Sacred Valley tour with Maras & Moray (VIP) – Full Day

Type of Service
Customized Private Tour
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Easy
Frequency
All year
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Every day

Immerse yourself in a VIP tour of the Sacred Valley

This Sacred Valley VIP tour offers the most comprehensive view of the Cusco region. The valley between Ollantaytambo and Pisac is known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On this tour, you’ll drive through the mountains of the valley, which has a milder climate and is at a lower altitude than Cusco and which played a key role in the culture and history of the Incas.

In just 1 day you’ll visit the most important archeological sites of the region including Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. As well as the famous circular terraces of Moray and the unique stepped salt mines of Maras. Complete with your own private transport and tour guide!

Places to visit :

  • Sacred Valley
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Maras Salt Mines
  • Urubamba
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Pisac
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The Sacred Valley VIP full day tour starts at 7.30am with pick up from your hotel in Cusco.

After a 1-hour drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will stop in the town of Chinchero to participate in a short experiential tour with the local community and their resident alpacas. Your guide will then accompany you around the local market and take you on a tour of the Colonial Temple.

The next destination of the day will be the circular, agricultual platforms of Moray. An experimental and research centre of the Incas, due to its ever changing micro-climate and surrounding mountain range. After visiting Moray, you’ll be driven the short distance to the salt mines of Maras. A unique collection of salt wells that have been formed into stepped terraces, fed by a nearby irrigation channel. Here your tour guide will educate you on the traditional ‘mining’ practices of the local people and the historical significance of the salt mines to the region.

The afternoons’ tour will begin surrounded by the natural beauty of Urubamba. The largest town in the sacred valley and our lunch destination for the day. Here you will be treated to a decadent buffet style lunch amidst the backdrop of the surrounding Andes mountains in the valley.

After lunch, your transport will take you alongside the Urubamba River, to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo. Here your guide will accompany you through the bustling local markets and the famous Inca fortress that towers above the town. The strategic position and architectural sophistication of the site, offers visitors some of the best views of the Sacred Valley from above. The exquisite stonework and rich history of Ollantaytambo will take you and your guide on an impressive journey through Inca antiquity, before you return to your transport and head to the final site of the day.

Last but not least on the days’ itinerary, you will arrive at the archaeological park of Pisaq. Considered to be the royal hacienda property of the Inca Emperor Pachacutec, the 15th century fortress once served many important functions. These include ceremonial, religious and astronomical purposes, courtesy of its famous Intihuatana ‘sundail. The sprawling complex comprises of dramatic stepped terraces, aqueducts, channeled waterways, bridges and cemeteries. The name Pisac in Quechua is ‘Pisaca’ meaning partridge. This is because originally the archaeological center was shaped like a partridge, since the Incas liked to shape their most important cities in the form of animals.

After guiding you through the incredibly well-preserved stonework of the archaeological site, your guide and your transport will accompany you back down the valley for a peruse through Pisac towns’ iconic market, cobbled streets and authentic plazas.

After a further 1-hour drive back through the Sacred Valley to Cusco, you will arrive at your hotel at approximately 6:30pm.

PLACES TO VISIT ON THE SACRED VALLEY (VIP) FULL DAY TOUR:

CHINCHERO

Chinchero is located 28 km from Cusco, along the road to Urubamba. The towns’ greatest asset, and what it is most famous for, is its beautiful colonial temple, built upon Inca foundations.

In the 15th century, the temple served as the residence of the Emperor Túpac Yupanqui, son of the Inca Emperor Pachacutec. Sadly much of the complex was destroyed in the 16th century by the Spanish, in place for a colonial catholic temple. Today the site boasts beautiful agricultural platforms and terraces arranged over many hectares, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley.

Chinchero is also renown for its bustling Sunday market, that offers a spectacle of colours and pre-columbian style crafts, handmade by the local indigenous people of the valley.

MORAY

The famous circular terraces of Moray are considered to be the agricutural laboratory of the Inca empire. It is believed that the Inca culture brought products from all over the territory for the purpose of planting them in the fertile land of Moray.

The complex is divided into groups of 4 terraces, each with its own microclimate. The individual stepped terraces boast different temperatures, heights, characteristics and respective irrigation canals. This unique set of conditions allowed the Incas to cultivate many different types of plants and grains in one controlled area.

Andean culture also gives voice to the concentration of feminine energy at Moray, making it a magnetic center of the mother earth ‘Pachamama’.

MARAS – SALT MINES

The town of Maras is famous for its unique stepped ‘salt mines’. Located 3’200 meters above sea level, the ‘mines’ comprise of 4’500 small wells, formed into stepped terraces, fed by a nearby irrigation channel, on the left bank of the Salineras stream.

Salt is obtained once a month, by means of drying the salt water under the sun, evaporating the liquid and leaving behind cyrstalised layers of salt. The salt is then flavoured, packaged and sold to all corners of the Cusco region.

URUBAMBA

The charming town of Urubamba is surrounded by picturesque mountain peaks, and is an important hub for travel in the area. Located in the center of the Sacred Valley, the regions largest town is perfectly placed for exploring the neighbouring archaeological sites such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

Unlike its border towns, Urubamba was not a site where the Incas constructed a religious temple or fortress. However in the years after the Spanish conquest, it has become a bustling town of markets, hotels, restaurants and colonial style churches.

OLLANTAYTAMBO

Ollantaytambo is a picturesque Inca settlement in the Sacred Valley, home to bustling local markets and the famous Inca fortress that towers above the town. It was named in honor of the chieftain ‘Ollanta’, famous for his romance with the Inca princess, daughter of Pachacútec.

The impressive archaeological site is located on temple hill, overlooking the Vilcanota river below, and was once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacutec.

An established Inca Trail also starts from Ollantaytambo, which ascends to the Málaga pass (4’200 meters above sea level), and follows the direction of the mountain, passing through towns such as Huilloc, home to the renown Huairuros.

PISAC

Pisac is located at 33 km from Cusco, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It is comprised of an ancient village, occupied by the native Quechua inhabitants. A 15th century archaeological site situated atop the Apu Inti Huatana mountain, 3’300 meters above sea level. And a modern town of colonial origin located in the base of the valley.

Pisac’s archaeological complex is one of the most important Inca jewels of the Emperor Pachacutec, as it was his most treasured defensive fortresses in all of the Sacred Valley. In the Inca times, the site fulfilled many functions including ceremonial, religious and astronomical, being home to the famous Intihuatana astronomical clock or ‘sundail’.

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Included

  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel in Cusco
  • Private transport around Sacred Valley
  • Professional English/Spanish speaking tour guide
  • Entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Maras & Moray
  • Buffet style lunch in Urubamba

Not Included

  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Tips for the guide and driver (optional)

Recommendations to bring

  • Original passport – expiration date no less than 7 months
  • Walking shoes or light shoes or tennis shoes
  • Canteen water bottle as you should drink plenty of fluid on the tour
  • Raincoat or long poncho during the rainy season
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long pants
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide-brimmed hat – UPV is strong at altitude
  • Sunglasses
  • Medicines and / or personal effects
  • A light backpack
  • Camera or phone camera
  • Cash/coins – small denominations – soles & dollars
  • Face mask and face shield (if preferred)

Price and Options

OPTION 1
$139.5 REGULAR PRICE 155 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE
“ALL ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED”

(Groups or Families of 2 to 3 people)

OPTION 2
$126 REGULAR PRICE 140 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE
“ALL ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED”

(Groups or Families of 4 to 5 people)

OPTION 3
$117 REGULAR PRICE 130 PER PERSON
PRIVATE SERVICE
“ALL ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDED”

(Groups or Families of 6 to 8 people)

Additional Information

  • The hotel reservation is subject to space availability.
  • The cost of the tour packages is based on a double or matrimonial room. For an individual room, an additional payment must be made.
  • We can also organize a travel itinerary according to your requirements and the places you want to visit. These can be with category 3, * 4 *, and 5 * hotels.
  • For more queries and information write to us by email:​machupicchuviajesperu@gmail.com

WHY CHOOSE MACHU PICCHU VIAJES PERU?

  • We are a local tour operator based in Cusco with 15 years of experience as a Tour operator 100% Cusquenian Company.
  • We have all the Authorizations and licensed by the Peruvian government as proof that we are an official tour operator.
  • We have the Best Tour guides (Fluent in English and Spanish): We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional, licensed and degrees by the Peruvian government and speak fluent English and Spanish. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about Incan heritage and history.  Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurately and recognized theories in Incan and Andean cultures.
  • Small groups & Personalized and High-quality service (Customized Private Tour), This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
  • No hidden prices or Surprises/ We Never Pass you onto another operator as most travel agencies do here. We will depart even if you are a group of 02 persons (Departure of tours is 100% guaranteed).
  • We never share services with other companies as most travel agencies do here to Minimize cost
  • We are a Sustainable and eco-friendly tour company, Machu Picchu Viajes Peru has always believed that we should “give back” to the communities we pass through on our treks. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we socially support and employ these communities.
  • We are committed to social projects and improving living conditions for the children of Peru.
  • Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering to Personalized and High-quality service.
  • We treat our team of porters the best with a HOUSE for them to sleep in and proper equipment, wages, and health insurance for everyone
  • Master Chefs The best in the Cusco region
  • The food provided on our treks is the best( buffet Style and plenty of food)
  • The best Camping Equipment for the Inca Trail and alternative treks (spacious tents 4 season aluminum poles tents, Eating & Cooking tents, Portable table & chairs, comfortable mattresses, and more…)
  • Our tourist transports are exclusively for our services, which are completely reliable, comfortable, safe and with all the necessary authorizations.

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Where does the tour start and end?
  • All ours tours begins with the pick up to the tourists at the door of their hotels “We pick up to our clients from any hotel located in the city of Cusco”, We recommend to stay close to the historical center of the city of Cusco, it will make it easier to find your hotel.
  • All our tours ends at the door of the hotels, it means the tours will finish with transfer to your respective hotel located in Cusco.
How to prevent altitude sickness?
  • The altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before the visit.
  • To reduce symptoms, try to acclimatize yourself one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. We recommend to drink infusions of coca leaf (natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option to avoid the actitude sickness.
How is the accommodation?
  • For all the tours which include hotels. We offer hotels of 3* and 4* category, it has spacious and comfortable rooms, bathrooms, hot showers and bueffet breakfast. If the tourist like, you can change the accommodation to a better service. You just have to request it via email for an additional cost.
Which season is the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu?
  • The dry season months between April to December are the best time to come and visit Cusco. During those days the possibility of rain is very little, so the roads are not swampy and the landscapes can be better to enjoy and takes the best pictures. On the other hand, the months with the most rain are January, February and March.
What are the coldest months in Cusco Peru?
  • The coldest season in Cusco are in the months from May to July. During this time the sun is strong in the day, but once it goes down or you spend much time in the shade, it can get very cold. It can go below zero at night, so warm clothes and Jackets are necessary to bring during these months.
How long in advance can I request the tour?
  • We recommend to purchase the tours weeks or months in advance, this because the train and Machu Picchu tickets has a limit of spaces, dont wait until the lust minute to book your tour, other ways you will not be able to find spaces.
During the trip to Machu Picchu, where the big luggages will stay?

The train company that operates to Machu Picchu does not allow the traveler to carry a suitcase that weighs more than 7 kilograms. To go up and visit the city of Machu Picchu, it is recommended to carry a light and small backpack for your convenience; the rest of the luggages you can leave them without any problem at the storage of your hotel in Cusco, or you can also leave at our office in Cusco city, we have an storage too.

Very Important in case you want to book the Inca trail to Machu Picchu:
  • CLASSIC INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS: If you want to book the Classic Inca Trail 4 days, you must to book early to get your desired date. Depending on the month you prefer to do the hike, you may need to book 6 months or more in advance, the limit of spaces for the inca trail 4 days is 400 people per each day.
  • SHORT INCA TRAIL: If you are booking the 1 or 2 day Inca Trail, it is preferred that you also book in advance, however 2 to 4 month in advance would be good, the limit of spaces for the short inca trail is 200 people per each day.
When is the best season to hike the Inca Trail?
  • The best time of year to do the inca trail is between May to October, with August and September being the best months of all. The trail is dry and the weather is lovely. During the rainy season between November to April  the trail will be wet and can make it more difficult.

What will you live in the Tour Sacred Valley Vip 1 Day

  • You will have a spectacular tour of the Sacred Valley and its surroundings where you will be able to feel the magic of the Andean culture visiting the most important archaeological sites.
  • It is an excellent alternative to get to know the culture and traditions before visiting Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy the gastronomy of the sacred valley of the various towns that we will visit.
  • You will visit the extensive esplanade of Moray and the salt mines of Maras.
  • You will be surprised with the textile tradition of the town of Chinchero.

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Empresa y guías súper, súper, súper recomendables!!!! Fue una experiencia única!!!! En estos dos días hemos conocido muchísimos restos arqueológicos de la civilización Inca y sobre su historia. Los guías Sandro y Benjamin son dos genios!!!! Todo el tiempo estuvieron a nuestro lado, atentos a nuestros requerimientos y siempre dispuestos a dar un poco más. Nos fuimos con la sensación de haber aprendido muchísimo y de haber conocido a full el Cusco. Son 1000% recomendables!!!!

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