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sacred valley of the incas

Sacred Valley & Salt Mines – Moray Full Day

Enjoy the full day Sacred Valley Tour visiting the most beautiful areas of the Cusco region.

You get to enjoy the best highlights of the Sacred Valley, such as the archeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Salt Mines and llama farm where you will see the traditional animals of the Incas: llamas, alpacas, viñuna, and guanaco all in one day. All of this is provided in a small private tour with a guide that is passionate about Incan history.


The area of the valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo is known as the Sacred Valley Tour of the Incas. On this tour, we will drive through the mountains of the Sacred Valley of the Incas which held great significance in Inca Culture as salt pools, which act as evaporation chambers. They spill out of the mountain and down the mountainside at 12,000 feet above sea level. Owned by local farmers, these pools have become the main economic activity for all the locals. The Valley has a milder climate than Cusco. You will see a succession of picturesque villages, agricultural terraces, and several archeological sites.

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$50

Cusco – Pisac – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo – Salt Mines – Moray – Cusco

We will pick you up from any hotel in Cusco at 7:30 a.m. You and your tour guide will take our private transportation to the first stop, the Awanacancha Llama farm. Here, you will see the traditional animals of the Incas. Your guide will give you background information, show you a potato display and a textile center, showing how the wools are woven and colored. Good quality alpaca wool will be for sale. Then, we’ll drive to El Mirador del Valle Sagrado, the Sacred Valley Lookout Point, for amazing views and photos.

Following, we will continue the journey up to the Pisaq Inca Archeological site, located on top of Pisaq Mountain in the Sacred Valley. Your tour guide will take you to the most impressive spots. Then, we will drive along the valley for about 45 minutes, until we reach Urubamba, where we will stop for lunch. You will have an amazing selection of fresh dishes, served buffet-style.

After lunch, we will drive to Ollantaytambo, where the second heaviest Inca monoliths are to be found. The ruins have an amazing Temple of the Sun, Moon, and The Temple of the 10 Niches. This living Incan town displays narrow walkways, lined with water channels. And then drive to the The Salt Mine (Salineras), close to the colonial town of Maras, are Pre-Inca. Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before the Inca era. A small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is now used for human and animal consumption.

Then to the stunning Inca site of Moray is also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas.” Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas. 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 provide the optimal conditions for their crops.
Finally, we will return to Cusco, dropping you at your hotel around 6.30pm.

 

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