Sacred Valley of the Incas Tours

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Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive colonial towns and villages. While many travelers pass through here en route to Machu Picchu, the valley has become a destination in its own right.
 
The Basics
With its Quechua village festivals and markets, colonial churches, Inca ruins and other archaeological sites, river rafting, horseback riding, and trekking, there are plenty of reasons to head out into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a day tour or longer. Day trips from Cusco might involve a guided trek to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, a tour of the Maras salt mines, cycling on Moray Mountain, shopping the Pisac market, wandering the agricultural terraces at Ollantaytambo, or tucking into a traditional Andean lunch.
 
It’s also possible to combine a tour of the Sacred Valley with an overnight tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, and first-time visitors.
  • A Sacred Valley tour from Cusco can last anywhere from eight to 12 hours.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • While lower than Cusco, the Sacred Valley still has a high altitude of 9,514 feet (2,900 meters), so plan accordingly.
 
How to Get There
While Cusco is the nearest major city to the valley, most travelers arrive by air into Lima before transferring to Cusco City. While it’s possible to rent a private car or ride public transportation, the easiest way to explore the Sacred Valley is on a guided tour.
 
When to Get There
High season in the Sacred Valley of the Incas falls between June and early September. The winter season brings dry weather, ideal for exploring the area’s many outdoor attractions, but larger crowds as well. Holidays aside, the valley is much quieter during the rainy season between November and March.
 
Shopping in the Sacred Valley
The local towns and markets of the Sacred Valley are perfect for picking up interesting local souvenirs. Look for pottery in Urubamba, peruse the market in Pisac for silver jewelry and alpaca fleece items, or pick up some local salt, pulled directly from the nearby mines, from the shops in Maras.
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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

Peru’s Sacred Valley lies in the Andean Highlands—a landscape of rugged mountains, open plains, and soaring cliffs—and reaching the remote sites is a challenge. Choose a morning or afternoon half-day safari, and tackle the rough ground by powerful all-terrain quad bike. With your guide to lean the way, reach historic sites including Moray and Maras with ease, enjoy sweeping views across the Peruvian countryside, and learn of life here under Incan rule.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Overnight Tour

Experience ancient Andean history and culture on this overnight excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. After a convenient hotel pickup, stop by a llama farm, visit a bustling textile market, and explore the town of Ollantaytambo before hopping on a train for Machu Picchu. Explore the legendary lost city with an informative guide and enjoy a hotel stay included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$735,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Visit one of Peru’s most famous areas, aside from Machu Picchu, on this 10-hour day trip to the Sacred Valley from Cusco. Pass through the ancient Inca sites of Saqsaywaman and Tambomachay, and explore the Inca site of Pisac. Along the way, visit a Peruvian weaving house, and see a demonstration on dyeing and weaving techniques. Plus, this tour operates with a maximum of 15 people, ensuring you’ll enjoy a small-group experience your expert guide.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Chinchero - Moray and maras salt ponds

This full day tour into the Sacred Valley is one of our favourites and a fascinating alternative to the more standard tours around Cusco city.Collecting you from your hotel, we begin with a relaxing drive to the ancient city of Chinchero. The route we take offers spectacular views of the majestic Andes; what a way to start the day! Arriving in Chinchero you will notice that much of the 12th Century Incan architecture still survives today. As we wander the busy cobbled streets, amongst the artisan street vendors selling their traditional handicrafts and costumes, it really will feel like a step back in time.Next we visit the Salt Mines at Maras, Located in the high plains above Urubamba, these ancient mines were created by the Incas and still in use today. The thousands of ponds are a spectacular site, each yielding around 150kg of salt per month. The famous Peruvian Pink Salt found in markets throughout Peru is sourced here at Maras.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$170,00
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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3-Night Cusco: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman

Tick off more of Cusco’s ancient wonders in less time on a comprehensive 3-night tour, ideal for first-time visitors and travelers with limited time in Peru. Visit the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo Fortress, take a sightseeing tour of Cusco’s historic center, and spend the day at Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World. Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off, 3 nights accommodation, and select meals are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Sacred Valley Tour Including Lunch

Spend the day exploring the gorgeous scenery and fascinating Inca history of Peru’s Sacred Valley during this day trip from Cusco. Wander the Inca ruins and shop for bargains at the famous market in the city of Pisac. Then stop for an included lunch of traditional Andean cuisine before continuing to the ancient Incan settlement and agricultural terraces at Ollantaytambo. You’ll finish your day in Chinchero, another former Inca building site, where you can also get a sense for modern rural life in Peru. This day trip also covers a guide, site entrance fees, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Classic 2-Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous route to UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail attracts hikers from across the world—but tackling the route without local assistance is a challenge. This tour covers all your accommodation and transportation needs from Cusco, with all entry fees included too. Follow your guide through the Peruvian wilderness and hear the hidden secrets behind magical Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Half-Day Horseback Riding Tour from Cusco

Cusco is well known for its close proximity to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, but it also features ancient archaeological sites located right on the outskirts of the city. This horseback riding tour takes you to see top Cusco attractions such as the Temple of the Moon, the Devil’s Balcony, and other Inca ceremonial sites in just a short amount of time. Snacks and protective equipment are also included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Horseback Riding in Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley is home to some of Peru’s most impressive Incan ruins, with ancient temples and agricultural features dotting the landscape. On this morning or afternoon tour, explore the Sacred Valley the traditional way on horseback with your guide. Discover natural sites of interest including the Chicon glacier, the Salineras salt pools, and Urubamba River—with pickup and drop-off at your Sacred Valley accommodation included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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US$125,00
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South Valley of the Incas Motorcycle Tour from Cusco

Cruise down the great open road on a motorcycle tour of the South Valley. This tour leaves from Cusco and stops at a number of sights such as Tipon, Huacarpay Lagoon, Pikillaqta, and Andahuaylillas, dubbed as ‘The Sistine Chapel of the Americas.’ Spend the day away from the busy city and out exploring some lesser-known Inca gems.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Magical Andes

The best of Peru in only 10 days: Lima;  Cusco, the ancient Inca capital; the lost citadel of Machu Picchu; the mythical Sacred Valley with Pisac, Moray, Maras; and the spectacular Lake Titicaca with local families!
  • Duration: 10 days
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  • Duration: 10 days
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Sacred Valley Full Day Trekking Tour from Cusco

Discover an Inca archeological site without the crowds on a full-day, guided trek through the Sacred Valley and the Huchuy Qosqo ruins. Walk to a scenic pass at 13,400 feet (4,100 mt.), earn panoramic views of the Urubamba mountain range, then tour Huchuy Qosqo with your guide. This 12-hour hiking tour of the Sacred Valley includes a boxed lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transport from Lima, with roughly 7 hours of hiking time.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco

Uncover the fascinating architecture and culture of the ancient Incas during this 8- to 10-hour day trip covering the highlights of Peru’s Sacred Valley from Cusco. Check out the market in Pisac, stopping on Sundays to observe its famous mass. You’ll also visit the Inca settlement at Ollantaytambo and explore the ruins of its fortress and the Temple of the Sun, a mysterious structure composed of giant 12-foot (3.5-m) stones. Your Sacred Valley tour also includes a guide, lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sacred Valley of the Incas tour and Machu Picchu

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Visit popular sites such as Chinchero, Moray, Maras, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo while also experiencing a traditional weaving workshop. After a peaceful night in Aguas Calientes, get an early wake up call to catch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and take a guided tour of the area before heading back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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4-Day Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Skip the tourist trail in Peru as you enjoy stunning scenery, visits to unspoiled Andean mountain communities and amazing ruins during this 4-day trek to Machu Picchu via the rugged Lares trekking route. Trek along the less-crowded Lares trail, enjoying visits to small Quechua mountain villages, gorgeous alpine lakes and views of majestic snow-covered peaks. Along the way you'll traverse high-altitude passes reaching nearly 14,000 feet (4,400m) and have a chance to visit the ancient Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo. Finish your trekking experience by catching the train to Aguas Calientes, ascending to the amazing Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the morning to beat the crowds. This 4-day excursion includes all meals, accommodations, a guide, entrance fees and transfers.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Sacred Valley 4x4 Quadbike Adventure from Cusco

Discover Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas aboard a 4WD ATV. Set out from Cusco to Cruz Pata, where you'll hop onto your off-road vehicle and head into the countryside, navigating muddy paths and mountain trails to reach Moray—an Inca archaeology site featuring enormous circular ruins once used for agriculture. Spend some time exploring before continuing your adventure to the Salineras, an impressive series of salt mines at the bottom of a towering canyon. It's a whole new way to experience the Andean highlands.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

Trace the history of the ancient Inca Empire on this full-day tour of the Sacred Valley from Cusco. Venture off the beaten track and discover the Inca monuments, traditional villages and serene valleys that lie in the shadows of Machu Picchu. Journey through the picturesque Urubamba Valley, stop to browse the traditional handicrafts on sale at the Pisac Market, visit Chinchero village and explore the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Sacred Valley Private Tour from Cusco

Set out from Cusco on a guided private tour of Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit renowned archaeology sites such as Pisac—a hilltop citadel known for its unique agricultural terracing—and the Ollantaytambo ruins, which include an impressive fortress and temple. Learn about the Spanish defeat of the Incas as you marvel at these remnants of a once vast and powerful empire. The trip also includes a visit to a popular Andes textile market and the option to stay on in the town of  Ollantaytambo.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$135,00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Sacred Valley of Cusco Full-Day Tour - Grup Service

Explore the fascinating Inca history and beautiful scenery of Peru’s Sacred Valley on this full-day trip from Cusco. Discover the amazing Inca architecture in the cities of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and check out a traditional market, where you can shop for handicrafts. You’ll also have time to stop by the town of Urubamba for lunch and see the church and archaeological site in Chincheros. Your Sacred Valley day trip also features round-trip hotel transport and a professional guide.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Sacred Valley 5-Day Tour

Explore Peru’s fascinating Inca history and culture during this 5-day, 4-night, excursion to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Discover the indigenous and colonial history of Cusco, then extend your knowledge at the ancient Inca settlements of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. You’ll cap off the trip with a visit and guided tour at the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, and transport to Machu Picchu included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$545,00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Sacred Valley Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco 2-Day

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is perhaps most famous for UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, but the region holds far more cultural and historic treasures than this. On this comprehensive guided 2-day tour, explore sites of interest including Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo, and Pisaq Market—with accommodation, some meals, and all transport covered—and marvel at world-famous Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$495,00
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu 5-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Incas during this 5-day, 4-night trip covering Cusco, the surrounding Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco’s numerous landmarks, including its colonial main cathedral and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. You'll spend another day visiting the numerous Inca sites and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley in towns like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Your trip culminates with a full day exploring the jaw-dropping UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu, including a guided tour, before wrapping up with one more free day back in Cusco. This Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu excursion also includes a guide, four nights of accommodation, entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Duration: 5 days
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US$666,00
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  • Duration: 5 days
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6-Day Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Get a comprehensive overview of Cusco and its surroundings on this 6-day tour. Explore the city of Cusco and the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Moray, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history and culture of the Incas from your informative guides and admire the beautiful and changing scenery of Peru throughout the week.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$750,00
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  • Duration: 6 days
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Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 7 Days

See the best that Peru has to offer on this 7-day tour to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca. Explore the main highlights of each region including Cusco’s Inca ruins, the Sacred Valley, the famous Machu Picchu, and the islands of Uros and Taquile in Lake Titicaca. Learn about the rich history and traditions of Peru throughout the week and choose between a Cusco or Puno departure.
  • Duration: 7 days
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US$619,00
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  • Duration: 7 days
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