The Quechua are the indigenous people of the Andes, and their language is also called Quechua. The Inca used the Quechua language to unify their empire, fanning out from Cusco, where the language was also influenced by Aymara.

The word Quechua was used to describe an area of land that was suitable for growing maize, and it remains the ideal word to describe the fertile Sacred Valley.

Today the Quechua villages provide a window into the past, inhabited by the Inca descendants who have preserved the handicraft traditions of their forebears.

Visit a Quechua village like Pisac, Pisco or Chincheros on market day and you’ll get a real feel for daily life in these Andean mountain towns. Bartering and haggling are the norm, and the stalls are filled with colorful woven clothing, rugs, ceramics and toys.

To join in community life in a Quechua village, join a Sacred Valley Community Small Group Tour to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Along the way you’ll visit a traditional Quechua village and have the chance to meet the locals and join in a community activity if you like - depending on the time of year, it could be fishing, farming, sport, cooking or teaching.

Practical Info

The Quechua villages of the Sacred Valley are an easy day trip from Cusco, best visited on a tour.

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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco

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Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day excursion from Cusco. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you'll visit the local market and see ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 - 10 hours

From USD $82.99

Viator Exclusive: 6-Night Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

Retrace the steps of Peru's ancient civilization on an exclusive six-night journey along the Inca Quarry Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. Following an ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,274.99

10-Day Best of Peru Tour: Machu Picchu, Cusco and Puno

Feel the magic that reverberates in the sacred Inca city of Cusco. Pass through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Inka, interact with the living ancient ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $1,599.00

4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

This trek combines beautiful lakes, local Quechua communities of farmers and weavers who are still living traditional lifestyles in the mountains, cultivating ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $640.00

Private Tour: Maras, Moray and Chincheros

Enjoy a private day trip in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Go off the beaten path and visit the authentic and picturesque villages of Chincheros and Maras, ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $216.00

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: 4-Day Trek

Enjoy the hiking the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu as you see many archaeological sites along the way and get completely in touch with Mother Earth ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $550.00

7-Night Tour of Lima and Cusco Including the Inca Trail

Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu on a seven-night tour through Peru! Retrace the steps of the Inca Empire from Lima to Cuzco, including the Sacred Valley ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,694.99

5-Day Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Cusco is a city of extraordinary historic importance, boasting both colonial architecture as well as the finest ancient stonework of the globe, evidence of a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $959.00

Lares Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

This trek is a great alternative to reach Machu Picchu. It is ideal for those who want to get off the "beaten path" and get an insight into authentic ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $599.00

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