Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco – Sacred Valley Peru

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Sacred Valley Peru

Embark on a mesmerizing day trip to the Sacred Valley of Peru. Starting in the historic city of Cusco. The Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco will take you on a transformative journey. You will travel through the valley of the Incas. 

The Urubamba River is a lifeline of the Inca civilization. It snakes its way through this lush terrain, echoing stories from South America’s rich past.

Unearthing the True Essence of the Inca Empire:

While many have visited Machu Picchu, the true essence of the Inca Empire lies in the Sacred Valley Peru. As you tread these lands, you’ll come across impressive archaeological sites. The towns of Pisac, with its traditional market, and the staggering Inca ruins will beckon you with their mysteries. Imagine walking on ancient agricultural terraces, carved meticulously by a civilization long gone.

Perched high above sea level, the panoramic views of the Sacred Valley will leave you breathless. Every Inca site you encounter will reiterate the grandeur of the Inca civilization. And as you explore, you must remember to secure an entrance ticket. This is your passport to stepping back in time, to an era where empires thrived and cultures flourished.

The Valley’s Changing Hues: When to Visit:

You might wonder about the best time to visit. The truth is, visiting the Sacred Valley is an experience year-round. However, every season paints the valley in a different hue, offering a unique perspective of its magnificence. 

Mid-day, when the sun is high, pause and relish a sumptuous buffet lunch. It’s a blend of modern tastes and ancient culinary traditions.

By the time your tour winds down, you’ll have not just visited another location in South America. You will have experienced the soul of the Inca Empire, felt the pulse of its rivers, and understood the resilience of its people.

So, if you’ve always dreamt of diving deep into the annals of history, the Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco awaits you. Dive in. Discover. Relive the magic of the Inca civilization.

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco to the Sacred Valley and back, in a comfortable bus or van.
  • Guided Tour: A professional bilingual guide (English and Spanish) who provides detailed explanations of the sites.
  • Lunch: We provide a buffet lunch or a set menu meal at a local restaurant.
  • Local Community Visits: Depending on the time we may include visits to local communities or artisan workshops.
  • First aid kit and oxygen: For safety and altitude-related concerns.
  • Brief Stops: For photograph opportunities at viewpoints and other areas of interest

Price Excludes

  • Tips: Gratuities for guides, drivers, or staff are not included and are at your discretion.
  • Personal Expenses: Any shopping, snacks, beverages, or other personal purchases are out-of-pocket.
  • Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance is excluded.
  • Entry Fees: Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) PEN 130 (USD 34)

Recommended To Carry

  • Comfortable Footwear: A pair of sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes is essential, as you'll be exploring archaeological sites and walking on uneven terrains.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the tour. It's recommended to bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Sun Protection: This includes sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), and a wide-brimmed hat or cap to protect against the strong Andean sun.
  • Layered Clothing: Due to varying temperatures and microclimates in the region, it's good to wear layers. A light jacket or sweater can be handy when temperatures drop.
  • Rain Gear: Especially if you're visiting during the rainy season (November to March), pack a lightweight rain poncho or jacket.
  • Personal Medications: Any medications or personal items you might need throughout the day.
  • Snacks: While many tours include lunch, it's always a good idea to have some light snacks with you, like nuts or granola bars.
  • Cash: Small denominations in Peruvian Soles for purchasing souvenirs, tipping, or other personal expenses
  • Camera or smartphone. The sites are picturesque, so you'll likely want to take photos.
  • Identification: Always carry a copy of your passport or a photo ID. If you have an ISIC card (International Student Identity Card) or other discount cards, bring them as well for potential discounts on entrance fees.
  • A small backpack or daypack to carry these items.
Sacred Valley Peru Itinerary

The Heartbeat of Inca Civilization: Your Itinerary for the Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Start your day in the ancient city of Cusco. This city, sitting at 3,399 meters (11,152 feet) above sea level, once served as the capital of the vast Inca Empire. From here, you will embark on the Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco.

As the morning sun glistens, we head towards the Urubamba River. This river, flowing through the Sacred Valley Peru, once nourished the Inca civilization. Its whispers tell tales of times gone by.

Next, the towns of Pisac await you. The bustling market here will amaze you. Colors and crafts abound. They showcase centuries-old traditions. 

While here, don’t forget the Inca ruins. These remnants speak of a grand past. You can almost hear the echoes of the Inca Empire.

Continue your journey to Ollantaytambo. The terraces here stand as a testament to the Incan architectural prowess. Climb them. Feel the history beneath your feet.

Towards the afternoon, a local restaurant will welcome you. They’ll serve a buffet lunch. Indulge in flavors both ancient and modern.

Now, let’s head to Chinchero. This town, a blend of colonial and Incan architecture, offers more than just sights. The weavers here are artists. They craft stories with threads.

As the sun sets, return to Cusco. Reflect on a day well spent. The memories of the Sacred Valley Tour will stay etched in your heart forever.

Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco Statistics:

  • Distance covered: Approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles).
  • Highest altitude: 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) at Ollantaytambo.
  • Lowest altitude: 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) at the Urubamba River’s banks.
  • Level of difficulty: Moderate with occasional uphill climbs.

Where is the Sacred Valley located?

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is located in the Andean region of Peru, close to the city of Cusco and extends to Machu Picchu.

How long is the Sacred Valley Tour?

Sacred Valley Peru Tours are day trips, typically starting in the morning and returning to Cusco by evening. However, there are multi-day options available for a more in-depth exploration.

What are the main attractions in the Sacred Valley?

Key attractions include the archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. The valley also offers bustling traditional markets, picturesque villages, and stunning landscapes.

Is altitude sickness a concern in the Sacred Valley?

Yes, since the Sacred Valley lies high in the Andes, some travelers may experience altitude sickness. It’s recommended to acclimatize in Cusco for a couple of days before venturing into the valley. Drinking coca tea and staying hydrated can help mitigate symptoms.

Do I need to buy entrance tickets in advance?

While some tours include entrance fees in their package, if you’re exploring on your own, it’s beneficial to purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turístico) that covers multiple sites in the Sacred Valley and Cusco.

What should I wear on the Sacred Valley Tour?

Layered clothing is advisable due to variable temperatures. Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection, and rain gear (depending on the season) are essential.

Can I combine a visit to Machu Picchu with the Sacred Valley Tour?

Many travelers choose to explore the Sacred Valley and then continue on to Aguas Calientes (the base town for Machu Picchu). From there, they visit Machu Picchu the following day. It’s possible to find tour packages that combine both experiences.

Is the Sacred Valley accessible all year round?

Yes, the Sacred Valley can be visited throughout the year. However, be mindful that the rainy season, from November to March, can make some paths slippery, and there’s a higher chance of transportation delays.

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Family Traveller

Exploring the Sacred Valley with Explore Peru Guide was a pure delight. Their expertise and passion shone through, making every moment memorable. This tour is a must for anyone wanting to truly understand and appreciate the beauty of Peru’s heartland.

October 18, 2023


Family Traveller

Taking the Sacred Valley tour with Explore Peru Guide was a highlight of our trip! Their in-depth knowledge, combined with the breathtaking landscapes, made for an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a genuine taste of Peru’s rich heritage.

October 14, 2023


Family Traveller

With Explore Peru Guide, the Sacred Valley came alive in ways I hadn’t imagined. Their insightful narration and dedication ensured a captivating journey. Truly, a top-notch experience in the heart of Peru!

October 14, 2023


Solo Traveller

Stunning landscapes and rich history, expertly unveiled by Explore Peru Guide. A Sacred Valley tour not to be missed!

October 10, 2023


Couple Traveller

Absolutely mesmerizing! The Sacred Valley tour with Explore Peru Guide exceeded all expectations. A must-do for anyone visiting Peru!

October 2, 2023