Cusco to Sacred Valley Maras Moray Full Day Tour

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Cusco to Sacred Valley Maras Moray Full Day Tour Details

Leave behind the urban confines of Cusco and step into a realm where the whispers of the Inca era still linger. Embark on a journey filled with expansive archaeological discoveries, captivating natural scenery, and age-old customs.

Explore Peru Guide is your companion for an unforgettable Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour, taking you deep into the heart of the ancient Inca domains. This adventure unveils the hidden gems of this cherished area.

Embarking from Cusco, nestled high at an elevation of 3,399 meters (11,152 feet), our ascent will mark a shift from the city’s hustle to the tranquil surroundings of the Sacred Valley, cradled by the meandering Urubamba River—a silent witness to myriad past civilizations.

Our first stop is Chinchero, a village celebrated for its complex textile craftsmanship and fascinating Inca ruins. This place stands as a vivid preamble to the historical narratives that are yet to unfold.

Next, we are drawn to the enigmatic Maras. Here, the sun gleams on the renowned salt pans—terraced pools dating back to pre-Inca times. As we wander near these glistening expanses, we’re enveloped by stories of ancient harvests, where mining salt became an art form.

Journey Through Sacred Valley: From Moray’s Agricultural Circles to Pisac’s Mountainous Majesty

Moray awaits with its own set of wonders. The site’s terraced circular pits are not just for show; they were the Incas’ ingenious agricultural experiment stations, enabling them to test crop viability at various altitudes.

Our exploration includes a pause in Urubamba for a culinary exploration—a buffet lunch that blends local specialties with global tastes, alongside a taste of Cusco’s vibrant coffee culture. This meal promises to rejuvenate our spirits and bodies alike.

After lunch, we move to Ollantaytambo, with its impressive fortress and terraces providing a breathtaking view over the valley—a scene that has stood the test of time since the Inca empire’s zenith.

Our journey nears its end in Pisac, notable for its lively market and remarkable archaeological site, offering a perfect conclusion to our Sacred Valley exploration. Thus, our Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour comes to an end.

Enhanced by the knowledge of our expert guide, your experience will bridge the past with the present, addressing practicalities such as the tourist ticket required for site entries, navigating entrance fees, and providing tips tailored for the dry season.

As we return to your Cusco hotel at day’s end, you’ll be armed with a collection of memories to treasure and share. While the Inca Trail attracts many, our Cusco to Sacred Valley Full Day Tour promises a unique journey of discovery and awe. Join us in this adventure from Cusco’s historic core to the serene terraces and peaks of the Andes.

Why take our Cusco to Sacred Valley Full Day Tour?

Embarking on the Cusco to Sacred Valley tour with Explore Peru Guides unlocks an extraordinary adventure through the heart of Inca civilization. Unlike a solitary journey, booking with Explore Peru Guides ensures a curated experience, blending comfort with the thrill of discovery. Our expertise in navigating the intricate paths of the Sacred Valley means you’re privy to hidden gems, not just the usual landmarks. The journey is peppered with stories that bring ancient ruins to life, providing a richer understanding of Inca history.

Furthermore, the convenience of organized transport and accommodations allows travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the landscapes stress-free. Opting for Explore Peru Guides means choosing an unforgettable journey, where every detail is meticulously planned to offer an unparalleled exploration of one of Peru’s most majestic regions.

Explore Peru Guides distinguishes itself by weaving in genuine local interactions, immersing travelers in the traditional ways of Andean life through visits to communities. This approach not only deepens the travel adventure but also champions eco-friendly tourism, aiding in the prosperity of indigenous populations. Our staff, adept in the lore and enigmas of the region, customize the excursion to align with personal passions, be it photography, trekking, or history.

Ensuring a journey marked by safety and ease, every detail of the trip is meticulously planned for a smooth and enriching experience. Opting for Explore Peru Guides means you’re embarking on a journey that fosters a profound connection with the essence of the Sacred Valley, etching memories as lasting and majestic as the vistas.

Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour - Departure Time

07:00 AM

Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour - Price Includes

  • Round-trip transportation from Cusco.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide.
  • Traditional Peruvian lunch in Urubamba.
  • Guided walks and explanations at each site.
  • First aid kit and oxygen: For safety and altitude-related concerns.
  • Assistance throughout the day for any inquiries or needs

Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour- Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, such as souvenirs and snacks.
  • Gratuities for the tour guide and driver.
  • Cusco Tourist Ticket to enter the sites - 33 USD
  • Entrance to Moray Salt Mines - 10 Soles (4 USD)

Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour - Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots with good grip. The terrains can be uneven.
  • Light layers of clothing. The weather can change, so it's wise to dress in layers that can be added or removed as needed.
  • A hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF to protect against the strong mountain sun.
  • A rain jacket or poncho, especially during the rainy season.
  • A personal water bottle to stay hydrated.
  • Snacks, such as energy bars or nuts, for quick energy boosts.
  • A camera or smartphone to capture the stunning landscapes and archaeological wonders.
  • Personal identification, such as a passport or ID card.
  • Cash in local currency for any purchases or unexpected expenses.
  • A small backpack or daypack to carry these items.

Cusco to Sacred Valley Full Day Tour

The Cusco to Sacred Valley Full Day Tour is perfect for exploring the region before going to Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is a place dotted with numerous Inca ruins. These ruins display the unique and beautiful building techniques of the ancient Inca civilization.

Our voyage kicks off at the crack of dawn, as we set out from Cusco, buzzing with anticipation for the day ahead.

Chinchero Beckons

Our first port of call is Chinchero, a locale celebrated for its intricate textile craft and a church dating back to colonial times. Here, we’ll dive into the lively local bazaar, mingling with the craftsmen, absorbing the fusion of Andean tradition and colonial remnants.

Maras Awaits

Journeying onward from Chinchero, Maras awaits, where the famed salt pans are sure to leave you awe-struck. These terraces, carved into the landscape since the days of the Incas, glimmer in hues of white and blush. Strolling among them, you’ll delve into the fascinating methods of salt harvesting.

Moray Unveiled

Then, it’s on to Moray. Here lies a marvel of archaeology – concentric terraces etched into the earth, believed to have served as an agrarian lab in the times of the Inca. Descend into these depressions, feel the cool air, and marvel at the ancient Inca architects’ brilliance.

Urubamba Calls

By this point, hunger is likely setting in. Perfect timing, as we head to Urubamba for a feast of Peruvian delights. Let the Andean flavors enchant your palate.

Ollantaytambo’s Embrace

With appetite sated, we proceed to Ollantaytambo. This village stands as a testament to Inca urban design, its lanes paved with cobbles, flanked by ruins that stand the test of time. Ascending its terraces, we’re treated to breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley.

Pisac’s Finale

Our journey culminates in Pisac. This charming town is bustling with market life and home to imposing Inca fortifications atop a hill. As we meander through the market and ascend to the ruins, we’re steeped in history once more.

As dusk falls, we’ll circle back to Cusco, hearts and minds brimming with the day’s beauty, historical immersion, and the spirit of adventure.

Statistics of the Sacred Valley Maras Moray Tour from Cusco:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 100 kilometers (about 62 miles).
  • Highest altitude: 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) at Chinchero.
  • Lowest altitude: 2,792 meters (9,160 feet) at Urubamba.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate, with some uphill walks and terraced climbs.

What is the altitude of the Sacred Valley?

The altitude varies between locations. For instance, Chinchero is at about 3,800 meters (12,467 feet), while Urubamba is around 2,792 meters (9,160 feet).

What meals are provided during the Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour?

A traditional Peruvian lunch in Urubamba is typically included. Breakfast, dinner, and additional snacks are not covered.

Are there vegetarian or vegan meal options during the Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour?

We can accommodate vegetarian and vegan preferences with prior notice. Make sure to inform us when booking.

Do I need to be physically fit for the Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour?

While the tour is not extremely strenuous, it does involve walking, sometimes on uneven terrains. A moderate level of fitness is beneficial, but you can take the tour at your own pace.

Is there a bathroom facility during the Cusco to Sacred Valley Tour?

While archaeological sites might have limited facilities, the lunch stop in Urubamba and other towns will have restroom facilities.

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Solo Traveller

Amazing landscapes, profound history, and a guide who felt more like a storyteller than a lecturer. Explore Peru Treks exceeded all my expectations with their Sacred Valley Maras Moray tour. A day etched in my memories forever.

October 14, 2023


Couple Traveller

If you’re contemplating a tour to the Sacred Valley, look no further than Explore Peru Treks. Their expertise and professionalism shine through, and the entire day felt like a journey with old friends. Every site visited was a revelation.

October 13, 2023


Solo Traveller

Kudos to Explore Peru Treks for a well-organized, insightful, and simply beautiful tour. The Sacred Valley came alive under their guidance, and I left with a deep appreciation for its wonders.

October 12, 2023


Couple Traveller

I can’t express enough how impressed I was with Explore Peru Treks. Their attention to detail, the delicious lunch in Urubamba, and the captivating stories shared by our guide made the day special. A seamless and enchanting journey through the Sacred Valley.

October 11, 2023


Solo Traveller

Hands down, one of the best tours I’ve ever been on! From the stunning salt ponds of Maras to the historical depths of Moray, Explore Peru Treks ensured every moment was memorable. A must-do if you’re in Cusco.

October 10, 2023