Sacred Valley (Full Day)
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, or Urubamba Valley, is a valley in the Andes close to the Inca capital, Cusco, and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is generally understood to include everything between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Urubamba River, or Vilcanota River or Wilcamayu, as the river is called when passing through the valley. It is fed by numerous smaller rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and the area contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The valley was appreciated by the Incas especially due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the empire's main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the ideal place for maize production in Peru.
The Incas called it the Sacred Valley because it was there that they developed a rich agricultural society, and built fortresses and different complexes, such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo, each with thousands of stories to tell. From Ollantaytambo, you can take a short train trip to Aguas Calientes to spend the night there and visit Machu Picchu. We would be pleased to help you with any such arrangements.
Pisac Market - Sacred Valley
The town of Pisac is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco. There is a colorful morning market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Here, we may experience a vibrant atmosphere of community, tradition, and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles for sale that are made in true Pre-Columbian style. Each Sunday, there is also a procession of the mayors, who at around 9:30 AM go to church to attend a traditional Mass held in the Quechua language.
In this most beautiful and strategic spot, 60 km from Cusco, the Inca Pachacutec built his fortress: Ollantaytambo. It is a dramatic setting and the surrounding hills hide some of the most impressive ruins in the Valley. Ollantaytambo contains structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Incahuatana, and the Banos de la Princesa (Princess Baths). This site is also one of the few places that the Spaniards lost a battle during their invasion.
Chincheros - Sacred Valley
These are what remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial temple built on the Inca foundations. There is also a Sunday market here, although it attracts fewer tourists than the one in Pisac. You can find many handicrafts and local produce here.
- Professional bilingual Spanish and English guide
- Private transportation
- Private guided tour (Pisaq Inca site, Ollantaytambo Inca site, and Chincheros Inca site)
- Entrance fees for the Sacred Valley archeological sites along the way
- Buffet Lunch