The Sacred Valley of the Incas, located along the sacred river of the Incas (Willcamayu) which was considered in Incan time as the most important river. The valley had the perfect climate to yield a variety of crops and the river allowed for the transportation and distribution of these harvest.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your hotel in Cusco|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:30 a.m.|
Pick up at your hotel at 8.30 a.m. We leave the City of Cusco, passing “Saqsaywaman” over the mountains towards the Sacred Valley. While we descend, you’ll be able to observe the interweaving sacred Urubamba River and the Village of Pisac. Once in Pisac, we’ll stop to visit a traditional markets. You’ll have the opportunity browse and buy local souvenirs, if desired. We will spend about 30 minutes here. (For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organize a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market).
Next, we’ll drive up towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you’ll explore the extensive ruins, all the while, enjoying the striking view of the valley. You will be given a guided tour of the Citadel of Pisac. Your tour guide will provide a thorough explanation of the; temples, homes, altars, carvings, tunnels, caves and the famous Intihuatana, “The hitching post of the sun”. You’ll have 90 minutes to explore the ruins.
Will board our bus and continue our tour to the City of Urubamba. We’ll have lunch (included).
Following lunch, we’ll continue our drive to Ollantaytambo (30 min), which is surrounded by the sacred mountains. In Ollantaytambo, you’ll further your knowledge of the Incan construction. Your guide will give descriptive history of the amazing temple of the sun, huge stones that are perfectly carved and aligned, stone water fountains, stairs and terraces. Let’s not forget the locals that still utilize traditional attire.
On our return, we’ll make a quick (30 minute) visit to the famous church and archaeological site in Chincheros. Finally, we’ll return to Cusco around 6:30-7:00 p.m.
• The entrance fees to the archaeological sites are not included. Please note that you will need to purchase a tourist pass to enter the sites on this tour. You can purchase a partial tourist pass for S/. 70 soles (about $25 USD) if you plan to tour only the sites in the Sacred Valley during your trip. However, if you plan to visit sites in both the Sacred Valley and Cusco, we recommend you purchase the full tourist pass for S/. 130 soles (about $45 USD). It is not necessary to purchase the tourist pass in advance, as you can get it at the first site we visit on the tour.
• The lunch does not include drinks
• Tip for your guide