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Sacred Valley Tour with Salt Mines

Overview

During this Sacred Valley Classic Trip, visit the amazing Inca ruins of Pisac overlooking the Valley and its picturesque Indian Market of Pisac, famous for its massive agricultural terraces and a great cemetery, and then headed to visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, famous for its Temple of the Sun, using massive stones, each one approximately 12 feet (3.5m) tall, which still displays Incan architecture. Finally, visit the small town of Chinchero for a colorful traditional weaving demonstration.

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Duration: 1 Day Tour
Sacred Valley with Salt Mines
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Tour Timeline

Itinerary Day 1

  • 6:30 AM Our English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby. We will begin the day by traveling in a private vehicle from Cusco towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • 8:00 AM arrival to Chinchero
  • 8:45 am we will continue to Moray
  • 09:30 am We will visit the archaeological center of Moray
  • 10:15 am We will continue to the Salinas de Maras
  • 10:45 am We will start with the visit of the Salt Mines of Maras
  • 11:30 am We will continue to Urubamba.
  • 12:30 pm – 13:15 pm Lunch in Urubamba.
  • 13:15 pm we will continue towards Ollantaytambo
  • 14:00 pm start of the visit to the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo.
  • 15:00 pm We will continue towards Pisac.
  • 17:00 pm visit of the archaeological center of Pisac.
  • 17:45 pm return to the city of Cusco.

 

Our service begins with the pick up from your hotel in our tourist transport to go to the upper part of the sacred valley at 06:30 am, this tour will begin by visiting the archaeological center of Chinchero and we will visit the picturesque town of Chinchero, where the remains of the royal hacienda of the Inca «Túpac Inca Yupanqui». You will admire its well preserved Inca Wall in the main square and visit the beautiful colonial temple with interesting frescoes in the portico, built on the bases of an Inca building and then continue the visit to the Moray archaeological center and continue to the Salineras de Maras. and to visit this beautiful place of ancient Inca traditions on the way our guide will give us the information of the area we are visiting as well as we will be able to appreciate from the vehicle the lagoons of Piuray and Huaypo also the snowy mountains of La Veronica and Sahuasiray, we will continue the visit heading to Urubamba, We will visit a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley to taste delicious local dishes which are mostly buffet-style that make it faster and better to taste different dishes from our region. After lunch we will continue to Ollantaytambo and visit the Ollantaytambo Fortress and Citadel, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions by the inhabitants of «Antisuyo». We will have the opportunity to walk through the small streets of the town and thus have a clear idea of ​​what this military, religious and cultural center was like during the Inca Empire.

On the way back to Cusco it will be through Pisac in the beautiful valley after the Inca citadel of Pisac we will visit and tour the Inca terraces and visit the most important points then we will take the vehicle again to continue and we will finish this beautiful day around 18: 45 pm.

 

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Chinchero

Chinchero is 28 kilometers from the city of Cusco. It is one of the points of the sacred valley, located at a higher altitude: 3,772 meters above sea level, 12,375 feet high. There was built the palace of the Inca emperor «Túpac Yupanqui», which was destroyed by the Spanish and later populated by them and the construction of a plaza and the colonial church of Nuestra Señora de Monserrat began. This church built in the 17th century includes canvases from the «Cusco School». The town is also famous for its artisan market where you can still carry out the local barter tradition and well known for its art in textiles in which the traditional fabrics and dyes used anciently with local products such as flowers, are still kept. roots, leaves and insects, as well as different minerals to be able to dye the balls of wool used in the fabric, in addition to using the designs that identify this sector.

Moray

Moray comes from the Quechua word Aymoray which is related to the cultivation of corn, it is located about 7 km southwest of the town of Maras and is a unique archaeological group of its kind in the region, It is gigantic depressions or natural holes on the surface of the land that was used to build terraces or agricultural platforms with their respective irrigation channels, it is therefore a prototype of a greenhouse or a biological experiment station quite advanced which was built in the time of the Incas to be able to acclimatize different plant species to sectors that they were not used to, as well as improving the genetics of some plants in the region.

Maras

Located to the west of Cusco at 3300 meters above sea level, the Urubamba mountain range and the snow-capped mountains of «La Verónica» 5682 meters above sea level and «Chicón» 5530 meters above sea level can be seen. Their occupation began when the Incan cusqueños were stripped of their palaces in the Cusco and they had to go out to settle in other small towns like Maras and places in the sacred valley, this town has a church made of adobes, typical of small-town religious architecture, inside the church canvases of the Cusqueña School of the Colonial times and the town is full of gates with rock carvings and coats of arms of important people who lived in this sector.

Pisac

The archaeological center of Pisac is located 33 kilometers from the city of Cusco (it is known as the door to the Sacred Valley). Its name comes from the Quechua word that represents a bird that lived in the area known as Pisaqa, which is a kind of partridge. which makes this sound when fleeing from its natural enemies, In addition that the archaeological center has the shape or the outlines of this bird giving itself the toponymic name to this area. It is world famous for its artisan market which caters to visitors every day and its impressive archaeological remains, located in the upper part of the town. This town is important for its location and fertile land, as well as the production of local products such as potatoes. Its Inca and colonial buildings are admirable and recognized for being a place of great importance at the time of the Inca. In addition, Pisac is famous for being an ideal place for spiritual retreats and stands out for the cultivation terraces that cover the mountain and are built in places that were inaccessible, but these resolved and managed to plant and produce on the slopes of these hills, in addition to serve as protection covering almost the entire mountain.

Urubamba

Urubamba is one of the most important cities in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This city was born during the colony and is considered the world capital of corn. This is possible thanks to the fact that it is watered by numerous rivers that are born in the peaks of the glacial mountains located at the top of this town, such as the Verónica snow-capped mountain and the Ipsay snow-capped mountain. All this territory was appreciated by the Incas due to the fertility of their lands and the warm climate that it has. It is one of the best places to relax and to also be able to taste the fruits of the area such as the capulí, Durazno or the quince which can be found depending on the time of year. There you will see many foreigners who decided to leave their countries and stay there because it is a quiet and wonderful area as well as being the fucking starting point for a walk to the Lares valley or also a connection to Machupicchu.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo archaeological center is located 97 kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco.

The name Ollantaytambo comes from a Legend that the town has about the story of an Inca commander and warrior who starred in a great battle in the sector and is also the protagonist of the Ollantay play in which they tell this beautiful story. The name also states that this was a stopping or resting point in which people or residents of Antisuyo or the warm and lower areas could take a short break before arriving at the cities of Cusco. During the Inca period it was a fortified city with temples, defense walls, as well as urban and agricultural sectors. It is known that it served as an administrative control post for entering the city of Cusco. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru and South America for the type of construction it has and the size of the agricultural walls and terraces, as well as the town is known as the «living Inca» city for keeping the city with the structure left by the Incas and stay until today.

What is included?

Includes

  • Private Bus transfer
  • Experienced guide
  • Pre-departure briefing
  • Buffet style lunch

Does not include

  • Entrance fees (you will need to purchase Boleto Turistico)
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What to bring

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                      
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Sunglasses             
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 

Sacred Valley Map

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The entrance fee to the archaeological and tourist sites are not included. Please note that you will need to purchase a tourist pass to enter the sites on this tour. You can purchase a partial ticket pass (Boleto Turistico Partial) whose cost is PEN 70 Peruvian soles (about USD 20 per ticket) which allows you to access only four historical sites in the Sacred Valley like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero.

However, if you plan to visit historical sites in both Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we recommend you purchase the general admission ticket (Boleto Turistico General) whose cost is PEN 130 Peruvian Soles (about USD 40 per ticket), this ticket allows you to visit 14 historical sites, which are located in Sacred Valley, Cusco (Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay) Southern part of Cusco, and some museums in Cusco city. The general tourist ticket is valid for 10 days.

The Maras salt ponds ticket is not part of the boleto turistico parcial or boleto turistico general (partial or general ticket), this ticket should be purchased at the entrance of the same place, whose cost is PEN 10 Peruvian soles (about USD 4 per ticket).

The Cathedral and Q’oricancha (Temple of the Sun) are separate entrance tickets and are PEN 25 Peruvian soles (about USD 8 per ticket) and PEN 15 Peruvian soles (about USD 5 per ticket).

Important Note: It is not necessary to purchase the Cusco Tourist Tickets (either partial or general) in advance, as you can get it at the first site we visit on the tour.Boleto turistico

  • Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount.
  • Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately.
  • Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  • You will pay a full fee which is completely refundable within 48 hours before your tour is due 
  • Your tour date can be re scheduled. Booking can be done online or minimum 1 day before the tour.

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