Sacred Valley

 
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sacred-valley

In a tourist bus, we travel from Cusco past Saqsaywaman & Tambomachay, over the mountains toward the Sacred Valley. On our visit, we will be passing through the beautiful towns of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, and Cusco

Modern Pisac is a picturesque Andean Village, typical except for the huge, spreading pisonary tree that dominates the central square. The village is best known for its Sunday market, which draws hundreds of tourists each week. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. In the tourist section of the market you can buy a wide variety of handicrafts – mostly the same things you see in Cusco.

Later on, we will have a chance to visit a very special ruin site in Ollantaytambo, and see the many temples of pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath. After this, take some time to explore the spaces of Ollantaytambo on your own – the last living Incan city!

Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m about 30km from Cusco. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac.

The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dress.

The village may have been an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches.  The construction of the wall and many other ruins and agricultural terraces (which are still in use) are attributed to Inca Tupac Yupanqui who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country resort. Entrance to the main plaza and ruins requires a ‘boleto turistico’.

In the main plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. The church is open on Sundays for mass.

As for Cusco… The city itself has been protected as a World UNESCO Heritage site since 1983 – this in itself just shows how marvelous it is! Our amazing tour guides will lead you throughout the ancient city, wonder by wonder – special for your own private group! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama – or “Mother Earth”. Our local guide will give you inside information passed down so that you will get the real story of what happened here.

On our city tour of Cuzco – the capital of the region, we will visit the famous local market of San Pedro. There is a huge diversity of products available. We will see the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace in Cusco. We will also visit the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. We will even have the change to enter Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo – famous sites around Cusco. Within Saqsayhuaman, our guide may even have a special surprise for waiting for us…

 
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Departures every day from Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Optional Itinerary: (choose any of these private tours according to your needs)
The pick up from your hotel to start the tours,depends where you will stay.

Day 1:
Pick up early in the morning from your hotel in Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo,or the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

From cusco:Cusco the Incan Civilization Capital:Visit Awana Kancha ( special location to see Andean weavers working, llama, alpaca farm, 30 min from Cusco), Visit Pisac market Pisac archaeological site , Lunch at Pisac town, and then visit Ollantaytambo archaeological site and town ,after finish the tour at Ollantaytambo in the afternoon we will return to Cusco by the road of Chinchero (1h 30min) to the hotel. If you stay in the Sacred we will drop you in the sacred valley ,if your plans are to take the train to Machupicchu we will drop you at Ollantaytambo train station.

Day 2:Pick up early in the morning from the hotel in Cusco,Visit Chinchero nice Inca city with nice farming lands and very beatiful church ,visit Moray agriculture Center, Maras salt mines a natural resource from the Inca times, and then Ollantaytambo.After finish the tour at Ollantaytambo or salt mines return to Cusco by the same road to the hotel. Optional box lunch.

Day 3:Pick up early in the morning from the hotel in Cusco, Visit Huaro town, visit stone museum,” Andahuyllillas sixtina chapel” visit Pikillacta Pre Inca archaeological site(Wary-Huary civilization) and then visit Tipon, another Inca archaeological site. After finish our tour ,return to Cusco by the same road to the hotel. Optional lunch at Tipon.

Day 4:Pick up from your hotel at Cusco or Sacred Valley , early in the morning or early in the afternoon, visit the main archaeological sites around Cusco Sacsayhuaman,Kenko, Pukara, Tambomachay ,and then visit inka museun the best museum in Cusco city . “Other tour options from Sacred Valley of the Incas or Cusco”

(Choose any of these private tours according to your needs)

Daily Departure:
Day 1:
From Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas ,place for the rest of Inca kings,Visit Ollantaytambo Inca archaeological site, visit the alive Inca town with traditional houses of the Inca civilization, at Inca houses we will appreciate guinea pig farms houses like museums and people still living at Inca houses and then visit Huilloc or Patacancha village to meet some nice friendly Andean people from the mountains dressing traditional clothes, people who speak Quechua and preserve many traditions,Inca civilization descendant people. after finish our tour at Huilloc or Patacancha village return by the same road to the hotel in the Sacred Valley or Cusco.

Recomendations:
If we travel to the small native villages on the mountains donations or fruits can be taken for the children, they will be happy and very thankful. Up on the mountains the people they are also good weavers maybe you want to buy weaves, textiles, typical articles that are ok to help and support the people economy on the mountains.

Day 2:
From Cusco or Sacred Valley of the Incas ,place for the rest of Inca kings,Visit Pisac Potato Park, visit the farmers on the mountains of Pisac, at Potato park we will see many, species or varieties of potato (around 1’420 varieties of potatoes). This eco-preserve is living monument to the descendants of the Inca Civilization and their most prized food. In the Potato Park also will meet some other group of nice and friendly Andean people dressing traditional clothes and people who speak Quechua language, people who preserve many old Inka traditions. After our visit Potato Park we will return to visit Pisac archaeological site, and then Pisac market and then we will return to the hotel.Optional lunch at Pisac.

Recommendations:
If we travel to the potato park on the mountains of Pisac you can take donations or fruit for the children in the Pisac mountains, like in the first case up there is another group of nice children they will be very happy and thankful, also on the Pisac mountains is possible to buy typical articles or weaves to help and support people economy on the mountains.

Day 3:
VISIT HANGING INKA BRIDGE: Pick up from your hotel approx , 6:30 -7:00 am,trip by car for the South Valley of Cusco ,visit small villages along the way,visit lakes ,visit small volcanic mountains, visit the wonderful bridge call, Queswachaca, Inka Hanging Bridge (optional box lunch) and then return ,visit the wonderful archaeological site call Raqchi,visit Raqchi market a nice traditional market. In the afternoon return to Cusco .

What is included:

  • Pick up fron your hotel in the morning.
  • Private safe new transport with professional driver.
  • Private english speaking professional guide.

What is not included:

  • Meals lunch you can pay lunch in the restaurants or you can buy box lunch.
  • You need to carry personal equipment, (walking poles. Cameras small back pack, rain jacket, comfortable footwear, water, hat, sun block, snaks.

Prices for both options : Rates or Tour cost are Per day:
Private service.

01 – 02 – 03: People US$. 180.00
04 – 05 – 06: People US$. 210.00
07 – 08 – 09 – 10: People US$. ?
11 – 12 – 13 – 14: People US$. ?
01 – 02: People US$. 280.00 (Hanging Inka Bridge Cost)
03 – 04 – 05: People US$. 320.00 (Hanging Inka Bridge Cost)

Please remember as this is private tour we do not add other people in our group. If you are student don’t forget to bring the ISIC valid student card the cost of the tickets for different national parks is ½ cost with the valid student card.

Payment details:
To confirm your trip, pay 50% by western union. Paypal to (info@pumapath.com), Pay the other 50 % in your arrival to Cusco in our office before or after finish the tour, payment can be made in cash us $ or s/ local currency (Peruvian money).

Add-ons and Upgrades Available:

Prices depend on the type of service you choose from the following:

a) type of accommodation, single room, double, hotels can be classical or standard amenities, suites or boutique.

b) type of transport to choose for the tours that can be shared or private car.

c) tour guide or driver, all the way from the first day until the last day or only on the tours.

d) All meals in each of the cities or just breakfast.

Your choice of these features will make determine your price.

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