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Sacred Valley Tours is a licensed tour agency based in Cusco. Above all, we are specialists and organize the best private Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco . With our personalized services, you fully enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas along with expert tour guides. The Sacred Valley Tour  shows ancient Inca sites, traditional markets, scenic villages and stunning Andean landscapes.

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In addition, we can combine the Sacred Valley Tour with activities, such as hiking, biking and even rafting. Other popular tours like, Short Inca Trail and Machu Picchu Tour can start from the Sacred Valley. But the combination of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour is the best option to visit the wonder or the world. 

Unlike other agencies, we offer the best Sacred Valley Tour with longer stops at visited places complemented with historical information. Most of our private day trips begin in Cusco, however, others can start at sacred valley locations. For instance, Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo . Our Sacred Valley Private Tour always includes a pick up and drop off at any hotel of your choice. Discover the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas with expert tour guides by your side.  

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Our private sacred valley tours let you explore the hidden gems of the incas from Cusco.

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All members of our team are passionate about their work and always ready to help. Above all, we enjoy travelling and believe that Cusco is a great destination to visit.

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It is important to us that you have an incredible experience in Peru. However, it is more rewarding when we preserve the environment and the local communities.

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Our tours can be customized or designed completely from scratch. Moreover, our travel experts have the resources to make your dream holiday a reality.

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We pride ourselves on taking care of every detail of our Sacred Valley Tour services for our clients. The full satisfaction of our travelers is our best reward, who often recommend us to relatives or friends when planning a trip to Peru.

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What a wonderful family trip we just finished this July and I can’t thank enough Mr. David who put together provided 4-day awesome itinerary covering Sacred valley, Machu Picchu hike and Cusco city tour. They are so committed and they know what they are doing. All the tickets to hiking, train tickets, bus tickets & entrance tickets are arranged well in advance so no waiting in line anywhere just zoom through. Thank you David for treating us so well and it was dream come true for us. Excellent work keep it up!

Written July 31, 2023

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Amazing tour!

We had such an amazing time on our trip to Machu Picchu, our guide was so nice and made us so comfortable and relax. He had so much knowledge about the place and lots of tips for where to take the best pics! So much fun would highly recommend them!

Written February 20, 2023

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Amazing Experience!

After a lot of careful research, we decided to ask Sacred Valley Company to prepare a full Peru Itinerary for the three of us. The package included the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and the Rainbow Mountain.

I would highly recommend them for all of your other Peru package vacations.

Written March 2, 2023

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The Complete Guide to Peru's Sacred Valley

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For decades, Peru has held a special place in the hearts of adventure travelers. From the towering snowcapped peaks of the Andes to the expansive Amazon Rainforest, there are few places on earth that can match the diversity of landscapes and activities found there. Whether you're looking to hike the Inca Trail , take in the wonders of the Nazca Lines , or soak up the history and culture of Lima, there are surprising things to be found around every corner.

Of course, no visit to Peru would be complete without stopping by its most famous tourist attraction of them all, Machu Picchu. The iconic mountaintop fortress sees more than half a million people pass through its gates on an annual basis, most of whom just come for the day. But when you venture out away from the busy crowds, you'll be able to explore the rugged and breathtaking landscape known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas be rewarded for your curiosity and adventurous spirit.

Stretching for more than 60 miles east to west, the Sacred Valley encompasses some of the most stunning scenery in all of Peru. There is so much history, culture, and natural beauty to be found there that it should rank at the top of the list for any world traveler. Here's what you need to know before you go.

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Geography of the Sacred Valley

Surrounded by the high Andes on all sides, the Sacred Valley sits at an elevation that never falls below 6,700 feet and routinely rises well above 9,500 feet. At that altitude, the air is thin and can create challenges for those who aren't fully acclimated. Taller still are the twin peaks of Sahuasiray and Veronica, both of which stand well over 19,000 feet and dominate the horizon.

The valley itself has been carved over hundreds of millennia by the Urubamba River, which is fed by mountain streams created by melting snow high above. In the language of the Quechua people, Urubamba means "sacred river," which helps give the valley its name. The banks of that river are lined by lush, rolling meadows that serve as a sanctuary from the harsh and demanding Andes and the hot and humid Amazon.

History of the Sacred Valley

Archeologists and historians believe that the Sacred Valley has been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years. First with the arrival of the Chanapata people in approximately 800-900 BCE and later by the Qotacalla the Killke civilizations that came 1,200 years later. These groups were attracted to the rich, fertile land that was found there, allowing them to more easily grow crops that could sustain their populations.

Around 1,000 CE, the Inca began to rise in prominence throughout the region, using their capital city of Cusco as a seat of power. Using a combination of diplomacy, military strength, and administrative control, the Inca took command of the Sacred Valley with its empire eventually stretching well beyond. They used the lush, fertile area to grow corn and other vegetables, which allowed their culture to thrive and grow. As it did, stone cities and fortresses—such as Machu Picchu—were built throughout the area, becoming lasting monuments to their civilization.

The Inca would rule this part of the world for more than 400 years. The arrival of the Spanish, seeking gold, gems, and slaves, broke their hold on the Sacred Valley. Still, Cusco remains the most prominent city in the region to this day, continuing a lasting legacy of the Incan civilization.

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How to Get There

Your Journey to the Sacred Valley begins with first getting to Peru. The vast majority of international flights come and go from Lima, the country's capital city with more than 8.8 million inhabitants. Founded in 1535, the city is rich in culture and history, with plenty for visitors to see and do. It also serves as a gateway to the rest of the country, with domestic flights to all major cities, including Cusco.

There are a number of airlines that provide service from Lima to Cusco on a daily basis, including LATAM, Sky, and Iberia. Of those, LATAM offers the most regular service–up to 16 flights per day—and inexpensive fares. No matter which airline you choose, however, the plane ride is only about an hour in length. If you can, wrangle a window seat, as the view of the Andes along the way is well worth it.

It is possible to drive or take a bus from Lima to Cusco, but the journey is a long one. The route covers 685 miles through increasingly remote and rugged terrain. If you go by bus, expect a journey of about 21 hours in length, with a few stops along the way.

Exploring Cusco

Upon arriving in Cusco, it is wise to take a few days to rest and acclimate to the higher altitude. The city itself sits at an elevation of 11,152 feet, which is actually higher than the Sacred Valley itself. The thin air in the city can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, and even headaches, so take your time and move slowly while letting your body adjust.

Thankfully, there is plenty to see and do in Cusco while you are getting settled. Just wandering the city streets is quite a treat as there are plenty of old colonial buildings to take in. You'll also discover markets to wander through and a surprising amount of wide open spaces to just sit and relax.

Other options include visiting the golden temple of Kornicancha, one of the most revered sites in the entire Incan Empire, and strolling through San Blas, a funky art district with shops and eclectic goods to peruse. Of course, no traveler has truly explored Cusco without visiting the Plaza de Armas, which is a busy hub of the city at nearly every hour of the day. Here, you'll also find the UNESCO Heritage Site of the Cusco Cathedral and the equally impressive Church de La Compañia de Jesus.

Entering the Sacred Valley

Once you've become acclimated to the altitude, you'll be more than ready to travel to the Sacred Valley itself. While the entrance to the valley is just a mere 12 miles from Cusco, the road to get there is a twisty, winding affair that can be a bit disconcerting for first-time visitors. It's all part of the adventure and if you make the trip a time or two, you'll soon find it to be in exhilarating ride.

For most travelers, the route to the Sacred Valley passes through the village of Pisac, followed by Urubamba, before eventually reaching the charming town of Ollantaytambo. It is there that you can purchase a ticket to ride the train to Machu Picchu, making it one of the more busier tourist hubs in the area. Expect an additional three hours and 20 minutes aboard that train before approaching the ancient fortress itself.

There are multiple ways for travelers to reach the Sacred Valley. Most visitors get there as part of a tour group that they've organized prior to arrival. Independent adventurers can hop the bus, which sets off from Cusco for Ollantaytambo every 15 minutes, with several stops en route. This the most inexpensive way to reach the valley, although it requires a bit more awareness of your surroundings to know when and where you want to get off.

It is also possible to hire a taxi or share a ride with other travelers heading in the same direction. A number of locals living in Cusco offer up a car share service that is more personal and comfortable than riding the bus for not a lot more money.

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Things to See and Do in the Sacred Valley

The most obvious thing to see in the Sacred Valley is Machu Picchu of course. But with an average of 2,500 visitors a day, the site can get crowded quickly. So once you've had a chance to take in the Inca monument, you may be ready to venture out a bit further and see what else the valley has to offer. Here are a few suggestions:

Pisac: Just outside the town of Pisac you'll find a completely different set of Inca ruins, including an ancient observatory and the remnants of Inca farms. The local "Indian Market" is also a weekly gathering that is good spot to pick up handcrafted jewelry, textiles, glass, and other unique items.

Ollantaytambo: Incan engineering and architecture is on display in Ollantaytambo, where visitors will find another stone monument that rivals Machu Picchu in terms of size and scope. Travelers pass through an arched gate made of jade and stone on their way to the site, which is one of the best preserved ruins in the entire country. But the town itself is also quite intriguing, as it was built by the Inca more than 500 years ago, with families still occupying some of the stone houses found there.

Urubamba: If you're an active traveler, you'll find plenty to love in Urubamba. From here, you can go on guided hikes in the Andes, hop on a mountain bike for a fun ride, or go whitewater rafting on class III and IV water.

Calca: While Inca ruins can be found in Calca, the real reason to visit is the stunning views. Here, the Andes Mountains take center stage, with some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. The perpetually snow peaks of Sahuasiray and Pitusira make a stunning backdrop while wandering the archeological site of Huchuy Cusco.

Yucay and Moray: These two locations played a central role in Inca agricultural production. In order to produce large amounts of grain and maize, the Incan people had to create stepped terraces to take advance of the fertile ground found along the steep slopes. Those terraces took a monumental effort to create and they still stand in place to this day.

Maras: The salt mines found near the town of Maras were in use all the way back to the age of the Inca. Once an important part of trade and commerce for the empire, those mines remain a popular destination for visitors to the region even today. The village still has plenty of leftover signs from the colonial period too, blending architecture from across history into one unique location.

Cinchero: Another quaint town to add to your places to visit. This village has yet more signs of Spanish colonialism, including a wonderful church from that era in history. Visitors will also discover terraced slopes used in Inca agriculture, local craftsman weaving unique apparel, and a Sunday market that is bustling with goods, local delicacies, charm, and character.

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When to Go to the Sacred Valley

Despite its alpine setting, the Sacred Valley offers surprisingly stable temperatures throughout the year. The same can not be said about precipitation, however. The rainy season runs from November through March, with frequent rain showers, dark clouds, and damp conditions. Unsurprisingly, this is when the valley is at its most quiet and empty, although the weather makes the least enjoyable time to be there as well.

For the warmest, driest, and most consistent weather, plan on visiting between June and August. Naturally, this is also the tourist high season, which means crowds will be larger, lines will be longer, and the popular tourist sites—particularly Machu Picchu—will be filled to capacity. Still, if you want to maximize your possibility of enjoying your time outdoors, these are the best months to plan your trip.

Opportunistic travelers will find that the shoulder seasons of April and May, as well as September and October, offer an acceptable balance of smaller crowds and good weather. Yes, it can rain or snow during those months, but you'll also find days of sunshine and warm temperatures too. Just be sure to pack for a variety of conditions and you won't be disappointed.

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Luxury Sacred Valley Tours

The scenic Sacred Valley offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes Mountains, verdant agricultural terraces that predate the Inca Empire, and the winding Urubamba River. Your guided tour of the Sacred Valley will take you to the Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac market, and more. Go mountain biking or explore the area’s abundant archaeological sites before heading to the Ollantaytambo train station to journey onwards to Machu Picchu. Discover all of the best things about the Sacred Valley on a privately guided Sacred Valley tour with Inca Expert.

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Machu Picchu Classic

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Immerse yourself in the history of Cusco, the lush scenery of the Sacred Valley, and the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu with one week in Peru.

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Machu Picchu Express

See the world heritage sites of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and tour Machu Picchu on this expedited version of our Machu Picchu Classic.

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Cusco & Classic Inca Trail

Cusco, Inca Trail, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Travel in the footsteps of history by hiking the iconic Inca Trail to the UNESCO world heritage site of Machu Picchu.

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Andean Highlights

Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Experience the highlights of the Peruvian Andes by visiting ancient ruins, colonial cities, and floating islands on Lake Titicaca.

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Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Lima

Explore Lima's UNESCO sites and iconic attractions, then journey to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Marvel at stunning architecture and rich history with this unforgettable tour.

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Historical Peru

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Cusco, Lima & Machu Picchu

This Peru tour package takes you over the mysterious Nazca Lines, around the biodiverse Ballestas Islands, through colonial cities, and to the “Lost City” of the Inca Empire: Machu Picchu.

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2-day Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain

Cusco, Sacred Valley, 2-day Inca Trail, Rainbow Mountain & Machu Picchu

Walk along the famous Inca Trail and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Then take a private tour to Vinicunca, also known as the beautiful Rainbow Mountain.

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Amazon, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Nazca & Titicaca

Experience the full breadth of Peru and Machu Picchu in our most complete Peru tour package. Travel through multiple national reserves, visit world heritage sites, colonial cities, the Amazon rainforest, and the capital city of Lima.

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Galapagos, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Our Machu Picchu and Galapagos Tours allow you to explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites in one phenomenal trip. Explore unique wildlife on a luxury Galapagos cruise, then visit must-see places in Peru.

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Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Titicaca

Explore the archeological sites of the Andes. Start in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, then visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. Finish at a luxury lodge on the breathtaking Lake Titicaca.

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Amazon to Machu Picchu

Amazon, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Tour through the Peruvian Amazon rainforest with a naturalist guide then explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the famous Machu Picchu.

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Mystic Amazon & Andes

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Explore the Amazon rainforest in Puerto Maldonado before flying to Cusco to discover Machu Picchu for yourself. Then, admire the scenery and cultures of Lake Titicaca.

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Colca Canyon & Machu Picchu

Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Lima & Machu Picchu

Immerse yourself into both the natural and city life of the Andes. Explore Arequipa, soak in hot springs in Colca Canyon, take a train ride through the lush Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, and discover ancient ruins in Cusco.

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Sacred Valley highlights & Machu Picchu

Enhance your time in the Andes with 2 consecutive days of Machu Picchu tours. Explore the UNESCO world heritage site in detail after visiting the highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

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Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Trek the Classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in comfort with a guide, chef, and porters.

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2-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hike the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu in less time than the Classic 4-day Inca Trail. Spend the night in a luxury Machu Picchu hotel instead of overnight camping.

What to see in Sacred Valley

Spend some time exploring the fascinating culture and history of the Sacred Valley as you visit numerous Inca ruins, the impressive Maras Salt Mines, and the one-of-a-kind restaurant Mil Centro.

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Dine at MIL, the restaurant of top Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez. With panoramic views of the Moray ruins and the Andes mountains, MIL is more than a meal, it’s a gastronomic tour through stunning Andean landscapes. The MIL Experience is an 8-course meal that will deepen your understanding and appreciation of Peru and its people through gourmet food.

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Pisac Ruins

The Pisac ruins are impressive examples of Inca engineering for terraces, aqueducts, and stone structures that stand until today. Your guided tour of the Pisac archeological site will give you a taste of the architectural wonder of the Machu Picchu citadel.

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Pisac Market

The world-famous artisan market in Pisac used to be an exclusively Sunday market, nowadays market day is every day. At the Pisac market, you can find some of the best Peruvian souvenirs in the Cusco region and get a glimpse of the rural lifestyle of the Sacred Valley.

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Ollantaytambo Ruins

60-miles north of Cusco the best-preserved Inca ruins can be found at the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress. Giant agricultural terraces create steps up the mountainside and give you impressive aerial views of the Urubamba river.

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Maras Salt Mines

The Maras Salt Mines (sometimes referred to as salt pools, salt ponds, or salt flats) are terraced pools filled with multi-hued natural saltwater. The saltwater collects and solidifies into white, brown, and pink salt perfect for cooking or therapeutic baths.

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The concentric circles of Moray are often toured alongside the Maras Salt Mines for a day trip that’s full of fascinating pre-Columbian history. This archaeological site is believed to be an experimental farm where the Incas tested growth rates and crop production based on altitude.

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One of the most traditional towns in the Sacred Valley, Chinchero offers an interesting look into contemporary Andean culture and the chance to visit fascinating historical sites including Inca ruins and an adobe colonial church.

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An important transportation hub strategically located between Cusco and Ollantaytambo, the town of Urubamba also offers gorgeous Andean scenery and is home to many of the Sacred Valley’s top hotels and lodges.

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Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

An ideal place to visit as you travel from Cusco to the Sacred Valley, this family-run animal rescue center provides a happier life for injured or mistreated animals while teaching visitors about animal welfare. See Andean condors, Peruvian hairless dogs, alpacas, macaws, pumas, and more!

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Peru Highlights

Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world. You’ll see species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, and insects as you relax in a comfortable all-inclusive lodge near the Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado. Luxury Amazon River cruises from Iquitos are an alternative option for jungle exploration done in style.

Hike the famous Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. This 26-mile hike through idyllic Peruvian landscapes only permits 500 people per day, so talk with your Inca Expert travel advisor today to book in advance.

Visit Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu. Tour through historical sights and Inca temples or delight in gourmet food at some of the top restaurants in Cusco.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a cultural and natural wonder in Peru. For impressive sunsets, a visit to the Uros and Taquile floating islands, and relaxing luxury hotels, head to Lake Titicaca.

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley has unending sites to behold and things to do. Visit the Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac market, begin the Inca Trail, or simply relax at your scenic Sacred Valley hotel with unmissable views.

It’d be a mistake to miss out on Lima’s top restaurants and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital city is home to the most exclusive restaurant in Peru: Central. You can also tour through museums, art galleries, and more in the vibrant city of Lima.

Nazca Lines

The mysterious Nazca Lines are giant geoglyphs drawn into the desert floor. Soar above them to see the hummingbird, the astronaut, the spider, and many more!

Arequipa is a refreshing mix of colonial architecture, Peruvian history, and natural beauty. Visit the historical center, Santa Catalina Monastery, or various lookout points in the city for views of El Misti Volcano. Then, spot Andean condors soaring through Colca Canyon as you continue your tour through scenic Peru.

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" All in all we had an absolutely amazing time and the trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. The hotels were all fabulous with beautiful views. Thank you sincerely for the trip of a lifetime! "

Aggie Szymanska CA, USA Traveled to: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley

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" We wouldn’t stop talking about how well executed and planned everything was. I personally loved the Inca trail addition and I am so glad you gave that to us as an option. The hike to Huayna Picchu was also a group favorite. "

Natasha Mehta & friends NY & PA, USA Traveled to: Cusco, Lares + 2-day Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu

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" It exceeded my expectations and I loved the people I met there. The hikes were so well organized, food was amazing, and the guides were super caring even getting the cooks to make a cake for me on my birthday on the Lares trek. "

Araceli Gutierrez MO, USA Traveled to: Lima, Cusco, Lares, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain

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" Based on the trip you organized, the historical knowledge, the people, the food, the culture and the natural beauty of Peru, it was simply the best trip I’ve ever taken. This trip will forever be in my memory. "

Gilles Verrier MB, Canada Traveled to: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu

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" Our trip to Peru was nothing short of magnificent. As for our favorite part, we loved it all. Machu Picchu was everything we thought it would be and more. We had a wonderfully successful trip to Peru! "

Steven Kopelic PA, USA Traveled to: Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

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Will I experience symptoms of altitude sickness in the Sacred Valley?

40-50% of travelers experience minor symptoms of altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness, like shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness when traveling in high altitude destinations in Peru such as on the Inca Trail, Arequipa, and the Sacred Valley. Symptoms of altitude sickness generally alleviate after 24-48 hours in altitude. Best practices for minimizing its impact on your trip include taking the time to acclimate, drinking lots of water, resting, avoiding alcohol, and eating light non-fatty foods upon arrival at altitude.

Consult with your doctor before traveling to high altitude destinations.

What is the elevation of the Sacred Valley compared to Cusco?

The altitude in the Sacred Valley is approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) above sea level while Cusco city sits at 11,150 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level. Giving a difference of 3,150 feet (960 meters) between the two destinations with Cusco being higher in altitude than the Sacred Valley.

How long should I spend in the Sacred Valley?

1-2 days. As you make your way from Cusco to Machu Picchu, you’ll pass through the Sacred Valley. We recommend an overnight stay in the Sacred Valley to take advantage of the breathtaking mountain scenery from one of the top Sacred Valley hotels. Many wish they had even more time here.

What is there to see in the Sacred Valley?

Apart from the incredible natural vistas of the Urubamba River and mountain range, the Sacred Valley is home to many unmissable sites. Top-sites in the Sacred Valley include the enigmatic concentric circles of Moray, the Maras Salt Flats, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Pisac Ruins, and Pisac Market.

Where should I stay in the Sacred Valley? In Ollantaytambo town or a Sacred Valley resort hotel?

Ollantaytambo town is a small Andean town without any 5-star accommodations. It’s perfect for those looking for fewer amenities and more authenticity, those who want to wander Ollantaytambo town and market on their off-time, and those who don’t plan to spend more than one night.

A short drive outside of Ollantaytambo town are magazine-worthy hotels on large-scale properties that house all the amenities you would need for your stay without even needing to leave the hotel property. From beautiful to down-right luxurious, your Inca Expert travel advisor is likely to recommend a night in one of these properties.

How far is the Sacred Valley from Machu Picchu?

Sometimes included in definitions of the Sacred Valley, the ruins of Machu Picchu are located 33 miles (53 km) west of what is generally considered its center.

How long is the train from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu?

The train journey from Ollantaytambo train station in the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu is ~1 hour and 50 minutes.

How far is the Sacred Valley from Cusco?

The Sacred Valley is 45-miles (72km) outside of Cusco. The train journey from Cusco train station to Ollantaytambo train station is ~1 hour and 30 minutes. A private transfer will take ~1 hour and 30 minutes (depending on traffic). Your private Sacred Valley tour with Inca Expert will take ~6 hours from pick up in Cusco to drop-off at your Sacred Valley hotel.

Should I go directly to the Sacred Valley after arriving at the Cusco airport?

The Sacred Valley is the perfect stop for those who are concerned about the effects of altitude sickness. At only 8,000 feet above sea level (compared to Cusco’s 11,150 feet) acclimatizing your body in the Sacred Valley upon arrival will be more gradual, though some minor symptoms of altitude sickness are still possible.

If you prefer to have ample culinary, shopping, and nightlife options, the city of Cusco would be the better place to stay upon arrival. Consult with your doctor about whether altitude medicine may work for you if you’d prefer to stay in bustling Cusco.

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  • Pisac Market & Pisac Ruins: Experience the spirit of Pisa town, an hour drive from Cusco, where Spanish colonialism meets Inca legacy. Wander through the bustling Pisac Market, a vibrant hub of local produce and artisan crafts that climaxes on Sundays. Venture further high above the town to the Inca Ruins, where military, agricultural, and religious structures echo stories of a bygone era. The hike up the mountain is recommended as a warm up if you're hiking the Inca trail and the ruins and views from the top are spectacular.
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins and Town: Nestled amidst cobbled streets and charming cafes, Ollantaytambo town exudes the essence of Inca town planning. It's also a major stop on the train between Cusco and Aguas Calientes ( Machu Picchu Pueblo ) . Traverse through time in the Ollantaytambo Ruins, a testament to Inca architectural prowess. Discover the Temple of the Sun and terraced agricultural wonders.
  • Maras Salt Mines: Step into Maras Salt Mines , a living testament to Inca salt mining. Witness a landscape adorned with thousands of salt ponds, tended by local families. Traverse the pathways of tradition and modernity, where the salt's journey intertwines with the region's evolution.
  • Moray Ruins: Unlock the enigma of Moray Ruins , an amphitheater-like site where Inca agricultural innovation took root. Delve into the mysteries of its circular terraces and microclimates. 
  • Sacsayhuaman: Ascend to the awe-inspiring Sacsayhuaman, a colossal fortress overlooking Cusco. Marvel at the precision of Inca stonework, where stones fit seamlessly without mortar. Feel the pulse of history at this strategic bastion guarding Cusco, a city steeped in legend.
  • Chinchero: Set foot in Chinchero, a realm of adobe charm and captivating history. Roam among terraced ruins designed for farming, a testament to Inca agricultural ingenuity. Uncover the legacy of Inca ruler Tupac and his respite retreat, a tranquil haven amidst the Sacred Valley.
  • Urubamba River and Valley: Embrace the life-giving flow of the Urubamba River as it winds through the picturesque Urubamba Valley, a fertile heartland where nature's bounty intertwines with ancient civilizations, creating a serene backdrop for exploration. Adventurous travelers can revel in whitewater rafting and experience camping along the river's shores.

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  • Machu Picchu:  Elevate your senses as you stand before the mystical citadel of Machu Picchu. Perched high in the Andes, this architectural marvel encapsulates the ingenuity of the Inca civilization, with its precisely cut stone walls that fit seamlessly together, showcasing their advanced craftsmanship. As the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu offers breathtaking vistas, including the iconic view of Huayna Picchu rising dramatically behind the citadel. Explore the Intihuatana stone, believed to be a sacred ritual site, and marvel at the Temple of the Sun, where the Incas' astronomical knowledge is etched into the stones.
  • The Inca Trail:  Follow in the footsteps of ancient explorers along the legendary Inca Trail, a sacred pathway that winds through lush forests, mountain passes, and ancient ruins. This extraordinary trek combines nature's grandeur with historical mystique, leading intrepid adventurers on a transformative journey to the heart of Inca heritage. Traverse through diverse ecosystems, from cloud forests to alpine tundras, and encounter archaeological wonders like Wiñay Wayna, a terraced complex that reveals the intricate Inca agricultural practices. The trail culminates at the Sun Gate, where trekkers are greeted with a breathtaking sunrise view of Machu Picchu, a reward that echoes the awe felt by the Incas themselves.

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The complete guide to Cusco's Sacred Valley including history, weather, what to do, best travel tips and more for all the towns of the sacred valley.

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If you are planning on visiting Peru and you’re interested in the history of the Incas, then the Sacred Valley is almost definitely near the top of your to-do list in Cusco . And so it should be! Brimming with history and beauty, the Sacred Valley of Peru is an unmissable, and unforgettable, experience for you to take on. Read on to find out why.

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About Sacred Valley in Cusco

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Just 15km north of Cusco , you will find the Sacred Valley. With towns such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is regularly hailed as one of the most important historical places of South America, and was extremely important for the Incas, located in the valley of the Urubamba River.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas specifically refers to the section of the valley that is divided by the Urubamba River. The towns that make up the valley are Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo. Here, it is not just Machu Picchu that is an important site, there are ruins in both Pisac and in Ollantaytambo that prove, once again, the Inca prowess for stone-masonry and architecture. These towns were used as guards for the borders of the Sacred Valley and helped to prevent attacks from enemies.

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The Sacred Valley flourished as it’s lands were rich enough to become the center of food production for the Inca people, even today you can see the incredible innovation that was taken on by the Inca, in Moray , agricultural laboratories were used to experiment with plantlife, and find the optimum conditions to grow each plant. The Inca’s grew everything from corn, fruits, and vegetables, to cocoa plants and avocados.

The valley wasn’t built just for its agricultural value, but also in the representation of the constellations. This highlights how important the sky was to the Inca’s, and the religious significance of the cosmology. You can find ceremonial temples, palaces and a fortress in this valley in this little nook hidden deep in the beautiful landscapes. Tradition and culture remain important for those living here so you won’t find it difficult to immerse yourself in the history and the beautiful landscapes of this area.

History of the Sacred Valley

In the 15th century two Inca leaders, Pachacuti Yupanqui, and Tupac Yupanqui built an enormous empire in South America. This empire ran the unbelievable distance from the center of Chile, all the way to Southern Colombia. It occupied the entirety of Peru, most of Ecuador, and parts of Argentina and Bolivia . This incredible empire was known as the Tahuantinsuyo Empire. At a mind-blowing 4,000 kilometers from North to South and covered with a road network of 40,000 kilometers, this was one of the biggest empires of South American history. And the center of it all? Cusco. Cusco was a part of the Sacred Valley and had an extraordinary amount of financial and agricultural wealth. It was protected by Inca fortresses. The valley extended up to the Vilcanota and Urubamba Rivers. Vilcanota River, in particular, was sacred to the Incas, as it represented the Milky Way.

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Weather in the Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located at 2,800 meters above sea level and has one of the best climates in the highland region, which is one of the reasons that plants flourished and allowed agricultural research and experimentation, and the rich and the religious of the Inca empire settled here. During the days, the temperatures range from 19° to 24°C. It is also slightly lower in altitude than Cusco, and so a great place for travelers to acclimatize before taking on Machu Picchu .

Rainy Season: December to March

During the wet season, the minimum temperature in the Sacred Valley is around 15°C , with the maximum temperature being a high 27°C . The weather is mostly rainy, but every so often the clouds will part and a burst of bright sunshine will bless the day. The average humidity is 65% .

Dry Season: April to November

The minimum temperature through the dry season in the Sacred Valley is around 10°C , with maximum temperatures reaching roughly 22°C . The weather can be cloudy but is mostly sunny. Humidity is about 46% , making it comfortable, not sticky as is often found on the coast.

  • Pisac- 2980 meters above sea level
  • Calca- 2929 meters above sea level
  • Urubamba- 2870 meters above sea level
  • Ollantaytambo- 2850 meters above sea level

Towns in the Sacred Valley

A beautiful little village just 33km from Cusco and simply full of history and marked by its traditional values, Pisac is the entrance hall to the Sacred Valley. Built over an Inca settlement, the village was founded by Viceroy Toledo, a Spanish conquistador. While you visit you can take part in a Quechua Mass alongside the indigenous people and mayors of the regions. You can also visit the Archeological Park of Pisac, which is full of history in bricks. You can explore a military fortress, observatories, and plenty of other polished stone constructions while you are there. Take the time to pay your respects to the biggest Inca cemetery in South America while you are here.

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Calca is well known not just for its location in the Sacred Valley but also for the peace and the quiet that comes hand in hand with beautiful landscapes and the natural sulfurous water of Machacancha, and the cold gas water of the Minasmoqo Springs.

Typically, Yucay is not included on tours through the Sacred Valley but it is certainly worth a visit as it is home to the Inca palace of Inca Manco Sayri Túpac the Second. It was also the Inca center of agricultural production.

High up in the fertile valleys, Urubamba was also used for food production, even today being famous for its fruit . There are many indigenous communities to be found here still, and the town proudly boasts the name “La Perla del Vilcanota” or “The Pearl of Vilcanota”, all thanks to the jaw-dropping scenery that surrounds it.

Ollantaytambo

One of the best places to visit in the whole of the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo holds both the most original, and the best-preserved Inca, and pre-Inca ruins in all Peru. There’s not just one or two of these buildings, many of the buildings date back this far, meaning that the town has come to be known as “the Living Inca City”. You can also head up the hillside and visit the Inca fortress, it is truly a sight that will take your breath away.

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Things to do in the Sacred Valley

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If you are a real adventure lover then you won’t want to miss out on some white water rafting during your trip to the Sacred Valley. Ollantaytambo is the perfect place for a great experience on the water, and you can even see some Inca ruins from your raft.

Mountain Biking

You can’t miss the mountain biking on your visit, it is a truly unforgettable experience in this region of Peru. You can choose to start from Qenqo, Pucapucara or Tambomachay and you will wind your way along lovely trails and dirt roads, with unforgettable sights accompanying you the whole way.

Pisac Market and Inca Ruins

The town of Pisac is world-famous thanks to the craft market and its impressive archaeological remains. Take your time while visiting this historical place and do a little shopping for local arts and crafts, as Pisac offers the top market in the whole region. Nowadays, Pisac has also become the spiritual center of the Sacred Valley making possible to have all different kinds of experiences, like spiritual retreats. Just twenty minutes drive from the town Inca ruins can be found. You’ll see military, agricultural and religious buildings, all of which are spread over one large complex; it is an absolutely amazing sight to see.

Discover Salt Pans – Maras and Moray

This is one of the most interesting and beautiful destinations to visit during your trip to the Sacred Valley. The Inca ruins of Moray were designed similarly to a dug-out amphitheater but there is no a certain explanation of their creation and use. It is said that the Incas used them as a laboratory to experiment with different combinations of plant species, but the true reason is still unknown. Come and discover the mystery, and theorize for yourself what it was used for.

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No list of things to do would be complete without trying one of the most famous peruvian dishes : cuy (guinea pig). Sample it fried or roasted, both are delicious. Delight your palate with this succulent traditional dish that has been loved in Peru since the Incas. Almost every restaurant serves it, so give it a try!

Don’t miss out on the Sacred Valley Peru

For all the mentioned above, the Sacred Valley is a must-see destination during your visit to Peru. Discover these ancient villages, beautiful towns full of culture and tradition. The Sacred Valley Peru will win your heart from the moment you step foot here. We suggest checking out this Sacred Valley Full Day Tour to make the most of your time there.

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Sacred Valley

Tucked between Cusco and Machu Picchu , the Sacred Valley is a truly special place. A slightly warmer climate, the gentle presence of the Andes Mountains, a sprinkling of ancient fortresses, and villages steeped in age-old traditions is what you’ll experience on a tour to the Inca heartland.

As the mid-way point between the ultra-popular destinations of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley is the perfect place to rest a while and book a night or two at a rustic resort. Here you can kayak or ride horseback by day, and enjoy the twinkling of a million stars under the night sky. Maybe it’s the lower elevation compared to Cusco, or the uplifting presence of giant peaks, or the easily conjured image of an Incan entourage tracing a path by the Urubamba River, but the Sacred Valley of the Incas is palpably special.

When you’re not delving into nature, you can learn fascinating Inca facts and dive into the Andean lifestyle. Spend some time learning about what role textiles are believed to have played in Andean culture, partake in a traditional earth oven meal or explore one of the many ruins dotting the Incan land. Through any of these experiences, you’ll have a chance to meet the local people (and the local llamas) of the traditional villages and open your eyes to a truly enchanting world.

Climate & Weather

The highland climate of the Sacred Valley has rather consistent temperatures throughout the year. Atop high mountain summits, like Salkantay , temperatures are cold enough to sustain snow year round. The climate is much more temperate far below on the valley floor where towns such as Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo reside.

Dry Season Vs. Rainy Season

Distinct to Peru’s Andean region, the Sacred Valley has a dry and rainy season.

The dry season is from April to October.

  • During these months, sunshine is regular with a minimal chance of rainfall.
  • At night, temperatures drop significantly.
  • Daytime Average: 68-72°F (20-22°C)
  • Nighttime Average: 35-40°F (1.7-4.4°C)

The rainy season is from November to March.

  • Cloudy mornings with light showers are typical and afternoons and evenings can bring heavier rains.
  • January and February usually receive the most rainfall.
  • On average, nighttime temperatures are warmer in the rainy season, colder in the dry season.
  • Daytime Average: 68-70°F (20-22°C)
  • Nighttime Average: About 45°F (7.2°C)

Best Time to Visit

Peak travel season in the Sacred Valley coincides with the dry season: June, July, and August. During this time, the weather is usually sunny and conveniently coincides with the summer months for travelers coming from the northern hemisphere. Given the high demand for services and limited Machu Picchu train and entrance tickets, it’s best to plan your trip early to ensure specific date availability.

Low season coincides with the region’s rainy season: December, January, February and March. Rainfall and storms are unpredictable, so flight delays going in and out of Cusco are more common. However, there are perks to traveling during the low rainy season. Sites tend to be less crowded and the Sacred Valley mountainscapes are beautiful shades of green.

Geography & Map

  • The Sacred Valley stretches between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, northwest of Cusco city. The Urubamba river winds through this valley with fertile soils and an abundant water supply. Elevations vary from 9,000 ft (2,790 m) on the valley floor to 16,000 ft (5,000 m) and above at the highest mountain summits. The Sacred Valley altitude is lower than that of Cusco’s, making it a wonderful place to acclimate.
  • Elevation 6,730-9,800 ft (2,050 - 3,000 m) Population ~ 65,000 aprox.

The history of the Sacred Valley weaves closely together with the Incan capital city of Cusco. The Inca Empire rose to power during the 14th century and expanded across ancient Peru and into Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Colombia. However, all trails led back to the Inca capital city of Cusco where the king resided. The surrounding fertile fields of the Sacred Valley served as the civilization’s breadbasket, yielding varieties of fresh grains, fruits and vegetables. Skilled Inca stonemasons also constructed religious temples and outposts in the valley, which today you can visit at archaeological sites in Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.

Ruins that display sophisticated Inca stone work located in the lush Sacred Valley of Peru with blue skies and clouds

Before the Inca, the Sacred Valley was home to the Wari Culture around 500 to 1100 AD approximately. The Inca started inhabiting the valley around the 12th century, with Manco Capac as the first Inca king. The Spanish Conquest of the valley began in 1531 when Francisco Pizarro arrived with 168 soldiers. In 1535 AD, Manco Inca organized a rebel force to try to overthrow Spanish rule, and led the Incas’ greatest military victory over the invading Spaniards in Ollantaytambo.

Despite some victories, in 1572 the last Inca king, Tupac Amaru I, was captured in Vilcabamba and taken to Cusco. Upon the orders of the Viceroy Francisco Toledo, Amaru was beheaded in the city’s main plaza in front of a crowd of thousands. During the 16th-18th centuries, Cusco became an economic node of the southern Andes as well as the frontline for the religious evangelization and acculturation of indigenous populations. During this time, many churches are erected in the Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley ruins with colonial structure nestled in the lush greenery of this Andean landscape on a sunny day

In 1911, Yale historian and professor Hiram Bingham arrived at the ruins of Machu Picchu. National Geographic chronicles Bingham’s expedition and turns the world’s attention to this remote Andean region of Peru. In 1999 PeruRail began offering tourists train service to Machu Picchu. In 2004, Potato Park, or Parque de la Papa, was established to protect hundreds of native potato species and agrobiodiversity in the Sacred Valley region. Today, tourism in the Sacred Valley is on the rise, but local movements and projects are at work to help preserve ancient Quechua traditions.

Sacred Valley Villages

Pisac is known for its ruins and market. The road from Cusco to Pisac leads through a mountain pass and drops down into the Sacred Valley. Popular market days in Pisac make the town an obligatory stop. Every Sunday and Thursday, residents from the highland communities sell Andean crafts and freshly grown fruits and vegetables in the main plaza. Keep an eye out for handmade textiles made with natural dyes and one-of-a-kind artisanal pieces. Local tourist-oriented vendors display colorful sweaters and hats made of alpaca wool; silver and stone-embellished jewelry; and ceramic goods.

Even if you’re not in town on market day, the artisanal shops in and around the plaza, bordered by San Pedro Church, are open daily. Souvenir prices in Pisac tend to be slightly more expensive than shops in Cusco. Bargaining with merchants to lower the asking price of a few Soles is common practice.

The ancient Inca archaeological site at Pisac perched high above town is well worth the visit. To get there, you’ll have to make the steep walk (about 90 minutes) up through lush Inca terracing, or short taxi ride, above Pisac. The site is divided into various agricultural, military, religious, and urban areas built along a thin mountain ridge connected by stone steps and narrow dirt trails. Inca-constructed watch towers and water fountains complement the site’s fine masonry. The hand carved structure in the middle of the Temple of the Sun, or Intihuatana, is believed to be an important religious or astronomical tool used by the Inca; its angles define the changing seasons.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a small town with very big attractions. Shortly after noon the town turns into a lively hub as the first travelers arrive. After visiting the Inca Fortress, browse the souvenir shops or relax at a local cafe and admire the Andean scenery surrounding you. There are some very unique and memorable things to do in Ollantaytambo.

The well preserved archaeological site at Ollantaytambo is built along the slopes of a narrow mountainside. Stone steps up a terraced-laced hillside lead to the impressive main complex. The panoramic views at the top are a photographer's dream!

Cliffsides overlooking the valleys of Ollantaytambo, a village in the sacred valley that is home to a famous Inca fortress

The train station in Ollantaytambo is an important transit point for travelers taking the train to Machu Picchu. Since there’s not a direct road that goes all the way to the famous citadel, Ollantaytambo is quite literally the end of the road in the Sacred Valley.

Urubamba may not have ancient hillside ruins to boast, but the boutique and luxurious resort hotels located just outside of town entice many travelers. Staying overnight in the Urubamba valley is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of the Sacred Valley at a slower pace. Enjoy top-notch services, spa amenities, and endless Andean vistas from your hotel room.

For a taste of the budding culinary scene in Urubamba, dine at top rated restaurants Q’anela or Paca Paca. The onsite restaurant at Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in the Sacred Valley, Alma, is highly recommended.

Many travelers pass through Urubamba because it resides along the only road connecting key transport routes through the Sacred Valley. In fact, many Sacred Valley tours stop in town for lunch. If you have extra time, walk to the town plaza and then visit the indoor Urubamba Market just two blocks away.

Life in Chinchero generally moves at a slow pace. But on Sunday the town hums with activity during its popular local market. Vendors sell locally grown produce, artisan goods, and most notably, handwoven blankets, ponchos, belts, and rugs. Andean weaving has been practiced in the Sacred Valley for generations, but no town celebrates this centuries-old tradition more so than Chinchero.

Andean women with braids and traditional hat and attire walking through the village of Chinchero of the Sacred Valley

Entrance to the main plaza and the Inca ruins at Chinchero requires an admission ticket. To one side of the plaza, Inca stone structures and agricultural terraces sweep down the hillside. On a clear day you can see Apu Salkantay, a famed Inca peak, off in the distance. A white 16th century church built on the stone foundation of a once Incan structure boasts tall ceilings and beautifully painted walls.

Chinchero is far less touristy than Pisac and Ollantaytambo. But it looks like this may soon change. To meet the growing demand of people visiting Machu Picchu, the construction of a new airport in the Sacred Valley near Chinchero is underway.

Travel Tips

Planning Ahead

Traveling to the Cusco and Sacred Valley region in the high season (June, July, August) requires months of advanced planning because services fill up quickly. Trip logistics include airfare, hotel reservations, tours, and train tickets and entrance tickets if you go to Machu Picchu. Limited permits for hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can book up sometimes 4 months in advance. Note that the Inca Trail is closed each February for maintenance.

Packing List

  • Clothing. The weather in the Sacred Valley changes quickly, so bring a lot of layers to be prepared. Pack t-shirts and add warmth with long-sleeve clothing and a fleece jacket. Lightweight pants for trekking.
  • Footwear . Comfortable hiking boots or athletic sneakers with good traction are ideal for walking up to and around the Inca archaeological complexes. Multi-day hikes you will definitely want the boots for ankle support.
  • Sun protection. Don’t forget your hat, glasses, and sunblock for sun protection.
  • Day excursions. Bring a daypack with snug straps to carry your water, camera, and other personal belongings.
  • Rainy season. During the rainy season months, pack a waterproof jacket or a travel-size umbrella. Plastic ponchos are also available to buy in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is a common health concern for travelers planning a trip to the Sacred Valley region. Most visitors will only experience minor symptoms (shortness of breath, headache, nausea) as a result of the elevation. Take it easy the first couple days while you acclimatize and don’t overexert yourself. Towns in the Sacred Valley are actually lower in elevation than Cusco, so some travelers actually plan to spend their first few nights in the valley to reduce the onset of altitude sickness symptoms.

Transport Around the Sacred Valley

The majority of tours to the Sacred Valley include transport to/from your hotel. For independent exploration, you can take a local bus (the most economic way) or hire a taxi (more convenient and time efficient). The railway also runs between Cusco (Poroy Train) to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley and then onto Aguas Calientes , the town at the base of Machu Picchu.

  • Peruvian currency (called soles) is used to pay for taxi rides, small purchases, and tips for guides and porters. As of May 2020, $10 USD is roughly S/ 33 soles.
  • It's good to carry around small bills and coins in the Sacred Valley because market vendors and small stores may not have adequate change to break larger notes.
  • You’re more apt to get better exchange rates in Cusco than in small Sacred Valley towns. There are ATMs in Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo that dispense both US dollars and local currency.

Luggage Restrictions for Train to Machu Picchu

If you’re taking the train to Machu Picchu or doing a multi-day trek, then you’ll likely need to store your heavy luggage (aka the items you don’t need) for this leg of the trip. Each train passenger is permitted one bag or backpack weighing up to 11lbs (5kg). Fortunately, all of our recommended hotels in the Sacred Valley and Cusco provide free luggage storage for their guests.

Things to Do

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Visit an Archaeological Site

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Maras & Moray Tour

The Maras Salt Pans and concentric terraces of Moray are two lesser visited examples of Incan ingenuity in the Sacred Valley. Though unrelated in purpose, the sites are near neighbors in a remote region that’s not served by public transportation. For this reason, Maras and Moray ruins are often bundled together on a Sacred Valley tour. Scholars believe the Moray terraces once served as an elaborate agricultural laboratory for the Inca; each terrace having a unique microclimate. Today, the mountainside salt pans at Maras, started by the Wari culture and expanded by the Inca, are owned and operated by local residents. You can get to this site by car, foot, bike or even horseback! Check with your travel advisor for options.

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Water Rafting Tours

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Zip Lining and Mountain Climbing

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Independent and Guided Hiking

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Visiting Andean Artisans

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Pachamama Ceremony

There is lodging in the Sacred Valley for every traveler’s preference, from small inns and economic hotels all the way up to 5-star luxury. A major perk to staying overnight, beyond the obvious natural beauty, is that you’re closer to the region’s famed markets in Pisac and Ollantaytambo, hilltop ruins, and loads of adventure sports, which cuts down on transport time to/from Cusco. Here are our preferred top pick hotels in the Sacred Valley.

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Tambo del Inka

Avenida Ferrocarril, Urubamba, Sacred Valley

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Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

5to Paradero Yanahuara, Sacred Valley

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Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado

5to paradero Yanahura, Urubamba, Sacred Valley

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Tunupa Lodge

Avenida Ferrocarril, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru

Restaurants

The renowned flavors and diversity of Peruvian cuisine extend to restaurants in the Sacred Valley. Travelers with free time between tours can enjoy a delicious meal for lunch or dinner. Breakfast is usually included with a hotel stay. The following are a few of the great restaurants we recommend in the tourist frequented towns of Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac.

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Alma Bar Restaurante

Antica osteria pisac, hearts cafe, tour packages.

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6 days from $ 1249

Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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8 days from $ 1679

Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Puno & Lake Titicaca

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9 days from $ 1919

Amazon, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Extended Sacred Valley Tour – 1D

Discover the Sacred Valley in depth on our exclusive Extended Sacred Valley Tour. Explore key Inca sites, hidden gems, and enjoy a deluxe experience.

Unlock the secrets of the Sacred Valley on our exclusive Extended Tour – the ultimate journey for those who crave a deeper connection to the Incas legacy.

You’ll immerse yourself in the valley’s ancient wonders, from the agricultural ingenuity of Moray’s terraces to the sprawling fortress of Ollantaytambo. Venture off the beaten path to the otherworldly Maras Salt Mines, and let the shimmering waters of Lake Huaypo reflect the Andean peaks.

This comprehensive experience, unique to our company, is your key to discovering the Sacred Valley’s true spirit.

Detailed Itinerary: Premium Extended Sacred Valley Tour – 1D

Ready to unlock a deeper connection to Sacred Valley? Ditch the rushed itineraries and experience this extraordinary landscape with an insider’s perspective.

Our Extended Sacred Valley Tour isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s a journey into the heart of the Inca Empire. Uncover ancient agricultural marvels, otherworldly salt mines, mighty ruins, and the vibrant life that still echoes in this land.

This is your chance to explore beyond the expected, and discover the true essence of the Sacred Valley.

Pisac Archeological Site

Where Inca Mastery Meets Mountain Splendor Buckle up for awe-inspiring views and a journey through time. Discover the genius behind their agricultural terraces, climb to temples where the Inca revered their deities, and feel the power emanating from this sacred place.

  • Moray Inca Site

Imagine descending into massive, bowl-shaped terraces that almost resemble an amphitheater. This is Moray, an Inca site believed to be a groundbreaking experiment to determine the optimal growing conditions for different crops. Prepare to be amazed by their ingenuity!

  • Maras Salt Mines

Step onto another planet, or at least, it might feel that way!

The Maras Salt Mines are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where hundreds of salt pools cling to the mountainsides. Learn about the traditional salt-harvesting techniques still used today, and admire this unique, dazzling landscape.

Ollantaytambo Archeological Site

This fortress city is a testament to Inca might.

Explore the Temple of the Sun, built with massive stones that leave you wondering how they did it. Imagine the scenes that unfolded here as the Inca made their final stand against the Spanish. And those views? Unforgettable.

Lake Huaypo (If we have time!)

We hope to squeeze in time to witness the serene beauty of Lake Huaypo. Surrounded by mountains, its shimmering waters reflect the vast sky and create a breathtaking finale to your Sacred Valley adventure.

Places that are visited

  • Pisac archeological site
  • Ollantaytambo archeological site

What’s Included?

  • Round-trip transportation in a comfortable, private vehicle, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey.
  • A passionate, English-speaking guide who will unlock the secrets of the Sacred Valley, sharing fascinating stories and insights that bring the Inca world to life.
  • Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, offering a hassle-free, personalized experience.
  • A deluxe box lunch packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients, so you can savor a satisfying meal amidst the scenic beauty of the Sacred Valley.
  • Bottled water and snacks to keep you hydrated and energized throughout your adventure.

Not Included

  • Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) for entry into the main archeological sites. This can be purchased in advance or with our assistance (70 soles each).
  • Entrance fee to the Maras Salt Mines: 20 soles (approximately USD $6).

What should you bring?

  • Tourist Ticket (if purchased in advance).
  • Sun protection: sunscreen (factor 35+ recommended), sun hat, and sunglasses. The Andean sun is strong, and protection is essential.
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho. Weather in the mountains can change quickly, so it’s best to be prepared.
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your exploration.
  • Camera and/or memory cards, spare batteries. Capture those stunning views and unforgettable moments.
  • Small bills and change for souvenirs, tips, and restroom use.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Expect a fair amount of walking on varied terrain, so supportive shoes are crucial for a comfortable experience.

Group service

  • USD $290 for 2-3 people
  • USD $350 for 4-6 people
  • USD $400 for 7-9 people

Private Service

  • USD $320 for 2-3 people
  • USD $380 for 4-6 people
  • USD $450 for 7-9 people

Group versus Private Trips: What’s the Difference?

On a group tour, you’ll share the adventure with other explorers (maximum of 12 participants depending on the trip) while enjoying a more budget-friendly experience.

Butl, a private tour is your exclusive journey! You’ll enjoy a customized experience and a pace that suits your group perfectly.

Why Choose Us?

Our stellar reputation on TripAdvisor speaks volumes.

We’re driven by the joy we see in our guests as they discover the wonders of Peru. Our personalized service, expert guides , and seamless logistics ensure your journey isn’t just a tour; it’s an unforgettable experience that celebrates the Sacred Valley in all its glory.

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The Ultimate Sacred Valley Tour

12 hours of Inca history, local living and natural landscapes

Group size

  • Enjoy more time at the sites compared to touristy tours.
  • Avoid the crowds thanks to our optimized itinerary.
  • Travel in small groups of 2-8 people.

"We booked this tour because it was more private than most tours (2 to 8 people), which gives you a bit more flexibility and time to enjoy the sites"

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Itinerary

  • Small group tour with 2-8 people
  • Optimized itinerary to avoid the crowds
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Fluent English speaking local guide
  • Buffet lunch at Tunupa, a colonial styled hacienda in the heart of the Sacred Valley (vegetarian and vegan options available)
  • For private tours: 3-course menu at idyllic, culinary restaurant far away from the crowds and all entrance tickets included (contact us for more info)

Not Included

Not Included

  • Breakfast and beverages
  • Entrance tickets (S/ 90,  can be bought directly at the sites)

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Terms of Reservation

  • Minimum 2 people
  • Solo traveler? Please contact us first to check for availability here .
  • If you buy the group tour and there are not minimum 2 people in total you have the option to postpone the tour, receive a refund or pay the difference to the private tour.
  • Please let us know if you are planning to take a train to Aguas Calientes after the Sacred Valley day tour.
  • We offer 100% flexibility for private tours.

Terms of Cancellation

Terms of Cancellation

  • If you cancel less than 3 days before the start of your tour, there won’t be any refunds.
  • If you cancel between 3-7 days before the start of your tour, we will refund 50%.
  • If you cancel more than 7 days before the start of the tour, we will refund 90% (10% fee for administrative costs).
  • Changing the date of your tour costs $20 per traveler and is subject to availability.
  • We don’t issue refunds in case of delayed flights, inconveniences with train schedules, bad weather or sudden strikes that affect the tour.

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This is the one Sacred Valley tour to rule them all: Get a real feel of the life in the Peruvian Andes before heading to Machu Picchu by getting deep dive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We have carefully crafted this unique itinerary to offer you just the right mix of local living, architecture, Incan history and amazing natural landscapes. In this most-comprehensive, 12-hour and well-paced tour of Cusco’s Sacred Valley you will visit Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy!

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The tourist packages to Machu Picchu are one of the best decisions to travel through the Andes of Machu Picchu and the outstanding tourist circuits of the Cusco region, with extensions to other tourist destinations like Puno and Arequipa. Outdoor tours among Inca ruins, archeological parks, and short nature walks in the Andes are the perfect vacation for your next travel destination in Peru, South America.

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In the Andes Mountains, Rainbow Mountain, often called Vinicunca Mountain, soars 5,200 meters (17,100 feet) above Cusco. The mountain is well known for its vivid colors, which are brought on by various minerals. Red, yellow, orange, and green represent the hues that create a truly captivating display.

The Rainbow Mountain Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The views from the mountain’s peak make the challenging walk up there worthwhile. The views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and glaciers are visible from the summit.

Our journeys include lunch, a professional guide, and transportation. Also, we provide a range of departure times to work with your schedule.

A breathtaking view of this incredible mountain

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If you are interested in learning more about Andean cosmology and traditions or looking for a spiritual experience, then a spiritual tour in Cusco is a great option. Many different experiences are available, so you can find one that fits your interests and needs.

During these spiritual sessions, individuals may engage in various activities and ceremonies to establish a connection with the spiritual realm and foster personal growth and healing. These practices often draw inspiration from the natural elements, mountains, lakes, and other sacred sites that hold significance in the Andean culture.

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The Amazon of Peru is a unique and mysterious place. The diversity and fantastic flora of the Amazon rainforest have long drawn us in, and our photographer’s hearts have yearned to capture stunning images of the abundant wildlife there. Visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Peru is one of the best travel experiences, “it has something to offer everyone,” whether you’re exploring it from a lodge or on a boat.

Enjoy the diversity of nature while exploring trails, looking for caiman and river otters, and standing on platforms in the thick canopy of the Amazon rainforest.

After spending the day exploring the most biodiverse region on earth, our Amazon vacation packages include transfers, knowledgeable local guides, and a cozy jungle lodge to unwind in.

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Super Sacred Valley Tour Full-Day

Super Sacred Valley Tour Full-Day

Super Sacred Valley Tour: On a one-of-a-kind journey through the Sacred Valley Extended Tour, see the stunning natural beauty of Peru and the ancient Inca sites. Live out a story that your grandchildren will enjoy.

Heartwarming Extended Sacred Valley Tour

Welcome to the Super Sacred Valley Tour! Get ready for an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking landscapes and ancient wonders of the Sacred Valley in Peru. Our tour will immerse you in this region’s rich history, culture, and natural beauty.

The Super Sacred Valley Tour comprehensively explores the breathtaking region surrounding Cusco in Peru. This tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Andes, discover the historical remnants of the Inca civilization, and interact with the warm-hearted locals who carry on their ancient traditions to this day. The Extended Sacred Valley Tour promises an unforgettable expedition into the heart of Peru’s enchanting landscapes and cultural heritage. From exploring ancient ruins to walking through the Andes, every moment of this journey will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper appreciation for the Inca world’s wonders.

Super Sacred Valley Tour Full-Day

If you’re looking for a way to experience the beauty and history of the Super Sacred Valley of the Incas in just one day , our tour is the perfect option.

Super Sacred Valley Tour Overview

The Super Sacred Valley Tour is a full-day adventure that takes you through the stunning landscapes of Peru’s Sacred Valley. You’ll visit ancient Incan ruins, traditional Andean villages, and breathtaking natural wonders. Our expert guides will share their knowledge of the region’s history, culture, and traditions, making this an unforgettable experience.

AT A GLANCE: The tour may start the other way around!

  • Type of Service: Private and Personalized Tour
  • Service modality: Mostly private transport and some trips
  • The meeting place to start the tour: The reception of your hotel
  • Pick-up time: 7:30 a.m.
  • Difficulty and Experience: Designed for all ages (children, teenagers, adults)
  • Presence of short walks: There are some walks on irregular paths with steps.
  • Duration of the tour in hours: Around 10 to 11 hours
  • Drop-off time: approximately 6:30 p.m. at the reception of your hotel in Cusco.

EXPLORE THE FOLLOWING INCAS SITES

  • Mirador Taray, “lookout.”
  • Pisac Inca Ruins
  • Pisac Indian Market
  • Salt Flats of Maras
  • Ruins of Moray
  • Ollantaytambo Inca Ruins

We return to Cusco via the valley of Pomatales and Izcuchaca. If clients need to stay in Ollantaytambo or connect their trip to Machu Picchu Pueblo, we will gladly drop them off at the Ollantaytambo train station.

Sacred Valley Extended Tour Highlights

  • Experience Peru’s Super Sacred Valley like never before! Our scenic tour focuses on beautiful natural wonders, ancient Inca sites, and the unique cultural heritage of this magical destination.
  • Discover Peru’s spectacular landscapes and unique cultural heritage with our Extended Sacred Valley Tour. Make your travel story remarkable with this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Super Sacred Valley Tour Itinerary

Greetings and welcome to the Super Sacred Valley Tour, which aims to completely engross you in Peru’s captivating wonders. The Sacred Valley is a treasure trove of historical phenomena, charming towns, and verdant landscapes hidden among the mighty Andes mountains. Join us as we unveil the beauty and allure of this sacred destination, providing you with invaluable insights and tips to make your experience unforgettable.

Explore the Sacred Valley from side to side

Explore the Sacred Valley from side to side

Join us for the Sacred Valley Extended Tour Adventure – a one-day experience full of incredible vistas, traditional Andean culture, and outdoor activities that you won’t ever forget!

EXCURSION DESCRIPTION

At 07:30 , we start the excursion of the Super Sacred Valley Tour full day. Have incredible views from the Taray viewpoint and the Pisac ruins. Shop or take beautiful pictures at the Pisac Indian market, then continue to the Salineras salt mines to taste Andean water. The circular ruins of Moray have several viewpoints to observe the circular Inca platforms. Guided visits to the Super Extended Sacred Valley culminate with the beautiful ruins of Ollantaytambo, with its solar temple of six large stone pieces.

Understanding the Magic of the Super Sacred Valley Tour

The Super Sacred Valley Tour is more than just a sightseeing expedition; it’s an opportunity to feel the pulse of Peru’s rich heritage and immerse yourself in the local way of life. From the bustling markets to the ancient ruins, every moment in the Sacred Valley is infused with magic.

Getting Started: Arriving in Cusco

The journey begins with your arrival in Cusco, the gateway to the Sacred Valley. At an elevation of over 11,000 feet, Cusco is a city steeped in history and offers a perfect introduction to the region’s culture and traditions.

The Sacred Valley: A Natural Wonderland

The Sacred Valley unfolds like a natural wonderland as we leave Cusco behind. The lush landscapes, towering mountains, and meandering rivers create a picturesque setting that will leave you in awe.

Pisac: Exploring the Living Inca City

Pisac, a living example of the Incas’ architectural genius, is in the Sacred Valley and is worth exploring. The Pisac ruins and the bustling market is two must-see sights that give visitors a glimpse of the valley’s past and present.

Salt mines and circular terraces in Moray and Maras

Maras and Moray are two unique and intriguing sites in the Sacred Valley. The vast Maras salt mines and the mysterious Moray agricultural terraces are examples of the Inca civilization’s inventiveness.

Ollantaytambo: The Fortress of Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town with a preserved fortress and captivating terraces, is the next stop on our itinerary to explore the Incas’ strategic military planning.

Cultural Immersion: Meeting the Locals

One of the most enriching aspects of the Super Sacred Valley Tour is the opportunity to interact with the local communities. Learn about their customs, traditions, and way of life as you share moments of laughter and friendship.

Cusco’s Gastronomy: A Delightful Culinary Journey

Peruvian cuisine is a reflection of its diverse cultural heritage. Sample the delectable flavors of Cusco, from traditional dishes like ceviche and Lomo Saltado to unique Andean delicacies.

KONDOR PATH TOURS bring a box lunch to save time and visit the Inca sites and viewpoints with more time.

The Sacred Valley Extended Tour ends between approximately 18:30 and 19:30

Travel, explore, and enjoy breathtaking views of Peru’s Super Sacred Valley with our unique tour! From rare wildlife to ancient ruins, be prepared for an unforgettable journey through a land rich in history and beauty.

Physical Level

2, Moderate

Walking Distance

A light walks

Hiking Time

5 to 35 minutes

Starting Altitude

Pisac Ruins: 3,650m (11,650 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Ollantaytambo: 2,851m (9,353 ft)

Highest Altitude

Moray Ruins: 3,500m (11,482 ft)

Super Sacred Valley Tour: 1-Day Inclusive

  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide resident in Cusco.
  • Partial entry ticket to Pisac, Chinchero, Moray, and Ollantaytambo
  • Entrance ticket to Salineras
  • Classic Box Lunch: We will gladly prepare another option for you if there are vegetarians or other dietary restrictions.”
  • Local taxes in Peru

Super Sacred Valley Tour: NO INCLUSION

  • Two liters of water: It is advisable to bring your reusable bottles to help the planet without leaving a human footprint and thus keep Mother Nature green. Plastic bottles are prohibited.
  • The visitor’s “tour guide and driver” may decide to tip them at their discretion.”

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  • Tennis Shoes
  • Rain poncho (Rainy Season: December to March)
  • Windbreaker
  • T-shirts and sunhats
  • SPF 45 or higher sun protection lotion is advised. The sun’s intense radiation underscores the importance of applying sunscreen every three hours.
  • To purchase items, cash in local currency (Soles, USD, or credit card). Vendors sell trinkets at each archeological site. We’ll make a formal stop in Chinchero at one of the textile factories to watch a textile-unveiling demonstration and learn more about creating these vibrant textiles. They contain organic dyes, and they use traditional knowledge when weaving them.

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What is the best time to embark on the Super Sacred Valley Tour?

The ideal time to visit is during the dry season, from April to October, when the weather is pleasant and there is minimal rainfall.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the tour?

As the Sacred Valley is at a high altitude, it’s essential to acclimatize in Cusco for a day or two before beginning the tour.

Are the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo difficult to explore?

While some uphill walking may be involved, most travelers find the sites accessible and worthwhile.

What should I pack for the Super Sacred Valley Tour?

Pack layers of clothing, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle.

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The Sacred Valley

Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley), is about 15km north of Cuzco as the condor flies, via a narrow road of hairpin turns. It's worth exploring this peaceful, fetching corner of the Andes with colonial towns and isolated weaving villages. Star attractions are the markets and the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, but it's also packed with other Inca sites. Its myriad trekking routes are deservedly gaining in popularity. Adrenaline activities range from rafting to rock climbing.

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Must-see attractions.

Museo Inkariy

Museo Inkariy

This wonderful new museum takes visitors into the world of the fascinating pre-Colombian civilizations that came before the Inca. It acknowledges the…

Pisac Ruins

Pisac Ruins

A truly awesome site with relatively few tourists, this hilltop Inca citadel lies high above the village on a triangular plateau with a plunging gorge on…

Ollantaytambo ruins

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo

Both fortress and temple, these spectacular Inca ruins rise above Ollantaytambo, making a splendid half-day trip. (Admission is via the boleto turístico…

Moray

With concentric terraces carved into a huge earthen bowl, the deep amphitheater-like terracing of Moray, reached via Maras village, is a fascinating…

Salineras de Maras

Salineras de Maras

Salineras is among the most spectacular sights in the whole Cuzco area, with thousands of salt pans that have been used for salt extraction since Inca…

Patabamba

A visit to the community of Patabamba offers a fascinating participative demonstration of the weaving process, all the way from picking the plants to…

Mercado de Artesania

Mercado de Artesania

Pisac is known far and wide for its market, by far the biggest and most touristy in the region. While there are still some local arts and crafts of note,…

Mercado de Chinchero

Mercado de Chinchero

The Chinchero market, held on Tuesday, Thursday and especially Sunday, is less touristy than its counterpart in Pisac and well worth a special trip. On…

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When arriving at the Sacred Valley, it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of the Urubamba mountains and the green fields bathed by the waters of the meandering Vilcanota River.

This splendid Andean valley is home to major archaeological sites and picturesque villages that have maintained their ancestral culture. Maras, Moray, Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo form part of this cultural richness, but the valley also offers incredible natural beauty which is the perfect setting for outdoor sports, or simply for relaxing. 

The Sacred Valley promises days of exploration and adventure on the route to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.  

Salinas de Maras in the Sacred Valley

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How to get to the Sacred Valley?

Lima-Cusco:

By air: 1 h 15 min approximately

Center of Cusco-Sacred Valley:

Overland: 1 h 30 min approximately

What to do in the Sacred Valley?

Chicha de jora typical of the Sacred Valley region

Try the typical local corn beer known as “chicha”.

Tour of the Salinas de Maras and the Archaeological Site of Moray in the Sacred Valley

Take a mountain bike tour of Maras and Moray.

Handicraft market of Pisac in the Sacred Valley

Wander through the Pisac handcraft market.

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Mount Ausangate, Cusco

Mount Ausangate

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Abra Malaga

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The preferred destination of birds.

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The spectacular previous complex to the Inka citadel.

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Sacred Valley in Peru

Situated between the bustling city of Cusco and the famous wonder of Machu Picchu , is the tranquil paradise known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It offers an ideal escape for travelers to relax amidst its beutiful landscapes.

It would not be a bad idea to spend a night or two in one of its picturesque villages, Urubamba or the town of Ollantaytambo . Whether it is its lower altitude compared to Cusco, the imposing presence of towering peaks or the echoes of the rich history, the Sacred Valley offers the best place to relax and explore. Delve into the rich tapestry of Inca culture by discovering meaning in the taste of a traditional clay oven meal or embark on a journey through ancient ruins scattered across the landscape. These experiences not only offer a glimpse into the past, but also the opportunity to connect with the real Peru. Whether you explore ancient archaeological sites, interact with local artisans or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery, the Sacred Valley offers a captivating journey full of cultural richness and natural beauty, all amidst the majestic Andean landscape.

Sacred Valley Elevation

The Sacred Valley is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, at an altitude of about (9,200 feet) 2,800 meters above sea level. However, the elevation of the Sacred Valley varies depending on the town you visit. Contrary to popular belief, not all the towns in the Sacred Valley are located at a lower altitude than Cusco; in fact, some are even higher. Here are the different altitudes of the main towns in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru:

  • Chinchero Elevation: Chinchero town is the highest town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is located at 3,754 meters above sea level (12,316 feet).
  • Maras Elevation: The altitude of the Maras town is about 3,400 meters above sea level (about 11,155 feet), similar to Cusco. Although the Salt Mines are at a lower altitude (3000m. – 9840ft).
  • Urubamba Elevation: The town of Urubamba is located at 9,420 ft (2,870 m) above sea level, Urubamba is one of the lowest towns in the Sacred Valley.
  • Ollantaytambo Elevation: Ollantaytambo is located at an altitude of 2,792 m (9,160 ft) above sea level, Ollantaytambo and Urubamba are the best places to acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Pisac Elevation: Although this village is at a lower level, it is not recommended to stay there if you wish to explore the Sacred Valley from Pisac.

Weather in the Sacred Valley of Peru

The weather in Peru’s Sacred Valley is generally mild and temperate, and is characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The weather in Peru’s Sacred Valley is generally mild and temperate, and is characterized by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the rainy season.

Dry Season:

During the dry season, which usually lasts from May to October, visitors can expect clear skies, lots of sunshine and minimal rainfall. This period is generally considered the best time to visit the Sacred Valley in Peru, as the weather is usually pleasant and conducive to outdoor activities such as hiking, exploring archaeological sites and enjoying panoramic views of the Andean landscape.

Wet Season:

In contrast, the rainy season, which usually runs from November to April, increases rainfall in the region. Although showers are frequent at this time, they are usually short-lived and are followed by periods of sunshine. Despite occasional showers, the rainy season has its own charm: the landscape comes alive in vibrant shades of green and the rivers flow with renewed vigor.

Whatever the season, the Sacred Valley experiences relatively mild temperatures throughout the year, with daytime highs ranging between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (between 18 and 24 degrees Celsius) and nighttime lows between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius). However, it is important to keep in mind that temperatures can vary depending on factors such as altitude and proximity to the Andes Mountains.

What is the Best Season to Visit the Sacred Valley in Peru?

The best time to visit the Sacred Valley is from April to October. During these months, the weather is enjoyable, making it ideal for tourism and outdoor activities. This period also coincides with the agricultural season, allowing visitors to contemplate the vibrant landscape of growing crops. Temperatures are pleasant, which enhances the overall travel experience.

In contrast, the months of November through March mark the rainy season in Peru. However, the Sacred Valley in comparison to Cusco offers a temperate climate all year round, even during the rainy season is a good time to visit.

5 Must-See Sites in The Sacred Valley

When planning your trip to the Sacred Valley, don’t forget to include these destinations in your itinerary. We strongly recommend that you dedicate at least two days to explore these places and discover their hidden treasures:

Ollantaytambo Ruins:

Located in the heart of Peru’s Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo is a testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Inca civilization. A must-see destination for travelers, Ollantaytambo offers a captivating blend of history, culture and natural beauty. Explore the extraordinary stone masonry, the farming terraces and the Sun temple of Ollantaytambo.

For an unforgettable exploration, join a tour led by expert local guides. providing a better understanding of Ollantaytambo’s role in the Inca Empire. In addition, adventurous travelers can opt for hiking excursions that lead to nearby ruins and panoramic viewpoints, such as Pinkuyuna Mountain, the Sun Gate and many others offering a unique perspective of this ancient Andean fortress.

Moray Ruins:

Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the enigmatic ruins of Moray draw travelers with their intriguing mysteries and ancient charm. A visit to Moray is a must see for those who wish to delve deeper into the region’s rich Inca heritage. Here, amidst the Andes hills, you will discover a series of concentric agricultural terraces that form a captivating amphitheater-like structure. To fully appreciate the importance of Moray, you can opt for a private tour with a local travel agency. The tour to the ruins of Moray is usually offered from Cusco, however if you wish to start the tour from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba you can contact us. The Moray complex offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. A visit to Moray promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a new appreciation for Peru’s rich cultural heritage.

The Salt Mines of Maras:

The salt mines of Maras offer a captivating glimpse into ancient salt production methods, dating back to pre-Inca times. Located near the town of Maras in the province of Urubamba, this network of terraced salt pans cascades down the mountainside, creating a striking mosaic of white on the rugged terrain. You can explore the intricate network of salt pools, learn about the history and significance of salt production in the region. The mines offer a unique and immersive cultural experience amidst the facinanting landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Pisac Ruins:

Located in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the archaeological site of Pisac and its market offer a captivating blend of ancient history and vibrant culture. The Pisac ruins, located high on a hill overlooking the valley, feature an extensive complex of terraces, temples and ceremonial platforms, showcasing the architectural prowess of the Inca civilization.

Visitors can stroll through the labyrinthine paths, marvel at the precision stonework and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the history of the site, including its strategic importance and role in Inca society.

Alpaca Farm:

Exploring the Sacred Valley would not be complete without a visit to an alpaca and llama farm, an experience that promises to delight alpaca lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike. Located in the charming village of Chinchero or along the route to Pisac, these farms offer an intimate encounter with these endearing creatures. At the alpaca farm, you will be able to interact with these gentle creatures, pet them, feed them, and capture memorable moments with them through photographs. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the importance of alpacas in Andean culture, from their role in traditional weaving to their significance in local livelihoods.

Where to Stay in Peru’s Sacred Valley

If you are looking for accommodation in the Sacred Valley, you will find a wide variety of hotels adapted to different budgets and preferences. For a comfortable overnight stay before heading to Machu Picchu, we recommend Ollantaytambo for its proximity to both the train station and Machu Picchu, which minimizes travel time. On the other hand, if you are looking for a luxurious retreat for an extended stay, Urubamba presents a tempting option. Located just a 30-minute drive from Ollantaytambo, Urubamba offers an elevated level of luxury with its selection of luxury accommodations. The decision of where to stay in the Sacred Valley ultimately depends on your preferences and travel plans. Here are some hotels in Urubamba and Ollantaytambo:

Tambo del Inka

If you are looking for a luxury hotel with all the comfort for you and your group then Tambo del Inka hotel is perfect, Tambo del Inka is located on the main road of Urubamba and is the only hotel in Urubamba that has a private train station with connections to Machu Picchu. The property has a swimming pool and spa. The rooms are elegant and feature a typical design of the area with regional fabrics. All rooms have a private balcony with views of the natural surroundings, LCD TV and a private marble bathroom.

Rio Sagrado Hotel

This hotel has an ideal location in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, between green fields, mountains and the Urubamba River. It offers luxurious, well-equipped rooms with views of the river. The Rio Sagrado Hotel is built with natural materials in the image of a village. The elegant accommodations of this 5-star hotel combine regional and European influences and feature wooden floor heating, panoramic terrace and Swiss shower overlooking the river. Hotel Rio Sagrado organizes numerous activities, such as horseback and bicycle tours, rafting and fishing. Cultural activities and cooking classes are also offered.

Life Hotel Valle Sagrado is located in Urubamba in Yanahuara village, 1 km from Ollantaytambo Train Station, from where you can take a train to Machu Picchu, and offers a fitness center and a garden. The rooms include a desk. Some rooms at Life Hotel Valle Sagrado have a seating area. All rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast. The hotel’s restaurant serves a variety of international, European and Peruvian dishes, as well as vegan, dairy-free and vegetarian options.

Ollantaytambo:

El albergue hotel.

Just 30 km from Machu Picchu, and it offers rooms with impeccable rustic décor and garden views, Spanish-style terraced verandas with red tiles and views of the surrounding landscape. Free WiFi is available. Albergue Hotel offers massage service and sauna facilities. Guests can rent a bicycle to explore the Ollantaytambo archaeological site or the Inca village, both located just 800 meters away. Rooms at El Albergue are decorated with rustic, dark wood beams, works by local artists and natural fabrics. All have heating and en-suite bathrooms with showers.

Hotel Pakaritampu

Hotel Pakaritampu is located in Ollantaytambo, 600 meters from the spectacular ruins and the main square. The train station is 50 meters away, you can walk to the train station from the hotel. The rooms have private bathrooms with hot water and toiletries, a digital safe, cable TV, tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, telephone and mountain or garden views. A heater is also available upon request. Hotel Pakaritampu has a 24-hour front desk, garden, luggage storage and laundry service.

Apu Lodge is a great choice for travelers staying in Ollantaytambo town, offering a family-friendly atmosphere and numerous amenities designed to enhance your stay. Guests have access to luggage storage space during their stay at the hotel. In addition, Apu Lodge offers breakfast included, which will make your trip to Ollantaytambo even more rewarding.

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The 18 Most Unmissable Things to Do in Peru’s Sacred Valley

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Posted on Last updated: 6th October 2023

Peru’s Sacred Valley – or the Valle Sagrado – receives more than a million tourists every year. Though most of them are passers-by on their way to or from Machu Picchu, those who ignore this stretch of fertile valley north of Cusco do so at their own loss. 

At a glance, the area’s relaxed atmosphere and tiny market towns may lead you to think it’s only a place of transit. But a closer look will dispel this illusion. 

The Sacred Valley of the Incas was named as such because it contained some of the best agricultural land and was therefore owned by the Inca himself.

Nowadays, it remains the breadbasket of nearby Cusco, as well as a place of untouched Quechua villages where farming techniques follow those employed by their ancestors and an abundance of archaeological sites dating back to the Inca. 

Whether you’re curious about the history of this once-great civilization or more interested in getting your hands on local handicrafts or pampering yourself with a rejuvenating Peruvian spa, there are plenty of things to do in the Sacred Valley. 

A view of agricultural terraces in Peru's Sacred Valley, a former important and sacred place for the Inca.

The list is ordered according to those closest to Cusco, to those closest to Machu Picchu in order to help you plan your itinerary. You might also want to read our guide to when’s best to travel to Peru before you start planning.

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Insider tip: Admissions to some famous places in Peru mentioned in this article are included in the boleto turistico del Cusco integral para turista extranjero . Sold by Cosituc and Peru’s Ministry of Culture, the bundled ticket is available at each attraction’s main entrance. For S/130 ($34 USD), you get admission to 16 places – mostly archaeological sites and museums – for ten consecutive days from the date of purchase. Some of the sites below require this ticket. You can also purchase a boleto parcial for S/70 ($18 USD), which gives you access to one of three groups of sites. Find out further information about the different tickets here . 

1. Learn about the valley’s wildlife at Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary

Located on the road from Cusco to Pisac, the privately-run Santuario Animal de Ccochahuasi (Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary) has been rescuing and sheltering wild species since 2007, many of which are endangered and have been taken from illegal hunters or poachers. 

While the ultimate aim is for the animals to be returned to the wild, many species are sheltered here, including Andean condors, vicuñas, and even pumas. You can see them yourself as part of a three-hour tour of the sanctuary and can get here by taxi (it’s a 22-kilometer (14-mile) drive from Cusco) or a colectivo from Cusco to Pisac.

2. Browse for souvenirs at the Mercado de Pisac

The closest town to Cusco is Pisac, a one-hour drive northeast of the former Inca stronghold.  This small, traditional Peruvian town is best known for its craft market, which draws local people from across the valley and tourists alike. 

Hand-woven textiles in the market of Pisac in the Sacred Valley and one of the unmissable things to do in Peru

While the quality and authenticity of the products sold in the market have dropped with the increase in tourism numbers (many items are made in China, rather than locally), it’s still a brilliant place to browse these wares, which range from hand-woven llama wool scarfs and baby alpaca sweaters to colorful bags.

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Visit on a Sunday to see the market in its fullest iteration with fresh produce – including guinea pigs awaiting their culinary fate. 

3. Appreciate the finest Inca stonework at Parque Arqueógico Pisac

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Not only was the Sacred Valley an important place for agriculture for the city of Cusco, but also a strategic route from Inca-controlled towns further west to Paucartambo, a settlement on the fringes of the Amazon jungle in the east.

As a result, Pisac was, and still is, dominated by a looming fortress, which perches on the edge of the valley sides at 3,500 meters (11,482 feet) of elevation. 

Inca terraces and buildings at the Sacred Valley Inca site, Pisac

Parque Arqueógico Pisac (Pisac Archaeological Park) combines a citadel showcasing typically magnificent Inca stonework, as well as mesmerizing viewpoints down and through the valley. Don’t miss the Templo del Sol (Sun Temple), with its precisely cut dry stone walls. 

A demanding uphill hike takes you from the valley floor up to the site. Alternatively, a taxi from Pisac’s main bridge costs S/20 ($5 USD). 

4. Kayak on the calm waters of Lago Piuray 

Located an hour’s drive from Cusco on the road toward Urubamba, the tiny town of Chinchero offers something unique in the Sacred Valley: water activities. The most popular is kayaking or SUP on Lake Piuray. 

At the Piuray Outdoor Centre , you can book a tour, with a guide from the local community or from the surrounding area there to help you become acquainted with your kayak or SUP and take you out onto the water. 

5. Discover Chinchero’s authentic local market

With its adobe brick houses and scattering of Inca archaeological sites, Chinchero is a typical Andean village that offers a tonne of photo opportunities. But the most attractive place to visit in this part of the Sacred Valley is Chinchero’s market. 

Chincheros local market is an old-world trading post alive with vibrant colors and unique handicrafts for sale.

Held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, with the latter being the biggest event, it’s a mostly traditional market, catering to locals who come here to stock up on fresh fruits and locally-made textiles.

Prices here are the cheapest in the region, although touristy knickknacks such as stuffed Alpaca toys are probably cheaper in Cusco.

6. Hike to the “birthplace of the rainbow” 

About an hour’s hike north of Chincheo takes you to an unexpected gem of the Sacred Valley: the Catarata Poc Poc (Poc Poc Waterfall). Though it’s quite a challenging hike to get here, the view as the water pummels down a 30-meter (98-foot) drop is more than worth it. After all, according to the Inca, this is the birthplace of the rainbow.

The trailhead starts from the remains of an Inca site in the north of Chinchero and heads northeast. 

7. Escape the crowds along the Sacred Valley’s “other” Inca trail

While most visitors who hike to Machu Picchu do so along the famed Inca trail (although we highly recommend giving the quieter Salkantay trek a go instead ), what few people know is that the area is riddled with “Inca trails”. 

One of these starts from Chinchero, heading past Catarata Poc Poc and out into farmlands at the edges of the Sacred Valley, following Inca canals that still irrigate modern farms. You’ll clamber down Inca staircases before heading into the base of the valley itself to end at Urquillos.

The trail is around nine kilometers (5.5 miles) and takes around four hours. From the end of the trail, it’s a 30-minute taxi journey or colectivo to Urubamba.  

8. Photograph the dazzling white of the Salineras de Maras

About a 30-minute drive towards Urubamba from Chinchero takes you to one of the Sacred Valley’s most unusual places to visit: the Salinas de Maras. 

Local people panning for salt at the centuries-old Salinas de Maras in the Sacred Valley in Peru

These salt pans have been used for over 400 years by local people to harvest salt, with the crumbly pink objects of their labor available to buy in the on-site shop.

The best thing to do here is capture photographs of the families at work; you’ll see how the ancient technique of collecting and evaporating salt has been preserved and carried on carefully to this day. Admission costs S/7 ($1.8 USD).

9. Visit an Inca laboratory at Moray

Five kilometers west of the Salineras de Maras lies one of the most curious landscapes left by the Inca.

A series of concentric terraces have been carved into the hillside and are believed to have been used by the Inca as either a ceremonial center or as a type of laboratory to see how crops, such as potato, quinoa, and corn, would grow at different altitudes across their vast empire. 

The concentric circles of Moray, an open-air laboratory dating from the Inca and located in the Sacred Valley, Peru

Once you’ve admired the Inca’s use of science to inform their agriculture, stop for a world-class dining experience at Mil .

Founded by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez (who also owns Central in Lima), this restaurant features an eight-course tasting menu that showcases ingredients grown in the ecosystems surrounding the restaurant. It’s not cheap and you’ll need to book your spot months in advance.

10. Explore the Sacred Valley on horseback

Whether you’re adept on horseback or a real beginning, horse riding is a unique way of exploring the Sacred Valley and accessing some of its less-visited archaeological sites. 

Hacienda del Chalán, a 10-minute drive northwest of Urubamba, is the best place to find your stead. They’ll take you up into the valley sides and you can even horseback ride from their lodge to the Salinas de Maras . Expect to pay around $160 USD for a half-day tour without accommodation.

11. Raft the foaming whitewater of the Vilcabamba-Urubamba River

While the Sacred Valley looks striking from all angles, a unique way to approach it is along the pounding foam of the Urubamba River, which flows along the length of the valley. 

Depending on where you go, you can find various different levels of difficulty ranging from Class II to Class IV rapids. Expect to pay around $160 USD for a full day’s rafting experience, such as this private tour with Amazonas Explorer (mention Worldly Adventurer for a 5% discount on this tour). 

12. Sip on the Valle Sagrado’s finest craft beer

The Inca might not have known about the beer brewing process, but the communities along the Sacred Valley have more than made up for this lack of knowledge. Nowadays, almost every big town has its own brewery but the best is the award-winning Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado . 

Tasting glasses of beer at Peru's Sacred Valley, home to craft beer.

Located in Pachar, a 10 minutes drive from Ollantaytambo, this place has its own taprooms serving artisan beers brewed using water sourced from the Sacred Valley itself. Enjoy a cold beer or two (or three!) in this peaceful brewery on the edges of the Urubamba River.

13. Capture a mystical Sacred Valley sunset from Skylodge Adventure Suites

Among all hotels in the Sacred Valley, there’s one that stands out – quite literally. Skylodge Adventure Suites’ rooms are suspended from the sheer valley sides, some 400 meters above the ground. Built almost entirely from glass, they grant the perfect views of the Sacred Valley.

Just imagine being spoiled by unobstructed panoramas of this mystical place during sunset!

The Skylodge glass pods in Ollantaytambo in Peru's Sacred Valley

Visible for miles around, these pods are a once-in-a-lifetime experience, particularly because a via Ferrata or hike and zipline are required to get here.

At the end of your stay, you’ll zipline down to the valley floor. This ziplining fee is included in the nightly rate, along with a breakfast and gourmet dinner. 

14. Relax and recharge at an Andean spa

Few visitors know that spas are a crucial part of Peruvian culture, especially in places with high altitudes. In fact, Andean people have used herbs to help cure illnesses for centuries. Among them are uña de gato (a woody vine with high levels of alkaloids helpful to the immune system) and huacatay (minty, basil-like leaves used for aromatherapy). 

From local spa parlors to luxurious wellness retreats and hotels , you’ll find plenty of options where you can indulge in local natural remedies. For those with an affinity for luxury, Relais and Chateaux’s Sol y Luna (S/1,980 or $523 USD double) is the perfect place for a spot of post-Machu Picchu pampering.

If you’ve got a smaller budget, Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness (S/665 or $170 USD double) has an array of local treatments and a gorgeous setting on the Vilcanota riverbank. 

15. Explore the impressive terraces of Ollantaytambo

Admission is included in the boleto turistico. 

Visited by many as the gateway to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo houses two significant Inca sites worthy of exploring. Built high up into the valley sides, both are visible from the town’s Plaza de Armas. 

The main archaeological site, the Sitio Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo comprises an Inca fortress with imposing stone terraces climbing up the mountain. At the top lies the unfinished Templo del Sol (Sun Temple), which has been built from lumps of red granite.

Across the site, you have panoramic views back down the Sacred Valley and a reminder of how much the Inca loved to build high up into the sky. 

Ollantaytambo - a 15th-century Inca village with terraced hillsides and towering stone temples that reach up to the sky, located in Peru's Sacred Valley.

Situated directly opposite are the ruins of Pinkuylluna, which are thought to have been used as granaries. These can be visited for free by taking the steep path from the intersection of T’ilka Kiklla and Lares K’ilkllu. 

16. Make pilgrimage to the sacred site of Machu Picchu

At the far western edge of the Sacred Valley you’ll find the giant of all the ancient sites in Peru: Machu Picchu. One of the ultimate places to visit in South America, Machu Picchu is the jewel in Peru’s crown and its most visited ancient site. 

Since being introduced to the world stage by US explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911, this former citadel has captured the minds of adventurers and travelers across the globe. It’s not hard to see why. Sitting atop a mountain saddle at 2,492 meters (8,165 feet) of elevation and ringed by sky-spearing peaks, its location is sublime.

And that’s not to mention the remarkably precise stonemasonry of the vast terraces and temples that characterize what is believed to have been both a ceremonial and agricultural center. 

Machu Picchu as seen at dawn as mist clings to Huayna Picchu

With over a million making pilgrimage to this site each year, Machu Picchu has perhaps lost a little of the magic experienced by the Inca and the explorers who’ve come in their wake.

To recapture it, book a bus ticket from Aguas Calientes and an entry ticket for Machu Picchu when it opens at 6am; our guide to the best time to visit Machu Picchu can help you plan, as well as help you avoid the rainy season on your trip. 

17. Follow in the footsteps of the Inca elite along the Inca trail

If arriving at Machu Picchu by train doesn’t feel sufficiently ceremonial, then there is another option. Instead, relive the pilgrimages undertaken by the Inca themselves by trekking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

While there are many trails built by the Inca across the Andes, the path to Machu Picchu was part of the Qhapaq Ñan (“Royal Road”) used exclusively by Inca royalty and pilgrims.

This trail generally takes four days to complete and is strenuous thanks to the altitude, which peaks at 4,215 meters (13,828 feet). Joining a guided tour is a requirement; read our extensive guide on what you need to know before hiking the Inca Trail to find the best company for you, and who will handle all of the logistics, including food and accommodation. Check out our comparison of the Inca Trail and the Salkantay (see below), too.

I highly recommend local company Alpaca Expeditions , who offer a brilliant level of service and support local indigenous communities in Cusco and beyond. They’re also now offering Worldly Adventurer readers a 5% discount on all of their hikes – just use the code Worldly Adventurer when you enquire!

18. Get beyond the beaten trail on the Salkantay

While the Inca trail is undoubtedly one of the most famous hikes in all of South America, the route itself has suffered as a result of its popularity. Numbers are capped at 500 people per day but even then, it can feel busy and far from the magical trekking experience you might have imagined.

Dawn views from the Wayramachay campground on the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu, an unmissable hike that goes into the mountains close to the Sacred Valley.

For a completely different adventure, opt instead for the Salkantay trek. This 66-kilometer (41-mile) hike starts in the sleepy hamlet of Soraypampa and ends at Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu.

Taking five days, it passes through superlative scenery deep in the Andes, switching between sticky cloud forests and high-altitude mountain passes on its winding and remote route to Machu Picchu.

Because you don’t share campgrounds with other groups, you can expect to have the path practically to yourselves: when founder of Worldly Adventurer, Steph, did it, she saw just six other hikers. Read about her experiences in this complete guide to hiking the Salkantay .

FAQS about visiting the Sacred Valley

Where is the sacred valley and how can you get there.

Peru’s Sacred Valley is located north of Cusco, about a thousand kilometers (620 miles) from Lima. Alejandro Velasco Astete airport in Cusco is the main hub that connects travelers to the Sacred Valley.

From Lima, take a one-and-a-half-hour flight (normally less than $50 USD) to get to Cusco. Note that the city sits at 3,400 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness; take it easy, drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol for the first couple of days. 

To get to the Sacred Valley, you’ll need to take a colectivo (a public van), bus, or taxi from Cusco. The former is the cheapest and easiest option. They leave every five to minutes from Calle Puputi for Urubamba (S/4-10/$1-2.5 USD; two hours) and Pisac (S/10/2.5 USD; one hour) or from Calle Pavitos to Ollantaytambo (S/10/2.5 USD;1.5 hours-two hours). Note that you have to take a different colectivo from Cusco if you’re heading to Chinchero.

Insider tip: Whichever route you choose, you’ll have to go through the winding roads of the Sacred Valley Valley. If you have significant issues with motion sickness, do bring preventative medication.

How can you get around the Sacred Valley ?

The only public transportation available in the Sacred Valley is a colectivo, a small van that operates from Cusco to Chinchero and Cusco to Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. One usually passes every five to ten minutes and stops in every town in between. They will also take passengers from the street if there are any empty seats.

Another way to get around is by taxi. Getting one within the towns is easy, especially in touristy locations such as Ollantaytambo. But if you’re in between towns, it’s best to call your hotel to arrange a pickup. Don’t want the hassle of arranging your transport? Take a Sacred Valley tour from Cusco and they’ll take care of all the logistics. 

Where should stay in the Sacred Valley ?

Along the Urubamba Valley, you’ll find accommodation catering to all kinds of travelers. We’ve handpicked the best options in our article about the best Sacred Valley accommodation for all budgets .

Is the Sacred Valley safe?

Yes, although like anywhere in Peru, if you’re flashy with your belongings, you’ll attract attention. So, dress casually and keep your belongings safe when walking around the Sacred Valley. 

How expensive is the Sacred Valley to visit?

Peru, in general, is an affordable destination. Dining at a high-end restaurant can cost less than $50 USD for two, even in the capital city of Lima. In the Sacred Valley itself, things are usually cheaper. Entrees tend to cost no more than S/20 ($5 USD), although you will certainly not find the same quality of restaurant as you will in nearby Cusco. 

Accommodation can cost from as little as S/20 ($5 USD) up to $400 USD, depending on the type of hotel, guesthouse, or hostel in which you stay. Luckily, there are plenty of choices to match your budget. 

Getting around is also quite cheap. A one-kilometer trip usually costs around S/4 ($1 USD). Note that taxis are unmetered, so it’s best to ask and agree upon the fare amount before you set off.

How can you prepare for visiting the Sacred Valley ?

The Sacred Valley sits at an elevation of around 2,400 meters (8,000 feet) above sea level. As a result, altitude sickness can be an issue among travelers, especially those coming from lower elevations, such as Lima. That said, the Sacred Valley is at a much lower altitude than Cusco (3,399 meters/11,150 feet), so it can be a great place to let your body adjust to these new conditions. 

Typically, it takes two weeks to completely overcome altitude sickness (known as soroche to Peruvians), however, a couple of days of adjustment is better than nothing. Drinking plenty of water and having enough sleep usually help with altitude sickness. You could also consume coca leaf tea and apply herbal oil made for this type of sickness; both are available in most local markets in Peru.

Besides your personal medication or anything else you need to help you adjust to altitude sickness, it’s also important to pack the right type of clothing. To visit Machu Picchu, pack something light and comfortable, but waterproof as there’s a high chance of rain (we love the Patagonia Storm waterproof jacket or the North Face Alta Vista Jacket , which is significantly cheaper but offers good weather protection).  Sunblock  is also important as the sun is very intense in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Packing a wide-brim hat is also useful. Check out our  complete South America packing list  for more suggestions.

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About the Classic Sacred Valley Tour 1D

This Sacred Valley Tour is a long but rewarding day for those who want to experience the best of the Sacred Valley in a short amount of time.

Choose from one of two itinerary options on this Sacred Valley for the best fit to your Peru travel plans!

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The lowland area between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place which held great significance in Inca Culture. The Sacred Valley has a milder climate than Cusco and on this Sacred Valley Tour we will see a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites as we drive through it.

If you have more time, we recommend an overnight stay in the Sacred Valley, allowing you more time to soak up some of the relaxed atmosphere.

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Important Details About the Classic Sacred Valley Tour 1D

What is included.

  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of trek departure
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary

Additional inclusions

  • Boleto Turistico and entry fees

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide
  • Buffet lunch at a restaurant in the Sacred Valley

What is Not Included?

  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • Tips for the guide

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades . All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

  • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

Optional Activities

  • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu , either at the beginning or end of your trek
  • Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!
  • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
  • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

  • A light day pack to carry your things
  • Water bottle and snacks
  • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru .

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17 : 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years : 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years : 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see  this blog  as well as the  Age Requirements  section of our  Booking Conditions .

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Guides & Safety

Our whole trekking team is native to the region and know the Sacred Valey like the back of their hand! They are some of the warmest, endearing and wonderful people you are ever likely to meet.

Our guides are all licensed and receive regular training. They share their experience, professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm with our passengers on every trek.

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Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate . Walking times depend on the group.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

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  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
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Option A - Cusco to Cusco (Code CSV1-A)

We head out of Cusco around 8am towards the high mountain village of Chinchero, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at a high altitude (3800m / 12,500 ft). On this version of the Sacred Valley Tour, we are traveling in the opposite direction as most agencies in order to avoid the crowds.

In Chinchero, we will visit a weaving center and be treated to a demonstration of traditional weaving and dyeing techniques. If we’re there on a Sunday, we’ll also visit the famous Chinchero market!

From Chinchero, we’ll enjoy jaw-dropping vistas as we descend into the Sacred Valley, continuing on towards Ollantaytambo. This quaint Inca city is the only existing town that is laid out according to an Inca plan, and it features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village center.

We will have a buffet lunch in Urubamba before heading to Pisac, our final stop for the day. In Pisac we will first visit the attractive ruins, built with breathtaking audacity by the Incas high above the town, and then descend to the artisan market, one of the biggest in all of South America! After this, we head back to Cusco, and transfer to your hotel.

Option B - Cusco to Ollantaytambo (Code CSV1-B)

This is the “standard” Sacred Valley Tour itinerary. We will start out early, leaving Cusco to Pisac where we will begin by exploring that city’s ruins.

The Pisac ruins are some of the finest and largest in the entire valley. Despite the excellent condition of many of the structures, little is conclusively known about the site’s actual purpose. It appears to have been part city, part ceremonial center, and part military complex. It might even have been a royal estate of the Inca emperor Pachacutec. It was certainly a religious temple, and although it was reinforced with the ramparts of a massive citadel, the Incas never retreated here to defend their empire against the Spaniards (and Pisac was, unlike Machu Picchu, known to Spanish forces).

After visiting the ruins, we will descend to the village of Pisac itself, famous for its tourist market where hundreds of stalls crowd the central square. The square is marked by a small church, San Pedro el Apóstolo, and massive  pisonay  trees. 

Leaving Pisac, we head towards Urubamba where we will visit a traditional ceramics factory where we can purchase beautiful earthenware. After visiting the ceramic factory we will have lunch in Urubamba, then continue on to Ollantaytambo with the impressive Inca terraces of resistance (to avoid landslides). The archaeological site consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases.

The design of Ollantaytambo village and the majority of its foundations date from the Inca era when it was a strategic military, religious, and agricultural center. You will have time to stroll in the picturesque streets after settling in at your accommodations.

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Such an amazing day in the Sacred Valley. Every stop brought its own interest and joy. Boneth was so pleasant and knowledgeable. She had the answer to every question. She allowed great flexibility between the needs of both me and my wife. The driver was always at the ready and took the best paths.

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Wonderful view and amazing experience. [I was] very happy, I wish I could have stayed longer. Our driver was amazingly skilled and friendly. Boneth was very helpful and knowledgeable of the area, made me feel at ease.

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Peru’s Sacred Valley – Just one hour away from Cusco, it’s a destination full of adventure, culture, and glimpses into local Andean life; nestled in the verdant foothills of the snow-capped Andes, with a stunning landscape, dotted with little villages and ruins. Explore Pisac and Ollantaytambo to witness and wander around stunning hillside Incan ruins, visit Chinchero to experience a traditional market day in the valley. Do not miss the ancient salt pans, known as the Maras Salt Mines and the Inca experimental terraces of Moray.

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Day Trips through Sacred Valley from Urubamba

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Day Trips through Sacred Valley from Urubamba

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Sacred Valley Tour from Urubamba to Cusco - Guided Tours & Day Trips in Urubamba

Explore the best part of sacred valley and inca ruins by taking the best day trips from urubamba.

Guided tour of Sacred Valley from Urubamba – A private tour designed for those visitors who head straight (from Cusco airport) to the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley either to take advantage of the lower altitude and acclimatize, or as stop-off on their way to a Machu Picchu tour, also perfect for those who are on the way back to Cusco to see the city once you’ve adjusted to the thinner air or the airport after having a great adventure to Machu Picchu.

This day tour through Sacred Valley of the Incas from Urubamba is exclusively created to start from any small boutique and luxury hotels located in the extensive valley of Urubamba, between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, or another location, near to the Sacred Valley; to show the country’s magical sites through exclusive though authentic tours, in harmony with the natural world.

In this Tour of Sacred Valley from Urubamba, enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour of the most beautiful tourist places and the best highlights of the Sacred Valley, such as the archeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray and the Maras Salt Mines, as well as local typical markets, local farms, and non-tourist markets.

During this best day trips in Urubamba, explore the best part of Sacred Valley in only one day with a private Peru Spirit Adventure knowledgeable guide at your side and stop-offs en route to experience a wool-dyeing & weaving demonstration, chicha-brewing lesson, get local typical markets, and stops at lookout points to witness the breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes Mountains.

Don’t see the tour you want? No problem! This tour is completely customizable, which means you can design their own unique and route trips across Sacred Valley, focusing on certain interests sites, and so have unique experience with local private tour guides.

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If you are planning on visiting Peru and stay in the Urubamba Valley which is significantly lower than Cusco to acclimate. Then looking for an exciting trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas from Urubamba to visit key sites? Look no further, we offer you the best tours and things to do during your stay in Urubamba in a private service.

Experience the magic of this special area with a range of tours that will tantalize your senses, by taking an unforgettable journey through its stunning landscape and fascinating history. Book your tour from Urubamba today!

These guided tours and day trips in or from Urubamba are totally customizable. Tours can be started from any point of Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Cusco or airport with Drop-Offs at the respective hotels in Cusco, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Airport or another place, and the tours can be extended to Machu Picchu and other sites like Cusco City Tour, Rainbow Mountain, etc.

Sacred Valley highlights and popular day trips from Urubamba

  • Marvel at awe-inspiring landscapes, visit incredible archaeological sites, and learn all about the rich history on a day trip from Urubamba, Perú.
  • Enjoy the extensive archaeological complex of Pisac, which boasts extensive agricultural terracing of the Incan empire, guard posts, watchtowers and many impressive examples of Inca architecture
  • Stop off at the surreal salt ponds, also known as Maras Salt Mines; a stunning array of terraces filled with water that collect salt and have been in use since pre-Columbian times.
  • Visit the Incan agricultural terraces of Moray, which are extraordinary rings of stone terraces built almost like an amphitheater, where the Inca culture developed new crops
  • Hike around that amazing archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, with excellent views of the surrounding countryside, the village of Ollantaytambo itself and learn all about its history.
  • Learn the history of the Incas while explore the amazing landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and must-see Inca ruins and archaeological sites, on a full-day tour from Cusco
  • Journey through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas following the Urubamba River and witness picturesque towns of Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba, Maras & Ollanatytambo.
  • Enjoy beautiful views of the Urubamba Mountain range and contemplate the peaks of the Verónica and Chicón Mountains, as well as the fantastic views of the Sacred Valley.
  • Don’t miss the chance to venture out on a custom Sacred Valley tour to experience all of its unique cultural & historic offerings.

Trip Itinerary

Perfect itinerary to tour the sacred valley from urubamba to cusco.

Discover the best tours from Urubamba and embark on unforgettable adventure exploring Peru’s Sacred Valley and see the best sights in Urubamba with some unique tours & day trips, or get an insight to the life of Incas and Inca civilization on this full day Cusco Sacred Valley Tour or Sacred Valley Day Tour from Cusco .

To explore the best highlights of the Sacred Valley in 1 day starting in Urubamba and finishing in Cusco or returning to their hotel in Urubamba/Ollantaytambo, we have crafted itineraries that might suit perfectly to your timing or places that just appeal to you.

Our carefully selected tours guarantee personalized attention, expert guides and exceptional service. Choose us for the best tours from Urubamba and create lasting memories of your trip in Peru. These tours are totally customizable, see the options below and let us know which option you want:

Option 1: Ollantaytambo, Pisac Inca Town and Artisan Market Tour – 1 Day

Tick off Ollantaytambo’s Inca fortress, Pisac ruins and its colourful market in the Sacred Valley on a day trip from Urubamba—the perfect choice for history buffs and first-time visitors.

Detailed Itineary

Your private guide and driver will collect you from the lobby of your hotel at 8:00am, and drive you to the lovely village of Ollantaytambo, known as the “Last living Inca City,” in the Sacred Valley, which it serves as the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Your first stop is at Ollantaytambo ruins, famous for its Temple of the Sun and fortress whose 100 tons construction rocks were brought from 5 miles away and its very well preserved streets from the Incan times.

Continuing your tour through the scenic Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will drive towards the village of Pisac through a narrow Urubamba valley, passing through gorgeous towns such as Urubamba, Yucay, Calca and amazing landscapes.

The next stop is at Pisaq Archaeological Site which boasts an impressive Incan complex located on the top of an important mountain in the Sacred Valley. You will witness magnificent tombs, temples, and houses enclosed by gigantic walls. There are also agricultural terraces here.

After touring, you will get in the car and return to the town of Pisaq, which has a large daily market full of produce for both tourists and locals. This market is particularly popular because the local craftspeople manufacture their goods and sell them directly to tourists.

Option 2: Moray, Maras Salt Mines, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo Tour – 1 Day

In this tour of Sacred Valley from Urubamba, experience the majestic salt pans of Maras, Moray Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo Ruins and Weavers at Chinchero in One Day

Detailed Itinerary

After being picked up at your hotel in Urubamba at 8:00 am, you’ll embark on a journey through the Sacred Valley in the Peruvian Andes and drive in a private van to picturesque town of Ollantaytambo with your private tour guide.

At Ollantaytambo town, enjoy a guided tour of its well-preserved archaeological site, which showcases the architectural prowess of the Incas, with intricate stone terraces, ceremonial temples and the impressive Temple of the Sun.

You will then continue through the valley to visit the Moray archeological site, which boasts a series of circular terraces, burrowed into the earth like a huge amphitheater. The complex is believed to have served as an elaborate agricultural laboratory for the Incas.

Continuing your tour through the Sacred Valley, you will go towards these surreal salt ponds, known as Maras Salt Mines; where you’ll discover more than 3000 ancient Inca Maras salt ponds carved by the Incas, which was the main provider salt center to Cusco and it’s still even today for many communities around and the Sacred Valley.

Upon the conclusion of your tour, you will travel to visit Chinchero a quaint village of great weavers with a lovely XVII colonial church and some Incan archeological remains. Finishing this tour, you will drive to Cusco or back to your hotel and be dropped at your hotel

This is a great way to explore the Sacred Valley while learning about the Incan stuff like history, agriculture, nourishment, religious and so on. This Sacred Valley Tour option can be started from Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and finish in Cusco or viceversa.

Option 3: Moray Terraces, Maras Salt Mines and Pisac (Ruins & Market) Tour – 1 Day

Enjoy the history and the outstanding views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in one day by visiting Moray Inca site, stunning Salt flats of Maras and the Inca ruins of Pisac

Detailed Iitinerary

We pick you up from your hotel in Urubamba at 8:00 am and lead you to the western side of the Sacred Valley of the Incas to explore Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ruins, located around the town of Maras in Peru.

During your journey, enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and snow-capped peaks of the Andes while driving in a comfortable van until you reach the circular terraces of Moray.

In the archaeological complex of Moray, you will learn about Moray’s story and what’s behind this experimental agricultural research center with different-height platforms of the ancient civilization, because of this place, today we are able to have over 3000 sorts of potatoes and other plants.

We continue the journey toward the Salt mines of Maras, created by the water coming down from the Qaqa Wiñay Mountain. Here you will learn about the process by which this product is created in its 3,000 wells. The pink salt of Maras is one of its most precious derivatives.

After enjoying a guided tour of Maras Salt Mines and Moray with a local expert guide, we return to the Urubamba town to enjoy lunch (not included) in a local restaurant.

Following lunch, we drive through the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas to the archeological complex of Pisac, where you’ll enjoy the beautiful views across the valley and around while learning the history of the Inca Empire from your private guide.

After exploring the splendid Inca ruins of Pisac located on the top of an important mountain in the Sacred Valley. We’ll head back to Pisac town to visit its colorful market (optional), where we can browse the array of local artisan work and other souvenirs.

At the end of the tour of the fascinating ruins of Moray, Maras Salt Mines, and Pisac in the Sacred Valley, we will drop you off at your hotel in Urubamba by 5:00pm or in Cusco by 6:30pm.

Option 4: Pisac Archaeological Site and Sacsayhuaman Ruins Tour – 1 Day

Embark on a fantastic day trip to explore Pisac Ruins and its Market, and cap off the experience with a tour of the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman on the way back to Cusco or airport.

After being collected from your hotel at 8:00 am, we will drive in our comfortable private van through the heart of the enchanting Sacred Valley over one hour to our first stop, the local community called Pisac.

In Pisac you will be guided through the impressive Inca ruins above the town that offers stunning views of the surrounding valley and then see its massive farming terraces and a great Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs, both from Incan times, you will also witness many examples of original Inca architecture.

After exploring the Inca site, head down to Pisac town, known for its lively local market (though it is open daily). The market is a great place to shop for souvenirs, including textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. You’ll also find plenty of fresh produce, including exotic fruits and vegetables, and street food vendors selling local specialties.

After Pisac you will be driven for 20 minutes to Taray viewpoint, an observation platform that offers breathtaking vistas of the Sacred Valley, the Urubamba River, the farming lands, and the Peruvian Andes. Onward, you will drive to explore the archeological sites of Tambomachay, Q’enqo, Puca Pucará and Sacsayhuaman, which are located just above Cusco City

The next stop will be at Inca archaeological site of Tambomachay also known as El Baño del Inca or the “bath of the Inca,” which boast series of aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls. Then you head to Puka Pukara, a reddish color military fortress, which is built of of large walls, terraces, and staircases.

Continue your tour with a visit to the underground temple of Qenqo, where you can stroll through a labyrinth of impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into solid rock.

Finally, you finish the tour at Sacsayhuaman, a massive Inca fortress, made up of massive stone walls that were built without the use of mortar by the Incas during the late 15th century; and marvel at the most impressive examples of Inca stonework and engineering.

Option 5: Pisac Ruins & Pisac Market, Pikillacta Ruins, & Tipon Ruins Tour – 1 Day

In this Excursion to the Sacred Valley or Tour from Urubamba to Cusco, visit the amazing Pisac ruins and its colorful Market, the archaeological sites of Tipón and Pikillacta in the Southeast of Cusco on a leisurely full-day tour with a private local guide

Your day trip to Pisac (market, Inca ruins) in the Sacred Valley and South Valley of Cusco starts with an 8:00 am pickup from your Urubamba hotel in a private van

Then enjoy a 1 hour and 30 minute drive through the Urubamba Valley, enjoying phenomenal views of the Peruvian Andes, witnessing the picturesque villages of Yucay, Calca and Lamay to the community of Pisac.

Your first stop is at a village in Pisac. Visit a local market that gives you a better idea about life in this area. You can choose to pick up some souvenirs here if you’d like (own expense).

Onward, explore the Inca ruins site that’s here, and see ancient temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels, and caves. Afterward, get back in the car for about a 50-minute drive to the pre-Inca site of Pikillacta

At Pikillacta, visit the amazing and unique adobe pre-Inca complex was built by the Wari culture who once dominated the central highland and coastal regions of Peru.

Finally, visit the Inca site of Tipon, which boast an elaborate set of terraces and water channels. It is thought to have been used as one of the most important ceremonial center to worship water.

This day trip to the Sacred Valley comes with stop-offs on the way to taste a special and delicious big bread Known as “Chuta”(own expense), or to enjoy guinea pig (own expense) on a stick and roast in a clay oven in the town of Tipon, and other stops at great lookout points to witness the Andean Mountain’s beauty.

Included on The Sacred Valley Tour From Urubamba to Cusco

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Experienced and English-speaking licensed local guide to visit the Sacred Valley’s Inca sites
  • Private transportation with a professional driver (The type of vehicle will be provided based on the size of the group)
  • Comprehensive Guided sightseeing and personalized service
  • All Local taxes

No Included on The Sacred Valley Tour From Urubamba to Cusco

  • Hotel before/after the tour
  • Entrance Tickets: All of the sites visited on this tour require the Sacred Valley Tourist Ticket. You can purchase this ticket at your first stop for S/70 soles for a one day pass, or S/ 130 soles for the 10 day pass.
  • The entrance tickets to the Maras Salt Mines is separate and is S/10 soles each.
  • Meals: Meals are not included in your tour but our guides will recommend some good places. If you prefer another location, please feel free to tell your guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

CUSCO TOURIST TICKET

You will need a tourist ticket to visit the Sacred Valley. Below you have all the information about them.

The Cusco Boleto Turistico is the only ticket that allows you to visit the most important tourist attractions in and around the Cusco area. With this Ticket, you visit Inca Ruins, museums and typical dances of Peru at 07:00 pm daily. you don´t need to book in advance the tourist ticket, just buy it at the first site you visit. Cash only. There are 2 types of Tickets.

1.- THE GENERAL CUSCO TOURIST TICKET

BTG is also known as the Complete Cusco Tourist Ticket . (In Spanish it is called the Boleto Turístico Integral Cusco). This complete Tourist Ticket Cusco gives you permission to discover all 16 tourist attractions in the Cusco region: If you want to visit ruins in both Cusco & the Sacred Valley, your best option is the full “General Boleto Turistico”

  • Price: 130.00 Soles
  • Student Price: 70. 00 Soles
  • Validity: 10 days

2.- PARTIAL CUSCO TOURIST TICKET.

The Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket is only valid for one or two days. It allows you to enter certain Inca Archeological Ruins and these sites are grouped together according to tourist circuits. This Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket is not available for students or for minors. If you plan on visiting only Sacred Valley and Maras Moray. But not City Tour on Cusco, the best option is the partial one.

  • Price: 70.00 Soles

What to bring for Sacred Valley Full Day Tour from Urubamba

  • Clothing:  The weather in the Sacred Valley changes quickly, so bring a lot of layers to be prepared. Pack t-shirts and add warmth with long-sleeve clothing and a fleece jacket. Lightweight pants for hiking.
  • Footwear:  Comfortable hiking shoes or athletic sneakers with good traction are perfect for walking up to and around the Inca archaeological complexes. Multi-day hikes you will definitely want the boots for ankle support.
  • Sun protection:  Don’t forget your hat, glasses, and sunblock for sun protection.
  • Day excursions:  When traveling outside Cusco for a day. Bring a daypack with snug straps to carry your water, camera, snacks and other personal belongings.
  • Rainy season:  During the rainy season months, pack a waterproof jacket or a travel-size umbrella or plastic ponchos. Plastic ponchos are also available to buy in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
  • Bottled wáter:  It is not recommended to drink tap water in Peru. But staying hydrated is important for preventing altitude sickness.
  • Money:  It is good to have small bills and coins in the Sacred Valley because market vendors and small stores may not have adequate change to break larger bills.
  • Snacks:  Energy bars, candies, cookies, etc (you can also buy fresh fruits at one of the villages’ markets).
  • Insect repellent:  There are mosquitoes in the secred valley.
  • Portable chargers:  It is recommended to bring charger because phone batteries run out quicky.
  • Toilet paper:  Some toilets dont have toilet paper and antibacterial hand gel.
  • Some small plastic bags for disposals.

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The ultimate guide to exploring urubamba sacred valley, exploring the enchanting heart of the andes.

Urubamba Peru is a lovely village located smack dab in the heart of the enchanting Sacred Valley, or Valle Sagrado. This authentic town makes the perfect “home base” to explore the diverse highlights of Peru’s Sacred Valley.

The Sacred Valley is an incredibly lush region that offers sprawling Inca Archaeological Parks, charming villages, hiking trails for days, and many more hidden gems. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is also the gateway to Peru’s most famous treasure: Machu Picchu.

There are so many fantastic things to do in Urubamba Peru. The centrally located village sits next to the mighty Urubamba River. There are spectacular traditional markets and a large open central market. The Urubamba cemetery is one of the most beautiful burial sites in all of Peru. Make sure to stroll through one of the many artisanal shops and eat at one of delightful Urubamba restaurants and coffeeshops that are scattered throughout the city.

Venture into an unforgettable journey through Urubamba, where ancestral marvels and natural beauty combine.

The town of Urubamba is located at 9,420 ft (2,870 m) above sea level. This is about 1,700 ft (500 m) lower in elevation than Cusco (11,120 ft/ 3,400 m). Urubamba sits in the shadows of Chicon mountain that towers to an elevation of 18,143 ft (5530 m).

The town of Urubamba is about a one-hour drive northeast of Cusco. The two-lane highway climbs in elevation from Cusco to a high plateau and passes exits for Chinchero and Maras and Moray before descending into the Sacred Valley to Urubamba. Urubamba is located on the valley floor along the banks of the Urubamba River about halfway between Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Altitude Sickness

When you first get to Cusco, staying the first couple nights at a lower altitude in Urubamba, instead of Cusco, will help you acclimate better.

The Best Tours & Excursions from Urubamba

Urubamba offers a variety of fascinating tours that showcase the rich Peruavian history, breathtaking scenery and the vibrant Andean culture. If you are planning your stay in Urubamba, here is a list of day tours you need to know to maximize your time in Urubamba. Beyond Machu Picchu, Urubamba has a variety of other captivating attractions.

Explore the Sacred Valley’s archaeological sites, such as Moray, Pisac, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo or the impressive Maras Salt Mines. Delve into one of the most beautiful regions in Peru, Urubamba!

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To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

  • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary. — ABOUT THE BRIEFING:  The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

  • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.

We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

  • For all trek and multi-day tours,  we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes  we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip,  we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips,  we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Cusco Half Day Tours,  we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at  [email protected]

FINAL PAYMENTS:  We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

  • Cash payments  are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars.  Take note.  The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
  • PayPal payments  are due one week before the tour or trek departure.  a)  There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal.  b)  If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is: [email protected]
  • All banking fees will be covered by the client

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURS & TREKS:

Notification

  • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to  [email protected] .
  • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that  PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE  expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.

CANCELLATION FEES

  • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
  • Inca Trail treks
  • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
  • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
  • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
  • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
  • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
  • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).

INCA TRAIL TOURS

  • PERMITS:  Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

CHANGES MADE BY CLIENT

  • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

  • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
  • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
  • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
  • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
  • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
  • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
  • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.

ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT IN MACHU PICCHU, HUAYNA PICCHU AND ON THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
  • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
  • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
  • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
  • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

TRAVEL IN PERU:   Peru Spirit Adventure  operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. ( Force Majeure ). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow  Peru Spirit Adventure  to make necessary changes without liability.

FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)

By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ADVENTURE TOURS & TREKS

  • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “ FINAL PAYMENTS ” section above).
  • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
  • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see  “CANCELLATION FEES”  section above).
  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
  • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
  • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)

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Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

Peru Spirit Adventure Team!

Who is  Peru Spirit Adventure ? We are a small tour operator company owned by a local  Peruvian experts  with more than 10 years of experience as a guide.  Our office is based in Cusc o, a city in the Peruvian Andes and is located near the central square, Plaza del Armas. Our team is made up of  knowledgeable  and  passionate  tour guides from  Cusco  and  Andes  with many years of experience  Read more

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How to Plan an Epic Peru Family Vacation

W hether you want to cross exploring the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu off your family’s travel bucket list, or you long to explore the magnificent geological features of Rainbow Mountain near Cusco, Peru represents the perfect spot for a multi-generational family vacation . We’ve been wanting to visit Peru for awhile and have always appreciated Our Whole Village ‘s philosophy and itineraries.

Our Whole Village (OWV) is a family-focused travel agency that designs meaningful and culturally immersive trips for families who want to create lasting memories, travel more consciously, and give back. I asked OWV to put together this Peru guide, including their favorite activities and accommodations.

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Peru Family Vacation Guide

Why take a family vacation to peru.

Peru contains stunning natural beauty, from high-elevation lakes to remote deserts and prime Amazon rainforest. Its rich and varied history means there are archaeological treasures from civilizations as diverse as the Norte Chico, Wari, Nazca, and Inca scattered across the land.

From the colonial charm of Cusco to the ancient splendor of Sacsayhuaman, the iconic llamas and alpacas of the Sacred Valley to the lush rainforests of Puerto Maldonado, there’s something for every age and interest in Peru. What’s more, the “Land of the Incas” boasts some of the best food in the world, founded on agricultural practices left unchanged for more than 2,000 years.

Where Is Peru?

South America is moderately easy to reach from the United States. While Peru has 234 airports, only 24 of those receive regularly scheduled flights from Peru’s leading domestic airlines. Most travelers fly directly into Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) before catching connecting flights to final destinations such as Cusco (CUZ) or Puerto Maldonado (PEM) (for a visit to the Amazon Basin).

What to Know Before You Travel to Peru

Peru currency.

The  official currency of Peru  is the  nuevo sol  (S/) or Peruvian  sol . Since the nation still operates primarily on cash, keep plenty of paper money and coins on hand. Don’t expect to find ATMs or currency exchanges in small villages and towns. 

While US dollars may also be accepted, expect change given in the local currency. So, you’ll have to do a little math to make sure you receive the correct change.

Peru safety

In certain parts of Peru, such as the Columbian and Peruvian border area in the Loreto region, criminal activity is more common. The American government also recommends avoiding the area in central Peru known as the Valley of the Rivers Apurimac, Mantaro, and Ene. 

Remain aware of your surroundings and stay vigilant as you would with any location that you’re visiting while at home or abroad. Use common sense and don’t venture out after dark. For more information on safety during your vacation, check out the  latest update s . 

Vaccinations for Peru

The CDC does recommend travelers to Peru take certain precautions. Hepatitis A is an important one, as well as Typhoid, and Tetanus. Check out these travel vaccines for Peru recommended by Passport Health (which is a great place to go for your shots) to see what you might need to have before a visit.

Transportation in Peru

There is a vast diversity when it comes to forms of transportation in Peru , from antiquated trucks to modern air fleets. As you travel through the countryside, you will need to strike a balance between comfort, practicality, cost, and safety. Better yet, work with a travel company that can organize transportation needs in advance, relying on the most comfortable and modern standards. 

Peru Challenges and Concerns

When traveling to Peru, prepare for soaring heights and panoramic vistas. Of course, these views come with the potential for altitude sickness (or  soroche ). Prevention through acclimatization to higher elevation remains the best line of defense. 

Recognizing the telltale signs of altitude sickness is important. They include loss of appetite or nausea, headaches, lethargy, and poor sleep. To avoid altitude sickness, make rest a priority, avoid alcohol, and eat in moderation.

Healthcare in Peru

The public healthcare system provides all Peruvians with access to medical care regardless of their income. The private health sector is mainly centered in the capital city of Lima. 

Private clinics provide a much higher standard of care than public health facilities, and they have up-to-date medical equipment, supplies, diagnostic equipment, medicine, and well-trained nurses and physicians. Tourists to Peru should purchase an international health insurance policy before arrival to cover any expenses that arise while abroad. 

When is the Best Time to Visit Peru?

As with any vacation, you’ll need to choose the right time for you, but here is what you can expect when traveling to Peru.  Dry Season:  May to October.  Rainy Season:  November through April.  High Season:  July and August, mid-December to mid-January.

Optimal Travel Times:  April to June or September to November. It’s a good choice to travel during these times so that you can enjoy lighter crowds, warmer temperatures, and fewer rainy days.

What to Pack for Peru?

When in Peru, prepare to dress for a variety of microclimates found at various elevations. The nation contains 28 of the 32 world climates. What does this mean for multigenerational travelers? Remember to pack for temperature fluctuations. In other words, layering will be your friend.

Choose wrinkle-free materials that pack easily and can be washed on the go and air-dried. Don’t forget a compact raincoat for the occasional drizzle and a light down jacket for evenings when temperatures can drop drastically. 

You’ll also want to invest in comfortable walking shoes that can handle brief treks through the mountains or jungle. Plus, make sure to leave some extra room to bring back  souvenirs from Peru .

Things to do in Peru with kids

Paddleboard or kayak on piuray lagoon.

Enjoy a 15-minute yoga session before heading out onto Piuray Lagoon for a paddleboarding or kayaking lesson . The calm, mirror-like waters of the lake are perfect for practicing new skills while enjoying breathtaking vistas of the surrounding countryside. 

Enjoy an Immersive Visit to the Huilloc Community

Experience the vibrant indigenous culture of the Sacred Valley of the Incas (or Urubamba Valley) while being symbolically integrated into the Huilloc community. You’ll get dressed in typical clothes and use traditional tools to participate in the lifeways of the Andean people. 

Explore the Peruvian Amazon

From the Tambopata National Reserve to Manú National Park, enjoy spectacular views and many family-friendly activities. These include river cruises, accessible jungle hikes, visits to indigenous villages, and plenty of wildlife observation. A Peruvian Amazon tour is a great way to break up your trip.

Take the Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu

Savor the dramatic scenery of the Andes on a scenic train journey to the station at Agua Calientes. There, board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu , the fabled “Lost City of the Incas” built circa 1450 by the Inca emperor Pachacuti.  

What to Eat in Peru?  

Peruvian food is enjoying a moment and with good reason. This cuisine reflects the diverse history, culture, and local resources of the nation while offering plenty of mouthwatering recipes. What should you order while in Peru? Some of our favorite dishes include:

  • Aji de Gallina : A chicken dish crafted using Peru’s famous bright yellow Aji Amarillo peppers. The slight spiciness of the meal keeps it from descending into boredom without proving “too hot” for kids. 
  • Salchipapas : This mixture of papas (potatoes) and salchidas (sausage) will put a smile on any kid’s (or adult’s) face.  It also represents a hearty treat that’ll stick with you throughout the day. 
  • Papas a la Huanca í na : This glorious mixture of  huancaína , a creamy cheese sauce, over boiled Peruvian potatoes and hard-boiled eggs tastes both rich and satisfying.
  • Mazamorra Morada : This popular dessert is made from purple corn and fruit and will please just about any sweet-loving palate.

From  Aji de Gallina to Salchipapas , there’s no end to yummy Peruvian food for kids. What’s more, the Peruvian reliance on local vegetables and fruits translates into nutritious dishes sure to satisfy without causing a sugar rush.

Accommodations in Peru

Multigenerational travels to Peru provide ample opportunity for three generations (or more) of your family to come together for unforgettable memory-making. It’s important to find accommodations that fit the needs of your family. 

Where to Stay in Peru with a Family

Here are a few more upscale options for the most luxurious traveler:

  • Belmond Miraflores (Lima)
  • Tambo del Inka (Sacred Valley)
  • Titilaka (Lake Titicaca)
  • Inkaterra (Machu Picchu)
  • Belmond Monasterio (Cusco)
  • Palacio del Inka (Cusco)

Peru Itinerary ideas

A family vacation to Peru should be a minimum of 10 or 11 days long to allow for travel both ways. A flight from New York to Lima takes approximately eight hours. Peru family travel will also require time to acclimate to the high altitude of places within the Sacred Valley, including Cusco and Machu Picchu. 

Peru itinerary: Lima to Cusco

Fly into Lima and spend a couple of days exploring the city. Head to Cusco to start your Sacred Valley experience. At Piuray Lagoon, enjoy a kayaking or paddleboarding lesson before taking a traditional Andean ceramics class. 

Continue to Chinchero, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo, to learn more about the vibrant Inca Civilization. In Huilloc, enjoy a community-based experience that provides a behind-the-scenes look into daily life. Then, take a scenic Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll savor the mystique and adventure of the “Lost City.” 

While visiting Machu Picchu, you can also stop into the small town of Aguas Calientes, nestled along the banks of the Urubamba River. There, the whole family can enjoy shops and eateries, or soaking in the hot springs. Then, take a short walk to the Machu Picchu Site Museum and Botanical Garen where you can explore a wide variety of local flora.

You can also discover the architectural wonders of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman or enjoy a horseback riding expedition in the Andes Mountains with a tour guide. For a sweet stop, participate in a chocolate-making workshop at a chocolate museum. 

This is the  Peru itinerary  we looked at for planning a trip.

Amazon Extension: Puerto Maldonado

Take a short flight from the Lima Airport into Puerto Maldonado Airport and head to the pier just 15 minutes away. From there, spend 45 minutes sailing along the Madres de Dios River to your hotel, experiencing expansive vistas of the forest along the way. 

Choose from a variety of excursions that allow you to explore the rainforest at your own pace. Options include a guided walk to learn more about the Amazon Basin, passing by impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco and the strangler fig. Or, explore the river by night, keeping an eye out for the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures — owls, capybaras, nightjars, alligators, and more. 

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    Build your ideal Peru trip. Call 1.406.541.2677. Start Planning My Trip. On a tour of the Sacred Valley, you'll experience the heart of ancient Inca culture still living and breathing in its marketplaces and colorful indigenous peoples. Imposing Inca fortresses overlook the fertile, terraced valley as they cling from the mountainsides high above.

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    Peru's Sacred Valley is an essential part of any visit to Cusco. It is home to some of the best Inca ruins, full of great sights, beautiful views, local craft markets and local people dressed in their typical costumes of their villages. You can visit the beautiful ruins of Pisac, the temple of Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, the ruins of Moray or ...

  10. Sacred Valley Full-Day Tour

    No others will be added to your group. *** A minimum is 2 people is required to start a group. *** This " Tour of the Sacred Valley in Cusco " can leave any day of the week, the whole year. Groups of 2: $120 per person. Groups of 3: $80 per person. Groups of 4: $70 per person. Groups of 5: $55 per person.

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    Rainy Season: December to March. During the wet season, the minimum temperature in the Sacred Valley is around 15°C, with the maximum temperature being a high 27°C. The weather is mostly rainy, but every so often the clouds will part and a burst of bright sunshine will bless the day. The average humidity is 65%.

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    The Sacred Valley stretches between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, northwest of Cusco city. The Urubamba river winds through this valley with fertile soils and an abundant water supply. Elevations vary from 9,000 ft (2,790 m) on the valley floor to 16,000 ft (5,000 m) and above at the highest mountain summits.

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    Extended Sacred Valley Tour - 1D. Discover the Sacred Valley in depth on our exclusive Extended Sacred Valley Tour. Explore key Inca sites, hidden gems, and enjoy a deluxe experience. Unlock the secrets of the Sacred Valley on our exclusive Extended Tour - the ultimate journey for those who crave a deeper connection to the Incas legacy.

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    This Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour is one of the best ones you can do in Cusco…. Explore the must-visit spots of Machu Picchu for taking photos without crowds around. No rush! We stay around 50 minutes at each site of the Sacred Valley tour. from: USD 549.

  15. Sacred Valley Tour with Moray & salt mines included

    The general ticket allows you over the next 10 days to enter 16 archeological and cultural sites in Cusco, the south valley and the Sacred Valley tour. The price of this ticket is 130 soles (about US $40) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

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    The Super Sacred Valley Tour is a full-day adventure that takes you through the stunning landscapes of Peru's Sacred Valley. You'll visit ancient Incan ruins, traditional Andean villages, and breathtaking natural wonders. Our expert guides will share their knowledge of the region's history, culture, and traditions, making this an ...

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    Peru, South America. Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley), is about 15km north of Cuzco as the condor flies, via a narrow road of hairpin turns. It's worth exploring this peaceful, fetching corner of the Andes with colonial towns and isolated ...

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    Maras, Moray, Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo form part of this cultural richness, but the valley also offers incredible natural beauty which is the perfect setting for outdoor sports, or simply for relaxing. The Sacred Valley promises days of exploration and adventure on the route to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Maras saltpans.

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    Embark on our Private Sacred Valley Tours from Cusco with local experts and explore the highlights of the Sacred Valley of the Inca in Peru, at your own pace with more free time and flexibility! Customize your day trip to Sacred Valley with your own English-speaking local guide and private driver. All our private tailormade Sacred Valley tour ...

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    The Sacred Valley is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru, at an altitude of about (9,200 feet) 2,800 meters above sea level. However, the elevation of the Sacred Valley varies depending on the town you visit. Contrary to popular belief, not all the towns in the Sacred Valley are located at a lower altitude than Cusco; in fact, some are even ...

  21. The 18 Most Unmissable Things to Do in Peru's Sacred Valley

    Expect to pay around $160 USD for a half-day tour without accommodation. 11. Raft the foaming whitewater of the Vilcabamba-Urubamba River. While the Sacred Valley looks striking from all angles, a unique way to approach it is along the pounding foam of the Urubamba River, which flows along the length of the valley.

  22. Classic Sacred Valley Tour 1D

    Simply enter your details in the enquiry form to start personalising your experience or if you have any questions about booking this tour. Recommended on. 5 Average 37 Reviews. 1 day (6-8hrs) Availability : Any day with 2 people. Depart: Cusco. Max People : 12.

  23. Tour the Sacred Valley from Urubamba

    This complete Tourist Ticket Cusco gives you permission to discover all 16 tourist attractions in the Cusco region: If you want to visit ruins in both Cusco & the Sacred Valley, your best option is the full "General Boleto Turistico". Price: 130.00 Soles. Student Price: 70. 00 Soles. Validity: 10 days. 2.-.

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    Peru family travel will also require time to acclimate to the high altitude of places within the Sacred Valley, including Cusco and Machu Picchu. Peru itinerary: Lima to Cusco

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