Classic Tours

Sacred Valley of the Inca’s

This tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas includes visits to the remarkable Inca sites of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, with plenty of time to enjoy and photograph the spectacular scenery of the valley and surrounding peaks. You will be escorted by your knowledgeable guide as you walk the narrow streets of the Inca village of Ollantaytambo and wander through the handcraft market in the village square at Pisaq. A alternative for this tour is a visit to the saltpans of Maras and the agricultural terraces of Moray. 

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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Leaving behind the city of Cusco, our bus will take us to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, passing Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay along the way. After crossing the high plains, the road descends towards the valley town of Pisaq, on the banks of the Urubamba River, considered sacred by the Incas. After plenty of time to wander through the market and pick up some souvenirs, we will drive up to the Inca ruins of Pisaq. Here the Incas built an extensive settlement composed of temples, residential areas, a tunnel and agricultural terracing, all with a commanding view over the entire Urubamba Valley, stretched out far below.

After visiting the ruins of Pisaq we will drive to the town of Urubamba for lunch.

After an excellent meal in Urubamba, it will be time to make the 30 minute drive to the village of Ollantaytambo. Here, where the valley narrows, the Incas created an important ceremonial and administrative center around a temple that was dedicated to the pantheon of Inca gods. It is common to see local people wandering the streets of Ollantaytambo in their typical dress, largely unchanged for more than four hundred years.

After visiting the village and temple of Ollantaytambo, we will return to Cusco.

Included:

All the necessary land transport (Private bus)
English speaking tour guide
Lunch

Not Included:

Cusco Entrance Ticket ($45 approximately): This ticket provides access to most of the attractions in the city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and can be purchased at any of those attractions. A half price ticket is available for access to Ollantaytambo and Pisaq only.
Tips to guides / staff.
Drinks.

What To Bring On The Trip?

  • Cusco tourist ticket
  • Rain jacket (or rain poncho)
  • Good walking shoes
  • Warm clothes for evening return trip to Cusco
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Extra money in small bills, for buying souvenirs

Q1: How far in advance do I need to make a trek reservation?

A1: It is possible to book this trek a couple of days in advance since there is no cap on visitor numbers to the historical sites included in this tour. However in order  to assure sufficient availability on our side we recommend to book as far in advance as possible.

Q2: What about payment, do I need to make a deposit?

A2: After we have confirmed your trek booking you will need to pay a tour deposit, the amount depending on the specific tour and number of people. The remaining trek balance needs to be paid in our office in Cusco at least 2 days prior to the tour departure date, before 19:30. Payment is to be made in cash US dollars (preferred) or local currency. When we confirm your trek booking we will send you more details about how to pay the trek deposit.

Q3: What is the trek difficulty and do I need to be in good physical condition?

A3: the trek has a low difficulty, however the altitude might prove challenging for some.

Q4: Is there a minimum or maximum age limit for this activity?

A4: The minimum age we advise is 7 years, we handle no maximum age but if you have doubts about your physical condition please contact us.

Q4b: I would like to do this activity with my friends, can I book now and my friends book later?

A4b: If you book now we cannot guarantee that there will be space for your friend(s)  when they book on a later time.  If you do have friends who want to join the group later then you must let us know and ask your friends to mention that they want to be placed in your group when they make a booking.

Q5: Can I have vegetarian meals, vegan, special meals?

A5: We offer standard meals as well as a vegetarian meal option. Just let us know in the comments when booking a tour if you want vegetarian meals or have any diet restrictions / food allergies.

Meal options:
– Standard (no dietary requirements, eats everything)
– Vegetarian
– Lactose-free (mild reactions only)
– Gluten free (mild reactions only)

Q6: I have asthma / diabetes / another medical condition. Can I still do the trek?

A6: You must disclose at the time of booking any medical condition that could affect your ability to do your specific trek. Andean Adventures Peru reserves the right not to accept a trek booking if we feel that a medical condition may put your life or the lives of any of our trekking staff or other clients at risk on the trek.

People with heart conditions, knee problems, severe asthma or pregnant should not participate in the trek. People with mild asthma / diabetes will have to consult their doctors and follow their doctor’s advice. They will also be required to be accompanied by a trekking companion on the trek at all times who will trek at their sides and be familiar with any medicines required in case of an emergency. Andean Adventures Peru reserved the right to cancel the trek booking of a client if the client has not fully disclosed at the time of making a booking a medical condition that may pose a risk to the health of the client and/or other trekkers. No refunds will be given in this instance.

Andean Adventures Peru will not accept any responsibility, either directly or indirectly, for any problems due to your special dietary requirements / medical condition. Clients proceed at their own risk. We suggest that you check with your doctor before booking the trail.

Q7: What do I need to carry?

A7: You will need to carry your daypack with all the items needed during the walk on that specific day the rest of your luggage can be stored at your hotel.

Q8: Where can I store the bags that I do not need to take on the activity?

Q8: Any bags that you don’t need to take on the activiity can be left at your hotel in Cusco. Nearly all hotels have a luggage deposit and rarely charge for this service as long as you are returning to the hotel after the trek. You can also leave valuables in the hotel safe, but remember to bring your passport and some emergency money. We do not store clients luggage or valuables in our office.

Q9: What is the weather like during the visit?

A9: The best time to visit is between mid-April and the end of October when the weather is typically dry and sunny. The driest months are June, July & August which is also winter in Peru when you can expect temperatures to drop to around freezing in the early hours of the morning. January, February and March are summertime in Peru but in Cusco and on the Inca Trail this also corresponds with the wet season.

Q10: Is there a minimum group size and what happens if Andean Adventures Peru does not meet the minimum size?

A10: We require a minimum group size of just 4 persons to depart. During the last 10 years Andean Adventures Peru has always managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and has  never had to cancel any group departures.

If in the event that we do not reach the minimum required number of persons we will try to offer you an alternative trek date or refund your trek deposit in full. As mentioned before, we hope this will be a very unlikely event and during the last 10 years Peru Treks has managed to meet the minimum group size for all of our departure dates and has never had to cancel any group departures.

Q11: Do I need to bring walking boots?

A11: Walking boots are recommended as they provide support to the ankle which reduces the risk of injury especially when trekking in the wet season (December – March). However it is important that your boots are comfortable and well worn-in and not brand new. Many people prefer to trek in tennis shoes but extra care should be taken since they do not support the ankle. We do not recommend trekking in sandals or using new boots or hiring boots prior to the trek. Make sure the shoes are sturdy enough for the duration of the tour and will not fall apart.

Travel Details

  • Duration: 2D/1N or Full day
  • Customizable: Yes
  • When to go: Year around
  • Travel Style: Classic Tours.
  • Destinations: Cusco.
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