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SACRED VALLEY JOURNEYS

 

The incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas is located along the Urubamaba river and offers a wealth of things to see --the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo are at either end of the valley and in between we offer tours of ancient Inca salt mines, amphitheatres, local farms and non-touristic markets and unique cultural and culinary tours. These journeys can be combined with other tours.

 
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Classic Chinchero Maras, Moray, Salineras, & Ollantaytambo

1 DAY

This is the perfect tour to combine with a trip to Machu picchu as it finishes in Ollantaytambo, the starting point for the train journey to Aguas Calientes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Salt Mines at Maras

Salt Mines, Moray, Local School Visit, Pachamanca Lunch & Chinchero

1 DAY

This tour takes you to visit two incredible sites in the Sacred Valley and to the weaving cooperative at Chinchero; the salt mines of Maras and the Incan agricultural laboratory of Moray. We will also have the chance to visit a local school that is the site of one of our social projects.
 

Classic
Sacred Valley

1 DAY

This tour highlights all the best of the Sacred Valley in one day including visits to an Alpaca farm, Pisac, local market, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maras, Moray, Salineras
& Quinoa Cooking Lesson

1 DAY

Learn how to make quinoa soup from women who are part of a weaving community at Chinchero and then visit three magical places--the salt mines at Maras, the Inca amphitheatre at Moray, and the Inca ruins at Machu cola. 
 

 

Private Ollantaytambo & Pisac Ruins Tour, Farm Visit & Gourmet Picnic Lunch--Make Your Own Chicha!

1 DAY

This tour takes you to places that are off of the normal tourist route, and can start from your hotel in Cusco, the Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo. Our goal is to show you how locals live and work their land. Highlights of the day include a visit to a bustling local market in Urubamba where we will taste some of the many fruits and vegetables in the Sacred Valley and learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times.

 

 

Pisac, Potatoes
& Picnic

1 DAY

Combine a visit to majestic ruins with a picnic lunch and the Parque de Papas or "Park of potatoes" and a healthy, gourmet picnic prepared by our amazing chef. 

 

 

 

Classic Chinchero Maras, Moray, Salineras, & Ollantaytambo

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

This tour takes you to visit two incredible sites in the Sacred Valley and to the weaving cooperative at Chinchero; the salt mines of Maras and the Incan agricultural laboratory of Moray. We will also have the chance to visit a local school that is the site of one of our social projects.   

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 
 

Classic Chinchero Maras, Moray, Salineras, & Ollantaytambo

We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:30 am, and will start our day with a tour of Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site. 

We then continue on to Moray we will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a  private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies. 

Finally, we will travel to Chinchero where we will then walk through the beautiful village and visit the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.  

We will then visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. 

Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

Groups of 2: $125 per person

Groups of 3-5: $325

Groups of 5-8: $380

Groups of more than 8: contact us

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport and English speaking guide, lunch, & entrance to salt mines.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Entrance to Moray (130 soles/$37 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles/$23 which covers only some of these sites).

 
 

CLASSIC SACRED VALLEY TOUR

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
Alpaca

This tour highlights all the best of the Sacred Valley in one day including visits to an Alpaca farm, Pisac, local market, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 
 

CLASSIC SACRED VALLEY TOUR

You will be picked up at 8:00 from your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley by private driver. From Cusco or the Sacred Valley, there is a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to Awanacancha to a farm where we can see and feed llamas, alpacas and vicuñas and even take selfies with them! 

Then we will drive one hour to the majestic ruins at Pisac where we will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated high on a mountain. From here, we will climb to the top of the ruins and take in amazing views of the Sacred Valley.Your guide will teach you about the religious, astronomical and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet. After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail and through a tunnel that was build by the Incas. One of the largest Inca cemeteries is also located in the ruins at Pisac and we can tour this part of the site as well.  

We will then drive one hour to the town of Urubamba where we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go to the local authentic non-tourist market in Urubamba. Here we will see local families selling things such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and natural medicinal plants. Your guide will give your a tour of the market and you can taste Peruvian fruits and foods such as passion fruit, lucuma, and chirimoya. We will also learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times. 

We will then drive for half an hour to visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. 

If your hotel is in Cusco, we will stop on the way back at Chinchero in order to visit the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are using Inca techniques for dyeing fabric and for weaving traditional patterns. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artesanal goods. 

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

Groups of 2: $125 per person

Groups of 3-5: $325

Groups of 5-8: $380

Groups of more than 8: contact us

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private driver & private guide.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Lunch,  Boleto turistico: (130 soles-$40  covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, & Sacsayhuaman).

 

Private Ollantaytambo & Pisac Ruins Tour, Including Farm Visit & Gourmet Picnic Lunch--make your own Chicha!

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The view at Ollantaytambo

The view at Ollantaytambo

This tour takes you to places that are off of the normal tourist route, and can start from your hotel in Cusco, the Sacred Valley or Ollantaytambo. Our goal is to show you how locals live and work their land. Highlights of the day include a visit to a bustling local market in Urubamba where we will taste some of the many fruits and vegetables in the Sacred Valley and learn about the ingredients needed to make chicha, a corn beer that has been an important part of Peruvian culture since Inca times.

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

Sacred Valley: Inca Ruins, Local Market, Ceramics, Farm Tour & Chicha

 

Pick up at 8:30am at your hotel in Ollantaytambo or Cusco by private transport, we will visit the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacutec and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. Enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains and aqueducts and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved. We will then have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. 

We will then drive 20 minutes to the town of Yanahuara where we will visit to a farm in the Sacred Valley, where we will tour the farm lands, cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs, and you can participate in starting a batch of the chicha, the fermented corn beer of the Incas. This will be followed by a private gourmet picnic lunch prepared by our chef and will feature local organic produce, including some of our own crops. Enjoy a leisurely lunch outside while overlooking the Sacred Valley . After lunch, we will go to the local authentic non-tourist market in Urubamba. Here we will see local families selling things such as fruits, vegetables, flowers and natural medicinal plants. Your guide will give your a tour of the market and you can taste Peruvian fruits and foods such as passion fruit, lucuma, and chirimoya. We will also see vendors selling the ingredients  that we used to make our chicha. 

Then we will drive one hour to the majestic ruins at Pisac where we will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated high on a mountain. From here, we will climb to the top of the ruins and take in amazing views of the Sacred Valley Your guide will teach you about the religious, astronomical and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet. After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail and through a tunnel that was build by the Incas. One of the largest Inca cemeteries is also located in the ruins at Pisac and we can tour this part of the site as well.  

We will conclude the tour with a trip to Pisac handicraft market in the town to browse such things such as ceramics, jewelry, and weaving. Return to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley by private transport.

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

$135 per person. 
Contact us for pricing for
groups of 3 or more.

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, lunch, & Chicha.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Gratuities & Boleto touristico required for
entrance into Ollantaytambo.

 
Chicha

Chicha

Enjoying a tall glass of chicha

Enjoying a tall glass of chicha

Seminario

Seminario

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

 

Maras, Moray, Salineras
& Quinoa Cooking Lesson

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

Learn how to make quinoa soup from women who are part of a weaving community at Chinchero and then visit three magical places--the salt mines at Maras, the Inca amphitheatre at Moray, the Inca ruins at Machu cola. 

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 

Chinchero - Weaving, Quinoa Soup, Inca Temples, Maras & Moray Tour

 

You will be picked up at 8:30 by private driver at your hotel in the morning. From Cusco or the Sacred Valley, there is a 45 minute drive through beautiful mountains and farmlands to the town of Chinchero. Our visit to Chinchero will consist of 3 parts. First we will visit the temple of the rainbow, one of the biggest Inca temples, in order to learn why they worshipped the rainbow.

Next we will visit a church with beautiful murals depicting the Cusqueñan style of painting. This style of art combines traditional Inca imagery with Christian motifs. We will then walk through the beautiful village in Chinchero, ending in the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.  

This will be followed by a cooking lesson, where the ladies will teach us how to make quinoa soup, a staple of their diet. After sharing lunch with them,  we can dress up in the traditional clothing and hat of Chinchero and take some photos with the local women. 

We then continue on through beautiful farmlands to Moray where we will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a  private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies.

We will drive through more stunning countryside to visit Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site. 

On the way back to your hotel, we will stop at a rarely visited Inca site called Machu colca which was one of the biggest storehouses in the area. Because this area is at high altitude with a lot of cold wind coming off of the mountains, the Incas used this site as a natural refrigerator for long term storage of crops such as quinoa and potatoes. 

Private transfer back to your hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

Groups of 2: $125 per person 

Groups of 4 or more: $80 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, lunch, entrance to weaving
cooperative & Machu colca.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Entrance to the temple of the Rainbow, Moray (Boleto turistico: 130 soles-$40 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles--$25 which covers only some of these sites, gratuities, & entrance to Maras $4 per person.

 

Weaving community near Ollantaytambo

 
 

PISAC, POTATOES & PICNIC

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
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Combine a visit to majestic ruins with a picnic lunch and the Parque de Papas or "Park of potatoes" and a healthy, gourmet picnic prepared by our amazing chef. 

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 
 

Pisac, Potatoes & Picnic

We will pick up at your hotel at 8:30 and drive 2 hours to the Parque de la Papa, an agricultural park dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the thousands of varieties of potatoes that have cultivated in Peru sine Inca times. This park is working on developing sustainable agricultural techniques to allow the locals to continue producing the main staple of the Peruvian diet. We will then have a picnic lunch prepared by a local chef serving a menu that will highlight some of the many different kinds of Peruvian potatoes. 

Then we will drive 40 minutes to the majestic ruins at Pisac we will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated high on a mountain. From here, we will climb to the top of the ruins and take in amazing views of the Sacred Valley Your guide will teach you about the religious, astronomical and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet. After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail and through a tunnel that was build by the Incas. One of the largest Inca cemeteries is also located in the ruins at Pisac and we can tour this part of the site as well.  

We will conclude the tour with a trip to PIsac handicraft market in the town to browse such things such as ceramics, jewelry, and weaving. 

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

Groups of 2 people: $125 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport, lunch, entrance to Parque de la Papa,
& private tour with an English Speaking guide.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Entrance to Pisac Covred by Boleto turistico: 130 soles-$37  covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, & Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles--$23 which covers only some of these sites.

 

SALT MINES, MORAY, LOCAL SCHOOL VISIT, PACHAMACA LUNCH & CHINCHERO

1 DAY JOURNEY

 
 
 
 

EXPERIENCE


 
 
The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

The salt mines at Maras have been used since Inca times

This tour takes you to visit two incredible sites in the Sacred Valley and to the weaving cooperative at Chinchero; the salt mines of Maras and the Incan agricultural laboratory of Moray. We will also have the chance to visit a local school that is the site of one of our social projects.   

 
 
 

ITINERARY


 
 

Salt Mines, Moray, Local School Visit, Pachamanca Lunch & Chinchero

We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:30 am, and will start our day with a tour of Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site. 

We will then travel a nearby village called Pillaray where we have sponsored a local school and are supporting them with our social projects. We will interact with the children and you can even bring things to give the kids if you would like (ask us for ideas!).  Then we will walk to the home of a local family where a picnic lunch will be prepared--we will have a chance to make a  Pachamanca which comes from the Quechua words “Pacha” or earth and “Manka” or pot. Lunch will be prepared in this oven of hot stones, covered in earth and we will have lunch with a local family. 

We then continue on to Moray we will look down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a  private guided tour of the ruins that served as one of the main amphitheaters for the Incas where they performed rituals and ceremonies. 

Finally, we will travel to Chinchero where we will then walk through the beautiful village and visit the women's weaving cooperative where we will watch a demonstration of local weavers who are still using traditional Inca patterns and techniques for dyeing fabric. Here you will have time to browse the shop which sells Inca style purses, tablecloths, wall hangings, and many other colorful and exquisitely patterned artisanal goods.  

Private transport back to your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley.

 
 
 

PRICING


 
 

1 DAY

Groups of 2 people: $135 per person

Groups of 2-4: $110 per person

Groups of 5-6: $100 per person

Groups of 6 or more: $80 per person

 
 

 

-INCLUDED-

Private transport and English speaking guide, lunch, & entrance to salt mines.

-NOT INCLUDED-

Entrance to Moray (130 soles/$37 covers entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, multiple museums in Cusco, and Sacsayhuaman or 70 soles/$23 which covers only some of these sites).

Pachamaca Lunch

Sharing pachamanca lunch with children at the Pillaray school with customers of Valentin's Pachamama Journeys