Tour of the most important Archaeological centers of Cusco
Embark on a fantastic day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This wonderful tour allows you to visit key sites such as the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo, Pisac's ruins, market, the Inca ruins of Chinchero, and the Andean Textile Center. On tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco, you will have a chance to stop at great lookout points to witness the Andes Mountain's beauty great views.
Before You Go
Our company specializes in organizing trips through the Sacred Valley and making sure that travelers take with them a unique and unforgettable experience while seeing the valley´s beauty, history, and culture. In this tour, you will get an opportunity to visit the most important Inca archaeological complexes in the valley, and experience the Andean culture reflected in the art pieces, traditional markets, customs and popular traditions in the towns of Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. The warm weather along the valley is another perfect complement to make this tour enjoyable.
Itinerary at a Glance
Cusco | Pisaq - Ollantaytambo - Chinchero
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 07:20 - 07:50 hrs. From here, we will take a private bus to all of our destinations for the day.
On our way to Pisaq, about 30 minutes from Cusco, we will make our first stop at the market of Qorao. Here, locals display their crafts to appreciate their art and buy some beautiful handmade souvenirs for you and your loved ones. You will also have the opportunity during this stop to take photographs of the beautiful landscape of mountains, valleys, and even native animals like llamas!
Afterward, we will continue heading to "El Mirador Del Valle Sagrado." This lookout of the valley will give you a perfect opportunity to photograph the Andes mountain range and the Sacred Valley all together. We will then arrive at Pisaq to visit its main market and archaeological site. Once finished, we will go to Urubamba and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian dishes.
In the afternoon, we will visit Ollantaytambo's town to visit its unique and extensive archaeological site with its royal baths, high terraces, temples, etc. surrounded by towering mountain peaks and colorful valleys (plus a view of a faraway glacier)! This town is the most well-preserved layout of a typical, Incan-built city with its narrow, cobbled streets and stone walls. Its conservation allows for the enduring legacy of the Incan people to live on for us today!
On our way back to Cusco, we will make a final stop at the town of Chinchero. Here, we will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful colonial temple known for its mural painting above the entranceway (this temple was built on top of Inca foundations). We will also have the opportunity to see the Incan walls in the town's plaza.
Why Take the Sacred Valley of the Incas?
- A Unique Experience at the Chincheros Weaving Cooperative One of Peru's most unique and engaging experiences is visiting the Chincheros Weaving Cooperative.
- Enjoy the extensive Pisac Inca ruins, which have many impressive examples of Inca architecture, and Pisac's colorful local market. You can see local people who are keeping traditional culture alive.
- Visit Awanacancha, 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.
- Explore the Andean culture, the best Inca ruins, and archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley in the company of Cusco Expeditions local guides, who have been born and live in this ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
What Is Included?
High Quality Service & Safety
You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins.
All our guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. Also, they speak English. As good cusqueños, they feel a great commitment to transmit the knowledge they have inherited from their grandparents. They are very friendly and professional. They’ll make sure you are safe and happy.
All Cusco Expeditions guides have received specialized training in first aid. We hold mandatory training sessions with our guides every February. Your guide will always carry a first aid kit to face basic emergency situations (altitude sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) as well as oxygen. If necessary, we’ll evacuate you from the path as quickly as possible and ensure that you arrive at a clinic for treatment.
Customer Service 24/7
We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
Buffet lunch in Urubamba
What Is Not Included?
Entrance tickets to all sites (BTG) (see below)
Tips for our staff
Tips are usual on any excursion. Although we pay good salaries to our entire team, something extra is always welcome, especially considering the hard work they do. Typically, group participants collect their tips to hand out to the porters and chefs together.
Additional costs or delays out of control of the management
Landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.
Personal clothing and gear
We want to make your trip to Peru as memorable and as easy as possible. In this section, you will find speedy answers to all those questions you had in one place. Please read the following information carefully – it will help you with any questions about our services.
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Briefing or informative meeting
All information meetings are held in your hotel at 6:00 p.m., one night before the tour begins. If you cannot attend, you must coordinate another time at the Cusco Expeditions offices. These meetings last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and there you will be given a small duffel bag, in which you’ll put all the belongings you intend to bring on the trek that won’t be in your day pack.
Payment of Trek Balance (in Cusco)
The trek has to be paid for in full by at least 7.30 pm two days before departure. For example, if your tour departs on a Wednesday, then you must come to our office before 7.30 pm on Monday.
It would be much appreciated if you pay the trek balance in cash US dollars or local currency. You can withdraw some money from several ATMs along Avenida Sol (either in US dollars or local Peruvian Soles). You can pay by credit card or PAYPAL online, but you will have to pay an 8% service charge, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. We do not accept bank checks or payment of the balance by traveler’s checks.
Storing your luggage at our Office.
Of course! During the travel, your main luggage can be stored at our office(you can organize briefing day or by email) or at your hotel, both free of charge.
Any equipment that you are not going to need on the trek can be stored safely in your hotel. Nearly every hotel will provide this service. Don’t leave items of value with your bags, put them in the hotel safe and obtain an itemized receipt (In the unlikely case of theft many insurance companies require that you have a copy of the receipt itemizing all the items). Best put items such as credit cards inside a sealed, signed envelope for extra peace of mind.
Cusco Expeditions can pick you up from your hotel, as long as it’s in the Historic Center of Cusco. The pickup time will be coordinated with your guide in the briefing. The pickup time may vary between 30 and 45 minutes due to traffic. Cusco is a very old city, therefore, it has many narrow cobbled streets. Some hotels and Airbnbs may be located on streets without access to cars or on long, steep slopes, making it difficult to transport luggage. We strongly recommend that you book accommodation with good access.
Group tours are made up of different types of people. Physical conditions and ages can vary. By agreeing to be part of a group tour, you also accept that some people may be faster or slower than you. Therefore, each person can go at their own pace on the route. It may be the case that a group wishes to modify the tour; however, it will be the guide who decides, after consulting with all the participants, if said modifications can be made.
Strikes and demonstrations:
Strikes and demonstrations are usually frequent in Peru and this may interrupt some of our tours. Roads can be blocked and train tracks can be taken over. However, we will try to keep your excursion as planned, even if it means leaving the night before the scheduled date. Under these circumstances, tours may also be cancelled. In case of changes or cancellations, all situations will be coordinated with you by our operations department. Your safety is our highest priority and our decisions will be made to protect it.
You’re responsible for your objects during the tour. Please pay attention to where you leave your things and remember to take everything once you leave our trucks, tents, or restaurants.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas can leave any day of the week, from March through January. We do not run this trip in February because rainy season & maintenance.
2020 Land Cost
- This small-group journey is guaranteed to operate with just two guests.
Private Tour - 2020 Land Cost
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
- 2 Trekkers: US$200 per person
- 3 Trekkers: US$180 per person
- 4 Trekkers: US$140 per person
- 5 Trekkers: US$120 per person
- 6 Trekkers: US$100 per person
- 7 Trekkers: US$80 per person
- 8 or more Trekkers: $50 per person
If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.
Extensions & Offers
There are several extensions you can include to your Adventure:
- Rainbow Mountain: $100 $80
- City Tour: $20
Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information
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