On your Sacred Valley day tour, you will be astonished by the variety of Valley life. Ollantaytambo is the focal point for the northern end of the Valley and is the entrance to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail. The Quechua people here subsist primarily on agriculture, with some villages also reviving traditional Incan weaving techniques to make textiles and other handicrafts for sale. Many other Inca traditions continue to live on in the music, the food, and the way these home communities worship the Apus. These ancestral customs have largely died out in urban centers.
You will start your fascinating Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas by leaving Cusco (Peru) in the morning. You’ll be accompanied by an expert local guide who will be happy to answer any of your questions. First you will visit Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. At midday you will be able to enjoy the best of Cusco’s new cuisine at one of the most exclusive restaurants in the Sacred Valley.
First of all, you will explore Pisac where you will make a brief stop at local crafts market. There you will see an amazing array of handmade goods. Next you will go up to the historical Pisaq Archeological Center located on the mountain above town. At the ruins there are Andean terraces, irrigation canals, drinking water fountains, homes, religious and ceremonial sites, and a cemetery.
After that you’ll travel along the Vilcanota River to Urubamba. Here is where you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at one of the premier restaurants in the whole Valley. After lunch you will continue on to the Ollantaytambo Archeological Complex. Discover here the perfection of the Imperial Period Incan stonework. Ollantaytambo is a lovely village that preserves the original design of the Incan planners. Among its most impressive attractions is the spectacular Temple of the Sun. This magnificent fortress was needed to guard the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas including to the Inca Trail to Machupicchu.
Finally, you’ll return to the city of Cusco via Chinchero. There you will see the Chinchero Archeological Center. Also visit a weaving exhibition where local families of weavers will want to meet you. They will demonstrate how they obtain such vibrant colors from natural plant dyes. Arrival time in Cusco is around 7:00 pm. During this trip there will be short side treks.
|Shared Cusco tours (in small groups)|
|Price per Person
|Tourist Ticket of Entrance to the Archaeological Centers
Tourist Tickets: Income tickets are sold by the municipality of Cusco, they are purchased personally at the first place of visit of the tour and in soles at the exchange rate.
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