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Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Pisaq Market & Ruins 

Pisca Market – Sacred ValleyThe town of Pisac is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco.
There is a colourful market on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning.
Here we experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles made in true pre-Columbain style to purchase. Every Sunday there is also a procession of the mayors, who at around 09h30 go to church to attend the traditional Mass held in Quechua.
Ollantaytambo.

Ollantaytambo Ruin 

Sacred ValleyIt is here in this most beautiful, strategic spot, 60 kilometres from Cusco, that the Inca Pachacutec built his fortress of Ollantaytambo. It is a beautiful setting and the hills that surround it hide some of the most impressive ruins in the Valley.
It contains structures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Incahuatana and the Banos de la Princesa (Princess Baths).
This site is one of the few places that the Spaniards lost a battle during the conquest.

Chincheros 

Sacred Valley The remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as a beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations.

There is also a Sunday market here, although it attracts fewer tourists than Pisac. You can find many handicrafts and local produce here.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. The valley is generally understood to include everything between Písac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the Urubamba River, or Vilcanota River or Wilcamayu, as this Sacred river is called when passing through the valley. It is fed by numerous rivers which descend through adjoining valleys and gorges, and contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. The valley was appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the empire’s main points for the extraction of natural wealth, and the best place for maize production in Peru.
The Incas called this the Sacred Valley because it was there that they developed a rich agricultural society, and built fortresses and different complexes, like Pisac and Ollantaytambo, each place with thousands of stories to tell. Adventures in the Sacred Valley.
From Ollantaytambo you can take the train to go to Aguas Calientes to spend the night there and visit Machu Picchu. We would be pleased to help you with any of these arrangements.

Itinerary

At 8.20am meet at Machupicchu Exploring Peru office or transfer from your hotel at earlier time if coordinated. In a tourist bus, we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley. We descend 1500 feet to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. On the guided walk into the Citadel of Pisac you can observe temples, residences, altars, channels, carvings, tunnels/caves and the famous Intihuatana “The hitching post of the Sun”,

For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organise a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market.

We continue on to Urubamba where we stop for you to buy lunch. A further 30 mins drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions, the amazing temple of the Sun, enormous blocks of rock perfectly carved and polished, stone water fountains, stairs, terraces and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress, all surrounded by the sacred mountains and Valley of Patacancha and Willoq.
On our return, we quickly visit the famous church and archeological site in Chincheros, arriving to Cusco at about 6.30-7:00pm.

Cost Details

 Sacred Valley of the Incas  Includes :

  • Professional  (Bilingual Spanish and English Guide)
  • Tourist Bus

 Sacred Valley of the Incas Dosent Include :

  • Buffet Lunch in the sacred valley
  • Tickets to enter each sites in The Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Tips ( Opcional )

Recommendations for Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • If you going to stay in Cusco for only few days of more than a week
    we recommend you to get the Boleto Turitico “Tourist Ticket 10 Day” valid it cost 130 soles 4 sites in City Tour, 3 sites in the Sacred Valley plus Maras, Moray and Tipon, additionally they offer entrance to Museums.
    If you only will visit the Sacred valle y tour there is a partial Ticket valued in 70 soles.
  • If you will do City tour with the 4 Inca sites you will need another partial Ticket valued in 70 soles too, so best to get the 10 day Tourist Ticket “Boleto Turistico” for 130 soles and is valid for 10 days.
  • Note that to see Koricancha the temple of the sun there is another fee of 10 soles separately and 25 soles to visit Cusco Cathedral in a separate ticket.
  • Few people know how nice and really interesting is visiting
    La Merced church and Convent near Calle Mantas, we recommend
    to visit it with his barroque patio with hundreds years of history.
  • Also Inka Museum is not in this ticket and fee is 10 soles also
    highly recommended to visit it.
  •  Famous 12 Angle stones is in the way to San Blas big inca wall with
    nice stone artwork.
  • Cusco Inka museum located just behide left main cathedral on first block of Calle del Almirante.

Fixed Departure Dates

THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN THE SERVICE GROUP AND PRIVATE SERVICE.

DAILY DEPARTURES !!! From 08:00 am to 7: 00 pm

GROUP SERVICE:  US$15.00 per person.
Sacred Valley tour + buffet lunch in Urubamba USD$ 25.00 per person.
Boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket) to the ruins not included). Meeting point at Machupicchu Exploring office.

You could combine this tour with train to Aguas Calientes and accomodation this night to be able to see Machu Picchu for sunrise the following day. This program is called  “ Machupicchu  &  Sacred Valley 2 Days” and is a combination of 2 tours, the Sacred Valley Tour and the Classic train tour to Machu Picchu and for those who only have 2 days for this tour rather than 3, it is a must!

FAQs

You could combine this tour with train to Aguas Calientes and accomodation this night to be able to see Machu Picchu for sunrise the following day. This program is called  “ Machupicchu  & Sacred Valley 2 Days” and is a combination of 2 tours, the Sacred Valley Tour and the Classic train tour to Machu Picchu and for those who only have 2 days for this tour rather than 3, it is a must!

Cusco Tourist Ticket

  • The Cusco Tourist Ticket officially called “Boleto Turistica del Cusco,” is a ticket which allows you to gain entrance to multiple attractions in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The full ticket is the most popular, but there are also several partial tickets on sale too. In 2014, Peru´s Ministry of Culture changed the rules for the tickets, so read carefully the ticket types available, what entrances they include and how much they cost!

The Full Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTCI)

  • Includes entrance to 16 attractions within Cusco, surrounding areas and the Sacred Valley, the Full Cusco Tourist Ticket is the most popular ticket to buy. It is also the most expensive. Not all of the attractions listed on the ticket are must visit, but it does include the most popular attractions such as Saqsayhuman, Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. If you plan on visiting both Cusco and the Sacred Valley, this is the ticket to buy. This ticket is valid for 10 days, unlike the other tickets which are valid for just 1 – 2 days.
  • Validity: 10 Days
  • Price (2014): S/. 130 (US$ 47)
  • Included: Saqsayhuman, Qenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, Museo de Arte Popular, Museo Histórico Regional, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Sitio de Korikancha, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Monumento de Pachacutec, Tipon, Pikillacta, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero & Moray.

Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTCPI) / Circuit I– Saqsayhuman

  • This partial Cusco Tourist Ticket includes just 4 entrances. The attractions are the 4 main attractions located just outside of Cusco and not in the city itself. Take note that this ticket is valid for just 1 day!
  • Validity: 1 Day
  • Price (2014): S/. 70 (US$ 25)
  • Included: Saqsayhuman, Qenko, Pucapucara & Tambomachay.

Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTCPII) / Circuit II – City & South Sacred Valley

  • This partial Cusco Tourist Ticket includes 8 entrances. Generally speaking the attractions listed on this ticket are the least visited of all in the Cusco region. The Museo Histórico Regional (the original home of Garcilaso de la Vega) and the Inca archaeological site of Tipon are definitely worth visiting.Take note that this ticket is only valid for 2 days.
  • Validity: 2 Days
  • Price: S/. 70 (US$ 25)
  • Included: Museo de Arte Popular, Museo Histórico Regional, Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Sitio de Korikancha, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo, Monumento de Pachacutec, Tipon & Pikillacta.

Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTCPIII) / Circuit III – Sacred Valley

  • This partial Cusco Tourist Ticket includes 4 entrances. It includes the most important attractions in the Sacred Valley, and is the ticket you need to buy if you are only visiting attractions in the Sacred Valley and not Cusco. Take note that this ticket is only valid for 2 days.
  • Validity: 2 Days
  • Price : S/. 70.00 (US$ 25)
  • Included: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero & Moray.

Cusco Tourist Ticket Points of Sale

  • You can buy the partial or full Cusco Tourist Ticket at any of the attractions listed on the ticket. You can also buy the tickets at the central office or the official tourist information centre called DIRCETUR.
  • BTG Ticket Office
  • Address: Avenida. El Sol 103 Galerías Turísticas
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 – 18:00 hrs.
  • Official Tourist Information Centre – DIRCETUR
  • Address: Calle Mantas (just off the main plaza)
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 08:00 – 12:00 hrs & 14:00 – 18:00 hrs.
  • Things to Know!
  • Tickets cannot be purchased via the internet.
  • To buy any of the Cusco Tourist Tickets you need to present your passport.
  • You may be requested to show your passport along with the ticket to gain entrance to sites included on the ticket.
  • Children under 9 don´t pay. You may need to show a passport as proof of age.
  • Children aged 10 – 17 years old pay the reduced student rate, BTG Full S/. 70, BTC Partial S/.40 (passport needed as proof).
  • The ticket cannot be bought with anticipation.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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