- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: adventurous/cultural
- Max. Elevation: 3300 meters above sea level
Sacred Valley by Pisac 1 Day
125 USD Per person
Sacred Valley by Pisac 1 Day
When visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is impossible not to be impressed by the beauty of the Urubamba mountain range, the green, yellowish and reddish fields illuminated by the sun god and watered by the winding Vilcanota river. This impressive Andean valley shelters important archaeological sites and picturesque towns that keep their ancestral culture intact. Pisac, Urubamba, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo are a sample of its cultural and archaeological wealth, however this beautiful Peruvian valley also has an incredible natural beauty, ideal for practicing outdoor sports or simply rest. This tour of the sacred valley by Pisac 1 day, allows you to explore the best examples of the Inca civilization and dreamy Andean landscapes.
In the morning your tour guide will take you to the textile center and Alpaca farm of Awanacancha, here you will learn the entire process of making beautiful Andean clothing and you will have the opportunity to feed and caress beautiful Alpacas, Llamas, Guanacos and Vicuñas. You will visit the imposing Inca citadel of Pisac, located in the upper part of the town of the same name. After a delicious Andean lunch, you will head to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town located at the gates of the Machu Picchu region. The living history and the amazing architectural sites of Ollantaytambo will make this trip to the Inca lands one of the most unforgettable of your life. Finally, you will visit the living town and archaeological complex of Chinchero and then return to Cusco.
Sacred Valley by Pisac 1 Day Trip Overview
- Tour localization: Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Tour type: 1 day by bus
- Good for:Everybody, done in small groups or privately
- Difficulty: Not hiking, but a lot of walking around the inca sites
- Highlights: Alpaca and guinea pig farm. Pisac, an awesome Inca site perched; on the top of a mountain. The administrative Inca site of Ollantaytambo. The fascinating Inca farming amphitheater of Moray.
- Language: All our tours are done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season: All year around
Day 1: Alpaca Farm – Pisac – Buffet Lunch at Urubamba –Ollantaytambo – Chinchero – Cusco.
This 1-day premium tour of the sacred valley by Pisac starts at 7:30 in the morning with your pick-up from the reception of your hotel. Then you will go by car for 30 minutes to the textile center and Alpaca petting zoo of Awanacancha. In this place, in addition to learning the entire process of making textiles from the sacred valley of the Incas, you also have the opportunity to feed Alpacas, Llamas and their wild brothers, the Guanaco and the Vicuña. Today, Awanacancha is a self-sustaining cultural center that researches and promotes ancient techniques of weaving, dyeing, handling and production of camelid fibers. In addition, it offers artisan weavers spaces to show and transmit their knowledge.
Then you will be driven for 45 minutes to the archaeological complex of Pisac. It is listed as one of the most important Archaeological Parks in Peru and South America. It is strategically built between the hills of the Intihuatana Valley and on the basin of the Vilcanota river that runs through the Sacred Valley. The main attraction is above the innumerable terraces and the great rock gorges that surround it. In fact, its terraces were used for agriculture and the rock quarries that surround it served as protection against any type of invasion. Undoubtedly, Pisac resembled a fortified place and this facilitated its protection, since this place was difficult to access. It was strategically located on the Inca road to the Antisuyo (Peruvian Amazon jungle).
Then you will board our private transport for 40 minutes to the largest town in the sacred valley of Cusco, in Urubamba you will taste an exquisite buffet lunch. Then they will go to Ollantaytambo, an imposing Inca site, located at the beginning of the Machu Picchu region. Ollantaytambo was an important religious, agricultural and also military center. Due to its strategic location during the conquest it served as a defense post against the Spanish. It is currently considered the living Inca town with the greatest historical and occupational continuity in the entire American continent.
Continuing with this enriching tour through the sacred valley, you will go to the archaeological complex of Chincheros. Known as the most picturesque town in the sacred valley or !the land of the rainbow¡, you will discover temples and mansions built on foundations and vestiges of what was the palace of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, as well as its emblematic Sunday fair internationally recognized for its excellent work and beauty. Also, if you visit this city at the beginning of September, you will have the opportunity to live the wonderful festival of the Virgin of the Nativity, an experience that will help you understand the enormous value that Chinchero represents in the Cusco region. Finally, you will return to Cusco, where you will arrive around 6:30 at night.
** Our Sacred Valley Tour by Pisac has a door to door service.
Included on our Sacred Valley by Pisac 1 Day
Professional local english speaker Guides: all our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university, they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our sacred valley of the incas
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for the inca ruins located into the sacred valley of the incas
Briefing: you should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance, provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this sacred valley of the incas tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 8 am, and brought into all the inca sites located in the sacred valley of the incas and then back to your hotel in Cusco.
Food: During the Sacred Valley tour, we will stop at Urubamba for lunch. Only this meal is included in the tour
Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist will recieve an umbrella for rain that you can also use for protection against the sun, due the solar radiation is very high in places located near the equator.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours, which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on our Sacred Valley by Pisac 1 Day
Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist
Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
Hotel in Cusco
We would love to tour the Sacred Valley by Pisac with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the lost city of the Incas.
We can leave any day of the year as long as we meet at least two people, our bus tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.
$125 per person
Important Note: This sacred valley of the incas tour is only done privately and our prices are based on a group of two to four; you will travel in a private van.
If your group is larger than four, please ask to an IncaGo Expedition representative for a special offer.
Important Note ll: We sometimes offer to combine private tours (with your permission) into small groups with a discount. Let us know if you would like to others joining you.
– $ 10 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC) at the beginning of the tour or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17, we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
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We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack that the is key to feeling good during this sacred valley of the incas
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles)
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Rain jacket
- Music (IPhone)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Personal medication
Arriving to Cusco
The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.
Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc, are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa.
Even though this is an overnight tour by train to Machu Picchu, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train; all bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size.
Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco.
Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advice you to arrive in Cusco three days prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolites or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better know as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.
The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.
However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.
The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize: vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.
Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, poliotetanus, and whooping cough.
You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is adviced you consult to your physician specially if your are taking any trip to the jungle.