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

1. 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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Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

2. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Tour

Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. Later, visit the archaeological park of Moray, before passing through the town of Maras and visiting the Salineras salt mines. Stop for lunch in the village of Urubamba before traveling to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

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Sacred Valley: Maras & Moray by Quad Bike from Cusco

3. 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: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

4. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

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From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

5. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

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Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

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

7. 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

8. 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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Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

9. Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Start the tour with 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 centre and its artisan market, full of terraces and temples. Afterwards, you will proceed through the valley to the town of Urubamba, where you can have some lunch. In the afternoon the tour visits the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo where you can learn about its history, magic, and culture. Then, stop at Chinchero, before heading back to your accomodation in Cusco.

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From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Sacred Valley

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

It was a very enriching experience, what we visited and learned was incredible, unfortunately because of the weather we could not go to Moray but everything else was very good. We consider that the cost of the tour could have included the tickets. Highly recommended!

Excellent tour ... the guide Sol, in addition to being attentive, had a lot of knowledge of each of the places visited, explained very well and resolved doubts .. As a suggestion, only that the driver drove at a more moderate speed, he was going very fast .. .

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.

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

You can get to know the principal sites of Cusco in this tour. Irving the guide was amazing