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

2. 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

3. 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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Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

4. 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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From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

5. From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

Get to know the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on this small-group day tour. This carefully planned itinerary works to avoid the masses of tourists and allows you plenty of time at each site. You'll learn about the archeological hot spots of Cusco and Perú from guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country's history. Learn about traditional weaving practices using alpaca wool. Learn how it's colored with natural ingredients. Discover the salt mines of Maras and their amazing views, the Moray Terraces, and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the chance to see all the top sites including Pisac even if you choose the option for drop-off in Ollantaytambo to catch your train or stay for the night. Itinerary: 6:45 AM: Pickup from your hotel 7:45 AM: Visit Roxana and learn about impressive alpaca weaving practices 11:00 AM: Visit of the Moray 12:00 PM: Visit of Maras Salt Mines 1:30 PM: Lunch in Urubamba 2:40 PM: Visit of Ollantaytambo 4:00 PM: Drop-off at the main square in Ollantaytambo 5:45 PM: Arrival at your hotel in Cusco

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

6. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Cultural Experience by Quad Bike

Depart from Cusco on a 50-minute drive to arrive in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the town of Cruzpata. First thing, hop aboard your quad bike and learn how to handle the vehicle from your instructor. After a few minutes of training head out for an unforgettable experience. Pass through the neighboring landscapes of Cruzpata towards Laguna de Piuray, a vast lake, and hear its many stories and legends. While here check out the seasonal birds and other wildlife. Move to the banks of the lake to the community of the Ocutuan to meet and see locals as they live their day to day lives. Be received with a warm welcome from a host family to the rhythm of Andean music, necklaces of flowers native to the area, and dance the Huayllascha, typical of the Chinchero. After drinking a mate of coca, walk to the edge of the Laguna de Piuray to enjoy the natural beauty of the water resource that supplies water to Cusco.  Return to the community of the Ocotuan and after a short break witness the production of Andean textiles. See the process of dying goods from plants in the area. Have the opportunity to buy crafts made by local families. Go to the cultivation field and participate in a demonstration of traditional tools used in agricultural activities. Afterward, enjoy a delicious Andean lunch and taste the authentic food of the Peruvian Andes. Conclude your experience with a goodbye to the local community and go on a thrilling adventure with stunning views of the surrounding mountains on your quad bike before returning to Cusco.

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From Cusco: Two Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

7. From Cusco: Two Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour

Travel through the hills of the Sacred Valley to Písac, a charming traditional town, nestled within green, sloping mountains. Discover how the ancient Inca Empire centered their life around the movements of the sun and natural elements, before meeting some of the civilizations surviving descendants.  Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Learn their methods for weaving and see how thread and dye are made from the natural world around us. Travel to Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes, Peru, where you will spend the night in a 3-Star hotel. Meet your guide at your hotel in the morning and begin the journey up to Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World. Explore the ancient site on a 2.5-hour guided tour and experience breathtaking views of your surroundings from one of the highest peaks in the area. Take the chance to make your own way around the archaeological site and lose yourself in the mystery of the ancient ruins. Board the afternoon train back to Cusco and end what can only be described as a once in a lifetime experience.

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Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

8. Cusco: Half-Day Zip Line Adventure and Chinchero Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Cusco, journey towards the village of Raqch'i in the middle of a natural paradise of the former Inca Empire. Take part in a zip line adventure and fly through the air to appreciate the beauty of the mountains and Sacred Valley from a completely different perspective. You can choose from 4 different zip line lengths, from 300 meters to 700 meters. Relax on the 20-minute drive to Chinchero to admire the well-preserved Inca walls of the main square and many altars of the village. Visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior art and imagery. Next, participate in a wonderful learning experience and benefit from an introduction to the textile art of the Andes region. Get acquainted with the wisdom and meanings of the weavings, dating back to an era that even pre-dates the Inca Empire.

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From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

9. 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: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

10. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of the city. On the way, you will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From there, you will be able to see the Sacred Valley, and gain some insight into the history of the Inca. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled, as there is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also be able to witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. Later on, you will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture, and also see some amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. You will then head to the town of Urubamba, where you will sit down for a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction which was built during the Inca’s heyday. This is an extraordinary Inca site in which you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. You will then continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles, with this town’s inhabitants living in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua, and maintain age-old customs. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Cusco at around 7:00PM.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 212 reviews

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!

The tour is wonderful, it's very worthwhile, even more lasting only half a day. Highlight for the guide Angela, explained everything perfectly and very attentive to those who were not well because of the altitude.

The guide was very friendly and told a lot of interesting things throughout the journey. The places were interesting to see. I can recommend if you want to learn more about the Inka culture.

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

Incredible, unique experience full of adventure and good times