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Extended Sacred Valley tour – full day

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  • Tour type: Cultural - Full day tour
  • Departure and return location: the lobby of your hotel
  • Start/end time: Pickup time 7am & we arrive around 6pm

Sacred valley as its name proposes was a revered place for the Incas, where the Incas believed the spirits of the goods were living in the mountains. After centuries the quechua presence still left here, especially in the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros, also at the ancient agricultural laboratory of Moray.

The valley contains a string of steadfastly traditional hamlets, among them. Calca, Lamay, Qoya, Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Where you will encounter valley and fields with alpacas or sheep grazing, also crops of maize, quinoa and potatoes. At the salt mines of Maras, where evaporation pools create uneven terraces all the way down the steep-sided valley, you can observe Quechua-speaking locals harvesting salt with the same centuries-old methods that have been used since pre-Inca times.

If you are looking for some connection with the Inca culture, the Sacred Valley has incredible places where locals still living with their traditions as back in the fifteenth centurie, offering different experiences with their proper traditions also hiking, biking, horseback riding and zip lining. In order to complement the weather in the Sacred valley is usually pleasant and the altitude is lower than Cusco, thus making it an ideal place to acclimatize upon arrival.

PLACES TO EXPLORE

  • Pisac Inca site
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Moray
  • Salt mines – Salinas de Maras

CONSIDERATIONS

Please do not forget to grab your confortable shoes, lots of places to explore!

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Itinerary

Day 1Cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel at 7 am. then Just a 30 min. driving from Cusco, we reach to Taray view point, where you will see andean peaks with some glaciers, also the sacred river” Willcamayu” and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then we go to Pisac archeological park where we will admire the complex system of terraces where the Incas had different variety of products, also here you will see one of the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs, also your guide will take you back to the Incas time with the fascinating histories, then we go to visit the colorful market of Pisac, after we drive until Urubamba where you will have different options for lunch. 30 more minutes to reach to Ollantaytambo or also known by locals as” the last Inca living town” where the buildings retain their original Inca walls, it was one of the last Inca bastions to withstand the attacking Spanish, after exploring the archeological park we drive for one more hour until Salt mines where we will find a big group of white pools where locals still using the same methods that have been using since remote times. So is time to go to moray where we find a group of terraces according experts these served as a farming laboratory which involve different temperatures and soil providing different growing environments. Finally, time to go back to home. Around 6:30 we stay again in Cusco and we will take you to your hotel.

What to bring?

Essentials

  • Original passport. (very important)
  • Valid ISIC student card (in case you are student)
  • Small day pack.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Fleece, down jacket.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rain gear (according season)
  • Camera.
  • Water.
  • Money in soles to purchase BTG tourist ticket.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc.

Extra information

Included in the City Tour

  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Bilingual English speaking guide.
  • Private van to visit all Inca places.
  • Ticket for salt mines.

Price Excludes

  • Entrance ticket for all archeological sites, this ticket has two options and can be purchased at the first site you enter. It is about US$22 or 70 soles. (BTG, see important info)
  • Meals.

Price Reference

The price is based on your group size.

  • 2-6 people: US$ 220.00 total.
  • 7-10 people: US$ 380.00 total.

Important info - BTG / BOLETO TURISTICO -TOURIST TICKET

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico.

  • The partial ticket or 1-day ticket: costs 70 soles (US$22) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit many sites as you like in one day with no further charge; there are no discounts with this ticket.
  • The general ticket: costs 130 soles (US$43) and is valid for 10 days, allows you over the next 10 days to enter to 14 cultural and archeological sites in Cusco, the sacred valley and south valley.
  • The cost for students under 25 (with the presentation of a valid ISIC card) and for teenagers under 18 (with the presentation of an identity card) is 70 soles (US $20). Children under 11 are free.
  • The tickets for Saqsayhuaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, etc. Cannot be sold individually, you must buy the Boleto Turistico, and you must pay in soles, no credit cards or US dollars are accepted.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Turistico General:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenq’o
  • Puka Pukara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Moray
  • Chinchero
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta

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