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Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley

By Viator, September 2018

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The one-time capital of the mighty Inca Empire, Cusco’s biggest claim to fame is its impressively preserved Inca ruins, including the iconic Machu Picchu. Here are some of the most significant archaeological sites in the area worthy of a visit.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, the Lost City of Incas, is perhaps the most famous archaeological site in all of South America. This UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses a collection of temples, plazas, and terraced hills shrouded in mystery—nobody’s sure why they were built and eventually abandoned.

Ollantaytambo Ruins
The ingenuity of the Inca civilization is on full display at this ancient fortress, built during the 15th century. Surrounded by terraced hills, the complex shows off classic Inca city planning, with fine examples of stonework. The fortress was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest.

Pisac Ruins
While the ruins at Pisac were originally thought to be a fortress, archaeologists now think they were likely used as a religious site, observatory, and residential area. Often overlooked by visitors making a beeline for the Inca Trail and the area’s more popular ruins, travelers might find themselves practically alone among the ruins or taking in the sweeping views from the top of the archaeological site.

Choquequirao
Nicknamed “the other Machu Picchu,” Choquequirao sits in the mountains outside of Peru, where it only receives a handful of visitors each day. Accessible via a strenuous 2-day hike, these Inca ruins, complete with carved terraces and intricate stonework, offer a sense of tranquility that’s difficult to experience at more accessible sites.

Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman represents one of the largest and most impressive ancient Inca sites on the outskirts of Cusco. This military stronghold was the site of a significant battle against the Spanish in 1536; many of its tiered, zigzag walls and a large ceremonial plaza remain. 

Moray
The Incas were some of the most successful farmers in the Western Hemisphere at the height of their civilization, and at Moray, it’s easy to see why. What looks at first to be a giant crater is in fact a series of circular agricultural terraces linked by staircases. Each ring has its own microclimate, which allowed crops to be rotated throughout to test which temperature yielded the best results.

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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A train trip away to see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $346.99
Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Archaeology Tours
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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 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99
7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu, Lima, Day Trips
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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu

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Discover the very best of both Lima and Cusco on a 7-day tour of Peru. Visit the famous landmarks and government buildings of Lima before heading south to ...  Read more

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

From USD $920.85
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

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Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this 2-day tour, which leaves Cusco to visit a lively market town and two Incan archaeological sites. Board a train ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $479.00
5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Overnight Tours
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5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ...  Read more

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

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Maras, Moray and Chinchero Private Day Trip from Cusco, Cusco, Multi-day Tours
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Maras, Moray and Chinchero Private Day Trip from Cusco

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On this full-day tour you will go to the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba Valley of Peru. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, this valley is known for its ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu The Inca City, Cusco, Cultural Tours
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Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu The Inca City

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This is an excellent opportunity to visit this marvelous Inca City, only in a day. It's perfect for people who have little time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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Horseback Riding in Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco, Day Trips
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Experience riding traditional Peruvian Paso horses to the ancient salt mines of Maras. Enjoy the stunning views of the Sacred Urubamba Valley River, Chicon ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.00
Half Day Horseback Riding Tour to Inca Ruins from Cusco, Cusco, Horseback Riding
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Half Day Horseback Riding Tour to Inca Ruins from Cusco

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Visit the four most important sacred Inca sites: Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara, while riding through the gorgeous scenery of the Andes!

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

From USD $70.10

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