Sacred Valley Tour Full Day
- Style Trip
- Classic Tour
- Places to Visit
- Sacred Valley
- Tour Length
- Daily Departures
- Group Size
- 6 Persons to more
- Physical Grade
The Sacred Valley has become in recent years, one of the most important destinations in South America, is the Urubamba River Valley and is known worldwide as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley is home to beautiful traditional Andean villages from colonial times, where you can find ancient Inca settlements scattered throughout the valley, in the middle of mountains belonging to the chains of the Andes.
Structures like the ones you can see in the towns of Pisac or Ollantaytambo, have made it one of the favorite places for travelers from around the world, even more so because it is the place where you will have to enter the Inca city of Machu Picchu. This valley was the center of the Tahuantinsuyo, the largest known empire in the Western Hemisphere, spanning from Colombia and Ecuador, through Peru and Bolivia, to the northern part of the nations of Argentina and Chile, and its capital is the city of Cusco, known as the “navel of the world.
This day the Sacred Valley tour start at 8:30 am, collected from the hotel to go to Pisac, which is a typical market, with picturesque terraced fields on the mountain. Visit the Archaeological Site of Pisac. On the route we will visit the site called Awanacancha where we can appreciate the camelids and the process and preparation with ancestral techniques based textile fibers. It is also famous for its fairs where you can buy beautiful handicrafts. Then we head to Urubamba where we have included a buffet lunch. Then we go to the
Archaeological Park of Ollantaytambo, ancient Inca town located next to the stone fortress of the same name which we leave after a tour in our vehicle to return to Cusco or to the respective hotel in the Sacred Valley. Duration: 8 hrs. Approximately.
Tour available all year.
PISAQ. This great archeological complex is located in the district of P´isaq, province of Calca, 33 km. east of the city of Cusco.
There is a strange coincidence between the distances between the cities of P´isaq, Cusco and Pikillacta. The distance between Cusco and P´isaq is 30 km, it is the same distance if measured from P´isaq to Pikillacta and from Cusco to Pikillacta are also 30 km. By uniting these three cities in a straight line, a perfect equilateral triangle is achieved, which creates multiple speculations about the incredible architectural genius that the Incas had.
The beauty of its walls, built with large stone blocks polished with extraordinary symmetry and unequaled handling of the stone leave the visitor perplexed.
At first astonishment is inevitable, then a sensation of deep respect for the creators of these centennial buildings, mute witnesses of the greatness of an empire.
“On the shores of Willkamayu, the sacred god river that runs through channels of carved stone dominating its fury, begin the stripes of light and shadow of the famous platforms of P´isaq, the great city of partridges. A city of legend that was built on a crest of blue rock, almost over the air to see the most beautiful of the Cusco valleys,” says Peruvian journalist Alfonsina Barrionuevo, of this ancient Inca city.
Ollantaytambo.- one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the Inca Empire, commonly called “Fortress”, due to its huge walls, was actually a Tambo or city-accommodation, strategically located to dominate the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
The architectural type used, as well as the quality of each stone, worked individually, make Ollantaytambo one of the most peculiar and surprising works of art made by the ancient Peruvians.
Ollantaytambo is located in the district of the same name, province of Urubamba, approximately 60 km. northwest of the city of Cusco and with a height of 2,792 meters above sea level.
It was built on the slope of the hill called Bandolista. Its name means “Tambo de Ollanta”. It was called tambo, or “tampu” in Quechua, to a city lodging with capacity to lodge thousands of people. During the incanato many tambos existed in diverse zones of the valley and did not have a special name, the people simply said “tambo” to the one that corresponded to their zone.
In the times of the conquest it continued being called this way, only later Ollantay was added to it in memory of the caudillo anti (of the Antisuyo) that helped Huayna Cápac to conquer the province of Chinchaysuyo.
- Transportation by bus for the whole tour.
- Specialized professional guide.
- Buffet lunch in a tourist restaurant.
- Drinks as Water
- Telephone calls
- Tickets (BTC) of Entrance to the Archaeological Groups
BTC (Cusco Tourist Ticket, allows entry to Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and other 13 attractions include museums and 4 archaeological groups that are visited on the City Tour) S/. 130.00 or USD 47.00 just these three places. Click to see Cusco Tourist Ticket Children and students have 50% discount on the full BTC.
Recomendations and packaging list
- Wear comfortable slippers, polo shirts, trousers, shorts, poncho (only in the rainy season Nov – Mar)
- Sun hat, sunscreen, bottled water, and personal medications
- Extra money
- Portable chargers and cameras
Price per person: $ 40.00 USD
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