SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Full Day

The SACRED VALLEY TOUR explores the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, which was of great significance in Inca Culture.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas has a milder climate and lower elevation than Cusco and visits a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and archaeological sites. This region is exceptionally beautiful so be ready with your camera. This tour is the classic/traditional Sacred Valley tour where you will see the main sites in one very full day. In addition to the sites we visit on this tour there are other sites of interest in the Sacred Valley that can be visited separately (Maras, Moray & Salineras, Tipon, Pikillacta, & Andahuaylillas). We recommend an overnight in the Sacred Valley in order to truly appreciate and soak up the relaxed atmosphere here. This tour can also be added on to the Machu Picchu Train tour or any Trek for the complete Cusco experience!

The Nitty Gritty Tour Details

Highlights

Incredible scenery, Inca ruins, Pisac, Urubamba, Chincheros, Ollantaytambo

Location/Terrain

Gentle trails/roads, dirt paths, grassy fields, ruin sites, a few short climbs

Acclimatization

A great way to acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude in prep for a trek

Duration

Full day tour

Distance

30-40 minutes gentle walking at each site

Altitude

2800m/9,186ft to 3780m/12,402ft

Adventure Rating

★★☆☆☆
easy, gentle walk

Solitude Rating

★★☆☆☆
Touristy, but a must not miss tour!

When to Go

Year round

Departures

Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 guests: 100, 3-5 guests: 110, 2 guests: 125 (per person)

Customizable

Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available. Can add this on to any trek or tour

Itinerary for Sacred Valley Tour

You will be collected from your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo (your choice) in Cusco at 8:30am and driven via private transport to 4 local communities in the Sacred Valley. From Cusco it is just over one hour to our first stop, the local community called Pisac. In Pisac you will be guided through the ruins above the town and have a chance to explore the incredible Pisac Market (open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). After Pisac you will be driven for one more hour to Urubamba where you will have time for lunch at a restaurant of your choosing. Following lunch we depart again for 25 minutes to Ollantaytambo to explore the ruins there. We drive for another hour and twenty minutes to reach Chincheros where we will see the local colonical church and a little market. After we are finished exploring we return to Cusco via our private transport (one hour). You will be returned to the Plaza Regocijo or your hotel at approximately 6:00pm.

  • Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
  • Tour departure: 8:30am
  • Tour finish time: 6:00pm
  • Daily departures with 2+ people
  • Price: 80/person for 3-10 guests and 105/person for 2 guests, solo guest price upon request

Itinerary for Tour when combined with Machu Picchu Train tour

You will be collected from your hotel in Cusco at 8:00am and driven via private transport to 3 local communities in the Sacred Valley. From Cusco it is just over one hour to our first stop, the local community called Pisac. In Pisac you will be guided through the ruins above the town and have a chance to explore the incredible Pisac Market if you choose to take the tour on a Tuesday or Thursday (when the market is open). After Pisac you will be driven for one more hour to Urubamba where you will have time for lunch in a restaurant of your choosing. After lunch we depart again for 25 minutes to Ollantaytambo to explore the ruins here. After the tour you will be taken to the Ollantaytambo train station where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Once in Aguas Calientes you will be taken to a hotel for your overnight stay. Please see the Machu Picchu Train Tour listed under “Tours” for the remainder of the tour description in Machu Picchu.

  • Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
  • Tour departure: 8:00am
  • Tour finish time: 2:00pm then on to Aguas Calientes for the Machu Picchu portion of the tour
  • Daily departures with 2+ people
  • Price: please see the Machu Picchu Train Tour for prices

Included in Full Day Sacred Valley Tour

  • Pick-up from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you’re already out and about.
  • Private Transport to Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros and back to Cusco
  • 
Professional English-speaking guide

 who will provide the guided tour
  • 1 Day Tourist Ticket for sites included in this tour
  • Bottle of water and snacks

Included in Sacred Valley Tour when combined with Machu Picchu Train Tour

  • Pick-up from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you’re already out and about.
  • Private Transport to Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo
  • 
Professional English-speaking guide

 who will provide the guided tour
  • 1 Day Tourist Ticket for sites included in this tour
  • Bottle of water and snacks
  • See Machu Picchu Train Tour for full inclusion details
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for your guide
  • Lunch in Urubamba (we find that people prefer to choose their own restaurant as there are many choices and people have different preferences)
The Cusco City tourist ticket included on this tour is for one day and includes the sites seen on this tour only. If you plan to stay in Cusco for several days and/or plan to do several tours you can upgrade to the 10 day tourist ticket when you book your tour. The 10 day tourist ticket includes the following sites:
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enko
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisac Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Chinchero
  • Tipon
  • Pikillacta
  • Moray
  • Cusco Center of Native Art (Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo)
  • Inca Pachacuteq Monument/Museum (Monumento Pachacuteq)
  • Qoricancha Museum (Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha)
  • Contemporary art museum (Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo)
  • Popular Art Museum (Museo de Arte Popular)
  • Regional History Museum (Museo Historico Regional)

Note that this ticket does not include:

  • Qoricancha aka the Santo Domingo Complex (10 soles entry fee)
  • Main Cathedral (25 soles entry fee)
  • Maras (10 soles entry fee)
  • Andahuaylillas (10 soles entry fee)
  • Salineras aka Salt Mines (10 soles entry fee)

Typically people visit these sites in specific groupings, for example:

  • Daypack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • ISIC card if you are a student
  • Rain gear and warm jacket in the event of inclement weather
  • Good shoes for walking over pavement and dirt paths
  • Money for souvenirs, tipping, extra snacks (Note: foreign money must be in perfect condition with no rips, tears, or marks, as no one in Peru will accept less than pristine bills)

Cusco often experiences all seasons in one day so it is a good idea to take a warm hat and gloves as well as a sun hat when you leave in the morning in order to be prepared for all weather.  

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