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This full day trip begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco. It takes you to Chinchero, Maras, Moray Ollantaytambo and Pisac. To enhance your experience, we will be stopping for a traditional Peruvian lunch at a local restaurant in Urubamba.
Chinchero is a small village near Cusco. It was the summer palace of the Inca King, Tupac Yupanqui. When the Spanish invaded, they demolished the palace and constructed a church on its remains.
Among all villages of Sacred Valley, Chinchero has the most fertile soil.
Knitting is still a craft the locals are popular for. People here have preserved their decades-long traditions till date. This makes it one of the richest villages in traditions and customs in South America.
Moray was a prominent site during the Inca times. It is home to the circular shaped agricultural terrace that somewhat resembles the Roman amphitheatre.
Incas were experimenting with the impact of growth of crops in different weather conditions. Each level of the terrace has a distinct temperature.
Maras is home to over 5000 salt puddles that sit on a hillside. These geometric shaped salt puddles are supplied with natural spring water and are left to evaporate.
Once the water evaporates they scrape out salt crystals. The salt here is somewhat pinkish in colour and has a distinct texture and taste.
Ollantaytambo is a charismatic village that has held its prominence since Incan rule. The archaeological site here sits on a hill top. The archaeological park Ollantaytambo once served as a military, religious and agricultural centre to Incas.
The name comes from the Quechua word “Ollantay” which was the name of an Inca warrior. His story was saved as an oral tradition, and written as a drama of Antonio Valdez Urubamba priest in the mid-eighteenth century”.
During the Incan civilisation, the village used to be a Tambo. It means a place where the travellers or Chaskis and messengers could get accommodation, food and water. Basically a resting place of travellers in the past.
Now Ollantaytambo is where you will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes to visit Machu Picchu. It is also the gateway to the trailhead of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The town is very colourful every day, the streets fill to overflowing with artisans selling their goods.
Sunday is the best and busiest day to visit. Locals from the nearby villages set up their stall around the main square 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 Cusco. On the other hand, the prices are low and it is a great Andean market to buy beautiful souvenirs from Pisac.
It is the second biggest Inca city after Machu Picchu. Pisac is one of the most incredible places in Sacred Valley. The name comes from a very common type of Bird in this area known as PISAQA or Partridge. Because the pre-Columbian city has the shape of an 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 neighbourhoods.
We offer the Super Sacred Valley tour both as a private tour and in small groups. We highly recommend this tour after the Cusco City Tour and before visiting Machu Picchu for a detailed understanding of Inca civilization.
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Super Sacred Valley Tour or Maras Moray Ollantaytambo Tour is a tour for people who have little time in the city of Cusco.
You will appreciate the beauty of the Sacred Valley with our local English speaking guide.
At 0630 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Chinchero. Here we will be visiting the Church and the farming terraces. After a complete guided tour, we will be continuing the tour to Maras.
Here we will be visiting the Salt Mines. Our local tour guide will be giving you a detailed tour of the complex.
Continuing the full day tour, we will visit Moray. Here our guide will be giving you a complete tour of the farming terraces and will explain its impact during Inca civilization and in today’s life.
We will then stop at a local restaurant in Urubamba for lunch. Here we will be serving traditional local buffet lunch with options for vegans.
After lunch, we will be visiting the Inca sites in Ollantaytambo. Once you have had your fill of this beautiful village and ruins, we will drive you to Pisac. Here we will be visiting the ruins and the traditional Andean market.
After the tour, we will be returning to the city of Cusco by 07:30 PM. We will be dropping you off at the centre of the city.