Sacred Valley
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From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

1. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

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From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

2. From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

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.

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Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

3. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Maras & Moray Day Trip

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray. Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings. Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Your adventure in the valley continues with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Following your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

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

5. 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.

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Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

6. Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cusco to take you to the train station. Upon arrival at the train station, you will board the train to start on this extraordinary train ride to Machu Picchu and enjoy beautiful views. If you have chosen the first class train, you will enjoy an exquisite gourmet menu, prepared using Andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, and aguaymanto accompanied by a selection of wines. This train also features a luxurious Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, a bar, and panoramic windows to admire the most incredible scenery. Approximately four hours after departure from Cusco, you will arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes (the town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu) from where you will take a bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will last around 30 mins. Meet your tour guide at the main entrance and enter the site for a private tour of the famous City of the Incas, Machu Picchu. After approximately 2 hours visiting Machu Picchu, you will have some free time to explore and take more pictures of this sacred place. Now it's time to get back to Aguas Calientes to enjoy and explore the village. Your train back will depart in the late afternoon; you will be welcomed with a cocktail, and a gourmet menu dinner accompanied by the best wines and entertainment on board. Your driver will be waiting for you at the final stop of the train to take you back to your accommodation in Cusco.

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Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

7. Maras Moray Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Head out from Cusco in the morning for a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn about Incan culture and a bit of the history of emblematic sites, such as the archeological park of Moray and the salt mines of Maras. During this 5-hour Maras Moray tour you’ll gain an insight into the life of the Incas centuries ago and Peru today, and also into the power of nature. Visit Salineras, a collection of watered terraces that produce salt from the evaporation of water from a salty underground stream. The pools and salt embankments are an incredible sight against the stunning mountainous backdrop.

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Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero And Yucay With Lunch

8. 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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Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

9. Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional settlement with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of the area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas. You will learn about their traditions from your professional guide, and be able to visit archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church. From Chinchero, you will be transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre for Andean tradition. Here you can watch demonstrations of textile work, adobe, pottery, and silverware be carried out the same way they were in the 13th Century. Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. Afterwards, you can visit the town and local archaeological site and climb the iconic fortress. *Visits on Sundays include a tour to the Chinchero market.

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

10. 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 hotel pickup and make your way to the picturesque town of Pisac. Exlpore its colorful artisan market, where you can shop 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. 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 guard 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 through Chinchero, where the remains of the royal treasurer of Túpac Inca Yupanqui are found. Admire its well-preserved Inca Wall in the main square and visit its beautiful colonial temple, built on the foundation of an Inca building.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

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4.5 / 5

based on 421 reviews

Of several amazing tours (including Machu Picchu), the Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch was our favorite. Our guide Milo was incredibly knowledgeable and fun, and our van driver Willie was also most skillful. Three fascinating archaeological sites, stops at a silver shop and a weaving shop, and a delicious buffet lunch. Lots of stair climbing at the sites, so it’s important to have a basic level of fitness. A full day indeed and absolutely wonderful!

Overall really great experience! I think it should be clarified that there are some extra costs involved with going to each location. Also you will not be ATVing to the salt mines, you will actually take a bus. Other than these small issues, the experience was actually awesome! Truly breathtaking views and everything was handled very professionally. Pick up was on time, drop off was a bit late but not bad!

Our tour guide Hilda was exceptional and thorough. Would have loved to use her again for another trip we booked!

Terrific experience. Very knowledgeable Guide and a safe driver!

Incredible, unique experience full of adventure and good times