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From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

1. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray. Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings. Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Your adventure in the valley continues with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Following your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

2. Sacred Valley Tour: Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional settlement with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of the area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas. You will learn about their traditions from your professional guide, and be able to visit archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church. From Chinchero, you will be transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay, a centre for Andean tradition. Here you can watch demonstrations of textile work, adobe, pottery, and silverware be carried out the same way they were in the 13th Century. Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. Afterwards, you can visit the town and local archaeological site and climb the iconic fortress. *Visits on Sundays include a tour to the Chinchero market.

From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

3. From Cusco: Weaving, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Tour

Get to know the most interesting and must-visit spots in the Sacred Valley on a day tour. This carefully planned itinerary works to avoid the masses of tourists and allows you plenty of time at each site. Learn about the archeological hot spots of Cusco and Perú from guides who are passionate and knowledgeable about the country's history. Discover fascinating weaving traditions and how natural ingredients are involved. Further, capture unforgettable moments in the salt mines of Maras or Moray terraces, with the majestic Andes in the background. Finally, enjoy the impressive Ollantaytambo ruins and what happened during the Spanish conquest of Perú.

Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

4. Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley History Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will be taken on a road that winds around the mountains north of the city. On the way, you will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (Lookout Point). From there, you will be able to see the Sacred Valley, and gain some insight into the history of the Inca. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas the Incas settled, as there is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes. You will also be able to witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. Later on, you will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. Here, you will witness and learn about Inca culture, and also see some amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terraces. You will then head to the town of Urubamba, where you will sit down for a delicious buffet lunch. Following lunch, you will drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you will visit the ruins, an important area of Incan construction which was built during the Inca’s heyday. This is an extraordinary Inca site in which you can find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. You will then continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles, with this town’s inhabitants living in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua, and maintain age-old customs. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Cusco at around 7:00PM.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

5. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 4-Day 1-Night Trip

Day 1 Be picked up at your accommodation between 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM and take a tour through the city. Visit the cathedral of Cusco, Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The tour will end around 7:00 PM in the main square. Walk to your accommodation from the main square. Day 2 Be picked up at your accommodation between 8:15 AM - 8:35 AM and head to the Sacred Valley. Spend the day exploring the valley and visit Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chincheros. Return to Cusco at around 7:30 PM. Day 3 Be picked up at your accommodation between 6:45 AM - 7:10 AM and travel to Hydroelectric. Arrive at Hydroelectric at around 2:00 PM. Relax with a short break for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour walk to the hot waters, where your accommodation is. Listen to a short briefing about the itinerary for the next day. Afterward, you can have dinner and relax in the thermal baths. Day 4 Wake up early and walk to the sanctuary entrance. Have a 2-hour tour of the sanctuary and spend some time taking photos before heading down to the hydroelectric plant. Pick up all your belongings at your accommodation and take a bus at 3:00 PM to Cusco. Travel for 7-hours to Cusco. Arrive at Cusco at around 10:00 PM, where your tour comes to an end. Walk or take a taxi to your accommodation in Cusco.

From Cusco: Full-Day to Huilloc, Pumamarca, & Ollantaytambo

6. From Cusco: Full-Day to Huilloc, Pumamarca, & Ollantaytambo

You will be picked up from your hotel and depart towards Huilloc where you will learn about the customs of this community and will participate in a demonstration of one of the ancestral activities of Andean life: the process of making garments using traditional techniques, understanding the meaning of their iconography. A resident will show you the weaving process of typical Huilloc clothing. In addition to the opportunity to appreciate this traditional activity, you can buy one of these beautiful garments, contributing to the spiritual strengthening and identity of this Inca people, making this a complete and special experience. Then, it will depart towards the archaeological site of Pumamarca, composed of structures such as platforms, roads, and canals. He will have lunch on the road. Later visit the town of Ollantaytambo which has been continuously inhabited since the time of the Inca Empire. Finally, you will be transferred from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco.

Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

7. Private Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

Take in the views from the famous point, El Mirador, before seeing Sacred Valley and gaining insight into the local Inca history. There is an unusual abundance of fertile plains in this high area of the Andes, witness vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Incas. See amazing works of stone art and impressive agricultural terrace. After lunch, visit Incan ruins in Ollantaytambo. Find rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. Continue to Chinchero to see how natural dyes are made for artisanal textiles and how the local inhabitants live in dwellings and conditions nearly the same as their ancestors. They dress in multicolored clothing, speak only Quechua and maintain age-old customs.

From Cusco: 5-Day Alternative Macchu Picchu Adventure Route

8. From Cusco: 5-Day Alternative Macchu Picchu Adventure Route

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco Make your way to Cusco at your own pace and enjoy the rest of the day to walk around town and make the last-minute preparations for your trip. Make your own way to your accommodation and attend your mandatory pre-departure briefing that evening. Get a good night’s sleep ready for your adventure to begin. Day 2: Mountain biking and rafting  Depart from Cusco in the morning and make the journey to Ollantaytambo for breakfast and to pick up some snacks before continuing to the Malaga High Pass. Here, enjoy a 2.5-hour bike ride down through the lush and humid jungle. See Huamanmarca Archaeological site along the way and cruise through fruit plantations and over rivers before arriving in Santa Maria village. From Santa Maria, enjoy a scenic 2.5-hour rafting adventure through class III and IV rapids on the Urubamba River, or alternatively, spend some time exploring the village on your own. Spend the night at a rustic guesthouse in Santa Maria.  Day 3: Trek to Santa Teresa After an early breakfast, begin your day of hiking through the jungle. Observe beautiful pristine landscapes, abundant flora and fauna and friendly locals. Stop for lunch halfway during the trek to relax and refuel. In the afternoon, arrive in the village of Santa Teresa where you may choose to recover in a thermal hot spring. Day 4: Zip-line and trek Fly through the treetops on a 2-hour morning excursion on South America's highest canopy zip-line. Traverse over 2,500 meters of cables with the longest ride covering 400 meters and the highest at 150 meters. Afterward, take an easy 3-hour hike along the train tracks from Santa Teresa to a hydroelectric station for lunch. After lunch, continue for another 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes (most people hike this portion of the trek but there is an optional train ride from the hydroelectric station to Aguas Calientes). In Agua Calientes, pay a visit to one of the many internet cafes, cafes, or shops before retreating to your hotel for the night. Day 5: Machu Picchu and return to Cuzco Catch one of the first buses to Machu Picchu to appreciate the city in the early morning light as the mist dissipates. Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour followed by some free time to explore the city on your own. If time allows, visit the local market and shop until the train whistle blows, signaling your return to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you will take a bus back to Cuzco arriving around 8:00 pm.

From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

9. From Cusco: Choquechaca and Pumamarca Private Full-Day Hike

Enjoy a full-day hike that showcases the natural and cultural wealth of the Sacred Valley. Be in awe of stunning landscapes and learn more about Andean culture. Begin your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. Head towards Pallata, and make a short stop in Ollantaytambo, the former royal estate of the Inca Empire. Continue on to Pallata and begin your hike. Starting at 3100 meters above sea level, this hike takes you through several ecological floors that display magnificent changes in the colors of the flora and fauna. Witness and experience the cloud forest phenomenon, where the humidity of the valley is retained causing it to drizzle all year. At 3800 meters above sea level, arrive in Choquechaca. Meet the locals that live in this quaint town and learn about its traditions and culture. Then, enjoy a box lunch before heading back. On your way back, take a detour to Pumamarca, the Inca archeological site with the largest number of platforms throughout the valley. Conclude your hike with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Ollantaytambo

Great tour with beautiful views and rich history! Tour guide we had spoke both English and Spanish and translated between both. Was a great tour to get in a lot of Cusco in one day. Notes for tour: if you get motion sickness, bring motion sickness medicine! The roads you take are very windy and bumpy. Easier hikes/walks throughout this tour.

A very interesting experience, full of history and very beautiful places to see and with a lot of energy…. Super recommended. The excellent guide !!!! He knew the sites very well and transmitted the information with great confidence, which makes you very interested in each place to know more...

I loved our guide and the whole tour was super fun and informative. I loved how she explained all the history and she was super nice to all of us and made sure we all stayed together and were happy. We also met new friends through the group tour which was also a plus.

The tour is highly recommended, a comfortable and practical way to see the Sacred Valey. Mihai, the guide was energitic, helpful and knowledgeable. The transportation was comfortable, the restaurant had vegetarian options.

Mega day, saw everything, strenuous but worth the effort. Wow. Great guide.