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Sacred Valley Tour From Ollantaytambo to Cusco

  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo
Sacred Valley, Cusco
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Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Explore the hidden gems of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on personalized Private Sacred Valley tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco with an MTC local guide either by Pisac or Chinchero route. We have crafted this full-day private experience to the Sacred Valley of the Incas from Ollantaytambo and ending in Cusco. This tour is a perfect option for those who are staying in Ollantaytambo and Urubamba or for those who are coming back from Machu Picchu after making a trek/hike or tour and want to visit the must-see Inca sites located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley while making your way to Cusco. Make the most of your time by starting the Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba to Cusco (without first returning to Cusco) or instead of just a direct trip from Ollantaytambo, the Train Station, or Urubamba to Cusco.
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Sacred Valley Tour From Ollantaytambo to Cusco

Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco — Explore the hidden gems of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on personalized Private Sacred Valley tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco with an MTC local guide either by Pisac or Chinchero route. We have crafted this full-day private experience to the Sacred Valley of the Incas from Ollantaytambo and ending in Cusco. This tour is a perfect option for those who are staying in Ollantaytambo and Urubamba or for those who are coming back from Machu Picchu after making a trek/hike or tour and want to visit the must-see Inca sites located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley while making your way to Cusco. Make the most of your time by starting the Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba to Cusco (without first returning to Cusco) or instead of just a direct trip from Ollantaytambo, the Train Station, or Urubamba to Cusco.

Duration: Full Day

Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.

Service Level: Private (your way)

Group Size: Depends on you, you decide the number of travelers on your group

Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures, Little Hikes

Pick up: Ollantaytambo Train Station, Hotel in Ollantaytambo, Urubamba

Pick up time: Depends on tour options you take.

Drop off: At the hotel in Cusco.

Tour duration: Depends on the options you take

Highlights – Sacred Valley Tour From Ollantaytambo to Cusco 

–  Embark on a private guided tour of the Sacred Valley starting from Ollantaytambo and ending in Cusco with a local guide and direct & official local tour operator based in Cusco, run by local families.

–  Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of MTC local guides, who have born and lived in this ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

–  Visit the local alpaca and llama farm and learn about them, you will experience, hands-on, archaic wool dyeing and weaving techniques passed on from ancient generations.

–  Experience the Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Cusco avoiding the crowd! Our one-day trip from Ollantaytambo to Cusco allows you to visit key sites such as the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo, the ruins and market of Pisac, the Incan agricultural laboratory known as Moray, the salt pans of Maras (Salinas de Maras), the Incan ruins of Chinchero and the Andean Textile Center. In addition, on the tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, you will have a chance to stop at great viewpoints points to witness the striking views of the Andes Mountains.

Itinerary

We have created several options to visit the key points in the Sacred Valley on the way back to Cusco. See them below.

Option 1. Day Tour to Ollantaytambo – Maras Salt Pans – Moray – Chinchero

Places to visit:

– Ollantaytambo Incan ruins

– Chinchero Inca ruins, colonial church, Andean weaving center

– Maras Salt Pans

– Moray Circular Terraces

And stops a scenic point

Tour details:

– Activities: Cultural adventures, archaeology adventures.

– Meeting location: Your hotel’s front desk

– Pick up schedule: 8:00 am

– Drop off schedule: Private tour, your way

– Drop off location: At your hotel in Cusco

– Group Size: Depends on you since the tour is in private service.

– Tour duration: Full day

Ollantaytambo: Famous for its stunning temple of the sun that is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away, and Ollantaytambo town whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo.

Maras Salt Pans: (also called Salinas de Maras), thousands of individual ancient salt mines that form unique terraces on a hillside. The mines, small pools thickly coated with crystallized salt like dirty snow, have existed in the same spot since Inca days and are still operable. Families pass them down like heritage. The site as a whole is extraordinary and photogenic, from afar it looks like patchwork quilt spread over a ravine, or some sort of sprawling, multilevel cake with white and caramel colored icing, and it’s almost surreal to watch workers standing ankle-deep and mining salt from one of nearly 3,000 pools cascading down the hillside. If you have a good sense of balance, we can go exploring between salt-encrusted paths to get good close-up photographs.

Moray: impressively deep amphitheater-like it’s rounded shaped terraces, reached via the small town of Maras, which is a fascinating spectacle. Different levels of concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl, each layer of which has its own microclimate, according to depth. Some theorize that the Incas used the terraces as a kind of laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops of each species. There are three bowls, one of which has been planted with various crops as a kind of living museum.

Chinchero: A place with very well preserve Incan walls, farming terracings, colonial/Spanish church with invaluable portraits, built over Inca Bases, a place to learn about the Andean textiles by visiting the women’s weaving cooperative, these local weavers still use the traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. This is a great place to grab some souvenirs before making our way to Cusco.

Option 2.  Day Tour to Maras Salt Pans – Moray – Pisac Ruins and Pisac Market – Llama/ Alpaca Farm

Places to visit:

– Maras Salt Pans and Maras Town

– Moray Circular Terraces

– Pisac Inca ruins and Pisac market

– Llama & alpaca farm

– And stops a scenic points

Tour details:

– Activities: Cultural adventures, archaeology adventures.

– Meeting location: Your hotel’s front desk

– Pick up schedule: 8:30 am

– Drop off schedule: Private tour, your way

– Drop off location: At your hotel in Cusco

– Group Size: Depends on you since the tour is in private service.

– Tour duration: Full day

Maras Salt Pans: (also called Salinas de Maras), thousands of individual ancient salt mines that form unique terraces on a hillside. The mines, small pools thickly coated with crystallized salt like dirty snow, have existed in the same spot since Inca days and are still operable. Families pass them down like heritage. The site as a whole is extraordinary and photogenic, from afar it looks like patchwork quilt spread over a ravine, or some sort of sprawling, multilevel cake with white and caramel colored icing, and it’s almost surreal to watch workers standing ankle-deep and mining salt from one of nearly 3,000 pools cascading down the hillside. If you have a good sense of balance, we can go exploring between salt-encrusted paths to get good close-up photographs.

Moray: impressively deep amphitheater-like it’s rounded shaped terraces, reached via the small town of Maras, which is a fascinating spectacle. Different levels of concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl, each layer of which has its own microclimate, according to depth. Some theorize that the Incas used the terraces as a kind of laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops of each species. There are three bowls, one of which has been planted with various crops as a kind of living museum.

Pisac & Market: With exceptionally well-preserved ruins and crop terracing covering the mountain hillsides, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we explore the site’s various structures and terraces before making our way to the bustling and colorful market of Pisac to browse this local market.

Llama & alpaca farm: Located right next to the highway between Cusco and Pisac, this place allows us to learn about the different types of Andean South-American camelids. There’s not only one alpaca type or only one llama type, otherwise, there a couple of types o llamas and alpacas, besides there are other non-domesticated ones, and this is a perfect spot to see and learn about them, you can even feed them and take your LONG-AWAITED LLAMA SELFIE OR ALPACA SELFIE.

Option 3.  Day Tour to Ollantaytambo Ruins – Pisac Ruins and Pisac Market – Local Corn Brewery – Llama/ Alpaca Farm (CLASSIC SACRED VALLEY TOUR)

Places to visit:

– Ollantaytambo ruins

– Pisac Inca ruins and Pisac market

– Local corn brewery

– Llama & alpaca farm

– And stops a scenic points

Tour details:

– Activities: Cultural adventures, archaeology adventures.

– Meeting location: Your hotel’s front desk

– Pick up schedule: 8:00 am

– Drop off schedule: Private tour, your way

– Drop off location: At your hotel in Cusco

– Group Size: Depends on you since the tour is in private service.

– Tour duration: Full day

Ollantaytambo: Famous for its stunning temple of the sun that is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away, and Ollantaytambo town whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo.

Pisac & Market: With exceptionally well-preserved ruins and crop terracing covering the mountain hillsides, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we explore the site’s various structures and terraces before making our way to the bustling and colorful market of Pisac to browse this local market.

Llama & alpaca farm: Located right next to the highway between Cusco and Pisac, this place allows us to learn about the different types of Andean South-American camelids. There’s not only one alpaca type or only one llama type, otherwise, there a couple of types o llamas and alpacas, besides there are other non-domesticated ones, and this is a perfect spot to see and learn about them, you can even feed them and take your LONG-AWAITED LLAMA SELFIE OR ALPACA SELFIE.

Chicheria, Local Corn Brewery: Chicha–Home-fermented corn juice, which was the one and the only alcoholic drink during the Incan times, and it’s still made nowadays in the Andean villages of Peru. At this place, you will learn about the process and preparation of this Incan flagship drink since the hands of a local lady, as well as you will be given the chance to taste it.

Option 4.  Extended Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco:

1 Day Tour. Explore all the must-see places in the Sacred Valley in one day, Instead of 1 ½ day. Starting the tour only from any hotel in Ollantaytambo to Cusco driving by Pisac Route.

Places to visit:

– Ollantaytambo ruins

– Maras salt pans

– Moray circular terraces

– Pisac Inca ruins and Pisac market

– Llama & alpaca farm

– And stops a scenic points

Tour details:

– Activities: Cultural adventures, archaeology adventures.

– Meeting location: Your hotel’s front desk

– Pick up schedule: 7:00 am

– Drop off schedule: Private tour, your way

– Drop off location: At your hotel in Cusco

– Group Size: Depends on you since the tour is in private service.

– Tour duration: Full day

Ollantaytambo: Famous for its stunning temple of the sun that is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away, and Ollantaytambo town whose street plan still maintains its original Incan layout. After Cusco was overtaken by the conquistadors, Manco Inca and his army of approximately 30,000 retreated to Ollantaytambo and were victorious here against the forces of Spanish commander Hernando Pizarro in the Battle of Ollantaytambo.

Maras Salt Pans: (also called Salinas de Maras), thousands of individual ancient salt mines that form unique terraces on a hillside. The mines, small pools thickly coated with crystallized salt like dirty snow, have existed in the same spot since Inca days and are still operable. Families pass them down like heritage. The site as a whole is extraordinary and photogenic, from afar it looks like patchwork quilt spread over a ravine, or some sort of sprawling, multilevel cake with white and caramel colored icing, and it’s almost surreal to watch workers standing ankle-deep and mining salt from one of nearly 3,000 pools cascading down the hillside. If you have a good sense of balance, we can go exploring between salt-encrusted paths to get good close-up photographs.

Moray: impressively deep amphitheater-like it’s rounded shaped terraces, reached via the small town of Maras, which is a fascinating spectacle. Different levels of concentric terraces are carved into a huge earthen bowl, each layer of which has its own microclimate, according to depth. Some theorize that the Incas used the terraces as a kind of laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops of each species. There are three bowls, one of which has been planted with various crops as a kind of living museum.

Pisac: With exceptionally well-preserved ruins and crop terracing covering the mountain hillsides, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we explore the site’s various structures and terraces before making our way to the hotel.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

What’s included

– Private Transportation (COVID free transportation, modern and comfortable). The vehicle size will be provided based on the size of the group (SUV, MINI-VAN or VAN)

– Entrance fee to all visited  Incan Sites.

– Local private tour guide.

– Hotel pick up and drop off

What’s Not Included

– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as bottled water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.

– Tipping.

– Meals.

– Travel Insurance.

Price

Depends on the number of travelers on your group, please, contact us for further information

Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.

Trip Payment Schedule.

At the time of reservation: 30% of the total balance.

– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of the final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.

– Minimum fee (Sacred Valley permit fee): $40 per person

– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost

– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.

Tour Leaders

A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader/ Tour Guide with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.

Trip Details

This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 10,500 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 10,496 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in group along the tour. On the tour, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.

 Trip Checklist

– Travel insurance (and some copies).

– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.

– Camera.

– Camera charger and, extra batteries.

– Sunblock,

– Sun hat.

– Sunglasses.

– Hands sanitizer

– Backpack to carry your things.

– Rain gear

– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.

– Long sleeve T-shirts.

– Hiking trousers

– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).

– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

When to Go

The Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco can be explored all year, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months, when some Inca sites are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.