Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Sacred Valley of the Incas
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Deb
Boston, MA33 contributions
Peru Sightseeing Tour Guide Ricardo
Full day of packed activities. Ricardo was knowledgeable and fun. Arrived prompt and looked after us all day. Really interesting historical tour.
Written 6 July 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Two full days at the Sacred Valley of the Incas!
Oct 2019
Visiting the "Sacred Valley of the Incas" is absolutely a must for all those travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Last October, after visiting the awesome Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, we headed to the ruins of the citadel-fortress of "Sacsayhuaman". Then, "Taray" (with incredible views of the valley) and "Pisac" (the archaeological park and the city's typical market). We stayed overnight in Urubamba, continuing the next morning to the archaeological complex of "Chinchero", visiting also its local market and colonial church. Then, we visited the salt ponds of "Maras", followed by the round agricultural terraces of "Moray" and ending at the archaeological park of "Ollantaytambo" and again at its popular market, as it is almost impossible to skip the numerous colorful souvenir shops. An unforgettable two full days at the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"! Next stop: Machu Picchu tomorrow! Enjoy!
Written 4 July 2020
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Elena Gunters Greens
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
I love this place.
Dec 2019
trip through the sacred valley of the incas, it is known many places like pisac, calca, ollantaytambo and chincheros. the tour took all day is good to wear a coat
Written 26 June 2020
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Elena Gunters Greens
San Francisco, CA35 contributions
Peru is a wonderful country, beautiful landscapes
Dec 2019
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, in the Peruvian Andes, is made up of numerous rivers that descend through gorges and small valleys; It has numerous archaeological monuments and indigenous peoples. This valley was highly appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities.
I recommend doing this tour with a travel agency and I did it with Cusco Expeditions, Edgar the owner helped us a lot with his advice.
Thank you!!!
Written 23 June 2020
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Joyce B
Waukesha, WI1 contribution
Exoticca Travel Nightmare
Mar 2020
Our tour of Peru turned into a nightmare when the Peruvian government began to close airports. Essentially, the tour guides from Condor travel and employed by Exoticca disappeared when we needed them most. We had only a few hours to get out of Peru. Exoticca offered no assistance with flights. The Condor guide disappeared, too. Exoticca and Condor were fine as long as there were no complications, but disappeared when needed most. Thanks only to our guardian angels, although we had no tickets, we got on a flight from Cuzco to Lima and a flight from Lima to Miami. We were among the fortunate few who got out of Peru. Needless to say, we will never book through Exoticca Travel again. They have offered excuses and apologies. Morally, they ought to refund the full cost of our two-week trip.
Written 22 March 2020
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,157 contributions
"Bucket List!" this is one of the primary reasons for our trip to Peru
Feb 2020
Entering the Sacred Valley was one of the objectives of this trip--it has been on our "bucket list" from the moment we saw pictures of the region. We were not disappointed!

We flew into the very small Cusco Airport from Lima--which is one of the worst airports we have ever encountered. The Cusco Airport is a gem compared to that of Lima. The city is talking about building a new (much larger) international airport east of town. The good news is that the runways will be significantly longer than the current ones--which are way too short for modern aircraft landing at 9,000 feet! A couple of people in our group were very uncomfortable with the very abrupt landing!

Our first stop on the tour through the Sacred Valley was near the Cusco Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city. The drive up the mountain gives you some great views of the city and lets you see how small the airport is--completely surrounded by buildings. The roads are very steep and very rough as we entered the Parroquia La Virgen Milagrosa (Mother Earth Ceremony) site.

For my wife, this was one of her favorite stops. The very quiet and lush area that is beautiful--surrounded by trees and mountains. The woman performer (an Inca Princess) puts on a great show of blessing the group, welcoming us, and blessing the earth. She speaks in the native Inca language--which our guide translated as she prayed and spoke. At the end, she offers to give individual blessings (for a small tip) to those that want one. My wife was pleased with the prayers and blessings because she was one of the few people in our group that had no intestinal issues! As I mentioned, I had some problems that were eventually cured (greatly assisted by drinking ONLY the bottled water).

Following the ceremony, we were entertained by a small Andean band with local music. We then had a wonderful meal outside (in a large tent) with some excellent local wine. The meal featured local dishes that were historic in nature. All in all, a really good start for this leg of the trip!
Written 21 March 2020
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Thomas
New York City, NY1 contribution
beautiful views, a quiet place
Mar 2020
Unless I want to spend long hours at each of the main sites of the Sacred Valley, I was fortunate to contact the Bioandean Expeditions company that offered us very comfortable prices for this entire tour. We left early and went to two craft markets before reaching the ruins of Pisaq. It is a pity that we have not bought there because prices and quality were better than those found in Cusco or Puno. The archaeological centers of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo were incredible, don't miss it. In fact, when we return to the region, I will plan to spend a night in Ollantaytambo because the small town is a grace, much friendlier than Aguas Calientes and that is where the trains leave for Machu Picchu.
Written 2 March 2020
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Arcee_CO
Wheat Ridge, CO1,030 contributions
2-person tour of this spectacular archeological area
Feb 2020
We traveled the length (Písac and Machu Picchu, 100 kilometers (62 mi) distance) of the several distinct sites and towns in this unique ancient region. For all who are planning a Machu Picchu trip, it is culturally important to stop, and walk through, the multiple pre-Inca and Inca sites. We benefited by having a very knowledgeable local guide Ernesto (with Inkayani tours) who connected original pre-Spanish populations to their descendants, many of whom are the 21st century residents. Note: our tour involved as much or as little walking as we requested.
Written 26 February 2020
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Stella
Stockholm, Sweden1,949 contributions
Spectacular
Feb 2020 • Solo
We went around the Sacred Valley as part of a tour. It looked magnificent, truly spectacular. I wish I could’ve done some hiking but that’s for the next time :)
Written 22 February 2020
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Stephany
Guadalajara, Mexico6 contributions
Beautiful hike
Jan 2020
Visit the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you cannot avoid being impressed in the masterpieces of the architecture created several centuries ago. What you might not have expected to discover is the "energy" that fills the spirit to explore these sites.

The Temple of the Sun was one of my favorites: many areas for hiking, fantastic views from the top; the importance of this place in the Inca culture; and the city of Ollantaytambo. Get there early, make sure you get up to the top and walk all the way.

Fabulous! It is more exciting with a guide that can tell you the stories, I went with the guide Marcia of the agency Bioandean Expeditions of Cusco, I was wonderful.
Written 21 February 2020
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