The Super Sacred Valley & Maras Moray tour is a premium, all-inclusive experience perfect for travelers seeking a personalized and high-quality journey. Meet llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas at the Alpaca farm. Stop at Mirador Taray for stunning views of the Sacred Valley. Visit the Pisac archaeological site, bargain for handmade goods at the Pisac market, and be amazed by the Moray circular terraces. See the beautiful salt pools at Salineras de Maras and walk through Ollantaytambo's ancient streets. With Exclusive transportation and knowledgeable local guides, this tour offers a unique and memorable look into Peru's rich cultural and historical heritage.

Price

Trip Details

Tour Type Small Group Tour
Duration Full Day
Activities Visit local villages, Inca sites, local marketss
Average Group Size 8 people
Tour Language English, Spanish
Starts/Ends Cusco / Cusco
Meals Buffet Lunch
Destinations Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Moray - Salineras Maras

Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray - Overview


Experience the enchanting Sacred Valley with Moray and Salineras of Maras in a captivating full-day tour from Cusco. Nestled in the heart of the Cusco region, the Super Sacred Valley tour offers a journey through breathtaking landscapes, amazing Inca sites, and rich cultural heritage. 

The Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco takes approximately 8-9 hours and is designed to accommodate both children and adults. It includes comfortable transportation, a knowledgeable tour guide, entry fees to all places we visit, and a delightful lunch in Urubamba. Delve into the heart of Incan history and witness the living traditions of the Sacred Valley on this unforgettable full-day tour from Cusco. 

Places you visit:

  • Alpaca Farm: Meet llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas up close.
  • Mirador Taray: Start with breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley.
  • Pisac Inca Site: Explore the largest Inca cemetery.
  • Pisac Market: Discover traditional crafts at the vibrant Sacred Valley market.
  • Urubamba: Enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Maras Salt Mines: Visit one of the world's most stunning elevated salt mines.
  • Moray: See the impressive agricultural terraces.
  • Ollantaytambo: Experience the last living Inca town and its archaeological wonders.

Tour Highlights:

  • Enjoy the scenic drive through the Sacred Valley,
  • interact with locals, and learn about their culture and daily life.
  • Book with Confidence and Flexibility

Tour Schedule:

  • 7:00 AM: The tour starts with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco.
  • 7:30 AM: Visit the alpaca farm. Here, you can see alpacas up close and learn how people make yarn from their wool.
  • 8:30 AM: Stop at Mirador Taray for a beautiful view of the valley.
  • 9:00 AM: Next, visit the Pisac archaeological site, which has an old Incan site.
  • 10:00 AM: Walk around the Pisac market. You can see and buy handmade crafts and local food.
  • 12:00 PM: Enjoy a lunch buffet with different foods from the area.
  • 2:00 PM: Visit Moray to see the ancient circular terraces used for farming.
  • 3:00 PM: Explore the old salt pans at Salinas de Maras. People have used these salt pans for hundreds of years.
  • 4:00 PM: End the day with a walk through Ollantaytambo. Check out the quaint streets, shops, and cafes.
  • 6:00 PM: Drop off back at your hotel in Cusco

The Full-day Sacred Valley tour from Cusco with Maras Moray is a great way to see and learn about the history and culture of the Sacred Valley.


Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco
  • Private Transportation
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Entrance ticket to all the places we visit
  • Drop off at your hotel
  • All taxes and booking fees

Not Included:

  • Personal expenses (Souvenirs, drinks)

Full Itinerary of the Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco

Cusco – Pisac – Moray – Maras – Salineras – Ollantaytambo

After being picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 7:00 AM, you'll travel in our comfortable vans to our first destination, an Alpaca farm. Here, you'll meet llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos. You will learn about the importance of these South American camelids to the local people and their benefits to the local economy. This visit provides a great opportunity to understand the cultural and economic roles these animals play in the region.

Next, you will drive for 30 minutes to the Mirador Taray. Here, you will enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Sacred Valley. This viewpoint overlooks the winding Urubamba River, terraced hillsides, and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes. It’s the perfect spot for taking photos and soaking in the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Continue the day with a 30-minute drive to Pisac. There, you'll explore the Pisac archaeological site perched on a hilltop with spectacular views of the valley. This site features impressive Inca buildings, the largest Inca cemetery, farming terraces, living quarters, and religious areas. After exploring the site, you will head to the town of Pisac, famous for its colorful Pisac market. It's a great place to shop for souvenirs such as textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. You can also find fresh produce and sample some local street food. Then, you'll drive for about an hour to Urubamba, where a delicious buffet lunch awaits you. The lunch features fresh, regional products, giving you a taste of the local cuisine.

After lunch, the tour heads to Moray, a fascinating archaeological site known for its large circular terraces. The Incas likely used these terraces for agricultural experiments, testing different climates on crops. Next, you'll visit the Salineras of Maras, where over 3,000 salt pans stretch across the mountainside. These pans, which are still actively used today, have been maintained and operated by local families for generations.

Our final destination is Ollantaytambo, where we'll explore the remarkable Ollantaytambo fortress. Constructed in the 15th century, this site functioned as a military, religious, and agricultural center for the Incas. It boasts massive stone terraces and detailed stonework, providing stunning views of the surrounding valley. Ollantaytambo is also a picturesque town featuring narrow, cobblestone streets, traditional architecture, and beautiful gardens. Take your time wandering through the local shops and cafes, and immerse yourself in the town's rich history and culture.

Finally, we'll head back to Cusco, planning to get you to your hotel around 6:00 PM. This tour offers a fantastic opportunity to experience the rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes of the Sacred Valley.

Price for the Super Sacred Valley tour from Cusco

Price per person:  

To book the Super Sacred Valley, you need to make an initial payment of US$ 50 per person; the remaining balance can be paid online or at our office in Cusco with any card and without booking fees. 

Student Discount:

  • US$ 20 off per person

All travelers under 17 will have a $20 discount. If you are 25 years old or under when traveling, you can get the discount with your Student ID. Please send us an email to receive a code for the discount.

Valid Student ID

To get the student discount, travelers should have a Valid ID with the following:

  • 25 years or less at the time of the tour. Older than 25 can not enter as a student
  • The ID must have the Name of the university, name, and photo of the student
  • The ID must have a valid expiration date
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Invalid Student IDs

Student IDs are not eligible for a discount when:

  • Traveler is older than 25
  • Expired ID
  • Student ID without expiration date
  • ISIC cards are not valid. 
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Super Sacred Valley Tour - Travel Info

Find essential travel information, tips, and insider advice to enhance your journey through Incan history and stunning Andean scenery. Ready to create memories that will last a lifetime? Start your adventure here!"

What to bring?

Here is a list of items that you should consider bringing to the Super Sacred Valley:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: The tour involves walking on uneven terrain.
  • Hat and sunscreen: Be prepared for a sunny day.
  • Camera: You will want to capture stunning views and unique sites.
  • Water bottle: It's important to stay hydrated, so bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Light jacket or sweater: The weather in Sacred Valley can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater.
  • Snacks: While lunch is usually provided on tour, bringing a snack or two is always a good idea to keep you fueled throughout the day.
  • Cash or credit card: You may want to purchase souvenirs or snacks during the tour, so bring some cash or a credit card.
  • Insect repellent: The Sacred Valley is a natural environment with many insects, so bring insect repellent to protect yourself.
  • Small backpack: Bring a small bag to carry your essential items and snacks.
  • Portable charger: Bring a portable charger or extra batteries for your camera and phone.
  • Rain gear: Have rain ponchos or rain jackets with you all the time.

It's important to remember that the tour involves walking on uneven terrain, so it's recommended to bring only essential items and avoid carrying heavy bags or backpacks. Also, the weather in Sacred Valley can be unpredictable, so it's a good idea to check the forecast and pack accordingly.

Places visited during the Super Sacred Tour

Join our Super Sacred Tour and see breathtaking places like the colorful Pisac markets and the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins. Discover the magic of each spot in the Sacred Valley and make memories that will last forever.

Alpaca farm

The Alpaca farm near Cusco provides a special experience where visitors can meet and feed alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. The farm also educates visitors about these animals' role in the local economy. Additionally, there's a textile center on the farm where local women showcase their traditional weaving skills. They make beautiful, high-quality textiles here, supporting their communities and keeping their traditions alive. This place highlights the importance of sustainable tourism and animal care.

Mirador Taray

Mirador Taray is a scenic viewpoint in the Sacred Valley. It is known for its stunning panoramic views of mountains, valleys, and farmland.

The viewpoint is approximately 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) above sea level. It offers visitors a breathtaking view of the region's natural beauty. From Mirador Taray, you can see the Urubamba River winding its way through the valley below and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes Mountains in the distance.

Pisac archaeological site

The Pisac archaeological site is located at the beginning of the Sacred Valley. It is considered one of the region's most important Incan sites, mainly known for its impressive agricultural terraces and beautiful hilltop views.

The site is believed to have been constructed during the Incan Empire (1438-1532) and served as a strategic military and religious center for the Incas. The ruins at Pisac include a temple complex, a residential area, and several administrative and military buildings.

One of Pisac's most impressive features is its agricultural terraces, built into the steep mountainside and used for farming crops such as corn, potatoes, and quinoa. The terraces were designed to maximize irrigation and prevent erosion, and local farmers still use them today.

Pisac Market

Pisac Market is a vibrant outdoor market located in the town of Pisac. It is famous for its colorful displays of handicrafts, textiles, and traditional Peruvian foods.

The market is open daily, but it is especially lively on Sundays when vendors from the surrounding villages come to sell their goods. Visitors to Pisac Market can browse various products, including alpaca wool clothing, ceramics, jewelry, and musical instruments.

One of the market's highlights is its selection of traditional Peruvian foods. Vendors sell freshly prepared dishes such as roasted guinea pig, ceviche, empanadas, and various fruits, vegetables, and spices. Visitors can also sample traditional Peruvian drinks such as chicha, a fermented corn drink, and pisco, a grape brandy that is the national drink of Peru.

Moray

Moray is an archaeological site in the upper part of the Sacred Valley, approximately 31 miles (50 km) from Cusco. It is known for its impressive circular terraces, which the Incas used for agricultural experiments.

The terraces at Moray were built into a natural depression in the earth, and they are arranged in concentric circles that decrease in size as they descend. The Incas used these terraces to test different agricultural techniques and grow crops, including corn, potatoes, and quinoa.

One of the most exciting features of Moray is its microclimates. The temperature at the center of the circular terraces is several degrees warmer than at the edges, creating a range of growing conditions that allowed the Incas to test the adaptability of different crops to different climates.

Salineras of Maras

The Salineras of Maras are a series of salt pans located on a hillside in the Sacred Valley. They have been in use since pre-Incan times and are still used today by local families for salt production.

The salt pans are built into a steep hill's side and fed by a natural saltwater spring. The spring water is channeled into the pans, where it evaporates in the sun, leaving behind a layer of salt that can be harvested by hand. The salt is cleaned and sold locally and in nearby towns and cities.

Visitors to the Salineras of Maras can take a guided tour of the salt pans, learning about the region's history and culture of salt production. The site is also known for its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is a small town located approximately 38 miles (61 km) from Cusco. It is known for its well-preserved Incan ruins and its role as a transportation hub for travelers to Machu Picchu.

Ollantaytambo was named one of the world's best tourist villages by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The town was recognized for its well-preserved Incan architecture, rich cultural heritage, and role as a gateway to Machu Picchu.

The UNWTO's "Best Tourism Villages" initiative aims to promote sustainable tourism in rural areas and recognize the vital role that small villages can play in the tourism industry. The initiative's selection criteria include the preservation of cultural heritage, the promotion of local products and services, and the implementation of sustainable tourism practices.

Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco Frequently Asked Questions

Get all your questions answered and prepare for an unforgettable adventure exploring ancient Inca sites, colorful markets, and stunning landscapes. Discover everything you need for the perfect adventure and prepare for a journey filled with historical insights, vibrant local culture, and breathtaking natural beauty. This is your chance to have a comprehensive guide to making the most out of your Sacred Valley Tour in Peru!

What is the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray?

The Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray tour from Cusco is a complete package. It covers well-known spots in the Sacred Valley and also takes you to the Maras Salt Mines and Moray agricultural terraces. This tour gives you a closer look at Incan history and local traditions, helping you understand more about the area's past and culture.

How long is the Super Sacred Valley tour?

This tour takes a full day, starting early in the morning and ending in the late afternoon, usually lasting between 10 to 12 hours. This schedule allows ample time to explore each site thoroughly and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The tour begins at 7:00 AM, and you will return to Cusco at 6:00 PM.

What is included in the Super Sacred Valley tour package?

The Sacred Valley tour package is all-inclusive, offering round-trip transportation from Cusco, a professional guide fluent in English and Spanish, and covers all entry fees to the sites visited. Additionally, a buffet lunch is included in the package.

What are the Maras Salt Mines?

The Maras Salt Mines feature many small pools that have been used since the Incas. The water in these pools evaporates in the sun, leaving behind salt crystals, which local families have been collecting for generations.

What are the Moray agricultural terraces?

The Moray terraces are a stunning sight. They consist of several deep, circular depressions filled with terraced fields that look like concentric circles going down into the earth. The Incas likely used these terraces to experiment with growing crops at different heights.

What should I bring to the Super Sacred Valley?

For your comfort and safety, bring a small backpack for personal items:

  • Clothes: Bring layers for cold or warm days.
  • Shoes: Choose comfortable shoes; you will be taking short hikes.
  • Sun protection: Pack sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • Water bottle: Bring a bottle you can refill.
  • Snacks: Take nuts, dried fruit, and energy bars.
  • First aid kit: Include personal medicines and a basic first aid kit.
  • Camera or binoculars: Great for taking pictures or enjoying the views
  • Small backpack: To carry your things during the day.
  • Travel insurance: Important for covering emergencies.

Respect local customs and learn about local traditions, especially if it's a sacred site. Make sure to check if there are any special rules for the place you're visiting!

Is the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray suitable for children?

Yes, this tour is family-friendly and suitable for children, especially those interested in nature and history. It involves walking and offers learning opportunities that can capture the curiosity of young minds.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Accessibility in the Sacred Valley varies by location. Some sites are accessible, but places like the Maras Salt Mines and Moray terraces can be difficult due to uneven terrain. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us to provide specific accessibility details before you go.

What is the best time of year to do the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray?

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to September. During these months, there is less rain and the paths are clearer, making it more comfortable for walking and touring.

How do I book the Super Sacred Valley tour?

You can book this tour online through various travel portals, contact local travel agencies, or ask about your accommodation in Cusco. Many providers offer similar tours, so compare options to find one that fits your schedule and interests.

Where is the Sacred Valley located in Peru?

The Sacred Valley, also known as the Valle Sagrado, is located in the Andes of Peru, about 15 kilometers north of Cusco. It extends from Pisac to Ollantaytambo along the Urubamba River. With an altitude ranging from 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) to 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) above sea level, the valley is an excellent place for acclimatizing before heading to higher elevations like the Inca Trail Machu Picchu.

How can I travel from Cusco to the Sacred Valley?

The easiest ways to get to the Sacred Valley from Cusco include hiring an organized tour with a reputable company like TreXperience. Alternatively, you can take a collective bus from Calle Puputi or Belempampa or a private taxi from Calle Pavitos. The drive is scenic and takes about an hour to reach the closest areas of the valley.

What are the top attractions in the Sacred Valley?

Major attractions in the Sacred Valley include the towns and archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, the Maras Salt Mines, and the agricultural terraces at Moray, each offering a unique glimpse into Inca engineering and cultural practices.

What is the best tour from Cusco to the Sacred Valley?

The best tour from Cusco to the Sacred Valley is the Super Sacred Valley with Maras Moray. This tour allows you to explore more places in less time. Focused on visiting unique sites, it offers small group tours and personalized service to make the most of the day. 

What is the altitude of Valle Sagrado, and how might it affect my trip?

The Sacred Valley is located at an average altitude of 2,800 meters (9,186 feet), which is lower than Cusco. This difference can help in acclimatizing to high altitudes. However, it's still advisable to spend a day or two acclimating in Cusco before heading to the Sacred Valley in Peru and to watch for symptoms of altitude sickness.

Are there any combined tours that include both Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley?

Yes, at TreXperience, we offer packages that combine visits from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu for two or even more days. These tours provide a thorough exploration of the region's rich Incan heritage, allowing travelers to immerse themselves fully in the history and culture of these iconic Peruvian destinations.

How do I get from Ollantaytambo to the Sacred Valley?

Ollantaytambo is in the Sacred Valley and is a good place to start if you want to see nearby attractions. You can get to other parts of the valley by local transport or by joining guided tours that leave from Ollantaytambo. This makes it easy and convenient for visitors to explore the area before or after Machu Picchu.

What archaeological sites are there in the Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley is full of impressive ancient sites that teach us about the Incas' farming and building skills. You can see the strong fortresses at Pisac and Ollantaytambo, the smartly designed terraces at Moray, and the old salt pans at Maras. Each place shows how the Incas lived and worked.

How much time do I need to explore the Sacred Valley thoroughly?

To fully enjoy the Sacred Valley in Peru and see all its sites, plan to spend at least two to three days there. This will give you enough time to explore both the well-known large sites and the smaller, less crowded ones at a comfortable pace.

What cultural experiences can I expect in the Sacred Valley?

In the Sacred Valley, you'll find lively local markets offering traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelry. You can also join in on local cooking classes, watch textile weaving demonstrations, and visit Quechua communities. These activities give you a chance to learn about local traditions and the daily life of the people in these communities.

What are the accommodation options in the Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from luxury hotels and boutique lodges to budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses. Many accommodations provide stunning views of the Andean peaks and come equipped with comfortable amenities, catering to different preferences and budgets.

What are the dining options in the Sacred Valley?

For dining in the Sacred Valley, you have excellent options like Don Angel in Urubamba, where local and international flavors merge. Tunpa also in Urubamba, offers a cozy atmosphere and traditional Peruvian dishes. 

How safe is it to travel in the Sacred Valley?

The Sacred Valley is generally a very safe place for tourists. It's important to use common sense, like keeping an eye on your personal belongings and choosing reputable tour operators for your excursions. The local people are known for being friendly and welcoming to visitors, which adds to the overall safety and enjoyable experience of the area.

 

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