1-Day Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour: A Journey Through Inca History

Discover the fertile plains and historical ruins of the Sacred Valley in one day.

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

2/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

The Sacred Valley, nestled in the embrace of the Andes, is not just a geographical marvel but also a journey back in time. As you traverse this lush valley, the tales of a once-great empire unfold before your eyes. From the towering terraces of Pisac, echoing the architectural prowess of ancient Incan engineers, to the bustling craft markets where the vibrant threads of tradition weave tales of today, every step in this valley is a dance between the past and the present.

Then there’s the captivating town of Ollantaytambo, where sacred mountains stand guard over ruins that whisper secrets of a bygone era. The rock formations here, paying homage to the Inca god, Wiracocha, are a testament to the spiritual depth of a civilization that once was. And as you wander through Chinchero, with its pristine Incan walls and colonial churches, you’ll feel the harmonious blend of Incan and Spanish colonial histories. This tour isn’t just about sightseeing; it’s about feeling, understanding, and immersing oneself in a rich tapestry of cultures that have shaped this land.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Pisac Ruins, Pisac Craft Market, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo Ruins, Chinchero
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your journey into the heart of Incan history begins promptly at 8:00 AM with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. As we travel through the majestic mountains, you'll catch a glimpse of the iconic Saqsaywaman site. This ancient fortress with its large stone walls is just a teaser of the wonders that await in the Sacred Valley.

Our first major stop is the ruins of Pisac. Here, the echoes of the past resonate through its unique stone artworks and vast agricultural terraces, standing as testaments to the ingenuity and artistry of the Inca civilization. The stories and insights you gain will further enrich your understanding of the Inca culture.

But the experience in Pisac isn't just about its ancient ruins. After our exploration, we'll make our way to the town's bustling craft market. This is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, perhaps picking up a few souvenirs or handmade crafts that catch your eye.

As midday approaches, we'll continue our journey to Urubamba. Here, for those on the standard package, we'll pause for a 45-minute lunch break (lunch not included). For guests on the deluxe package, you'll be treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch, offering a variety of local and international delicacies.

With renewed energy, a short 30-minute drive will take us to the historic town of Ollantaytambo. Nestled amidst sacred mountains, this town is home to some of the most important Inca constructions. During our visit, you'll be captivated by the vast ruins and the rock formations representing the Inca god, Wiracocha. The stories behind these structures provide a fascinating glimpse into the spiritual and architectural world of the Incas.

After Ollantaytambo, we'll venture to Chinchero. Known for its well-preserved Incan walls and colonial-style churches, Chinchero offers a blend of Incan and Spanish colonial histories. You'll also witness the vibrant traditional markets where local artisans sell their handcrafted goods, a beautiful blend of past and present.

As the sun begins to set, we'll embark on our return journey to Cusco. You can reflect on the day's adventures and the rich tapestry of Incan history you've just experienced. By 6-7 PM, we'll have you back at your hotel, bringing an end to a day filled with discovery and wonder.

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Tour Highlights

  • Pisac Ruins: Marvel at the ancient terraces and stone artworks, representing the pinnacle of Incan engineering and craftsmanship.
  • Pisac Craft Market: Immerse yourself in vibrant Andean culture, browsing a range of handcrafted goods, from intricate textiles to traditional ceramics.
  • Urubamba: Enjoy a brief respite in this serene town, nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley, offering picturesque landscapes and a chance to relish local flavors.
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins: Explore a monumental tribute to the Inca god, Wiracocha, amidst vast ruins showcasing the architectural brilliance of the Incas.
  • Chinchero: Experience a harmonious blend of Incan and Spanish colonial histories, evident in the well-preserved walls and colonial churches, and delve into the local market brimming with artisanal treasures.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Travel Light: Since it’s a day trip, avoid over-packing. Bring only what’s necessary.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider packing eco-friendly items, and always ensure you leave no trash behind.
  • Be Prepared for Altitude: The Sacred Valley is at a high altitude. If you’re prone to altitude sickness, consider packing preventative medications.
  • Secure Your Valuables: While the Sacred Valley is generally safe, it’s always good to be cautious. Use a money belt or hidden pouch for essential documents and money.
  • Versatility is Key: The climate in the Sacred Valley can be quite varied, so dressing in layers is beneficial. This way, you can add or remove clothing as needed throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Is there a significant amount of walking involved in this tour?

Yes, the tour involves moderate walking, especially when exploring the archaeological sites. However, the paths are generally well-maintained, and our guides will ensure a pace that’s comfortable for everyone.

Can I book last minute?

While we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot, last-minute bookings are possible subject to availability.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Our refund policy is based on how much notice is given prior to the tour date. It’s best to check our detailed cancellation policy for specifics.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Absolutely! The Sacred Valley is a wonder for visitors of all ages. Children often find the ruins and landscapes fascinating. Just ensure they wear comfortable shoes and have sun protection.

Is there a guide available in languages other than English and Spanish?

Yes, while our primary guide languages are English and Spanish, we offer upgrades for guides fluent in French, German, Portuguese, or Italian. Please check for availability and any associated additional fees.

What's the best time of year to take this tour?

The Sacred Valley is beautiful year-round. However, the dry season (May to September) offers clearer skies and is considered the best time for touring. The rainy season (December to March) is wetter but also offers lush landscapes.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How is the tour affected during public holidays or local festivals?

On certain public holidays or during major local festivals, some sites might be busier than usual or have different operating hours. However, we always aim to provide a seamless experience, making necessary adjustments to the itinerary.

Are tips for guides and staff included?

Tips are not included and are entirely at your discretion. If you feel the service was exemplary, tips are a kind way to show your appreciation.

Are there any special offers for repeat customers?

We truly value the loyalty of our guests. Repeat customers can reach out to us directly to inquire about any special offers or loyalty discounts.

What kind of training do your guides have?

Our guides are professionally trained and certified. They have in-depth knowledge of the region, its history, and culture. Moreover, they undergo regular training sessions to enhance their skills and are well-equipped to handle emergency situations.

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