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Sacred Valley of the Incas

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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The Basics

With its Quechua village festivals and markets, colonial churches, Inca ruins and other archaeological sites, river rafting, horseback riding, and trekking, there are plenty of reasons to head out into the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a day tour or longer. Day trips from Cusco might involve a guided trek to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins, a tour of the Maras salt mines, cycling on Moray Mountain, shopping the Pisac market, wandering the agricultural terraces at Ollantaytambo, or tucking into a traditional Andean lunch.

It’s also possible to combine a tour of the Sacred Valley with an overnight tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu.

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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco
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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco
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$40.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Beautiful scenery and fun ride with great guide
ATV trip was amazing. Easy communication for meet up. Transportation was comfy. Guide was super friendly and knowledgeable. Scenery was incredible! Definitely recommend
JewelBrooks, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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Sacred Valley Tour
Shirleen_S, Mar 2022
Full-Day Excursion to Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo from Cusco
Rudy was our tour guide; he was very knowledgeable about the areas we went to. He even had a book with pictures and veggies in his backpack which he used to help explain the history of each place. He ensured our safety back to our hotel. The buffet was excellent cuisine and the staff there were very attentive to our needs.
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Great
Ezra_R, Jun 2022
Best of Sacred Valley small group Tour: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantayambo
I wasn't planning to go to sacred valley but I'm so glad I did. Or guide Liz was wonderful and so go at taking pictures. I liked it so much that I signed up for another tour the next day!
star-4
Good if you like ruins
Regan_L, Jun 2022
Best of Sacred Valley small group Tour: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantayambo
It was alright. The driving distances between each stop was short, so that was nice (compared to other tours where the stops are hours apart). The van was very uncomfortable. The guide was extremely nice and made the experience good. The included lunch was at a buffet restaurant and it wasn’t very good. The stops themselves were good.
star-4
Great time, however you...
RELJA_T, Jun 2022
ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco
Great time, however you are only on the ATV for the trip to Moray as the Maras salt mines are considered too dangerous for ATV driving.
star-5
10/10 experience
Timothy_D, Jun 2022
ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco
Amazing experience, all the operators were helpful and kind. Would definitely do again, 10/10. Muchas gracias!
star-5
Great
Lindsey_S, May 2022
Sacred valley tour from Cusco Full Day
The exhibitions relating to the silver mined in the area and jewelry-making on-site, as well as the demonstration of how alpaca fur is weaved and naturally dyed I and then turned into wonderful pieces for clothing, blankets, etc.
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See the andean countryside
JB_V, Jun 2022
Best of Sacred Valley small group Tour: Chinchero, Maras, Moray, Ollantayambo
We really enjoyed the drive. A great way to see the countryside. Our guide gave us a good background on the local economy and culture. And the provided meal was very tasty.
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Worthwhile experience.
keith_g, May 2022
Sacred Valley of The Incas 1 Day
It was very complete. A lot was packed in to this tour but there was sufficient time to appreciate the sites. Our tour guide Mike was knowledgeable and helpful. It was strenuous at times
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ollyantetambo and Pisacca tour
Fernando_R, May 2022
Sacred Valley of The Incas 1 Day
The guide was fantastic, she was able to give us a wonderful history to the Inca and coral civilizations that primarily developed great agricultural products. Namely the corn and the potato. We saw a variety of very important archaeological areas that help protect certain aspects of the Inca empire. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Definitely a busy day but...
John_H, May 2022
Full-Day Excursion to Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo from Cusco
Definitely a busy day but an absolutely incredible adventure. You will see so much of the area around Cuzco including some amazing archaeological sites. The guide was a ton of fun. Overall great day. I’d highly recommend.
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Awesome Sacred Valley Tour
Robert_L, May 2022
Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco
Our tour guide Gary was fantastic. He possessed a wealth of knowledge regarding Peru and the Sacred Valley in particular. In addition to his knowledge was his enthusiasm when talking about the area. He was fantastic!!! Both he and the driver (Joseph) were a pleasure to spend the day with!!!!
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This was a great time...
Philip_C, Jun 2022
ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco
This was a great time with the family. We hardly got to spend 15 minutes at Moray unfortunately because the tour got started almost an hour late. Nonetheless we all had fun and don’t regret it.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, and first-time visitors.

  • A Sacred Valley tour from Cusco can last anywhere from eight to 12 hours.

  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.

  • While lower than Cusco, the Sacred Valley still has a high altitude of 9,514 feet (2,900 meters), so plan accordingly.

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How to Get There

While Cusco is the nearest major city to the valley, most travelers arrive by air into Lima before transferring to Cusco City. While it’s possible to rent a private car or ride public transportation, the easiest way to explore the Sacred Valley is on a guided tour.

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When to Get There

High season in the Sacred Valley of the Incas falls between June and early September. The winter season brings dry weather, ideal for exploring the area’s many outdoor attractions, but larger crowds as well. Holidays aside, the valley is much quieter during the rainy season between November and March.

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Shopping in the Sacred Valley

The local towns and markets of the Sacred Valley are perfect for picking up interesting local souvenirs. Look for pottery in Urubamba, peruse the market in Pisac for silver jewelry and alpaca fleece items, or pick up some local salt, pulled directly from the nearby mines, from the shops in Maras.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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