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Tours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Travel to Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Located just 15 km (9 miles) north of the Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley was the primary location for agriculture and the extraction of certain minerals for the Inca Empire. The Valley enjoys good weather, lush vegetation, and fresh water from the Vilcanota River (today, also called the Urubamba). Some of the most important Inca ruins are located in the Sacred Valley: the agronomic laboratory of Moray, the Salinas of Maras, as well as the Ollantaytambo and Pisaq fortresses. Pisaq and Chinchero are also home to charming artisan markets.

Ollantaytambo
Located at the western end of the Sacred Valley, this archaeological complex was a relevant agricultural, administrative centre, as well as one of the strategic military fortresses during Incan times.

Pisaq
Pisaq was one of the main Inca cities of the time. Its military fortress was divided into 4 parts: Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Callacasa (Q’allaqasa), and Kinchiracay. Pisaq also has impressive agricultural terraces.

Moray
Moray used to be an Inca agronomic laboratory. Moray is characterized by enormous terraced circular depressions – some of which are 30 meters deep (98 feet). From top to bottom there is a 15°C temperature difference, which allegedly was intended to favour the production of several varieties of crops.

Salinas Maras
The Inca Salinas (salt mines) of Maras are undoubtedly one of the most picturesque location in Peru. Salt extraction technique hasn’t changed since the time of the Incas. The process is still manual and thanks to evaporation terraces built on the sides of a hill, this activity still provides the livelihood of hundreds of peasants.

If what you want is a more intimate knowledge of the Inca Empire here in Peru, and its culture, then this tour is for you. The tour begins in Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Also included are visits to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, of course, as well as numerous archaeological gems in the Sacred Valley: namely, the Pisaq and Ollantaytambo fortresses, the agronomic laboratory (or experimental station) created by the Incas in Moray, as well as the Salinas in Maras. The Imperial Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour amazes and delights with its insights and first-hand experience of Inca culture and the lost world of the Inca!

DAY 2. Inca Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Your tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas begins with the visit to the Pisaq ruins. You will first visit the colourful Pisaq market where you will see original artifacts and spot local artisans at work.

After lunch, you will enjoy the spectacular citadel of Ollantaytambo, where you can climb the fortress!

In the afternoon, you board a train at Ollantaytambo station for Aguas Calientes. At your arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

DAY 4. Salinas de Maras, Moray, Chinchero – Cusco

The excursion begins with the visit of Moray. Here you will appreciate how the Incas cultivated crops in circular Amphitheatre-like terraces. The tour continues to the Salinas of Maras, where you will see how local people still extract salt. The scenery is impressive and it is a good occasion to take a good picture. The tour finishes in Chinchero. Return to Cusco late afternoon, where you will spend the night.

Peru Classic Tour brings you majestic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, as well as the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, and the baffling yet beautiful Nazca Lines. The tour also includes a stop to witness the astonishing nature of the Ballestas Islands, the Huacachina Oasis, and one of the deepest canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon! While traditional communities living high in the Andes stand in stark contrast to modern-day, contemporary life as we see it in Lima.

DAY 13. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Night in Aguas Calientes.

The excursion begins in the early morning with a visit to the Inca ruins of Pisaq. Afterwards, we visit the famous daily Pisaq market.

Following lunch, the tour continues up along the Vilcanota River, to the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is widely regarded as the most well-preserved example of Inca city planning.

In the late afternoon, we travel by train to Aguas Calientes where are met by our agent and transferred to our hotel.

With the Amazing Peru Tour, we reveal the wonder and the beauty of this fascinating country – Peru.

The tour begins with a visit to the exclusive Museo Larco Herrera in Lima (a lovely museum housing ancient treasures from across Peru), and continues with a stop to see the enigmatic Nazca Lines, and a night spent in Arequipa, an elegant colonial city in southern Peru. The tour also includes several amazing Inca sites in the Sacred Valley: Saqsayhuaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Huayna Picchu, and the ancient, world-famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Your visit to Machu Picchu is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

DAY 16. Tour of the Sacred Valley, Pisaq, and Ollantaytambo

The first stop in our journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas is in Pisaq. Located along a ridge, Pisaq was a very important Inca administrative centre as well as a strategic fortress for the defense of Cusco.

Later, we pay a visit to the Pisaq market; there, we find wonderful, well-crafted pottery and handicrafts. The market convenes every day of the week, but on Sundays (!) the market is much larger and much more exciting because locals come from other small villages around Pisaq to trade and sell.

Following a delicious buffet lunch, our tour to the Sacred Valley reaches its climax in Ollantaytambo. Without a doubt, Ollantaytambo is the most well-preserved Inca ruin. In the late afternoon, we enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. (In Spanish we would say “tranquilo.”) Dinner is included.

Andean customs and the mysteries surrounding Inca culture are the focal point of the Peru Express tour. Our first stop is Arequipa, a large yet somewhat refined city in southern Peru, surrounded by three nearby volcanoes! Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca are also featured in the tour, as is a visit to beautiful Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Peru Express tour finishes, aptly enough, with a visit to Machu Picchu – where one can truly sense the legend of the Incas, while discovering one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!

DAY 9. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Night in Aguas Calientes.

On this day, we visit the Inca Ruins in Pisaq. The site is divided into four “sections”: Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay – each comprised of various “elements”, such as ceremonial platforms, altars, water fountains, et cetera.

Later in the day, no tour of the region is complete without a visit to the Pisaq market. Here, you have the opportunity to see artisans at work, browse, barter, and shop for handmade silver jewelry, woven goods, and many, many other items.

After we’ve reenergized with a delicious lunch, we continue on to the Ollantaytambo fortress and citadel – one of the best preserved Inca sites in Peru. In the late afternoon, we take a train up through the rather scenic valley to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night.

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