Cusco and Machu Picchu are rightfully two of Peru’s most popular and desirable travel destinations. I personally can’t get enough of Cusco, nor will I forget the morning I arrived at Machu Picchu all those years ago. The clouds clearing to reveal Machu Picchu in all of its awe-inspiring glory is a memory that sticks with me to this day.
Aside from its natural beauty and abundance of activities, the best part of the Sacred Valley is that it is often neglected by short-term travellers. Most people might be strapped on time and prioritize Machu Picchu and Cusco. Even those that do find the time often opt for fast-paced guided tours that hardly give you any time to stop and smell the roses.
For those of you that have time to spare, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a region that can’t be missed. Once you are here, you might never want to leave. Here are the best things to do in this gorgeous area.
Our tour starts from the city of Cusco, between 6:30 am and 7:00 am. We will go to your hostel to pick you up and then start the tour, making the first stop in CHINCHERO to visit the archaeological site with the same name. Then we will continue with the trip to the archaeological site of MORAY, which in the Inca era was a laboratory and agricultural research center for the layout of its circular Inca terraces where we will have a visit guided 45 minutes approximately. The other point to visit are the SALT MINES. This place is known as the salt mines, constituting of about 400 small salt wells built on the mountain of Kachi Qata, from where salt water comes out. This place was very important since the Inca times because the Incas gave a very valuable use for food. After the guided tour we will go to Urubamba. Here we will have a 1 hour stop to enjoy our lunch at a tourist restaurant; lunch can be paid directly at the same place. Then we will continue our tour until we reach the town of OLLANTAYTAMBO – the famous Inca Living Village, where we will have a guided tour of the archaeological complex, from where we will also see the impressive face that is distinguished in the hill, the famous god Tunupa.
After the visit to this archaeological center, we will head to the archaeological site of PISAQ, where we will find buildings and Inca terraces of great importance as these served as an area of adaptation for some products of the Inca region, as well as serving as a place of surveillance for the entrance to the Sacred Valley. Here we will have a guided tour for about 1 hour where our bilingual guide will give us in-depth information about the most important sectors of this archaeological zone. We will visit the religious sector formed by temples, the urban sector, the cemetery Inca and finally the agricultural terraces. Finally, we will be back in Cusco at approximately 7:30 pm.
Pick-up from your hostel in Cusco.
Professional bilingual guide.
Tourist bus transportation during the tour.
Tourist Ticket (General Ticket s / 130.00 and Partial Ticket s / 70.00 soles)
Entrance to salt mines s / 10.00 soles
PASSPORT – very important!
Students: ISIC card!
Hat to protect against sun or rain.