The Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Sacred Valley of the Incas

From ancient ruins to bustling markets, experience the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting the only Inca Fortress to have withstood Spanish attack, learning about the ceremonial center of every Inca town, the Sun Temple, and seeing how Quechua populations still maintaining their pre-Columbian traditions still farm along Inca agricultural terraces.

  • Duration1 Day
  • CategoryCultural
  • DeparturesDaily Departures; 8:00-8:30am
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Photo Gallery: The Sacred Valley of the Incas

Pisac Ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas outside Cusco
Llama at Awanacancha in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusc
Traditionally dressed woman at Awanacancha in the Sacred Val
Panorama of Ollantaytambo Fortress in the Sacred Valley, Cus
Traditionally dressed vendors in Chinchero in the Sacred Val
Colonial church in Chinchero in the Sacred Valley near Cusco
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The Sacred Valley of the Incas
1 Day Program

Day
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The Sacred Valley of the Incas

You’ll be picked up at around 8:00-8:30 in the morning and we’ll set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas by bus. After an hour we’ll reach our first stop, the village of Pisaq. On Sundays and Thursdays, we’ll have time to tour the popular local market before continuing on for a guided visit to the hilltop archeological site at whose feet the town lies.

The Inca ruins of Pisaq are a large complex which includes narrow agricultural terraces known as the Pisaqa, the Q\'allaqasa fortress, and the religious center of every Inca town, the sun temple, or Intihuatana, which may also have served as an astronomical observatory. It was here that the solar clock was located, referred to as the “hitching post” of the sun because it appeared to hold the sun in position during the equinoxes, as well as the ritual baths and the temples.

After a couple of hours uncovering the mysteries of Pisaq, we’ll head to Urubamba at midday for a buffet lunch. Along the way we’ll pass through small towns such as Coya, Lamay, and Calca and be able to appreciate the pastoral grandeur of the Sacred Valley landscape.

We’ll then continue our journey to Ollantaytambo to explore the town itself, one of the best surviving illustrations of Incan urban planning, with many buildings resting on original Inca bases, as well as the ruins at whose foot it lays, the imposing Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Built to defend the strategic entrance to the Lower Urubamba Valley, this was the only Inca stronghold to have successfully resisted Spanish attack, and today is one of the largest and best-preserved Inca fortresses. It took thousands of men to transport the stones from high on the other side of the Urubamba River and build the complex, which was never completed.

We’ll spend a couple of hours visiting Ollantaytambo before direct

What's included on this day?

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Transport by Tourist Bus
  • Professional Guide

What's not included on this day?

  • Sacred Valley Archeological Sites Entrance ticket
  • Lunch in Urubamba

We recommend that you keep in mind:

If you are interested in visiting the markets of Pisaq and Chinchero, market day is Sunday, with smaller versions operating on Thursdays.

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Hotel Pickup
  • Transport by Tourist Bus
  • Professional Guide

Not Included:

  • Sacred Valley Archeological Sites Entrance ticket
  • Lunch in Urubamba

Recommended for this tour:

Bring a sweater or jacket you can don in the morning and evening and sunblock and hat for the afternoon sun.


Entry to Archeological Sites in and around Cusco is controlled by the Tourist Ticket. The General Tourist Ticket is good for 10 days, costs S/.130 ($45)and includes entry to the Sacred Valley Archeological Sites visited in this tour, as well as the sites within and on the outskirts of the city of Cusco (Sacsayhuamán, Qorikancha, Tambomachay, Q´enko, Puka Pukara). If you are planning on touring sites in the city of Cusco as well, the General Tourist Ticket is necessary.

If you are only planning on visiting the sites included in this tour, and not those in the city of Cusco, then you may opt for the Partial Tourist Ticket for Sacred Valley sites which costs S/.70 ($24) and is sufficient for this tour.

Tourist tickets can be bought at the first archeological site you visit where it is necessary for entrance and there is a student discount of 50% with valid ISIC card, up to 25 years old.

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