Find with us the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which has traditional villages such as Chinchero, Maras, Ollantaytambo and Pisac, places with beautiful landscapes and impressive Inca buildings. The Sacred Valley of the Inkas was a divine place for the Incas, a gift that the Sun God gave us for our subsistence,with a great geography and wonderful weather.
It was one of the principal spot of agricultural production, specialized in the cultivation of corn, also in the artisanal production of the Inca period, which has maintained its great characteristics until nowaday.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is bathed by the sacred waters of the river wilcamayu (Sacred River) nowadays called Urubamba River, with the most fertile lands in Cusco region. The Incas also installed their farming fields on it, adapting their constructions on the slopes of the mountains through terraces where they could finally grow their products and also to prevent erosions caused by heavy rains and occasional earthquakes in the Andes. During our tour always accompanied by our specialized tour guide, we will visit several archaeological centers and towns that have their own and diverse traditions surviving the time.
- Pisac Archeological site
- Ollantaytambo Archeological site
- Moray Incan Circular Terreces
- Chinchero Weavers & Archeological site
- Salt Inca Mines of Maras
Pick up from your hotel will be between 06: 30 up to 07: 00 am, then start this new adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Inkas, which is composed of a wide variety of farming fields and picturesque villages which contrast perfectly with the sacred Snowcapped mountains, which are venerated since before the Incas.
Chinchero, located about an hour from Cusco, here we can appreciate the inca constructions of what used to be an old sacred palace from which we can still see lots of perfectly carved Inca walls, in which beautiful trapezoidal shaped windows (niches) are appreciated. where they placed their mummies and idols in religious ceremonies. that at the time the Spaniards ordered the construction of a colonial church on top of the Inca foundation, this church is dedicated to the Virgin of Monserrat, representation of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus, also something that impresses visitors is the mural painting that it is in said church, painted by an indigenous artist with natural colors.
After visited this beautiful place we will drive to the town of Maras(30m.), picturesque place where the construction of an other nice colonial temple of San Francisco is located. What is striking is to observe the lintels of these houses, since they show symbols of the existing local ancient families, We will continue to Moray; Here we find the circular well done farming terraces that served as an experimental area and study the plants to be cultivated, where each of the different terraces has a different microclimate.
Next place to visit, the Salt Mine: Located in the lower part of the maras district, near to sacred valley, where we find the salty water spring that gives rise to the Salinas of Maras, the salty water run Towards the pools, where it get deposited, then by water evaporation produce the crystallization of the salt, thanks to the heat of the sun god, so characteristic and important element of this region(white gold). The use of terraces or wells manufactured in a rustic way is part of the customs and the local inheritance that passes from generation to generation, Sal de Maras for exportation.
Ollantaytambo is the only and last living Inca town, built on the Incan walls, with more than two original irrigation channels running through the twon.
The structure of Ollantaytambo is apparently a military fortress that protected this area of the valley, led by the renowned General Ollantay, strategically located between two mountains. Currently you can see the agriculture terraces, religious areas and in front of this mountain, you can appreciate the (chulpas), granaries of corn and other porducts that they cultivate. one of the few Inca constructions that has the stone quarry 3 kilometers away in another mountain called cachiccata across the valley, The current town of Ollantaytambo, is located at 97 km (60 miles) from Cusco, 2,846 m.s. also famous for being one of the Train Station to Machu Picch.
aafter this We will continue through the Valley next to the Wilcamayu river until we reach the Province of Urubamba, where we will have our Buffet Lunch in a typical local restaurant.
Pisac: A picturesque town located in the foothills of the Intihuatana mountain (place where the sun is moored), has the best andean system worked by the Incas. Near the town is located the Archaeological Park of Pisac with a great dimensions, constructions in polished stones finely assembled, urban center, watch towers, military fortresses, astronomical observatory,temples, etc. We will also observe the largest cemetery in pre-Columbian America. Finally we will return to Cusco city after taking the postal photo at the Taray viewpoint. Return to Cusco at 7:00 PM
- Round-trip transportation (tourist bus)
- English- Spanish speaking Tour Guide
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Buffet Lunch
- Tourist Entrance fee for the archeological sites(130 soles, 40 $ US)
- Entrance fee for salt mines – 10 soles (US $3.15)
What you need to bring:
- Original pasport/I.D.
- Sun hat & sunglasses
- Sun block cream (factor 50 spf recommended)
- Raincoat jacket/rain poncho
- Water & little snack
- Camera & plenty memory cards
- US $249 for 2-3 people
- US $329 for 4-6 ppl
- US $389 for 7-9 ppl
- US $299 for 2-3 ppl
- US $379 for 4-6 ppl
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