SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS 1 DAY
The Sacred Valley Tour explores the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, which was of great significance in Inca Culture.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas has a milder climate and lower elevation than Cusco and visits a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. This region is exceptionally beautiful, so get ready with your camera.
This tour is the classic/traditional tour of the Sacred Valley where you will see the main sites in a very full day. In addition to the sites we visit on this tour there are other sites of interest in the Sacred Valley that can be visited separately (Maras, Moray & Salineras, Tipon, Pikillacta, & Andahuaylillas).
We recommend spending the night in the Sacred Valley to really appreciate and absorb the relaxed atmosphere of this place. This tour can also be added to the Machu Picchu Train tour or any other trek for the complete Cusco experience!
- Meeting point: Your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
- Tour departure: 8:30am
- Tour finish time: 6:00pm
- Daily departures: With 2+ people
You will be picked up from your hotel or from the Plaza Regocijo (your choice) in Cusco at 8:30am and driven by private transport to 4 local communities in the Sacred Valley.
From Cusco it is just over an hour to our first stop, the local community called Pisac. At Pisac you will be guided through the ruins above the town and have the opportunity to explore the incredible market of Pisac (the largest on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays).
After Pisac you will be driven for another hour to Urubamba where you will have time to have lunch in a restaurant of your choice. After lunch we leave again for 25 minutes to Ollantaytambo to explore the ruins there.
We drive for another hour and twenty minutes to arrive in Chincheros where we will see the local colonial church and a small market. After we finish exploring we return to Cusco by our private transport (one hour). You will be returned to your hotel in Cusco at approximately 6:00pm.
- Pick up at your hotel or at the Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you are already out.
- Private transportation to Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros and back to Cusco
- Professional English-speaking guide who will provide the tour
- 1-day tourist ticket for the sites included in this excursion
- Water bottle and sandwiches
- Tips for your guide
- Trip interruption and medical insurance
- Lunch in Urubamba (we found that people prefer to choose their own restaurant as there are many options and people have different preferences)
- Pick up/drop off at hotels outside of Cusco (extra fee)
Prices may vary according to your needs and preferences, contact us through the following options of your preference or send us a reservation to answer your questions. We will be happy to help you with your trip.
What to bring
- Hat and sunglasses
- ISIC card if you are a student
- Rain gear and warm jacket in the event of inclement weather
- Good shoes for walking over pavement and dirt paths
- Money for souvenirs, tipping, extra snacks.
For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.
You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.
But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.
All year round, although the best weather is usually seen between March/April and November (or the dry season). This excursion is classified as easy to moderate as it involves a gentle walk in each site. This is a great day tour for acclimatization as it is a gentle hike at an altitude lower than Cusco. Please note that if the weather is very bad, the trail could be dangerous and we may have to cancel the trip and perhaps replace it with another walking day or a day hike, depending on the circumstances.
There is no difficulty in this tour.
Tickets are included.
If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.