Full Day Sacred valley tour with Maras and Moray gives you a complete tour of all prominent sites in the Sacred Valley of Incas. The valley has been a significant part of Inca empire and continues to do so today. This full day Sacred valley tour with Maras and Moray is popularly known as Sacred Valley VIP tour in Cusco. We recommend doing this tour before you visit Machu Picchu.
On this full day trip from Cusco you will visit the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Maras, Moray and Chincheros. This is an ideal tour while spending your time acclimatising in Cusco.
The archeological complex of Pisac is immense. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the valley. The ruins are massive in fact they are just second to Machu Picchu. It was built during the reign of Pachacutec, the emperor who built Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.
The town of Pisac is also home to the weekend artisan market. It is an ideal place to buy souvenirs. Here local farmers and craftsmen set small tents by the main square every weekend to sell their products.
It is the heart of the Sacred Valley of Incas. The village is snuggled in between the snow capped peaks. It boasts a beautiful countryside and great weather.
It was the most prominent site to Incas in the whole of Sacred Valley. The village is sandwiched between two massive Inca ruins. It is the best surviving example of Incas city planning. The village has been continuously inhabited since the 13th century.
It takes you back in time. The ruins here were sacred to Incas. In 1537 during the battle of Ollantaytambo between Manco Inca II and the Spaniards this site transformed into a war zone.
The most photographed site in the Sacred Valley of Incas. Maras is home to the famous salt mines that nestles on a side of a hill. These geometric shaped salt puddles have been in use since Pre-Inca times and have been passed down in line of succession.
They still continue to practise the traditional salt farming method. They let in the natural spring water and let it evaporate. Then they scrape out the crystals of salt from here.
Another important Inca site. Moray houses distinct farming terraces. It was more like an agricultural laboratory to Incas. These circular terraces have different levels.
Each level has a different temperature. There is a difference of 15 degrees celsius between the top and the bottom level. This helped the Incas to experiment the growth conditions of crops at different climatic zones.
It is a small village near Cusco city. Chinchero is home to Andean textiles. People here are popular for knitting woollen wears using Alpaca wool. There is a white washed church overlooking the village.
This was once a summer palace of Tupac Yupanqui. Chinchero has the most fertile soil in the whole of Sacred Valley. During Pachacutec’s rule, he built many agricultural terraces, aqueducts and irrigation channels which are in use even today.
Maximum Altitude: 4,100 m
Minimum Altitude: 2,900 m
The full day tour of Sacred Valley and Maras Moray is a perfect addition to the Cusco City Tour to have a complete understanding of Incan civilization. We highly recommend doing this tour a day after your arrival in Cusco while acclimatising.
Treks in Cusco is a reputed local tour operator based in Cusco. Our guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge on culture and history.
We offer private tours and small group tours. Please let us know your desired option at the time of booking.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 0700 AM. The tour begins with a visit to Pisac. On our way, we will be stopping at Taray Viewpoint. It offers an entrancing view of the Urubamba valley.
Once in Pisac, we will drive you to the main entrance of the archaeological site on top of a hill. Our local expert will give you a guided tour of the complex. On this detailed tour, you will be visiting many interesting sites in the complex.
After the tour, we will drive down to the valley. Here you will have some time to saunter through the cobble stoned streets rimmed with shops selling souvenirs.
Then we will be driving to Urubamba. We will be stopping here for lunch. After lunch we will continue to Ollataytambo.
The ruins of Ollantaytambo are attractive. Our local expert will give you a tour of the ruins and the village.
Then we will be driving to Maras and Moray. Here we will introduce you to the age-old Andean traditions and customs which the locals have kept alive.
Our last stop on the full day Sacred Valley tour will be at Chinchero. Here we will be visiting the white washed church, farming terraces and centre of textiles. Locals would demonstrate the process of making clothes with Alpaca wools.
We will then return to Cusco. At around 0600 PM, we will be reaching the City of Cusco.
Way beyond my expectations. I can highly recommend this tour. We did this on our second day in Cusco. It was a good orientation.
Exceptional service. I can totally recommend this tour and Treks in Cusco. Got to know a lot about incas history and culture. Carlos is a fantastic guide.