Tour code: 5363CUSCMMO
From the salt ponds of Maras to Ollantaytambo's Inca fortress, the Urubamba Valley has much to explore. This day-long tour from Cusco visits the main sights of Peru's Sacred Valley and offers a wonderful glimpse into Andean life. Visit Chinchero—an Andean village with incredible mountain scenery, see Moray's impressive terraced ruins, and learn the interesting history of this unique region.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Cusco to the Urubamba Valley
  • Visit the historic village of Chinchero
  • See the small town of Maras
  • Explore the Inca fortress in Ollantaytambo
  • See the terraces of Moray
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip to the Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo

Salt basins in Maras

On this day trip from Cusco, travel to Peru’s historic Urubamba Valley. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Urubamba Valley is known for its lush scenery, picturesque colonial towns and a magnificent Inca fortress.

After pickup from your hotel, your first stop is in the Andean village of Chinchero. Here, you'll take in mountain views, visit the main square and see an ancient church with unique floral and religious interior designs. Next, head off the beaten path to the small town of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that dates back all the way to colonial times.

From there, you'll head to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray, located only about 2 miles (4 km) from Maras. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After visiting Moray, take a lunch break at a restaurant in the area. You'll have the option of selecting one of two restaurants, Tunupa or Alhambra. After filling up on delicious food, you'll be ready for the next part of the day trip.

Following lunch, continue on your tour to Ollantaytambo, home to a magnificent Inca fortress that you can explore. This historic fortress was where Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle against the Inca Empire. After you visit the fortress, you'll have time to walk around the cobblestone streets of Ollantaytambo before heading back to Cusco.

Customer Reviews

Cami

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Rodrigo was excellent and so was Juanito our driver, we had such a good time with them two. Rodrigo was very knowledgable and caring, he shared a lot with us : highly recommend to do a private tour around those beautiful places.

Phuon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a superb tour with our tour guide Oscar. I can't speak highly enough about his knowledge, perfect English, organizational skills and care of us. What a fine young man! This is a private tour and we had a driver who drove us all over the Sacred Valley in a mini van. It was comfortable and safe. Oscar used his iPad to illustrate and show us timelines of the Inca kings, map of Peru, geography and plants and animals that he was telling us about. He was enthusiastic and passionate about everything he showed us. We learned that as a guide he must have a five year university degree and proficiency in two languages besides Spanish. The lunch was a buffet in a beautiful restaurant. There was even a band that played just for us while we ate with Oscar! Superb service and delicious food. This trip is well worth the money and an excellent use of time.We could never have found the silversmith village, textile demonstration, restaurant and other amazing sights on our own. It was the highlight of our trip to Peru.

Ian A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This trip was absolutely unbelievable! Most people go to Cusco with the intent to see Machu Picchu but there is so much more and this day trip encompasses it all! Our tour guide Juan was absolutely wonderful - the tour was only suppose to be around 6 hours long but he spent much more time than that and was entirely patient with my group of 7. The views were spectacular and I didn't even realize that lunch would be included. There is so much history and architecture to see in Cusco and this tour was definitely worth it to get a taste of it all.

Shawna A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great experience! I felt we really were able to see so much of the Sacred Valley. Tour guide was very informative and friendly and really catered the tour to what we were interested in. I highly recommend this tour.

Kimberly K. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Awesome! Our guide Diego was great. Lots of fun and great personality. He offered great information and we all really enjoyed the trip.

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