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The Sacred Valley VIP is a spectacular new tour to experience all important attractions of Cusco. Therefore; this Cuzco tour will take you only in one day to explore the five Inca ruins.
The historical village that conquerors have demolished the palace of Tupac Inca Yupanqui to establish the colonial church. Nowadays; you can get to see the resistance in its inhabitants, as they inhabit the Inca constructions almost intact; in the same town where their ancestors lived and formed the largest and most prosperous nation in South America.
Today the village is known as The Rainbow Town and its location is at 28 kilometers; at northwest of the Cuzco, over 3,870 meters above the sea level. At an intermediate location between the highlands, Sacred valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lakes Piuray; and Huaypo.
Experience the laboratory of agriculture from 15th century. This place used to very important to acclimate all wild eatable plants from the valley of the Andes. Today the impressive site of Moray is intact!
The salt mines since Pre-Inca time still alive waiting for travelers
There are more than 5 thousand salt pans
Impressive Inka site of Ollantaytambo was a strategical military, religious and agricultural center. The architectural scene is exceptional in its size, style and originality of its architecture. The name comes from Quechua word Ollantay “which was the name of a warrior, whose story was saved as an oral tradition, and written as a drama of Antonio Valdez Urubamba priest in mid-eighteenth century”.
During the Inka time the village used to be a Tambo , which means a place where the travelers such as Chaskis or messengers, Quipucamayoc or accountants, runners, warriors, etc. Could get accommodation, food and water. Basically a resting place of travelers in the past.
The town is very colorful every day, the streets fill to overflowing with artisans selling their goods.
The sunday is the best and busiest day to visit by far. Local people from miles around pack up their llamas and donkeys in the early hours of the morning in order to arrive and set up stalls; where they trade vegetables and other products. Even if you’re not a shopper, the market is worth a visit. It’s a great place to take photos and people-watch.
The quality of the goods can be a little imperfect, and, if you’re looking to get a good quality on any one item, you’re better off in a fine gallery or store in Cuzco. On the other hand, the prices are low and it is a great Andean market to buy beautiful souvenirs from Pisac.
The second biggest city after Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible place in Cusco. Its name comes from a very common type of Bird in this area known PISAQA or Partridge. Because the pre-Columbian city has a shape of a Andean bird representing the local fauna. Also there is the biggest cemetery of South America, the agricultural terraces, the sundial or Inti-hautana, Qolqas or granaries, water canals, the tunnel and neighborhoods.
Carrying out the Sacred Valley VIP tour you will see the most outstanding places of Pisaq but taking a 1 day hike from Pisac town to citadel is very impressive and you will get to see all Inca city.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
Sacred Valley of the Incas combined with a trip to Salt mines of Maras and the agricultural terraces Inca of Moray is an unforgettable tour for people who have little time in the city of Cusco.
You will appreciate the beautiful Inca Valley and snow-capped mountains, fields of culture and villages full of colours and tradition.
We start the tour with the pick up from your hotel at 06:30 hours to go to the picturesque town of Chinchero where we will appreciate the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, a beautiful colonial temple with interesting frescoes on the porch (this place was built on the foundations of an Inca construction). We can also admire the Inca walls in the main square of the village, etc.
Continuing with our tour we will visit the town of Maras, located 52 km from Cusco at an altitude of 3,380 m; the importance of the place is given by the mines of salt that it possesses; these salt mines are composed of about 3000 small wells of approximately 5 m ² from which the salt is extracted. The production of salt follows the process of extraction and drying of the salt water from an underground spring. The “Salinas de Maras” have been exploited since the time of the Incas in which it was used as a means of economic exchange.
We then proceed to the Archaeological Group of Moray, located about 7 km. Of Maras. Moray is a group of terraces or circular platforms of different sizes, which at the time of the Incas were used as an agricultural experimental center; this was where they performed their studies of adapting plants to new ecosystems. In Moray 1 observes how the overlapping of the concentric rings of stone widens as it rises; the total depth is one 150 m.
Our lunch will be a buffet style in a tourist restaurant in the city of Urubamba.
In the afternoon we head to the village of Ollantaytambo; There we will go up first to the Inca archaeological complex that was built to guard and protect against invasions, then there will be time to walk the streets of this small town and thus have a clearer idea of how this military, religious and cultural center was during the period of the Inca Empire.\
Then the bus will take us to the town of Pisaq to visit the local market; we will immediately ascend the archaeological complex of Pisaq and appreciate the agricultural terraces, cemeteries and real Inca constructions.
Continuing, we will pass by the viewpoint of the Sacred Valley of the Incas; here we can take excellent views and photos of the Andes Mountains and the Sacred Valley itself.
Finally, we will return in the bus to the city of Cusco and arrive around 19:30 hours.