Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Alpaca farm - Pisac Market - Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins

Duration

Full Day

Max. Altitude

9,514 ft - 2,900 m.

Activities

Photography, Traditional Towns, Alpaca Farm, History, Traditions.

Difficulty

Easy

Transport

Van.

Tour Description

Unforgettable tour visiting fascinating historic buildings of the Inca civilization and witness ancestral customs, history, nature and beautiful landscapes. One of the few remaining places in the Sacred Valley that has retained its original Inca urban planning. Walk through the maze-like streets which come complete with Inca-era canals and view the ancient houses still in use today which feature interior courtyards and trapezoidal doors.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit an Alpaca farm, where you will see the traditional animals of the Incas: llamas, alpacas, vicuña, and guanaco.
  • Share experiences with the Andes people along the Sacred valley.
  • Explore Ollantaytambo and Pisac, Inca Archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley..
  • Enjoy a beautiful trip by car through the Sacred Valley.
  • Visit a local craft market of Pisac
  • Walk through the ancient Inca’s streets whith a colonial influence.

Itinerary

Sacred Valley of the Incas

2,900 m. – 9,514 ft

After picking you up from your hotel we take you to the Sacred Valley. The lower altitude will help you avoid altitude sickness. Here you will visit an Alpaca farm, the Sacred Valley Lookout Point, for amazing views and photos. Following, we will visit the famous Pisaq Market, where women come down from the Andean villages to sell their textiles and vegetables. We will continue the trip up to Pisaq, a beautiful Inca town where you can find amazing views of the valley because is located on the top of the mountain.

After visiting Pisac you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch of typical regional food. Next we will visit Ollantaytambo another Inka town with impressive architecture and residents in typical Peruvian clothing and if we have the enough time it’s possible to visit Chinchero with  their amazing agricultural terraces and the amazing church with stunning pieces of art.

Finally we’ll come back to Cusco.

Included:

  • Professional bilingual Guide.
  • Private transport.
  • Personalized service.
  • Buffet Lunch

Not included:

  • Tips, Snacks, Drinks, Extra expenses.
  • Original passport and student ISIC Card if applicable.
  • Small back pack and confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
  • Observe local weavers at work during private demonstrations.
  • Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
  • Amp up the adrenaline with exhilarating adventure activities such as riding the fast-flowing rapids of the Vilcanota River, or zooming along zip lines among towering Andean peaks.

Altitude

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

Luggage Storage

Even though this is an overnight tour by train, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train. All bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size. Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Neotropic Peru Travel deposit while you travel. We will grab from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.

Can I book my own hotels?

Absolutely. If you look at the PRICING, you will see that there is one price for including three star hotels and another for no hotels. We can also book any other hotel for you. Just let us know and we can quote any of the hotels in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu for you.

Are flights included?

Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.

How many people will be part of my tour group?

Our organized itineraries like this tour through Cusco region are typically done as individual bookings. While others may join you if interested in the same day, the groups will always be small up to 12 people max. Private groups are very easily accommodated as well.

Can I bring my luggage to Machu Picchu?

All larger luggage should stay in Cusco and can be stored either at your hotel or with us at our deposit. The train to Aguas Calientes only allows small bags aboard.

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