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Sacred Valley VIP Tour which is a complete sacred valley tour is a good introduction to Incan civilisation and the history of Cusco. The full day tour takes you to all the main sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas.
Chinchero is a small town near Cusco. This town is renowned for its weaving traditions which is preserved over decades. Chinchero houses a white washed adobe church which was built in 1607, during the Spanish rule. The church is believed to be built on top of the site which one served as a palace of the renowned Incan emperor, Tupac Yupanqui.
Also, Chinchero has one of the most fertile soils in the whole Sacred Valle of Incas. There are many agricultural terraces near the church which were built during Tupac Yupanqui’s empire and are in use till date.
Maras Salt Mines is a very distinct site in the Sacred Valley of Incas. These salt pools are very peculiar. Maras Salt pools were built during pre Incan civilisation by Chanapata culture between 200AD-900AD. The traditional techniques of salt farming is practised even today. Maras Salt Pools are built on the hill slope. There are over 5000 salt pools and each are managed by the local families of the community.
Spring water are passed on these salt ponds through the thin water channels. Once the pond is filled with water, they wait for the pond to dry. Once these spring water evaporates in the arid Andean Weather, it leaves behind pink crystals of Salt.
Another impressive sight on the Sacred Valley of Incas is the Agricultural Terrace of Moray. Moray once served as an agricultural laboratory to the Incas. These circular shaped terraces have different layers where the climate varies, in fact the difference in climate from the top of the terrace to the bottom is roughly 15 degrees celsius.
Incas experimented growing different crops at different level which affected widely because of the winds and quality of soil.
Ollantaytambo has been a prominent site since the Incan Empire. It served as an administrative centre during the Incan Empire. During the Spanish invasion, Ollantaytambo was the last stronghold of Manco Yupanqui
Ollantaytambo progressed under the leadership of Inca Pachacutec who rebuilt the town after conquering in the 15th century. He built agricultural terraces and irrigation channels. After the death of Inca Pachacutec, Inca Manco started governing the town. He used Ollantaytambo as a retreat from Spanish invaders. The fortress that once served as a religious place turned to be a battle ground.
Pisac is a peaceful town. The ruins of Pisac are vast and are only second to Machu Picchu. Pisac is known for its Sunday market. The main square, Plaza de Armas of Pisac turns into a bustling market place. The farmers from the nearby community sell their produce. The market is especially known for its handicrafts which can be bought at a much cheaper price than in Cusco which makes it an ideal place to stack up on souvenirs.
Needles to mention, the ruins of Pisac has a charming beauty. The archeological site sits up on top of a hill at 3347 meters around 3.5 kilometres away from the town.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel within the historic centre of Cusco to begin the Complete Sacred Valley VIP tour. Our first stop will be at Chinchero. Our guide would explain in detail the history of the church and the site. Here you will witness how wen the villagers has preserved there traditional weaving techniques.
We will then visit Maras and Moray, the two renowned sites that has been notable since the pre inca time. Maras Salt Mines and Moray Agricultural Terraces are notable sites of the Sacred Valley of Incas.
The charismatic village has been an important place since Incan civilisation. Now, this is one of the towns from where the train to Aguas Calientes depart. So, if you are visiting Machu Picchu by Train this will be your starting point of the train ride. Our tour guide would walk you through the archaeological site that sits on a hill top overlooking the main plaza of Ollantaytambo.
Urubamba also known as the heart of the Sacred Valley of Incas is where we will stop for buffet lunch. The wide variety of authentic Peruvian meal will have choices for Vegans too.
Known for its Sunday Handicraft Market and beautiful archaeological site, Pisac would be the last stop on this Sacred Valley VIP tour. Our guide would give you a detailed tour of the massive archaeological site. We will then walk around the cobble stoned streets rimmed with handicraft shops from where you can buy souvenirs at a cheaper price.
We had a very special experience with Encuentros and Jose as our guide. We were never rushed and exery thing about the tour was explained extremely well. The transport from our hotel in Cusco to the sites and back was very comfortable and the pickup was punctual too. This is a very good trip where we were familiarised to different parts of the valley and their prominence during the Inca rule. Totally worth it.