Sacred Valley Extensive Tour —Maras Moray – the Salt Mines 1 Day

Chinchero, Moray, Maras salt mines, Ollantaytambo, Pisac

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Description

This tour is for visitors who do not have a lot of time to spend in the city of Cusco but still want to take full advantage of visiting archeological sites and the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley.
Our departures are daily but a little early at 06:50 hrs, and they end at 18:30 hrs

  • Duration: Full Day.
  • Frecuency:  Every day, upon reservation.
  • Group: Group Service
  • What includes?: Transportation Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Cusco, professional guide, guided tours: Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, buffet lunch in Urubamba, Drop-off (ends in the city center).

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Summary

Itinerary Sacred Valley VIP Tour

The following places are visited:

1. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF CHINCHERO

Chinchero, known as “the City of the Rainbow,” is a must-visit on any Sacred Valley VIP Tour. This enchanting place frequently showcases the marvelous optical phenomenon of rainbows. The vibrant traditional costumes worn by its inhabitants are a testament to the ancient Incan techniques that are still used today to create these garments, focusing on intricate details.

As an archaeological site, Chinchero was a crucial agricultural production center during the Inca era, and its well-preserved terraces are a sight to behold. The Temple of Our Lady of Monserrat, built on the palace of Inca Tupac Yupanqui, adds historical depth to the site.

2. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF MORAY

The Moray archaeological site is a unique highlight of the Sacred Valley VIP Tour. It features a series of terraces and agricultural platforms created within natural depressions or gigantic holes. Each terrace has its own irrigation channel and microclimate, which allowed the Incas to cultivate more than 250 plant species. These platforms also served as an agricultural laboratory for the Incas to experiment with crops, making Moray an exceptional example of ancient ingenuity.

3. TOWN OF MARAS

On the Sacred Valley VIP Tour, the town of Maras stands out for its historical significance. Once home to noble Cuscanians of the Incan empire, Maras became a refuge for those stripped of their palaces in Qosqo. During the colonial period, it was the main supplier of salt. The town’s unique style is evident in the construction of its large houses, which have preserved the shields of the indigenous nobility on their facades. These houses feature scriptures or iconography carved into the stone lintels, representing each family.

4. THE SALT MINES

The Sacred Valley VIP Tour would be incomplete without visiting the famous “Salinas de Maras in Cusco.” Located on the slope of a hill, this site consists of approximately 5,000 wells arranged in terraces designed by the Incas. A naturally occurring salty liquid emanates from underground, flowing to the top of the wells. As the water evaporates under the intense sun, coarse salt crystals form. Visitors can witness locals demonstrating ancient techniques for salt extraction, offering a glimpse into traditional practices.

5. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF OLLANTAYTAMBO

Ollantaytambo is a significant stop on the Sacred Valley VIP Tour, known as the “City of the Living Inca” because its inhabitants maintain the customs of their ancestors. This site served military, agricultural, and religious purposes and controlled travel along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visitors can marvel at the ramparts and watchtowers used by the military, the massive terraces for agriculture, and the religious water sources. After exploring Ollantaytambo, you can either return to Cusco or continue your journey to Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu by train.

6. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PISAC

Pisac, a key site on the Sacred Valley VIP Tour, is one of the most important places in the Sacred Valley. The Pisac National Archaeological Park includes a variety of archaeological remains, such as platforms, aqueducts, paths alongside walls and doorways, canalized water channels, cemeteries, and bridges. Covering an area of 4 square kilometers, the ruins are spread across the hills in complex formations, with isolated constructions visible in some areas. Pisac was a major agricultural center during Inca times, adding to its historical and cultural significance.

Itinerary

Itinerary for the Sacred Valley VIP Tour:

06:30 a.m. – Pick up from your hotel for the Sacred Valley VIP Tour.

07:00 a.m. – The Sacred Valley VIP Tour begins.

Places to Visit on the Sacred Valley Extensive Tour:

  • Chinchero: Discover the rich cultural heritage and traditional weaving techniques.
  • Moray: Explore the unique circular agricultural terraces.
  • Salt Mines of Maras: Marvel at the ancient salt extraction process.
  • Urubamba: Enjoy a delicious lunch in the heart of the Sacred Valley.
  • Ollantaytambo: Visit the impressive Inca fortress and town.
  • Pisac: Wander through the vibrant market and archaeological site.

18:30 p.m. – The Sacred Valley VIP Tour concludes as we return to your hotel.

Experience the best of Peru with our Sacred Valley VIP Tour, ensuring you get a comprehensive and unforgettable journey through these iconic sites.

Includes/ Not Included

Includes:

  • Tour bus
  • Guide
  • Lunch buffet

Not Included:

  • Tourist Ticket and entrance fee to the salt mines

Recommendations

Recommendations:

  • Wear the mask and face shield at all times
  • Bring a small backpack
  • Bring sunscreen and hats and/or caps, etc.
  • Bring rain ponchos
  • Carry water at all times

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    To secure your spot on the tour of your choice, we invite you to complete the following booking form. This simple and quick process allows us to customize your experience and ensure that all your needs and preferences are met during the tour. Please provide us with the requested information, and we will be happy to confirm your reservation and provide you with all the necessary details to make the most of your adventure. We look forward to welcoming you on our next tour!








    Frequently asked questions about the Sacred Valley VIP Tour

    What does the Valle Sagrado VIP tour include?

    The VIP tour includes luxury transportation, expert bilingual guide, entrance fees to archaeological sites, gourmet lunch, and exclusive access to restricted areas.

    Which places will we visit in the Sacred Valley?

    We’ll visit Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero, Moray and Saltmines of Maras with additional stops at lesser-known yet equally fascinating sites.

    What is the transportation like during the tour?

    You’ll enjoy transportation with modern amenities and an experienced driver for a safe and comfortable journey.

    What kind of food is offered during the tour?

    A gourmet lunch with typical Peruvian dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients is served, catering to dietary preferences.

    Who will be our guide during the tour?

    You’ll be accompanied by a professional bilingual guide who will provide detailed information about the history and culture of each visited site.

    Can we explore the archaeological sites on our own?

    Yes, you’ll have free time to explore each place at your own pace, although the guide will be available to answer questions and provide additional information.

    Is there access to restricted areas during the tour?

    Yes, as part of the VIP tour, you’ll have exclusive access to restricted areas of some archaeological sites, providing a unique and privileged experience.

    Are entrance fees to archaeological sites included in the tour price?

    Yes, all entrance fees to the mentioned archaeological sites are included in the tour price.

    Are there additional stops made during the tour?

    Yes, in addition to the main destinations, we’ll make stops at scenic viewpoints and places of historical and cultural interest to enrich your experience.

    What is the total duration of the tour?

    The Valle Sagrado VIP tour has an approximate duration of 8 to 10 hours, depending on traffic and time spent at each site.

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