Sacred Valley tourFull day
Pisac Market & ruins, Ollantaytambo & Salineras
Duration: Full Day
Budget: $155 p.p.
On this full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley you will experience native communities, archaeological wonders and majestic terraces. First stop is the Pisac Indian Market where travellers from around the globe gather at one of the most popular indigenous markets in Cusco. Your tour continues into the Pisac ruins, perched at the entrance to a great gorge, looking over the Urubamba Valley and the town of Pisac. Ending in Maras, you will discover the Salineras where hidden saltpans rest on overhanging cliffs.
- Active 30% 30%
- Archeology 100% 100%
- Responsible travel 30% 30%
- Connection with community 50% 50%
- Professional Bi-lingual guide
- Entrance fees
Full day description
This is a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, alongside the Vilcanota River, where you will find native communities, impressive terraces and many important archaeological sites. In this tour you will visit Pisac Indian Market, one of the most popular and picturesque of the indigenous markets in the Cusco region. Travelers from all over the world come to purchase all manner of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, ponchos, rugs, hats, gloves, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca and llama woven clothing, and a host of lovely souvenirs. And although you can visit it every day, the Sunday market is magnificent, mass is celebrated in Quechua and the worthy “varayoc” (local authorities) attendance adds enrichment to the celebration. Your tour will continue to Pisac ruins, perched magnificently at the entrance to a great gorge, the citadel looks the Urubamba Valley and town of Pisac from above. Pisac was situated strategically along a road that connected the Inca Empire with the jungles of the east, and the site is an impressive reminder of just how advanced the civilization was in terms of building and agriculture. Afterwards you will make a stop for lunch and in the afternoon you will visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, which has original Inca houses, streets and the fortress towering above the village. And Maras, where you will find the ‘Salineras’, a wonder of hydraulic engineering and a must for photographers. The saltpans are set on overhanging cliffs and command spectacular views of the Andean mountains and the Urubamba River below. Hidden behind several layers of lush green mountains, these snow-white salt pans will stun you with their beauty, as they reflect the sun like white gold. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.