Sacred Valley VIP tour is a combination of two tours, Classic Sacred Valley tour and Maras Moray tour. It is a perfect day trip to visit all the prominent sites that forms the Sacred valley of Incas.
The Sacred Valley of Incas or Valle Sagrado as known in Spanish, was a prominent site during the Incan empire.
The pretty towns with cobble stone streets, archaeological sites and agricultural terraces still captivates attention of many travellers. Sacred Valley is ideal for travellers looking for quick trips from Cusco and want to visit more than the renowned Incan citadel, Machu Picchu.
On this full day Sacred Valley VIP tour, we will be visiting some of the prominent land marks that forms the Sacred Valley of Incas. Namely, Chinchero, Moray, Maras, Ollantaytambo and Pisac.
Chinchero is a rustic town that lies on the way to Urubamba from Cusco. People in Chinchero are known for their traditional weaving techniques using Alpaca wool and for producing handicrafts. Sadly, Chinchero is overlooked by many travellers but this small town has a lot to offer to its visitors. One of the prominent sites in Chinchero is the colonial adobe church. This church stands on the top of a small hill overlooking the valley.
Locals believe that the renowned Incan emperor and son of Pachacutec, Tupac Yupanqui used Chinchero as his resort. Many agricultural terraces and aqueducts were constructed during his rule some of them are still in use. Among all sites of the Sacred Valley, Chinchero has the most fertile soil. The agricultural terraces here, produced quinoa, potatoes, fava beans among other products.
While looking for photos of Sacred Valley of Incas, the circular agricultural terraces of Moray is one of the most prominent photos that many people come across. Moray was another prominent site in Sacred Valley for Incas. To Incas, these emblematic circular agricultural terraces were laboratory to test different climatic conditions to grow their crops. The depth and design of these terraces and their orientation with the wind and sun creates a different temperatures at each level. The difference from the top to the bottom of the circular terrace is about 15 °C (27 °F). The different micro climatic conditions at different levels of these terraces allowed them to study wild vegetation. Peru is popular for different types of Potatoes. The farmers here experimented and played around with nature and science thus making Peru home to over 2,000 types of Potatoes.
Maras is another popular town often coupled with a visit to Moray due to its close proximity. Salt Pans or salineras of Maras is an intriguing sight that one cannot afford to miss. These ancient salt pans were dug on the slopes of a hill during the Incan rule. Over a thousand shallow geometric pools here are filled with salt water as the water from these pools evaporate they leave behind crystallised salt. This process is followed for over 500 years till date.
Ollantaytambo has been an important site since the Incan empire. It served as an administrative centre and also a a gateway to the the Amazon corner of the Incan Empire, Antisuyo. Ollantaytambo now serves as a prime point to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco as it is one of the two town with train stations offering services to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town.
Pisaq or Pisac is prominent for its agricultural terraces and artesenal markets.
Pisac ruins are massive and are only second to Machu Picchu. The ruins of Pisac are located high above the valley. Ruins of Pisac are considered are one of the finest remains of the Incan archaeological sites of Peru.
Although the market is open every day, the market of Pisac is livelier on Sundays. The bustling colourful markets of Pisac attracts many visitors.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cusco Hotel Transfer|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco
We will be picking you up from your hotel within the historic centre of Cusco between 06:00 and 03:30 AM. If you are not staying within the historic centre, we will co-ordinate with you a meeting point and you will be picked up from there.
After picking up all travellers, we will start driving towards Chinchero. Chinchero is roughly 45 minutes away from Cusco. In Chinchero, we will be visiting the archeological site and the market.
Our next stop will be in Moray. Moray is home to the renowned circular agricultural terrace. Here our local guide will explain the significance of the site. He will also give you an insight on how the Incas cleverly designed a drainage system at the bottom of the terraces in order to avoid flooding during the rainy season.
We will then visit the salt pans of Maras which is in use since pre Incan times.
Then we will follow the beautiful route to Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley, where we will stop for a BUFFET LUNCH (option for vegetarians)
We will continue our scenic journey to the amazing town of OLLANTAYTAMBO. Ollantaytambo is a classic Incan city which conserved the traditional Incan urban construction of narrow streets adjacent to flowing streams. As you walk through the stone streets, the gentle sound of flowing water will make it easy for you to imagine the city as it was in the time of the Incas. In the upper part of the town, there is an impressive ceremonial center that was used for water worship and also a mighty fortress that protected the access point to the lower part of the valley. Then we will take you to the small village of Pisaq, where you can enjoy its lively artisan market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, you will be taken to explore the Pisaq Ruins before you return to Cusco at about 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended
Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces
Camera and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
Water container and water.
Cash in soles and/or US$
Optional: walking sticks or poles (rubber covers required in order not to damage archaeological sites)