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Overview

Extended Sacred Valley Tour with Moray and Salt Mines– Enjoy the extended tour to the Sacred Valley or Urubamba Valley including the guided tour to Moray and Salt Mines in just one-day! This Extended Tour is a specially designed itinerary that no one else offers. We have crafted it so that enjoy the best highlights of the Sacred Valley, such as the archeological site of Pisaq, the spectacular Inca site of Moray (Circular terraces), the Salt Mines of Maras (salt pans) and the fortress of Ollantaytambo from the time of the Incas, rather than just focusing on the different shopping centers.

Our Sacred Valley Extended Tour is organized in a small private tour with an experienced guide that is passionate about Inca History and ready to share with you. Book online the “Extended” Sacred Valley Tour with the plan customized tours in Cusco, Peru, and visit ALL the MUST-SEE highlights of Peru’s Sacred Valley. This full day experience to the Sacred Valley of the Incas is a perfect activity for those who don’t have much time in Cusco and want to visit the most important tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley, also this tour of Sacred Valley will give you the opportunity to save time, instead of spending 2 days, you will take only one-day for those important tourist attractions.

This fascinating private day tour in the Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley, with departure from Cusco, will show you many interesting places, combining archaeology, culture, and history. During the tour, your private tour guide will be pleased to show you Inca terraces built at the banks of the Urubamba river, and towns along the Sacred Valley, which is a huge valley encompasses over 100 km/ 63 miles of distance, where the Incan civilization took all the valley as they were conquering to the jungle side of Cusco, this valley offered them a great climate to develop the agriculture, reason of that today the farming terraces are still laying along the valley or adorning any mountain as a patch, as well as, the climate was the main factor to start their palaces and temples along the valley and today those places are the must-see ones while your trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu.

The popular part of Sacred Valley of the Incas is located between Pisac and Ollantaytambo, this part of the valley draws many visitors, in the middle offers the hilltop Chinchero Inca Ruins, Maras salt ponds, Moray “Inca amphitheaters”, local farms and non-tourist markets, as well as other Incan ruins and unique cultural and culinary tours. This option allows you to visit all these iconic sites and can be combined with other tours.

About this activity

TYPE SERVICE

Private or Group

ACTIVITIES

Walking

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8

ACCOMMODATION

DIFFICULTY

Easy

DURATION

1 Day

Itinerary

Extended Sacred Valley Tour + Maras Moray and the Salt Mines, Full Day – Itinerary

The Extended Sacred Valley Tour will begin at 7 a.m. at which time your professional guide will meet you at your hotel lobby with private transportation to escort you to Peru’s famous Sacred Valley. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover. Along the way, we will stop at a famous lookout point known as El Mirador. From there, you will be able to see the Sacred Valley where your guide will help you gain some insight into the Inca history.

The splendid Inca ruins of Pisac are located at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley, about 1 hour from Cusco, and it is one of the largest Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley was one of the main areas that the Incas settled where there is an amazing abundance of fertile plains in this elevated area of the Andes. You will also observe vast contour terracing and irrigation channels left behind by the Inca. We then will continue on to the archaeological site of Pisac. Here, you will discover and learn about Inca culture where you will also see amazing works of stone art, farming terraces chiseled into the mountains and an immense Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. These ruins are quite extensive and pervasive. You will have the opportunity to see many examples of original Incan architecture that had been built on the slopes of the mountains. Also, you will be amazed by the stunning Incan farming terraces carved alongside them. These terraces were constructed in many distinct styles that begin along the riverside and are from 2,995 m(9,826 ft.) to 3,450 m(11,318 ft.) above sea level and are estimated at over 500 in number. After exploring, we head to the colorful market of Pisac, where we will spend about 20 minutes.

Next, we will drive to the Salt Mines of Maras (Las Salineras). Maras is a village that is well-known for its stunning salt pools which lie 1.2 miles away north of the village. Hundreds of salt pools decorate the hillside and have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A natural spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of water heavily laden with salt, which is diverted into salt pools and evaporated to produce salts of very high quality. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find naturally pink salt.

The Incan Agricultural Laboratory of MORAY – “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” It consists of a series of circular terraces sculpted within a natural bowl in the earth like a huge amphitheater. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. It is believed they were used by the Incas to research the optimal conditions for their crops. After visiting the stunning Inca site of Moray, we will head to the next archaeological site of “The last living Inca town” of Ollantaytambo.

OLLANTAYTAMBO — is a town and an Inca archaeological site located at the northwest end of the Sacred Valley at an elevation of 2,792 m (9,160 ft) above sea level. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Today, it is an important tourist attraction due to its Inca ruins and its location en route to one of the most common starting points for the four-day, three-night of the Inca Trail. After the tour, we will bring you to your hotel in Ollantaytambo or Train Station, just feel free to let your guide know which you prefer. If you would like to finish the tour in Cuscowe highly recommend you book our Sacred Valley VIP Package Tour

Inclusions

Extended Sacred Valley Tour Includes

  • Professional Guides: All of our guides have studied English and tourism at Cusco National University. They all natives of this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are amusing, yet professional, and will ensure you are safe and delighted.
  • Transportation: We will pick you up in our private van, directly from your hotel. The van will be waiting for you at each stop, after the tour. We will drop you off directly at your hotel. The type of vehicle will be provided based on the group size (SEDAN, MINI-VAN or VAN)

Not Included

  • Entrance Tickets: All of the sites visited on this tour require the Tourist Ticket. You can purchase this ticket at your first stop for 70 soles for a one day pass, or 130 soles for the 10 day pass / Salt Mines of Maras ticket is 10 each.
  • Lunch: This meal is not included in your tour cost.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping

Notes:

All sites in the Sacred Valley require a tourist ticket. Our Sacred Valley day trip only requires a partial tourist ticket as explained below:
The Partial Tourist Ticket is PEN 70.00 Soles (about $25 USD per person) and it is valid for 2 consecutive days. With this ticket, you may access to the following sites Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Chinchero.
If you visit other sites in the Sacred Valley, we recommend you to buy the General Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico General), at a cost of PEN 130.00 Soles (about $45 USD per person), and valid for 10 days with access to 14 different locations including Cusco and Sacred Valley historical sites.

  • Kids under 10 Years old do NOT pay any entrance fee.

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Packing Checklist

  • A good (and small) daypack.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun.
  • Rainwear or poncho for the rainy season (December to April).
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 45 or higher recommended).
  • Windbreaker.
  • Camera with extra batteries.
  • Extra money for drinks, tipping, and souvenirs.
  • Optional: Personal medical kit. Disinfectant, aspirin, stomach tablets, medicine to avoid altitude sickness

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