Full day

Tour the Incas' Sacred Valley

Important information

Difficulty level

2 - Moderate

Exercise

Cultural

accommodation

Without accommodation

Altitude

3 100 m.a.s.l. (normal) - 3 400 m.a.s.l. (maximum)

Group Size

19 people (maximum)

Temperature

5 - 15 °C

The Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the Peruvian Andes, is made up of numerous rivers that descend through gorges and small valleys; It has numerous archaeological monuments and indigenous peoples. This valley was much appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the Peruvian Andes, is made up of numerous rivers that descend through gorges and small valleys; It has numerous archaeological monuments and indigenous peoples. This valley was much appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.

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Sacred Valley of the Incas VIP

We will pass by the hotel very early after breakfast between 6: 30 – 6: 50am. We will begin our Sacred Valley tour from the imperial city of Cusco passing through landscapes full of flora along the way, in 45 minutes we will arrive at our first destination Chinchero, an artisan town located at 3700 mts, the highest point between Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The old town of Chinchero is one of the most beautiful in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. A wonderful place where you can still feel and see the Incan culture as it was in the past. It has an incomparable plaza based on what was an Inca palace, with a typical Sunday fair where ancient marketing practices are still carried out and where people can be observed with their typical clothing of their ancestors. Here we will know the entire textile process. Culminating visit in Chinchero we will commence our next trip to the second destination.“MORAY”: These are terraces or agricultural platforms built in depressions or gigantic natural holes. These terraces are concentrically superimposed, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheatre. The main hole has a depth of 150 m and the average height of the platforms is 1.80 m.

 

According to some studies, these constructions constituted an important agricultural laboratory of the Inca Empire. By their platforms that are built with their respective irrigation channels and each of them constitute a microclimate. What is striking is the large annual average temperature difference between the top and bottom of the depressions, a difference that reaches up to 15 ° C., continuing our trip we will visit, the famous “SALT MINES” better known as the salt mines, the salt mines are in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Looking down at the mines, you can see a variety of incredible targets and irregular rectangles. It is a very photogenic scene.

 

The source of salt mines or salt mines, here are more than 4800 wells of salt is a hot salty spring at the head of the valley. Although the Incas built the mines about 2,000 years ago, the harvest method has not changed much. This is the process:

 

The water is directed towards the pools by the channels that run gradually during the descent into the terraced pools. Once the water reaches the pools, it evaporates after a few days and leaves a thin layer of salt. Subsequently, workers scratch dry salt from the banks and bottom of the pools. Once all the salt has been removed, the pools are filled and the process begins again.

 

After the visit we will descent towards the heart of the sacred valley of the Incas Urubamba. In this place we will have a delicious Andean buffet lunch. After a journey of 25 minutes, you will arrive at the city of the living “Ollantaytambo”. This archaeological zone is a typical example of the extraordinary urban planning of the Incas. The straight, narrow and picturesque streets today form fifteen blocks of houses located north of the city’s main square, which constitute a true historical legacy. Some colonial-type houses are built on beautiful fine polished Inca walls. The tones of the stone are cheerful, of a petrified flower colour, dark pink. In the main square a large block of perfect edges fits in a double row its fifteen angles of terrestrial star these places retain their traditions and lifestyle since the time of the Incas.

 

After our visit we will have 1 hour and 20 minutes to enjoy a nap while traveling to the last place of visit, Pisac. In this site is the largest cemetery of the Incas in South America- we also find cultivation terraces and irrigation systems among others. Culminating the visit we will stop in the town of Pisac and then return to Cusco, arriving approximately at 7:00pm to the plaza of San Francisco, and it is in this location where our Sacred Valley tour will be finalised.

  • USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR:

Tour commences: 7:00 am

Tour ends: 19:00 pm

Difficulty level: Level 1 – Easy

Departures: Every day

Type of trip: Cultural

Climate: The temperature is warm and humid during the day and cool at night. The temperature ranges between 12 and 15 degrees.

  • WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR?
  • Tour guide
  • Minivan transportation
  • Buffet Andean
  • Lunch
  • Tourist ticket
  • WAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR?
  • Entrance to salt mines 10.00 soles
  • Cold drinks
  • RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHAT TO BRING ON THE SACRED VALLEY TOUR:
  • Passport or ID

  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)

  • Rain protection (water poncho and waterproof jacket between October to March)

  • Water bottle

  • Camera

  • Change (to buy a snack or souvenirs)