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Cusco to Sacred Valley VIP Tour - Sacred Valley Peru Tour

The Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley of Peru are a must in Peru, if not all of South America. The Sacred Valley of the Incas, as the name suggests, held great significance for the Incas in Cusco’s region. Since agriculture was their primary occupation, the fertile land along the banks of the Urubamba River greatly favored them.

The Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour offers a detailed insight into the life and culture of the Incas and Andean traditions. On this full-day journey, you will visit Chinchero, Maras and Moray, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and the Pisac ruins.

A sector of the Chinchero Archaeological site

This Sacred Valley Peru Tour is one of our signature tours. We have a dedicated team of English-speaking travel experts to guide this tour. To enhance the Cusco Sacred Valley Tour experience, we will serve you a buffet lunch at a local restaurant in Urubamba.

The tour begins with an early morning transfer from your hotel in Cusco to Pisac. We will then take you to Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, the Maras Salt Mines, the Moray agricultural terraces, and Chinchero.

Each archaeological site in the Sacred Valley Peru tour has a different story. You will discover them on this full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our English-speaking local tour guide.

We are a fully locally owned tour company in Cusco. The Sacred Valley Peru Tour operates daily in small groups and as a private tour.

We highly recommend doing this before your Machu Picchu Tour to gain insight into Andean traditions and the Inca civilization.

At the end of the tour, we will take you back to Cusco and drop you off on Plateros Street, just two minutes from the Plaza de Armas.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

07:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Round trip transport
  • Bi-lingual Tour Guide (Spanish and English)
  • Buffet Lunch in Urubamba (Vegan option)

Price Excludes

  • Partial Tourist ticket (Boleto Turistico) 70 soles por person | Full sites (130 Soles) for 10 days
  • Entrance fee for the salt mines of Maras (10 soles per person )
  • Any Private Expenses

Recommended To Carry

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Places Covered
  • Chincheros
  • Moray
  • Maras
  • Urubamba ( Lunch buffet )
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Pisac
Itinerary

Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour - Sacred Valley Peru

Our Sacred Valley Peru Tour will begin at 07:00 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in the City of Cusco. We will then embark on a 45 minutes drive to visit Chinchero. 

Chinchero:

Locals here are known for their handicrafts. People here have maintained their age-old traditions and customs. In fact, most people still continue to converse in Quechua. 

We will be visiting the archaeological complex which was once the summer capital of the Incas. Emperor Pachacutec built a beautiful Royal Palace here. It was demolished during the Spanish conquest and a Cathedral was built on its remains. 

After visiting Chinchero, we will be driving you to Moray. 

The temple of Chinchero with a cloudy sky about to drop its rain

Moray:

These circular terraces were used as agricultural laboratories during the Inca empire. 

Moray farming terraces are circular terraces dug into the ground. Each level has a different temperature. This allowed the Incas to determine the best weather condition needed to grow any crop. After an immersive tour, we will be driving you to Maras. 

Moray's round terraces turn more yellow during the dry season

Maras:

Maras is home to salt mines.  Locals continue to extract salt using the traditional Solar Evaporation method.

After visiting Maras, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo. On our way, we will be stopping in Urubamba for a buffet lunch. 

An old lady stares at the salt ponds located in Maras

Ollantaytambo:

We will then drive you to Ollantaytambo. To the Incas, Ollantaytambo was an administrative capital. During Pachacutec’s rule, the village saw rapid development. 

Here we will be giving you a guided tour of the complex. Today, Ollantaytambo is where you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. It is also the closest major town to the trailhead of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

Once you have had your fill of this beautiful village, we will be driving you to Pisac.

An inside look of the Ollantaytambo ruins.

Pisac:

Here we will be visiting the archaeological remains perched on a hilltop at 2972 meters (9750 feet) above sea level. It is just second to Machu Picchu in size. 

The imposing Inca site features farming terraces, a drainage system, and remains of Inca temples, and ceremonial sites. Pisac is also popular in the traditional market. Locals from the neighboring villages sell their products here at quite a reasonable price, the best place to shop for some souvenirs. 

After the tour, we will embark on an hour’s drive back to Cusco City.

Multiple terraces cover almost the entirety of Pisaq's mountain

Tour’s end

Our tour may be finished for this point, however, you can contact us to let us help you with any inquiries you may have.

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FAQs

What is the Sacred Valley, and why should I visit?

Answer: The Sacred Valley, located near Cusco, Peru, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient Inca ruins, and vibrant indigenous markets.

It’s a cultural and historical treasure, showcasing the ingenuity of Inca engineering and the beauty of Andean traditions that still carry to this day.

What is the elevation of Sacred Valley Peru?

The Sacred Valley has an elevation of 2438 meters above sea level (8000 ft).

What are the main attractions included in the Sacred Valley tour?

Answer: Our Sacred Valley tour encompasses key attractions such as Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. You’ll explore traditional markets, marvel at archaeological sites, and learn about the Inca civilization. Each destination offers a unique perspective on the region’s history, culture, and breathtaking scenery.

How long is the Sacred Valley tour, and what's the best time to take it?

Answer: The Sacred Valley tour typically lasts a full day, with a duration of around 8 hours. We recommend starting early in the morning to make the most of your experience.

As for the best time to visit, Cusco’s dry season from April to October provides pleasant weather, but the Sacred Valley is captivating year-round. Keep in mind that weather conditions can vary, so it’s advisable to check forecasts before your tour.

Is the Sacred Valley tour suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

Answer: Yes, the Sacred Valley tour is designed to be accessible to individuals of various ages and fitness levels. While there may be some walking involved at archaeological sites, our itinerary is crafted to accommodate a wide range of participants. If you have specific concerns or mobility considerations, please let us know in advance, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements to ensure your comfort.

What should I wear for a tour of the Sacred Valley?

It’s recommended to dress in layers due to the varying weather conditions throughout the day in the Sacred Valley. Opt for comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and carry a lightweight rain jacket or poncho for convenience.

Are there concerns about high altitude in the Sacred Valley?

Yes, both Cusco and the Sacred Valley are at high altitudes, which might cause symptoms of altitude sickness for visitors. It’s advisable to take it slow on the first day, stay hydrated, avoid heavy meals, and consider consulting a healthcare professional before traveling, particularly if you have health issues.

What's the usual duration of a tour in the Sacred Valley?

The length of a Sacred Valley tour varies based on the specific itinerary and included attractions. Typically, full-day tours range from 8 to 10 hours, while customized tours or experiences might extend over multiple days for a more thorough exploration.

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Penelope

Solo Traveller

The Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour with Peru Amazon Trips was simply amazing! The perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty made it an unforgettable journey. Highly recommended!

June 14, 2023

Benjamin

Solo Traveller

Peru Amazon Trips’ Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour was an absolute delight! The guide’s knowledge and enthusiasm brought the ancient sites to life, and the breathtaking landscapes left us in awe. It was an incredible experience from start to finish, and we can’t thank them enough for the memories we made. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary adventure!

June 9, 2023

Christopher

Family Traveller

Our family had the most incredible time with Peru Amazon Trips on their Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour! From grandparents to kids, everyone was enthralled by the beauty and history of the region. The guide was fantastic with children, making the tour engaging and educational for them.

Exploring the ancient ruins and picturesque landscapes together created a deep bond and appreciation for the Peruvian culture. Peru Amazon Trips ensured that every member of our family felt comfortable and included throughout the journey.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure that will leave lasting memories, look no further than Peru Amazon Trips. We can’t recommend them enough for a truly unforgettable experience in the Sacred Valley!

November 30, 2022

Travis W

Solo Traveller

Everything went as planned. It was a long day but we saw a lot of sites. Excellent day and well worth the money.

January 12, 2020

Gregory Stephenson

Solo Traveller

A must do in Cusco! We visited 5 sites of Sacred Valley tour on this day trip. It was very informative and fun filled experience. Pisac is an amazing place, we felt so nice that we even visited Pisac on our free day exclusively.
Hilda is a fantastic cordinator, she went above and beyond in ensuring that we had a nice time on the tour. Thanks to the whole team of Peru Amazon Trips.

December 19, 2019
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