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Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

1. 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.

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Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

2. Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

Inti Punku is a small Inca ruin at the top of a 3,900-meter hill. On this scenic hike, you will enjoy the views of the Urubamba River, the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Veronica Mountain. Your tour will begin at 5:00AM, with private transportation from your hotel in Cusco. From here you will drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a stop for breakfast in the community of Pachar, only a few kilometers from Ollantatyambo. After breakfast, you will continue driving until Ollantaytambo to begin your ascent. Along the way you will pass thought the Inca Quarries of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, until you finally reach the Sun Gate. Whilst here you will have several hours to hike, taking in varying and breathtaking terrain with your hiking guide. You will also be presented with a box lunch during your hike, which will assist you with energy for the rest of your day. Afterwards, on your way back to Cusco, you will return to the community of Pachar, which will make an ideal spot to refresh yourself with some of the best craft beer in all the Cusco region. Following this, you will be safely returned back to your accommodation in central Cusco.

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From Cusco: Via Ferrata and Sky Lodge Zipline

3. From Cusco: Via Ferrata and Sky Lodge Zipline

Start with pickup your hotel around 8:00 AM and enjoy a scenic 1-hour ride until you reach the Via Ferrata base. On arrival, you’ll be provided with the safety equipment to start ascending the rock cliff. Via Ferrata is a path used to climb a mountain with a permanent safety system including metal steps and a lifeline that assures your safety at all times. Being accompanied by an expert guide, begin the 300 meters ascent that will take about 1 hour to reach the highest point. Here, stop for a quick box lunch and admire the breathtaking views over the Valley and Vilcanota river below. Next, prepare for flying along the 6 zip-line cables that range from 250 up to 700 meters long. Attached to the lines, feel the adrenaline of being suspended on the air as you go from one mountain face to other. After descending more than 300 meters in zip-zag, the adventure will end in the base. Then the transport will take you back to Cusco or Sacred Valley locations such as Ollantaytambo, where you can connect to Machu Picchu.

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From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

4. From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this half-day trip to 2 important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco in the afternoon.

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Cusco: 5-Day Imperial Journey

5. Cusco: 5-Day Imperial Journey

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco According to your flight schedule in Cusco, you will be picked up from the airport and then transferred to your hotel. You’ll then have a free day to acclimatize and rest, or can opt instead to walk around the historic center of Cusco. That evening, you will lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 2: Tour to Chinchero, Maras, and Moray This day begins with an adventure through the incredible landscapes of Cusco. You will start with pickup from the hotel between 8:00AM and 8:30AM, before then transferring to the colorful town of Chinchero. You will learn about Andean fabrics in a textile interpretation center, before having time to contemplate the local Inca walls.   Following that, you’ll continue towards the famous circular cultivation terraces in Moray. There, the area's ancestors, the Incas, experimented to find out the type of product for each floor. You'll then continue your journey by descending towards the Salt mines in Maras (a picturesque place with spectacular landscapes). There, you will visit more than 3,000 wells of salt, in an area which the Incas used to extract salt for consumption. Finally, you will go to Ollantaytambo Station to take the train to Aguas Calientes (the closest town to Machu Picchu). In Aguas Calientes, you will rest and regain strength for the spectacular next day. That evening, you will lodge at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar. Day 3: Visit to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu This day will be one of the best of your tour, as you visit one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu. Your tour guide will provide you with all the information and will take you through the best-known sites of the Inca citadel during 2 hours of on-site guidance. You can enjoy the Historical Sanctuary in all its splendor whilst capturing spectacular moments with your camera, and that evening you will lodge at the Cusco Jungle Hotel. Day 4: Rainbow Mountain Your day will begin very early in the morning between 4:00AM and 4:30AM as you are picked up at your hotel to begin your tour. From there you will go to the south of the city, crossing fields, rivers, mountains, and villages. You will travel for about 2 hours until you reach the town of Cusipata, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Following breakfast you will travel for another 45 minutes, observing beautiful landscapes, canyons, glaciers, and herds of llamas and alpacas, before reaching the starting point of your hike in Pulawasipata. You will walk for approximately 2 hours until you reach the Mountain of Colors or Winincunca, and upon reaching the top of the Mountain of Colors, you will have enough time to take photographs and enjoy the landscape. That evening you will once again lodge at the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 5: Transfer to the Airport On your final day, you'll have a free morning so you can relax and visit the city. In the afternoon or according to your flight schedule, you will be transferred comfortably to the airport.

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From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

6. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

Day 1 Be picked up at your accommodation between 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM and take a tour through the city. Visit the cathedral of Cusco, Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The tour will end around 7:00 PM in the main square. Walk to your accommodation from the main square. Day 2 Be picked up at your accommodation between 8:15 AM - 8:35 AM and head to the Sacred Valley. Spend the day exploring the valley and visit Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros. Return to Cusco at around 7:30 PM. Day 3 Be picked up at your accommodation between 6:45 AM - 7:10 AM and travel to Hydroelectric. Arrive at Hydroelectric at around 2:00 PM. Relax with a short break for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour walk to the hot waters, where your accommodation is. Listen to a short briefing about the itinerary for the next day. Afterward, you can have dinner and relax in the thermal baths. Day 4 Wake up early and walk to the sanctuary entrance. Have a 2-hour tour of the sanctuary and spend some time taking photos before heading down to the hydroelectric plant. Pick up all your belongings at your accommodation and take a bus at 3:00 PM to Cusco. Travel for 7-hours to Cusco. Arrive at Cusco at around 10:00 PM, where your tour comes to an end. Walk or take a taxi to your accommodation in Cusco.

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

7. 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. 

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From Cusco: 7-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through Inca Trail

8. From Cusco: 7-Day Trek to Machu Picchu Through Inca Trail

Day 1: Cusco After resting from your altitude acclimation, begin with a visit to the Inca Museum, home to thousands of years of Andean culture. Continue to the temple of Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, which served as a pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion for the Inca civilization. Day 2: Free Day Enjoy a free day to explore the colonial churches, parks, squares, and colonial mansions built atop the original Inca walls. Peruse the artesian stores full of weavings, jewelry, stonework and dine on the best of Andean cuisine.  Day 3: Piscacucho - Wayllabamba (12 km) The first day is relatively easy with a visit to the Patallacta ruins. Constructed at the foot of a mountain, Patallacta was a very important center for administrative, economic, and religious functions. Visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta, and walk along the banks of the Cusichaca River. Day 4: Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu (11 km) Hike to the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca. The trek in the morning is rather physically intense, more so for those who are not used to hikes in this altitude, yet it is also one of the most spectacular with opportunities for fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below. Day 5: Pacaymayu - Wiñayhuayna (15 km) Visit the archaeological site of Runkurakay, an ancient tomb, and the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca. Enter the Andean cloud forest and take in the views of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 6: Wiñayhuayna to Machu Picchu (5 km) Hike to Inti Punku, an incredible spot to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise in the Andes. Afterwards, a 45-minute descent will take you into the higher area of Machu Picchu, before returning to the site to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by the local ancestors. Day 7: Cusco Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore other main sights of the city. In the afternoon you will have a transfer to take you to the airport.

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From Cusco: Perolniyoc Waterfall Full-Day Trek

9. From Cusco: Perolniyoc Waterfall Full-Day Trek

Start the day with a pick-up from your hotel at 7:30AM in a private car then continue to the community of Socma. Crossing the sacred valley, you will see the wonderful sacred river of the Incas and some native communities. You arrive at Socma and begin your walk. First, you will have a brief explanation from your guide regarding the place so that you can walk while appreciating how people still practice agriculture in these beautiful places. You can observe a great variety of flora and fauna species. After about an hour, you will arrive at the archaeological site of Raqaypata. After a talk from your guide, you start the descent to the Perolniyoc waterfall, an incredible natural wonder and Inca ceremonial fountain. Finally you will return to Socma where you will have lunch with natural products from the local community. You will then make a brief stop at the archaeological center of  Ñaupa Iglesia (an ancient temple) before returning to Cusco.

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From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

10. From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

Enjoy a full-day hike that showcases the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley. Be in awe of stunning landscapes and learn more about Andean culture. Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Head towards Pallata, and make a short stop in Ollantaytambo, the former royal estate of the Inca Empire. Continue on to Pallata and begin your hike. Starting at 3100 meters above sea level, this hike takes you through several ecological floors that display magnificent changes in the colors of the flora and fauna. Witness and experience the cloud forest phenomenon, where the humidity of the valley is retained causing it to drizzle all year. At 3800 meters above sea level, arrive in Choquechaca. Meet the locals that live in this quaint town and learn about its traditions and culture. Then, enjoy a box lunch before heading back. On your way back, take a detour to Pumamarca, the Inca archeological site with the largest number of platforms throughout the valley. Conclude your hike with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Best trip we did, and worth every penny. Word of warning, the description is wrong on the timing. It takes about 1hr 40 to get to base camp... The entire activity is NOT five hours (you'll be gone from 8 am-5pm) which gave me a heart attack because we planned it on the day we were flying out and expected to be back at 1 p.m. but our guide got us a car to return to Cusco to make sure we got to the airport on time. Best tour we had during our time in Peru, hands down!

Quiet and not popular place

I was picked up from my Hotel in early Cusco to travel approximately 1 hour to the point of the hike. All excellent. We were a small group of 5 people. Knowing this place, you will certainly be surprised is not popular and you will love the tranquility and the sound of such incredible Waterfall is a hidden gem that you have to do the walk is not very demanding, I recommend them.

An amazing experience with incredible guides! Highly recommended