Absolutely awesome, we book a private tour with River Explorers, everything was excellent, our guide Jorge made this tour even more special, food was great, the transport was new and very spacious, I recommend this company to everyone!!!
Take time for a fantastic road tour to explore a scenic drive so stunning they’ve been recognized by the National Geographic for its one-of-a-kind aspects. Experience Sacred Valley history and culture including small hikes, Inca sites and galleries, handicrafts, restaurants and other shops that can be found along the road. Historical sites like Ollantaytambo, Moray, Mars and local markets, make excellent walking tours to take in the local atmosphere and culture.
The trip through the Sacred Valley ranges 85 km – 56 ml east to north eastern Cuzco.
We depart from your hotel towards Chincheros on a relaxing drive for about 30 minutes. Chincheros, a farming village and one of the best producers of potatoes, quinoa, and barley. This village is also known for its weaving centers, terraced Inca ruins and the colonial church. Our first stop is a visit to one of the centers where we will learn the weaving process. They raise alpacas and llamas for fiber, collect plants and flowers for natural dyes, spin thread on simple spindles, and create lots of cloth on basics backstops looms just as their ancestors had done for hundreds of years.
We continue on with the tour, heading north driving down to the village of Maras and then to Moray, a mythical Inca agronomy center built for agricultural purposes. The site contains three natural earth holes worked into circular terraces. Every terrace in Moray recreate twelve different micro-climates and twenty different ecological zones.
With the Vilcanota mountain range emerging to the northeast, a quick stop will be the perfect opportunity to appreciate exceptional vistas of the Sacred Valley. An exquisite lunch awaits us at one local restaurant with typical dishes from the region such as grilled lamb, trout and pork, lomo saltado, ceviche (Fish marinated with lemon, garlic and other species), beans, potatoes, corn and much more. For those who doesn’t eat meat, there is also plenty of vegetarian and vegan food.
We continue driving for 20 more minutes through magnificent terrain of the Sacred Valley until Ollantaytambo. Get ready for a nice hike. Your guide will explain the history behind the walls of Ollantaytambo. Ascending a very steep staircase through multiple giants terraces that overlooks the city and massive giant carved rocks, we arrive to the amphitheater at the very top. Little further is the most important structure of Ollantaytambo, the temple of the sun. We will then continue walking along a narrow road to a peculiar structure that many historians believe that was an Inca calendar carved in a rock, it supposed to be used to determine the solstices. Few meters away it’s the well known royal Inca baths.
We continue on with the tour, heading south following the Urubamba River. Along the way, Andean Quechua farmers harvest the fields with techniques unchanged since the ancient Incas time. We can also see contemporary influence connected with old culture and traditions. The Sacred valley tour ends at your hotel, arrival time approximately between 7 to 8 pm.
. Private transportation.
. Entrance fees to all the sites
. English speaking guide
Water, snacks, tips.
Shoes for walking, hat, rain coat, sun block, warm jacket, sun glasses, water, snacks, passport, small back pack.
Look for small groups. Being in an small groups guarantee a successful trip and better personalize service.
Make sure your guide is fluent in English.
Avoid cheap prices or you will end up in a group of 30 people with a guide speaking different languages.
Book your tour in advance.
The sacred Valley is safe for anyone. However we always recommend looking after your personal belongings.
Make sure to drink enough water, remember that you are at a high altitude.
Daily departures at 7 am.
Guarantee departures with minimum of 2 people and our maximum number per group is 12. In case of larger groups we will add another guide and separate the group in two for better understanding during the guiding.
Season: All year round.