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Sacred Valley of the Incas Tours

Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive colonial towns and villages. While many travelers pass through here en route to Machu Picchu, the valley has become a destination in its own right.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco, Cusco, null
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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo Full-Day Tour from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 265 Reviews

Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full-day excursion from Cusco. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac where you'll visit the local market and see ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.99
Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy this full-day Sacred Valley tour of the Incas, which was the center of the vast Incan Empire. This fertile land with an excellent climate has been a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Sacred Valley Tour Including Lunch, Cusco, Day Trips
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Sacred Valley Tour Including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Discover the beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an incredible Andean Paradise, where you will be able to explore the wonderful Inca ruins of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Sacred Valley Private Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Full-day Tours
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Sacred Valley Private Tour from Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Your excursion through the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas will start in Cusco and includes seeing magnificent Inca Terraces.  You will then head to the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Sacred Valley of the Incas Full-Day Tour from Cusco

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Discover Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas during this full-day trip from Cusco. Enjoy a mix of pre-Columbian history and Andean culture as you explore the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $68.75
Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Overnight Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Overnight Tour

This will be a long guided excursion journeys through the magnificent Sacred Valley of the Incas and at last the visit to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $735.00
Sacred Valley Full Day Trekking Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Overnight Tours
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Sacred Valley Full Day Trekking Tour from Cusco

Get off the beaten track in Peru’s Sacred Valley thanks to this 1-day guided trek to the Huchuy Qosqo ruins. Avoid the crowds as you enjoy awe-inspiring views ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Maras Salt Mines and Moray Mountain Bike Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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Maras Salt Mines and Moray Mountain Bike Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

This mountain bike trip visits two of the most interesting and unique Inca archaeological sites in all of Peru – Moray and the Salt Mines of Maras. These two ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour Including Buffet Lunch from Cusco, Cusco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour Including Buffet Lunch from Cusco

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Venture through the southern Sierra in Peru and travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this 12-hour tour. Observe incredible Incan ruins, traditional ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00
Sacred Valley, Pisac and Chicón Mountain in One Day from Cusco, Cusco, Day Trips
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Sacred Valley, Pisac and Chicón Mountain in One Day from Cusco

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas in the fertile farming region surrounding Cusco and learn the story of how the vast Inca Empire was born. Learn the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $101.00

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