Sacred Valley tour will allow you to spend a beautiful full day exploring the surroundings of Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. This tour takes you from the highlands to the fertile lands of the Sacred Valley, one of the Incan empire’s most important farming centers. A perfect day to spend with family and friends enjoying the view of the mountains, llamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicuñas, Urubamba River, Inca ruins, Local food, local markets, and typical villages of Peru. Visiting and spending enough time with local people will give a unique understanding and a rich experience of Peruvian culture.
Awanakancha (Lama and Alpaca farm). The first stop just 30 minutes outside of Cusco, this is a farm fro traditional Inca animals: llamas, alpacas, viñunas, and guanacos. Your guide will take you on a comprehensive tour to learn the main difference between them.
Pisaq Inca Site (The largest cemetery of the Incas). Archeological site located in teh upper part of the town, surrounded by Inca walls, large farming terraces. Pisaq is famous for housing one of the largest cemeteries of teh Inca Inca Empire.
Pisaq Market (Salineras). Located in the picturesque colonial town, this colorful market is together with Chinchero one of the most famous in the Cusco region, where locals bring their handcrafted ceramics, textiles, jewelry, alpaca products, and souvenirs, and sell to the hundreds of visitors that arrive every day.
Ollantaytambo (Last living Inca Citadel). The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo is located at 94 Km from Cusco, Built to guard and protect the entrance to the Sacred and Machu Picchu from possible Invasions. The modern town lies above the ancient buildings with narrow cobblestone streets, water channels, and also has a well-protected archeological site. During the Spanish Conquest, it was used as a stronghold during the Battle of Ollantaytambo.
Chinchero (Land of great weavers). A small town located at 3760 masl, also called ” The Land of the Rainbow”, it was the royal state of the 10th Inca King, Túpac Inca Yupanqui, Nowadays the town is famous for the archeological site with the colonial church built over the Inca Palace and very well preserve farming terraces. Also, Chinchero has the best weavers of Cusco regions are, producing handmade alpaca textiles using natural colors obtained from local plants.
You’ll be picked up from your hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m and drive across the mountains from Cusco to the Sacred Valley. On the way, you’ll stop at Awanacancha, a farm for llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. Continue to Mirador of Taray, a lookout point with spectacular views of the Sacred Valley.
Next stop will Pisaq archeological site, an ancient Inca settlement built on top of the mountain, where you’ll see impressive agricultural terraces, tombs, palaces, houses surrounded by enormous walls. After exploring, You´ll drive to Pisaq town to visit the handicraft market, very famous because of the local artisans produce their own products and sell it directly to the tourist.
Lunch is a 1-hour drive from Pisaq, in a local restaurant in Urubamba, you’ll have a variety of dishes prepared with fresh products from the area. After enjoying a delicious lunch you’ll drive to Ollantaytambo, a beautiful town considered the “Last living Inca City” with original Inca street streets where people currently are still using. Visit the well-protected Inca fortress, built to protect the Incas from possible invasion, is also the entrance to Machu Picchu.
The last stop is at Chinchero, a royal stated on the 10th Inca King, Tupac Inca Yupanqui. Explore the well preserve Inca Construction, the colonial church built over the Inca Palaces, and visit the textile market which is famous for their handmade textiles and ancient weavings techniques using natural colors. Drop off at your hotel around 6.00 pm.