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Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

1. Sacred Valley: Huaypoo Lagoon and Maras by Quad Bike

Be part of an incredible experience on four wheels. Begin with a private transport from Cusco, for about 35 minutes, to the Cruz Pata community in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After a few minutes of training, be ready to get dirty, and stop at the imposing "Laguna de Huaypo," about which many stories and legends are told. Feel the adventure from foot to helmet and venture along the path that will take you to the Pueblo de Maras, where you will admire the best view of the Urubamba Mountains and the imposing Verónica and Chicon Mountains. From there, descend to the salt mines known as Salineras, where experienced guides will bring you back to the base before returning to the center of Cusco, ending your full day of adrenaline.

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Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

2. Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

Embark on an incredible experience on four wheels. Leaving in tourist transport from Cusco, travel for approximately one hour to the community of Cruz Pata in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Prepare for the start of your adventure after a few minutes of quad bike training to get you feeling confident. Then cruise over to the archaeological site of Moray to get a closer look at the remains of the terraces built by the Incas to experiment with the adaptation of crops. Continue to the town of Pueblo de Maras for beautiful views of the Urubamba mountain range. Gaze in awe at the peaks of the Verónica and Chicón mountains before descending to the historic salt mines of Salineras. You will take a different route back to base before your return to Cusco city center, ending a day of adrenaline.

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

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

4. 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

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

6. 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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Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

7. Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups

After pick-up from your hotel on the first day, travel by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From here, a train will take you to the starting point of the trek, on the banks of the Urubamba River. The trail slowly ascends to meet the original Inca Trail. Along the way, pass through dense cloud forest with a rich variety of plants, flowers, and birds. If you are lucky you might see some of the local mammals, such as the rare spectacled bear. After a full day of trekking, arrive at the Sun Gate in the late afternoon for your first views of Machu Picchu. The lighting at this time makes for amazing pictures. Descending from the Sun Gate, continue along the beautiful paved stone path to Machu Picchu, to the famous look-out point above the main part of the citadel. From here, descend to the town of Aguas Calientes in the valley below. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. You will rise very early on the second day to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu. Take a 2-hour guided tour of the site to see some of the most important locations, altars, and constructions. Learn about the history of this amazing place and the people who once lived here. After this, the rest of the day is yours to explore the citadel by yourself. If you have the additional permit to climb either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, this will be the time. In the afternoon, your train will depart from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo. From here, drive by bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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

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

Day 1: Start the first day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to the first destination, Cruzpata. This is the ATV base camp, where you will be able to practice using your ATV, which you will drive to the first two destinations of the tour. Set out on your ATV with your guide to Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. See the terracing system and irrigation using aqueducts, indicative of the ingenuity of the Incan civilization. Next visit the Maras Salt Mines. The salt mines, or the famous "salt pools" are located in the rural community of Pichingoto. This site is highly recommended for photography lovers because of its impressive landscape. After visiting the salt mines, enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants of Urubamba. Next, make your way to Ollantaytambo to hop onboard the train to Aguas Calientes. Depart at 3:37 PM and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu. Your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Have a meeting with your guide to find out the scheduled departure time for Machu Picchu the next morning.   Day 2: It is recommended to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 AM and fill on a first-come, first-served basis. The bus journey will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu. As soon as you arrive at the complex, meet your guide who will take you to the best viewing spots throughout the ruins. Get a panoramic view of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise in order to get spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. Take a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore the ruins on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least 1 or 2 months in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out fast. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, take a bus down to Aguas Calientes then take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From here, be returned to the historic center of Cusco.

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Cusco: 6-Day Andean Jewels Experience

9. Cusco: 6-Day Andean Jewels Experience

Day 1: Arrival to Cusco Your experience will begin as you meet your guides, who will be waiting for you as you arrive to Cusco. From there you will be led to your hotel, before having a free day to acclimatize to the altitude and explore downtown. This day is very important, as it will serve for rest and acclimatization in the city. That evening you will spend the night at the Cusco Jungle Hotel. Day 2: Chinchero, Maras, Moray Your second day will begin with pickup from your hotel before you head towards the colorful town of Chinchero. There you will find Inca walls and a small colonial church which holds plenty of history. Continuing your visit, you will go to the famous circular cultivation terraces of Moray. You will then descend towards to Maras Salt Mines, a location which makes for perfect photo opportunities. You'll visit more than 3,000 salt pools in an area where salt was used by the Incas for their consumption. You'll finish by heading towards Ollantaytambo Station to take a train to Aguas Calientes. That evening, you will stay in the Golden Sunrise Hotel (or similar). Day 3: Machu Picchu Day 3 will begin with you waking up very early to take a bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Your guide will provide you with all the information on the site during a 2-hour guided tour during which you will learn about the historical sanctuary in all its splendor. You will later return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch, before taking a train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will return to Cusco to be dropped off at your hotel. Day 4: Humantay Lake You will be picked up early from your hotel to travel to Mollepata, where you will have breakfast. You will then continue your journey to Soraypampa, your starting point for the walk. During the ascent, you will have the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area. You can observe some native birds of the area whilst enjoying the great views of the Andean landscape. Once you have arrived to the day's destination area, you can enjoy some snacks whilst delighting in the spectacular views of the Humantay Lagoon and its turquoise waters. You will later return to the city of Cusco to your accommodation at the Cusco Jungle Hotel. Day 5: Visit to Rainbow Mountain You will be picked up early from your hotel to head to Cusipata. Once there you'll take breakfast before continuing to the starting point of your trek. Once trekking you will observe the beautiful landscapes, alpacas, llamas, and Vicunas. You'll soon arrive to Rainbow Mountain, where you can explore the area and take the time to get good pictures of the beautiful blanket of colors. You will later return to Cusipata for lunch, before traveling back to Cusco. Day 6: Transfer to the Airport On your final day you will have the morning free so you can relax and visit the city. Later, and according to your flight schedule, your guide will take you to the airport for your departure.

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Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

10. Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

Take in the views from the famous point, El Mirador, before seeing Sacred Valley and gaining insight into the local Inca history. There is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes, witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. See amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terrace. After lunch, visit Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo. Find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. Continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles and how the local inhabitants live in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua and maintain age-old customs.

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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 47 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!

FANTASTIC TOUR!!! This tour was so fun, I had such a blast driving around and seeing amazing scenery! Edgar was a great guide! the Salt mine is awesome. I highly recommend this experience!

So much fun!! Salt mines were amazing, ATV’s were wickedly fun, they teach you how to drive them and give you a good amount of time to practice before setting out!

We visited several villages and countryside locations by ATV. We had a young man guide us who was very helpful, and even assisted in filming a few videos for us.

I would have preferred to ride on trails rather than a dirt road, but I am aware that there are many levels of riding experience.