Sacred Valley of the Incas

Schedule:

All day from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm

Description:

The Sacred Valley extends between the towns of Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and runs parallel to Vilcanota River. The Sacred Valley very much has its own special geography and climate and this fertile Valley produce the best quality choclos (corns) in the world.

Pisaq Market & Ruins

The town of Pisaq is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco. It is a colorful mestizo town with colonial and Incas characteristics. Apart from the visit of the citadel Pisaq is mostly visited for its market which takes place: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in the morning.

Ollantaytambo

Was built as an Inca administrative, social, religious and military center of the Incas rather than a town and was also the gateway to the Antisuyo (The Amazon corner of the Inca Empire) and a center for tribute-gathering from the surrounding Valleys. Today you can still see local woman wearing traditional clothing, red and black skirts with zigzag patterns and their typical hats.

Ollantaytambo is unique in that most of its original walls and foundations are intact and serve as houses for the present day inhabitants.

Chinchero (Village of the rainbow)

About 30 Km northwest from Cusco, overlooking the Sacred Valley with the Vilcabamba range and the snowcapped peak of Salkantay dominating the horizon, here we visit the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui with is impressive terraces, many of which are still in use today.

This town has a small Catholic church that was constructed on the foundations of an Incas palace; there is also a Sunday market here, smaller than Pisaq where you can find good local craftwork and handmade woven fabrics of very good quality.

Itinerary:

We start at 9:00 in the morning picking you up from your hotel and go by car or bus into the Sacred Valley to Pisaq and pasing through Coya, Lamay and Calca having our first stop at the Taray mirador before stopping Urubamba where we will have the lunch. We continue to the village of Ollantaytambo considered the largest archeological site after we will continue to Chinchero. We will be back in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm in the evening (10 hours approximately).

Included:

  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guides
  • Transportation
  • Meals

Not included:

  • Entrance fees
  • Tourist ticket

We recommended to bring:

  • Personal water bottle and snack
  • Camera
  • Sun block, hat and sunglasses.