Sacred Valley Tour Full Day
Sacred Valley Tour Enhanced Private Tours
Sacred Valley Tour, Enhanced Private Tours–Embrace the magnificent Inca ruins found from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and beyond, some of the finest not only in Peru but also in all of the Americas, are testaments to the region’s immense ceremonial importance. The Incas built several of the empire’s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley. On the Sacred Valley tour full day, you’ll experience the heart of ancient Inca culture still living and breathing in its marketplaces and colorful indigenous peoples. Imposing Inca fortresses overlook the fertile, terraced valley as they cling from the mountainsides high above. Sleepy Andean towns like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, and Chinchero are built on and around archaeological remains left by the Inca and still maintain prehispanic traditions. Join us!
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: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Activity: Hiking / Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru.
Llama & Alpaca Visit – Pisac – Pisac Market (optional), Chicheria (local corn brewery) – Ollantaytambo.
Today we head out on a full-day exploration of the Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. Shortly after leaving Cusco. En route, visit a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals. Our next stop will be at the exceptionally well-preserved ruins at Pisac, 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 down to Pisac town and its bustling crafts market. After exploring we travel through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we have our lunch, We then continue traveling through the same valley, past Incan terraces and fields of corn, wheat, barley and quinoa, ultimately arriving in the town of Ollantaytambo, where a stunning temple of the sun is located over the hill, made by rocks that were brought from 4 miles away, and Ollantaytambo 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. After a guided walking tour of the town and remarkable namesake ruins. Our tour ongoings to a typical local Chicheria (corn brewery) a perfect place to try ancient Incan beverage, and play a local drinking game, “Sapo” (Frog game), a great time to have fun. After having a great time we transfer back to our 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.
– Private Transport.
– Entrance fee to the Incan Sites.
– Tour Leader.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as: bottle water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Travel Insurance.
From USD 120.00 per person.
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.
A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader 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.
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.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– 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 full day of the Incas 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.