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Tucked between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley is a truly special place. A slightly warmer climate, the gentle presence of the Andes Mountains, a sprinkling of ancient fortresses, and villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo steeped in age old traditions is what you’ll experience on a tour to the Inca heartland.
The Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco; A private tour designed for those visitors who choose to spend the night in the charming town of Ollantaytambo or Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, either after having a great adventure to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu Inca City or hike the world-famous Inca Trail on the way back to their Cusco hotel or we can even drop you right at the airport for your flight back home home.
This wonderful tour of Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo of one day long is also perfect for those visitors who choose the town of Ollantaytambo as a base either to explore incredible Inca ruins and villages in the Sacred Valley or as a stop off on their way to a Machu Picchu tour.
Embark on a private tour from Ollantaytambo and make most of their trip to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting all the must see sites in the area such as Ollantaytambo, Moray, the Salt Mines and Pisac on a full day or multi-day tour with a private knowledgeable guide at your side.
Full Itinerary of the Best Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
To begin our Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco full day, we will pick you up from your hotel in Ollantaytambo at 7:30 am. Then, we will visit the amazing Ollantaytambo archaeological site, including a Temple of the Sun, its royal bath and the many terraces at this site, where we will spend an hour. After exploring the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo with your local tour guide.
Then, we will drive for about an hour to the stunning Inca ruins of Moray, a striking archaeological complex made up of overlapping farming terraces that was used by the Incas as an agriculture research station at Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru. After we finished exploring the circular terraces of Moray.
We head in our private transportation to Maras Salt Mines, also called Maras salt evaporation ponds, along the way we enjoy picturesque views of the Urubamba mountain range with peaks like Veronica, Chicon. Upon arrival at Maras salt ponds, enjoy the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Salt is obtained in Maras by using evaporation ponds that are fed by subterranean streams.
After exploring the famous ancient salt mines and the amazing circular Inca Terraces of Moray in the Western side of the Sacred Valley, we head down to Urubamba to enjoy lunch (not included) at a local restaurant. Onward, we drive in our private van to archaeological complex of Pisac through the incredible Sacred Valley’s picturesque Andean village, following the Urubamba River, also called the Vilcanota River.
Arriving at the ruins of Pisac, we will be amazed by the incredible archaeological complex of Pisac, located high in the mountains overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire with more than 2,000 tombs. At the end of Sacred Valley guided tour from Ollantaytambo, we’ll drop you off at your hotel in Cusco around 6:00PM
Experienced & English speaking licensed local guide: Our expert guides are graduates of the professional career of Tourism of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco and also graduate from the Technical College as a leader in the tourism industry. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. They are fun yet professional and will ensure you are safe and happy.
Private transportation with a professional driver: We will pick you up in our private van, directly from your hotel. The van will be waiting for you at each stop, after the tour. We will drop you off directly at your hotel. The type of vehicle will be provided based on the size of the group.
There are two main seasons in the sub-tropical Peruvian Andes:
But, When is the best time of the year to do Sacred Valley Tour?
The tour can technically be completed all year round, the peak trekking season to Machu Picchu occurs during the dry season and is busiest between May and September. So, the best time of year to do the Sacred Valley Tour is from the shoulder of wet months March/April all the way through to the shoulder of dry months October/November.
10/10 Amazing experience
If you’re thinking about which agency to use, look no further- Ray and Jimmy went well above and beyond and made this a memorable, safe, fun, and professional experience.
Ray is the most knowledgeable guide I’ve ever had in any country for any excursion - during both the Short Inka Trail and the actual tour of Machu Picchu, Ray’s expertise shined through in his ability to give us a detailed background on every aspect of the history, climate, nature, flora, animals.. anything!
Likewise, Ray and Jimmy were truly the friendliest, kindest hosts that I could have imagined our group having.
Thank you both so much and I will definitely book with you again if (when) I come back!
Did the 2 day Inca trail with Ray and Jimmy they were great and knowledgeable. Ray not only guided us along trail to Machu Picchu but also was an excellent photographer and taught us the history. It was a group of 10 and we had a great time. Even everything going on in Peru, we always felt in good hands.
Short Inca Trial (2-Day)
This tour was the perfect experience for our (group of 10) short trip to Peru. The trail was sometimes challenging, but the views and history made it all worth it. Ray and Jimmy were our guides and imparted sooo much knowledge about the history of Peru, Inca, and beyond. I would definitely recommend!
It was perfect! On the first day we had a great time exploring the Sacred Valley and see the main attractions and learn about the history of this beautiful place.
I would definitely recommend the short Inka trail, I think it was the best way to get to know Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. We arrived at Machu Picchu when most of the crowd was gone and it felt really special.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru
Best mix of adventure, history and nature: Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
4-day trekking option seemed too intense for us, but we still wanted to experience the entrance to Machu Picchu through the ancient Inka trail, so we opted for Orange Nation’s combination of Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I couldn’t be more happy about our decision.
We booked and paid the deposit to Orange Nation / Sam travel for the 4 day Inca Trail and Machu Pichu trip back in 2019. But we couldn't travel in 2020 and 2021 - but the company honoured our agreement and so we came back in 2022.
You won’t regret booking with this tour company, especially if Liz Montesinos is your guide. My boyfriend and I did the 4 day Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain (private) tour. The tour covered everything; from transportation, hotels, meals, tickets and entrance fees, to stops at local places we would’ve never known to go or check out. We did a private tour because for us we felt this would help us get the most out of our time and experience in Peru. This tour had so many incredible things and places packed into 4 days.
My girl and i did the Machu Pichu trek tour with Orange Nation. It was seriously the most amazing experience that we'll never forget. Gorgeous views! The long trek was worth the amazing view. The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. We considered other tours but chose Orange Nation because we liked the idea of smaller groups and this was definitely worth it. I will be using Orange Nation again next year when I come back to Peru!
Wow, what a wonderful trekking experience! My trip to Peru was amazing thanks to this awesome tour that i took with Orange Nation. I did multiple tours with this company. I'm a solo traveler and everyone in my group was always still friendly and did not make me feel left out. I loved going off the beaten track with this company. It's much better to pay extra to go off the path for the quality experience of this amazing guided tour They definitely helped guide us and gave us a quality experience with a small group and paid special attention to each one of us. I highly recommend using Orange Nation for your next tour in Peru!
Has one of the most outstanding meal services. Our chefs have been highly trained to prepare the best peruavian and International food our treks. You should be prepared to not only have a superb trekking experience, but also a culinary one. "The food has been the highlight for all our hikers"