Before arriving at Ollantaytambo it is advisable to rest in Urubamba and have lunch.
In Urubamba you can find a variety of menus, the visitor can buy his food at will.
To get to Ollantaytambo begins a bus trip from Urubamba, which has a duration of 40 min, if you are traveling on your own the trip from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo can be done in collective services (minivan).
Ollantaytambo was built for military and religious purposes, unlike Pisac you can find monoliths of large dimensions, which were possibly used as surveillance points.
The route in Ollantaytambo is a more spectacular one, it shows us the capacity of the Incas in terms of architectural design and urban planning.
What can you visit in Ollantaytambo during the sacred valley tour?
During a tour you can visit very important points such as:
- Temple of the Sun.
- The platforms.
- Handicrafts market.
- The Royal House of the Sun.
- The strong Choqana.
- The Temple of the Sun.
- The Monumental Cover and the Precinct of the 10 Hornacinas.
- The Bath of the Ñusta.
It is necessary to make a good planning of the tour and to be able to enjoy all those places in Ollantaytambo. The time during the tours passes very fast and in many occasions to fulfill the itinerary is a little complicated.
Tourism agencies are obliged to give enough information about the schedules and organize the tour for us, so if you are thinking about doing the tour on your own will be a little complicated but not impossible.
The way back to Cusco is through the route Chinchero, known as the city of the rainbow, is a very quiet colonial town and where you can find the church of Our Lady of Monserrat (colonial temple), which began to build in 1607, on the foundations of the Palace of Tupac Yupanqui.
In chinchero is also a set of Inca walls built rustically, unlike Pisac and Ollantaytambo do not have the fine finishes and great Inca architecture.
If you are thinking of buying a souvenir of your great trip to the sacred valley of the Incas, chinchero will be the ideal place to do so, since it has a large number of handicraft and textile markets.
What can you visit in chinchero?
In chinchero you can visit places like:
- Inca walls.
- Craft markets (the best fabrics are in chinchero).
- The chinchero square.
- The colonial temple that houses important Cusco paintings.
All tourist agencies located in the city of Cusco offer the sacred valley tour, it is better to rely on local tour operators because they have more experience throughout the route and are often very economical and easily accessible to the visitor.