It was probably the most populated area by the Incas, a strategic emporium for the region, the privileged climate, and fertile soil were the perfect combination for the agriculture in the Andes. The Valley was a special zone with abundant fruit and nutritious plants such as corn and Coca leaf that were used in religious ceremonies and ritual acts.
This beautiful place called the Urubamba Valley was created by mighty glacial rivers that sliced through the solid earth to form one of the most environmentally diverse basins in the Peruvian highlands. The valley’s surrounding mountains extend skyward, to elevations where snow accumulates year-round. For the climate and the natural beauty, the Valley became one of the best alternative luxury vacation spots in Peru.
The Vilcanota River runs along entire Valley to merge with the Amazon River hundreds of kilometers later, Vilcanota means Wilca Mayo or Sacred River for this reason since it provided the vital element for crops and was personified as a Deity.
The full-day tour first takes us to the picturesque village of Pisac, by the banks of the Urubamba River. The village is best known for its well-preserved Inca ruins, which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive-looking agricultural terraces dating from Inca times. Pisac has a famous open-air market on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, which invites the visitor to explore the quaint village’s sleepy streets.
For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organize a time and place to pick you up when returning through the market.
You will stop for a delicious local lunch, lovingly prepared with local ingredients, before continuing on to Ollantaytambo. Here, in this pueblo that retains its original Incan city planning, see Incan canals that still flow and the iconic trapezoidal Incan doorway that announces local residents’ homes. Visit the impressive Incan fortress perched on the mountainside, and stand where the last great Incan emperor stood on horseback during a pivotal battle with the Spaniards. Upon conclusion of your tour, you will return to your hotel. Keep an eye out for the sun setting over the rich agricultural lands near Chinchero, the fields forming a veritable quilt of quinoa, potatoes, and corn.
- Private transportation and tour guide
- Hot lunch
Entrance fees to four archaeological sites. For this you, will need to buy a Cusco Tourist Ticket. This costs 130 soles or $45 USD and a 50% discount is available for students with an ISIC card. Note: The same ticket can also be used for the Sacred Valley Tour. Alternatively, you can purchase a partial ticket that allows a one-day visit of just the four archeological sites, if you are not planning to visit the Sacred Valley.
- Small day pack
- Photocopy of your passport
- Warm clothes
- Rain gear
- Hiking pants
- Hiking boots
- Camera with extra batteries
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