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.
Day trip from Cusco to the Urubamba Valley
Visit the historic village of Chinchero
See Maras, a salt-production center from colonial times
Following pickup from your hotel in Cusco, explore Peru's Urubamba Valley on this 7-hour day trip.
After departure aboard your comfortable vehicle, the day's first stop is the Andean village of Chinchero. Stroll around the town's main square, take in the alpine views and stop at an ancient church with impressive decorative details. Continue to the small town of Maras, a former salt-production center that lies off the beaten path. Imagine what life was like in colonial times as you have a look around.
Travel just a couple of miles to Moray, home to a set of amphiteater-like terraces made by the Incas. Listen as your guide explains the use of these terraces and their role in the Incas farming practices. Stop for lunch in the area, choosing between two local restaurants.
With a belly full of Peruvian food, head to Ollantaytambo to explore an impressive Inca fortress. Stroll down the town's cobblestone streets at your leisure before boarding your tour vehicle for the trip back to Cusco.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Excellent tour! We loved it! Our...
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour! We loved it! Our driver and guide were the absolute best. The sights were amazing and we learned about all aspects of life in the area!
Great tour with some very interesting stops. Ollantaytambo was very cool. You kind of know what to expect with Machu Picchu but this tour was full of surprises. Lunch was really good. The guide was great!
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.
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.
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.
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.