Experience the best of the renowned Inca sites on our full-day Super Sacred Valley Tour. You will get an in-depth insight into the Inca civilisation on this Chinchero, Pisac, Maras Moray Ollantaytambo tour.
Accompanied by a local English-speaking tour guide, you will discover many astonishing facts and in-depth detail about the Incas and the archaeological sites.
Just as Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley too played a vital role during the Inca civilisation. It was here that they produced different crops. Some sites held religious supremacy and were often used for ceremonial purposes.
Chinchero is a small Andean village near the city of Cusco. Sadly, this village is often overlooked by travelers. It houses beautiful agricultural terraces and a white-washed church. The church was built by Spanish conquistadors on the remains of the royal palace of Tupac Yupanqui.
The terraces and aqueducts which were built by him are in use even today.
One of the notable sites is the Salt mines in the small town of Maras. The Salt Mines of Maras are in use even today and have been passed down in the line of succession. Salt farmers here continue to extract salts using the traditional Solar evaporation method.
They let in the natural spring waters into the geometric-shaped salt pools. Then they wait for the water to evaporate and manually scrape out the salt from there.
Salt of Maras is pinkish and is highly nutritious. It also has a distinct taste.
The circular-shaped farming terraces of Moray are among the most photographed places in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Moray was more like an agricultural research center.
The terraces are dug in the ground with different levels. Each level has a different temperature. This allowed the Incas to determine the best weather condition needed to grow any crop.
Ollantaytambo was the administrative capital of the Inca Empire. This beautiful village is a testament to Inca’s advanced town planning system. It houses two archaeological sites on hilltops.
One of the sites was sacred to Incas and housed many religious centres. Sadly when the Spanish invaded Ollantaytambo, this site became a deadly battleground.
Now when you visit Machu Picchu by train, you will be taking the train to Aguas Calientes from here. This is also the closest town to the trailhead of the Inca trail.
Pisac is home to a flea market and an archaeological site. The market sprawls at the main square every weekend. Farmers and craftsmen from the neighboring villages sell their handicrafts here.
The archaeological complex is massive and is just second to Machu Picchu. It offers stunning views of the valley.
We offer the full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of Incas both in small groups and as private tours.
Check out our complete Sacred Valley Peru guide and a detailed post on 5 Lesser-known ruins in the Sacred Valley of Incas.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Chinchero.
Here our local expert will be introducing you to the life and culture of Andean communities here. They are famous for handicrafts using Alpaca wools.
Once you have had your fill of this beautiful village, we will be visiting Moray. Here our local expert will introduce you to the Incas farming methods and how it has impacted life today.
Continuing the Super Sacred Valley Tour, we will be visiting Maras Salt mines. To avoid environmental hazard authorities now don’t permit visitors to walk around the salt pools. However, you will be getting a spectacular view from the nearby viewpoint.
We will then be visiting Ollantaytambo. Here we will begin the tour by admiring the beauty and architecture of the village. We will then be visiting the archaeological complex.
Our local expert will be sharing some detailed story about the prominence of the complex. It depicts the Inca mythology.
We will then continue the tour to Urubamba Valley. This is often referred to as the heart of the Sacred Valley due to its centric location. Here we will be stopping in a local restaurant for buffet lunch.
After relishing an authentic Peruvian meal, we will be visiting Pisac. Here we will begin the tour by visiting the traditional market. This is an ideal place to buy souvenirs.
We will then drive you to the hill top to the main entrance to the remains of the massive Inca fortress. Our local expert will be walking you through some of the notable parts of the complex.
After the super day trip, we will be driving you back to Cusco City. We will be reaching Cusco at around 06:00 PM.
Chinchero is roughly 30 kilometres away from Cusco. It normally takes 45 minutes to an hour to reach there from Cusco city.
Yes, Chinchero is a part of the Sacred Valley of Incas. It is home to the Andean textile weavers. The village also houses a church which was built during the colonial era. Infact, Chinchero has the most fertile soil in the whole of Sacred Valley of Incas.
Pisac is a popular stop on any Sacred Valley tour from Cusco. So the best deal is to sign up for an organised tour from Cusco. However, if you want to travel on your own to Pisac, head to Puputi street in Cusco. You will find a lot of transport heading to Pisac from here. It takes about an hour and costs around 6 Soles.
Ollantaytambo is a Quechua word it is pronounced as Oo-yan-tay-tambo. In Quechua the name means “a place to see down”
Ollantaytambo houses two Inca ruins. The village itself is beautiful and is a reminiscence to Incas advancement in town planning. It is also a jump off point to Cachicata Stone Quarry of Incas.
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