Classic Sacred Valley Tour (All Day)

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Hotel - Plaza San Francisco

Duration

07:00am to 18:30pm
Classic Sacred Valley Tour Details

Get to know one of the most fertile valleys in southern Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which has been an important region since ancient times due to the richness of its lands nourished by the waters of the Willkamayu (Vilcanota) River. Within this valley, you can appreciate beautiful villages that still cultivate products like corn and potatoes, alongside three significant archaeological centers that held great importance during the Inca era.

ARCHEOLOGICAL CENTER OF PISAQ

Pisac is divided into two zones: the old one, located in the upper part, is an Inca archaeological site, and the current one, situated in the valley, dates back to colonial times. The main square is a lively place filled with colorful handicrafts for sale. This town is renowned for its astronomical observatory.

Pisac’s architecture reflects a mix of indigenous and mestizo influences, with Viceroy Toledo’s constructions built upon Inca remains. Here, you can attend a mass in Quechua, amidst indigenous people and regional mayors. Moreover, you can witness how the Inca agronomists ingeniously solved the problem of planting crops on the slopes of the hills.

Pisac is a prominent tourist attraction due to its Inca archaeological site, forming part of the archaeological circuit of Cusco, along with Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, making it a significant source of income for the town, aside from subsistence agriculture.

Pisac is also home to famous Inca legends. Notably, a statue represents the story of Chief Huayllapuma’s daughter, Inquill. According to the legend, she was to marry the man who could build a bridge over the Willcamayu River (now “Vilcanota” or “Urubamba”) in just one night, as it was essential for the place’s defense. Despite the challenging task, Asto Rímac, a handsome prince, accepted the challenge and asked for the princess’s hand. The local authorities arranged everything for Asto Rímac to begin the work, while the princess had to climb a hill without looking back; otherwise, she and her fiancé would turn to stone. Almost at dawn, the prince finished the work, but Inquill, unable to bear the wait, turned around and has remained turned to stone ever since.

PISAQ MARKET

Pisac is a Peruvian town located in the Cusco region, in the province of Calca, and is the capital of the Pisac district. Situated at an altitude of 2,966 meters above sea level, the town is well-known for its craft fair.

At the mountain’s peak lies the archaeological park of Pisac, constructed between the 10th and 11th centuries.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER OF OLLANTAYTAMBO

Ollantaytambo (in Quechua: Ullantaytampu, “warehouse or inn of Ollanta”) is a Peruvian town and Inca archaeological site, serving as the capital of the homonymous district located in the province of Urubamba, in the department of Cuzco. It is situated approximately 90 km northwest of the city of Cuzco.

During the Inca period, Pachacutec conquered the region and built the town along with a ceremonial center. At the time of the conquest, it served as a fort for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Unlike other archaeological sites in Cusco, Ollantaytambo features resistance platforms (to prevent landslides) rather than agricultural ones. Today, it is an important tourist attraction due to its Inca constructions and is a common starting point for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

ARCHEOLOGICAL CENTER OF CHINCHEROS

Chinchero is a Peruvian town and the capital of the homonymous district located in the province of Urubamba, in the department of Cuzco. It is the birthplace of the hero of Peruvian independence, Mateo Pumacahua, who participated alongside the Angulo brothers in the Cuzco Rebellion of 1814.

The town had a population of 3,765 inhabitants according to the 2017 census. It is situated approximately 30 km from the city of Cuzco, at an elevation of 3,754 meters above sea level.

The monumental zone of Chinchero was declared a historical heritage of Peru on December 28, 1972, through the R.S.N° 2900-72-ED Archaeological Park with the National Directorial Resolution No. 515 of the year 2005.

The Chinchero Archaeological Park covers an area of 34,800 hectares. Chinchero was inhabited before the Inca Empire. During the Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca Tupac Yupanqui planned the construction of palaces for the elite. Currently, you can see the remains of the palace upon which the colonial church stands.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up from your hotel
  • Tourist transportation for all visits
  • Professional bilingual guide (Spanish or English)

Price Excludes

  • Partial ticket price for foreigners (S/70.00 soles)
  • Partial ticket price for Peruvians (S/40.00 soles)

Things To Carry

  • Backpack to carry your things
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Sacred Valley

THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS is located at an altitude of 2790 meters above sea level. On this day, we will pick you up from your hotel at the specified time in the morning to commence our tour. In Inca times, the Sacred Valley held immense importance in agricultural production, particularly in cultivating large-grain corn, a tradition that endures to this day. During the tour, you will visit the valley’s picturesque towns that exhibit their unique blend of cultures, arts, and architecture.

First, we will explore THE TOWN OF PISAQ AND ITS ARTISAN MARKET, along with the adjacent ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE. Later, we will proceed to Urubamba, where you will indulge in a delightful buffet lunch featuring typical dishes of the region. The journey continues to the OLLANTAYTAMBO ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK, a site with origins dating back to the 15th century. Lastly, we will visit CHINCHEROS, a place that has preserved its traditional textile and ceramic arts. Here, we will explore its colonial church, home to remarkable canvases from the 15th and 17th centuries.

Finally, we will return to Cusco, where the transport will drop us off just 2 to 3 blocks away from the main square. This concludes our tour.

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Carolina Miranda

Family Traveller

We loved our trip, a beautiful place with very lovely, receptive people, beautiful tours, and a lot of history to learn. The agency was very professional, punctual on the tours, and the guide Karyna was very nice too! We liked it and recommend it. (Google Reviews)

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June 29, 2024

Olivia P.

Group Traveller

Thanks to Tayra Tours’ Sacred Valley tour, I fell in love with Peru! The scenery was breathtaking, the ruins were fascinating, and the people were incredibly welcoming. This tour sparked a passion for the Incan culture in me, and I can’t wait to return and explore more!

May 24, 2024

Michael and Sarah T.

Couple Traveller

Tayra exceeded our expectations! From comfortable transportation to the delicious gourmet lunch included, every detail was perfectly taken care of!

May 5, 2024

David K.

Couple Traveller

Just back from Cusco and wanted to rave about Tayra Tours’ Sacred Valley tour! It was the perfect day trip filled with history, culture, and stunning scenery. The ruins of Pisac were impressive, and the market there was a great place to find unique souvenirs. Highly recommend this tour!

April 27, 2024

Melissa Wedyer

Family Traveller

Too good

Well worth the time and money spent on this tour. It was a fantastic experience with a lot of new things to learn and see. Sacred Valley undoubtedly is an impressive part of the Incan civilization. I can totally recommend this tour and this tour company. (TripAdvisor)

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March 7, 2020
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