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From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

1. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, Discover the best of Cusco's Sacred Valley on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning, head to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terracesAfterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Finally, visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. At the end of the day, get dropped off in downtown Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

2. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

3. Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

Experience a tour ideal for those who have little time, but do not want to miss Machu Picchu, one of the most magical places in the world. Get a guided tour of the archeological site and you choose optional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Start your journey with a pick up at 4:00 AM from hotels and hostels in the center of Cusco and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train to the city of Machu Picchu. The 2-hour train ride is without a guide. Upon arrival, the guide with the names of each traveler will be waiting. Follow your guide to the bus station to board the bus to the citadel. The trip will last approximately 25 minutes.  Begin a 2-hour guided tour of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site yourself. There are areas available that are not included in the tour, such as the Inca bridge, and you can always ask your guide for suggestions to explore more in your free time.  If you choose one of the hiking options, get the chance to climb the famous mountains that surround Machu Picchu to see stunning views of the Inca citadel.  Later in the afternoon,l take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train back to Ollantaytambo to finally take your last bus trip to Cusco, lasting about 4 hours in total. The estimated arrival in Cusco is around 10:30 PM.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

5. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

6. Cusco: Machu Picchu Tour with Tickets

Embark on a full-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco and experience the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn the history behind the complex and the Inca people from your guide. On this 1-day excursion, visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pickup at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum, and more. Have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer.  Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

7. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

Relax after pickup on a 1-hour trip to the city of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, making some stops along the way at scenic viewpoints. Take a break in a busy, local market, selling handmade crafts and clothes. Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch and explore nearby archeological sites.  Wander through the colonial town of Pisac town and purchase unique, handmade souvenirs and gifts. After visiting the market the bus will bring you to the hills above the town of Pisac to visit the famous archaeological sites. Journey through the Sacred Valley and stop for a buffet lunch in the town of Urubamba Continue along the valley to Ollantaytambo, founded by the Inca Ollantay on the banks of the Urubamba River. Visit the Sun Temple, constructed of large blocks that have remained intact for centuries. Heading on from Ollantaytambo the bus will return via Urubamba and then head up and out of the valley to the highlands above where you will make a final stop in Chinchero town. View the old painted murals and traditional market which is famous for their handmade textiles and weavings.

Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

8. Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

The Cusco Tourist Ticket is a must-have when you visit Cusco and Cusco Region in Sacred Valley. Choose between different circuits for either 1, 2 or 10 days admission to the most important tourist attractions, divided between: Circuit I, 1-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions. Circuit II, 2-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. Circuit III, 10-Day Pass: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned.

From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

9. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

10. Cusco: Private Full-Day Inti Punku Hike to the Sun Gate

Inti Punku is a small Inca ruin at the top of a 3,900-meter hill. On this scenic hike, you will enjoy the views of the Urubamba River, the Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Veronica Mountain. Your tour will begin at 5:00AM, with private transportation from your hotel in Cusco. From here you will drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with a stop for breakfast in the community of Pachar, only a few kilometers from Ollantatyambo. After breakfast, you will continue driving until Ollantaytambo to begin your ascent. Along the way you will pass thought the Inca Quarries of the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, until you finally reach the Sun Gate. Whilst here you will have several hours to hike, taking in varying and breathtaking terrain with your hiking guide. You will also be presented with a box lunch during your hike, which will assist you with energy for the rest of your day. Afterwards, on your way back to Cusco, you will return to the community of Pachar, which will make an ideal spot to refresh yourself with some of the best craft beer in all the Cusco region. Following this, you will be safely returned back to your accommodation in central Cusco.

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What people are saying about Ollantaytambo

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 60 reviews

While it was too much in a day for me, I can’t fault them that I chose it! Our guide was really good at keeping us together and in order so we could see everything there was to see, and did a great job of explaining in both English and Spanish. Often things get lost when guides switch languages, but he did really well! Just be prepared for a full, busy day, and I’d say it’s worth it if you’re limited on time and want to see as many Incan remains as possible. The buffet lunch was also good.

Although i'm sure we could have paid less, it was well worth go. Our guide, Herbert Vidal, was very knowledgeable and explained more the more we asked. We didn't worry about anything, just enjoyed the Inca monumentos and ruins. The trips were confortable and the only lateness was on the train to Machupichu. We Will recomend this trip to our friends. The one thing that could be better would be us chosing the time of the train to and from Machupichu

Great trip and all you can eat buffet! Truly amazing guide, very knowledgeable and attentive, he was even translating questions and answers from Spanish speaking people to English so we could also understand. He also knew where to get best pictures and helped with them! Thank you so much, we loved it!

We were with Adolfo. He was very friendly and helpful, giving us loads of interesting information at every stop. The trek ran very smoothly, with no stop feeling rushed or dragged out. The food was good and the commodities too. Very comfortable and enjoyable trip ! Highly recommended !

trexprience is as amazing company and we had a perfect experience. Alex was the best tour guide we could have asked for! We were very happy with the experience