Tour Sacred Valley + Maras Moray (VIP) 01 Day
Our full day (VIP) Sacred Valley tour allows you to enjoy the best and most complete highlights of the Sacred Valley including the archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, some Andean markets, the Inca terraces of Moray, and the salt mines in Maras. Our services are operated in private with our own guides and transportation. We also include all you will need to enjoy your tour without a worry.
The valley between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo is best known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On our tour, we will drive in between the towering mountains surrounding the valley, which were of great importance to Inca culture and history. The valley is located at lower altitudes (when compared to Cusco) and welcomes all travellers with warm, sunny days. During your tour with us, you will see a succession of picturesque towns, ancient Inca terraces and archaeological sites.
Andean market in Pisaq, Pisaq archaeological site, Ollantaytambo, Andean market in Chincheros, Colonial Temple in Chincheros, Inca terraces in Moray, salt flats in Maras & Urubamba
Tour Sacred Valley + Maras Moray (VIP) 01 Day ITINERARY
Tour Sacred Valley + Maras Moray (VIP) 01 Day, Our Sacred Valley VIP tour begin with an early morning pick up directly from your hotel in Cusco. Estimated pick-up time is between 7:00AM to 7:30AM. Our private transportation will take us to the Sacred Valley.
Our first stop for the day will be the quaint town of Chinchero, also known as the town were the rainbow was born. Here, our visit will include a stop at the colonial church dating back to 1607 and built on the foundations of an Inca palace. We will also take a stop at the colourful handicraft market for a glimpse of the textile art of the region.
Continuing, we will drive along the plains of Maras to the archaeological site of Moray. It is here where we will admire the agricultural terraces built by the Incas to experiment with different microclimates and crop viability. This fascinating archaeological site is comprised of three main concentric, amphitheater-like constructions, of precise artisanship and labor.
From Moray, we will then head to the salt flats in Maras. The beauty of the salt flats is in the thousands of shallow ponds carefully carved out on the mountain hillside. These ponds are fed by a nearby stream and cultivated by the locals for its salt deposits to date. Here, you will be able to sample and buy some of the best salt and its byproducts of the region. After our visit at the salt flats, we will head to the town of Urubamba for a delicious buffet lunch.
After lunch, we will continue with our journey to the town of Ollantaytambo. Once here, we will visit the town itself for a feel of a one of the last living Inca villages in the region. During our visit, we will see local adobe houses and water aqueducts dating to Inca times. We will also visit the archaeological site of the town, most commonly thought of as the Fortress of Ollantaytambo. This site is thought to have been of strategic, military, agricultural and religious use. It comprises of series of overlapping terraces, showing the impressive and large finely carved stone blocks located on the upper terrace, where descendants of the Incas still live in the houses of the Inkas.
With just one more stop left to make in our tour, we will enjoy the beautiful car drive from Ollantaytambo to Pisac. During this drive, we will pass the valley’s main towns full of local life and traditions. Once in Pisac, we will visit both the handicraft market and the town’s archaeological site. The former is a true gem full of colour, textiles, souvenirs and local artists. The latter is a simple demonstration of Inca ingenuity and mastery. The archaeological is perched on the hillside overlooking the town and surrounded by countless terraces. At the site, you will see some of the most impressive agricultural terraces of the Valley, along with temples and other recints.
Your return to Cusco will be at approximately 6:00 PM. Our team will drop you off at your hotel respectively.
SACRED VALLEY VIP TOUR – PLACES VISITED IN DETAIL:
The town of Chinchero is located 28 KM from Cusco and it on the same road to Urubamba. This town is best know for its archaeological site and colonial temple. It is also known for its colourful Sunday markets in which locals from nearby communities come in their traditional attires to exchange agricultural produce. This market is a true spectacle of color and movement that fascinates all visitors with its range of handicrafts and textiles made in the purest pre-Columbian style.
Moray is located 7 km from Maras, and approximately 1 hour from the city of Cusco along the Chinchero route. This is one of the most spectacular Inca archaeological sites of the Valley due to its circular platforms of different sizes. The site is thought to have been of experimental agricultural use, and a place of concentration of feminine energy. For this reason, it is still considered the magnetic center of Pachamama by many.
MARAS SALT FLATS
These salt flats are Located northwest of the town of Maras. This site is made up of over 3,000 small wells or ponds. The salt produced at the salt flats has been harvested since pre-Hispanic times through a system of drying the salt water, coming from a nearby underground stream, under the sun.
Best known as one of the last “living Inca towns,” Ollantaytambo is located 21 km from Urubamba (2,800 m.a.s.l.). The town was named in honour of Cacique Ollanta, famous for his romance with an Inca princess, daughter of Pachacutec. In the vast archaeological site, located on the hill that oversees the town, structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana and the Baths of the Princess stand out. From Ollantaytambo, one can reach to “Abra Málaga” (4,200 m.a.s.l.) and pass through towns such as the picturesque Huilloc, home of renowned Huairuros.
The town of Pisac is located 33 km from Cusco. It has an old town, an archaeological site considered one of the most important in Cusco, and a modern town of colonial origin. This place also has a Sunday market that attracts thousands of visitors and people from remote villages, who wear colorful traditional attire.
- Pick up from hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation to all sites visited
- Guided service (available in English & Spanish)
- Buffet lunch in Urubamba
- Boleto Turistico General
- Drop off at hotel accommodation in Cusco after tour
- Drinks (during lunch)
- Pocket money for souvenirs
WHAT TO BRING
- The following are personal items we recommend to have with you during your tour.
- Passport or official ID
- Water bottle
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Comfortable shoes (for walking)
- Sun block & hat
- Sun glasses
- Personal medications
- Money (cash)
- This tour is a private service. We are the sole operator of all offered services.
- We required a minimum of 02 travellers to confirm any tour.