The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas) is reachable via Cusco, and links this erstwhile capital of the Incan Empire with the citadel in Machu Picchu. Since it lies en route to Machu Picchu, you can visit it either before or after the extraordinary trip to the world famous citadel. As the name suggests, you will experience spectacular landscapes such as fabulous mountain slopes, Incan ruins, and hazy valleys in order to reach Valle Sagrado. This is an ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet and recoup your energies.

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Maras
  • Moray
  • Chincheros
  • River Rafting
  • Horseback Riding

Places to Stay

Belmond Rio Sagrado

Style: Resort

At Belmond Rio Sagrado, treat yourself to world-class facilities in the unspoilt beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley

Style: Lodge

Deep in the hilly landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, lies the Casa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, which offers just about everything that is needed to make a stay as relaxing as possible: rooms with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, a spa and a nice in-house restaurant.

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Hotel Pakaritampu

Style: Guest house

Pakaritampu Hotel is located in the heart of Ollantaytambo, a small village within the Sacred Valley and the ideal starting point for the renowned Inca Trail.

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Sol y Luna

Style: Lodge

Sol y Luna is perhaps the most charming hotel in the Sacred Valley.

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Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay

Style: Lodge

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and just 5 minutes from the town of Urubamba you will find the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay Hotel.

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Tambo del Inca

Style: Resort

Upon entering the Tambó del Inca, guests marvel in awe at its light and airy construction.

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Activities in Sacred Valley

Visit to Pisac Market (Starts from Cusco)

Explore the many indigenous and artisanal products found in the colorful market of Pisac in the Sacred Valley. Enjoy the beautiful landscape en route and gain deep insights into the Andean culture and lifestyle. (09:00 to 13:00, Private Activity)

Visit to Chincheros Town, Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ruins (Starts from Cusco)

On this full-day privately guided excursion you will visit the beautiful colonial town of Chincheros as well as the spectacular Incan sites of Maras and Moray. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. It still remains in use today by the community and represents an important income for numerous families in the area. In the afternoon, you will head along a dirt road towards another typical Andean village called Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center. Both these ancient sites and your visit to Chincheros, will take your breath away and leave you fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization. (09:00 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Private Visit to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo (Starts from Cusco)

On this full day privately guided excursion you will leave from Cusco in the morning to discover the spectacularly scenic Sacred Valley. Winding your way through countryside where the crops appear to dress the mountains like carpets, you will arrive in Pisac where you can browse the many indigenous and artisanal products at the local market. In the afternoon you will head to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo to explore the highly developed architectural sense of the Incas. (09:00 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch included)

Visit to Pisac Ruins (Starts from Cusco)

In the realm of lost Incan civilizations, the ruins in Pisac are as important a find as those in Machu Picchu and the buildings in Cusco. Marvel at the structure of the deserted fortress and fill your imagination with Incan imagery and architecture on a half-day tour. (Approximately 4 hours, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity.)

Visit to Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo (Starts from Cusco)

A full day privately guided tour that takes visitors from Cusco to the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nestled on the banks of the Urubamba River, you will begin your tour in Pisac, exploring the villages extensive ruins, temple, hillsides and terraces before heading to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon. Here you find an attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets where you will discover its impressive ceremonial centre and fortress that guarded the access from other parts of the valley. (08:00 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Gourmet Picnic at Chincheros

A picnic like you have never experienced it! Upon arrival everything already waiting for you: the cook, waiter, a set table and a selection of fine food and drink including a variety of appetizers, salads and main courses sampling the best of Peruvian specialties. This unique experience combines the relaxing atmosphere of a picnic in the open air with service and quality of a premier restaurant .

Pachamanca Traditional Lunch

A Pachamanca is a traditional way of preparing food in the Andes which involves cooking food in an oven that is built out of stones placed underground. The stones are heated by a wood fire and once brought to a very high temperature they are placed carefully with the vegetables, meat and seasoning. The food is then covered with grass and banana leaves before being covered by a mound of earth. After 45 minutes the meal is dug out straight from the earth and ready to enjoy. This is an unparalleled culinary experience in a traditional farm with a view of the Temple of Ollantaytambo. If you wish, you can also get an insight into the daily work of the people on the farm and even help themselves – or just relax and enjoy the incomparable landscape .

Half day trekking (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

Get out into nature on this beautiful trek of the Sacred Valley. This is a great way for the more adventurous to explore the beauty and history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With your guide from the Sol y Luna Hotel, select the route best suited to your level and set off to explore. (09:00 to 12:00 or 14:00 to 17:00. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity. Snacks Provided)

Half day Mountain biking in Sacred Valley (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

An exhilarating challenge awaits on this half-day biking trip through the Sacred Valley. Breathe in the freshest of air and take in the stunning mountain scenery. With your guide from the Sol y Luna Hotel, select the route best suited to your level and set off to explore. (From 09:00 to 12:00 or 14:00 to 17:00. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity. Snacks Provided)

Half day kayak in Huaypo Lagoon

Experience the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley on this beautiful kayak excursion. Located near the town of Maras is the pristine Huaypo Lagoon, surrounded by stunning mountains and local communities. Kayak in these calm waters and take in the spectacular views. (Approximately 3 hours. Private Activity. Picnic Lunch Included)

Half day Horseback riding in Sacred Valley (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

Explore the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley by horseback. Set off from the Sol y Luna Hotel on one of the Peruvian Paso Horses kept by the hotel. An indigenous breed, the paso horses are known for their smooth walk ensuring an enjoyable ride through the valley. Ride near the communities of Pumahuanca and Palcaraquis with admiring the blooming vistas and incredible landscapes. (From 09:00 to 12:00 or 14:30 to 17:30. If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity. Snacks Provided)

Half day Gastronomic Tour in Sacred Valley (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

Learn about the abundance of the Sacred Valley and its agricultural importance. Visit communities nearby the Sol y Luna hotel, learning about native produce and interacting with the local farmers in the valley. Learn about their ancestral techniques and how they blend ancient practices with the modern world. (Approximately 3 hours. Private Activity.)

Half day Cooking class (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

At the hotel’s Wayra restaurant enjoy an interactive cooking class. Working with the restaurant’s chef, experience both the theory and practice of local Andean Peruvian cuisine. Prepare a seasonal menu reflecting the present agricultural bounty of the Sacred Valley. Finish with your prepared meal at the chef’s table. (Private Activity.)

Full day trekking in Sacred Valley (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

Get out into nature on this beautiful trek of the Sacred Valley. This is a great way for the more adventurous to explore the beauty and history of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. With your guide from the Sol y Luna Hotel, select the route best suited to your level and set off to explore. (Approximately 09:30 to 16:30. Private Activity. Box lunch included.)

Full day Mountain biking mountain bike (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

An exhilarating challenge awaits on this full-day biking trip through the Sacred Valley. Breathe in the freshest of air and take in the stunning mountain scenery. With your guide from the Sol y Luna Hotel, select the route best suited to your level and set off to explore. (Approximately 09:30 to 16:30. Private Activity. Box lunch included.)

Full Day horseback ride (only if you stay at Sol y Luna Hotel)

Explore the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley by horseback. Set off from the Sol y Luna Hotel on one of the Peruvian Paso Horses kept by the hotel. An indigenous breed, the Paso horses are known for their smooth walk ensuring an enjoyable ride through the valley. With your guide from the hotel, select a personalized route in order best admire the blooming vistas and incredible landscapes. (Approximately 08:30 to 16:30. Private Activity. Box Lunch Included)

Visit to Pisac Ruins

A half day privately guided tour that takes visitors to the market town of Pisac. Nestled on the banks of the Urubamba River, you will explore the village’s extensive facinating ruins, temple, hillsides and terraces. (09:00 to 13:00, Private Activity)

Visit to Pisac Market

Explore the many indigenous and artisanal products found in the colorful market of Pisac in the Sacred Valley. Enjoy the beautiful landscape en route and gain deep insights into the Andean culture and lifestyle. (09:00 to 13:00, Private Activity)

Half day Mountain biking in Sacred Valley

An exhilarating challenge awaits on this half-day biking trip through the Sacred Valley. Breathe in the freshest of air and take in the stunning scenery of this mountainous of this lush, green region. (Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Private Activity).

Half day Horseback riding in Sacred Valley

Meet up with your horse and private guide in the heart of the Sacred Valley and then go for an off-the-beaten path experience as you ride through the tranquil countryside. Enjoy the blooming vistas and incredible landscapes taking in the scenery at your own speed. (09:00 to 12:30, Private Activity).

Trekking at Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ruins from Sacred Valley

On this full-day privately guided trek you will visit the spectacular Incan sites of Maras and Moray on foot. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. It still remains in use today by the community and represents an important income for numerous families in the area. After trekking around the salt mines, in the afternoon, you will head to nearby Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center. Hike around these unique ruins and both of these ancient sites will take your breath away and leave you fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization. (09:00 to 15:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Full day River Rafting in Sacred Valley

Enjoy an adrenaline-filled adventure white water rafting on the rivers of the Altiplano. From April to December traverse the mighty Urubamba River in the heart of the Sacred Valley with a certified guide admiring the spectacular views of the Andes Mountains and Incan ruins. As you continue downstream towards Ollantaytambo navigate the river rapids ending with El Resbaladero (The Slide). From December to April raft along the Vilcanota River south of Cusco, navigating the rapids and taking in the beautiful scenery. (Duration 2 hours rafting, Private Activity, Lunch Included).

Visit to Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo

A full day privately guided tour that takes visitors into the heart of spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nestled on the banks of the Urubamba River, you will begin your tour in Pisac, exploring the villages extensive ruins, temple, hillsides and terraces before heading to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon. Here you find an attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets where you will discover its impressive ceremonial centre and fortress that guarded the access from other parts of the valley. (10:00 to 16:30, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Visit to Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo

On this full day privately guided excursion you will wind your way through countryside where crops appear to dress the mountains like carpets to arrive in Pisac; where you can browse the many indigenous and artisanal products at the local market. In the afternoon you will head to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo to explore the highly developed architectural sense of the Incas. (09:00 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch included)

Visit to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley

The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Vistadome train before spending an afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide from Machu Picchu town. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (06:30 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Visit to Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham Train from from Sacred Valley

The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Hiram Bingham train and spend the afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (10:00 to 20:00, Private Activity, Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner Included)

Private Visit to Machu Picchu by Expedition Train from Sacred Valley

The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Expedition train and spend the afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide from Machu Picchu town. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (08:30 to 18:30, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

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