Ollantaytambo Fortress

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

Explore the ancient civilization of the Incas on a 2-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Start the day with a breathtaking ride through the mountains between Cusco and Pisac, and see the Inca temples on an in-depth tour on arrival. Bargain for colorful textiles in the traditional market, and then experience the “Breadbasket of the Incas” on a scenic drive to Urubamba. Arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, explore the pink granite palace at Ollantaytambo, and climb the great stairs of the Temple of the Sun. Feast on local produce at a nearby venue, before ending the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you can bathe in the hot spring baths and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Day 2: You will take a morning bus up to Machu Picchu to experience the first rays of the sun as they pass through the ruins of the "Lost City of the Incas." Go to a panoramic lookout for the best views and take a 2-hour tour of the legendary site. Get lost in the maze-like constructions, or follow in the footsteps of the ancients and climb Huayna Picchu. Then, enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes before a lazy ride back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour

3. From Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day excursion from Cusco to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will first explore the village and the ruins of Pisac, founded during the colonial times at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an Incan city. In the main square you can see the market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, where locals barter their products and artisans from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourdes, antique reproductions, jewelry, and other handicrafts. Next, you'll continue the uphill road to explore the ancient ruins of Pisaq; marvel around the perfectly built houses and temples and enjoy outstanding views over the Valley from the lookouts.  After lunch you will visit Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not overthrown by the conquistadores. Here you can explore the ruins which tower above the town. In the late afternoon you will return to Cusco, visiting the traditional market of Chinchero en-route.

Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

4. Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

Your pickup will be from your hotel in Cusco at 8:10AM, at which point you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will begin by visiting the impressive Pisac, which is known as the Inca astronomical observatory. Following that you will enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, where you can enjoy typical Peruvian dishes. Your second point will be the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you will observe the Temple of the Sun and its impressive monoliths. You'll then continue to the archaeological park of Chinchero, which is an important agrigola site. Whilst at Chinchero you can observe stairs, Inca walls, and the platforms where the locals used to post their llamas and alpacas. You can also observe Andean women who still wear Inca costumes, before you return to Cusco at approximately 7:30PM. Your tour will eventually end near the main square of Cusco.

Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

5. Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

Take advantage of savings and enjoy the convenience of the Cusco Tourist Ticket which includes entrances to Cusco’s and Sacred Valley’s most important tourist sites. Benefit from hotel delivery service to your hotel or Airbnb located in the Cusco Historic Center or Wanchaq. Choose from a 1, 2, or 10-day Tourist Ticket:  10-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City and Sacred Valley: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 consecutive days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned. 2-Day Tourist Ticket - Sacred Valley: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 consecutive days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. 1-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour of The Sacred Valley With Lunch

6. Cusco: Full-Day Tour of The Sacred Valley With Lunch

Discover the majestic Sacred Valley of the Incas on this unforgettable tour. Start your day with a hotel or meeting point pickup and head to the picturesque town of Pisac. Explore its colorful artisan market, where you can buy and immerse yourself in the customs of its inhabitants. Admire the imposing archaeological park of Pisac and then travel along the right bank of the Vilcanota River through the Sacred Valley. Make a stop in the town of Urubamba where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Next, head to the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo, built to protect the entrance to the valley. Walk through the streets of the town to get a clear idea of what this military, religious and cultural center was like during the Inca Empire. Return to Cusco via Chinchero, where the remains of the royal treasurer of Túpac Inca Yupanqui are located. Admire its well-preserved Inca Wall in the main square and visit its beautiful colonial temple, built on the foundations of an Inca building, you will end this great day in the Plaza San Francisco very close to the main square of Cusco.

Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

7. Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

The Cusco Tourist Ticket is a must-have when you visit Cusco and Cusco Region in Sacred Valley. Choose between different circuits for either 1, 2 or 10 days admission to the most important tourist attractions, divided between: Circuit I, 1-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions. Circuit II, 2-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. Circuit III, 10-Day Pass: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned.

Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

8. Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Start the tour with a convenient transfer straight from your hotel, and head through the mountains on the way to Pisac. On the way, you will make some stops, where you will be able to take pictures and appreciate the sacred valley of the Incas from a beautiful viewpoint. Once in Pisac, you can visit its archaeological center and its artisan market, full of terraces and temples. Afterward, you will proceed through the valley to the town of Urubamba, where you can have some lunch (not included). In the afternoon the tour visits the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where you can learn about its history, magic, and culture. The little town of Ollantaytambo has incredible energy and the local people are kind. Then, stop at Chinchero, before heading back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

9. Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu: 2-Day, 1-Night Tour

Reconnect with nature on a guided 2-day, 1-night tour to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. From Cusco, visit Awanacancha, Pisac Market, the Pisac Inca site, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas CalientesGet picked up from your hotel in Cusco, meet your guide, then take a 30-minute drive to Awanacancha, a textile center and farm. Get a chance to see the llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanacos. Learn about the farm’s variety of South American animals. Then, visit the textile center to learn the weaving process and how the locals get the natural colors. You can shop here as well. Afterward, take a 30-minute ride to a lookout point of the Sacred Valley. Take in scenic views of the Andes, Urubamba River, and the Sacred Valley’s farming lands of the Incas. Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, located on top of the mountains with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems, and the Inca Empire’s largest cemetery. After exploring, head to the local Pisac Market, a handicraft market where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. Later, take a 1-hour ride to Urubamba for lunch in a local restaurant that offers various local Peruvian dishes made with fresh local products. Near the end of your day, head to the town of Ollantaytambo, the last standing Inca citadel. The town is built above ancient Inca buildings. Explore the town’s archeological site that features temples, terraces, storehouses, and a large Inca monolithic. After exploring Ollantaytambo, take the train to Aguas Calientes and spend the night in a hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu – CuscoWake up early at your hotel, have breakfast, and take one of the first busses up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, simply show an original passport at the checkpoint to enter the citadel. First, take a short hike to the Sungate of Inca Bridge before exploring the fortress with your guide. Enjoy a guided tour for about 3 hours, visiting the most remarkable terraces, storehouses, temples, and palaces. Spend some free time exploring the site by yourself or take an optional, extra hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. After exploring Machu Picchu, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, have lunch on your own (optional), then take a ride in the Vistadome panoramic train. Once back to Ollantaytambo, take a van back to your hotel in Cusco. 

Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero And Yucay With Lunch

10. Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero And Yucay With Lunch

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven up into the hills to the traditional town of Chinchero, where you can admire breathtaking views of the valley below. Discover the artisan traditions lovingly preserved by the inhabitants of this area, and learn about the inherited knowledge of the Incas. Explore archaeological remains and a beautiful 17th-century church. Then, you will be transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a colourful center of Andean tradition. Travel back in time to antiquity through authentic demonstrations of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware. Once you have fulfilled your cultural cravings, enjoy lunch and free time in the stunning village of Ollantaytambo. Visit its archaeological site, untouched since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. After you have finished gazing at the majestic beauty of the valley, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Ollantaytambo Fortress

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 433 reviews

This tour was phenomenal! From the start, our tour guide Mihai was very detailed and informational about the sites we were visiting. He added so much enjoyment and appreciation for each of the spots we visited. He narrated the entire trip (and was hilarious) and told historical stories about Ollantaytambo, Pisac, and Chinchero. The buffet was also very good food and has many options for all diets. We loved this tour and wish we could take Mihai with us throughout all of Peru. A must do while visiting this area!

I did this activity with Elvis and what an extraordinary guide, funny, extremely kind and full of explanations. We made more stops than expected (we fed alpacas in addition, attended the explanations to distinguish the materials in Alpaca, very useful for purchases) it was a full day, one of my favorites in Peru. My expectations were largely exceeded, I really took a real pleasure Thanks to Elvis for this day

Many stops which was great for efficiently seeing the highlights of the Sacred Valley. If you like to explore more leisurely, the pace might be pretty quick for you. Lunch buffet was very good.

A well organised tour. The guide was very good at explaining everything. The sights were all very interesting. A good buffet lunch included.

Great for the price, you visit 4-5 different spots and lunch is included.