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On a tour of the Sacred Valley, you'll experience the heart of ancient Inca culture still living and breathing in its marketplaces and colorful indigenous peoples. Imposing Inca fortresses overlook the fertile, terraced valley as they cling from the mountainsides high above. Sleepy Andean towns like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, and Chinchero are built on and around archaeological remains left by the Inca and still maintain prehispanic traditions. The train to Machu Picchu stops at Ollantaytambo, and many travelers spend a few days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley before boarding the train to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail. Active tours including hiking to ruins and mountain biking are popular in the Valley. Contact one of our Peru experts to start planning the perfect trip to Peru's Sacred Valley of the Inca. 
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8 Best Sacred Valley 1-2 Day Tours for 2023-2024

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Vilcanota-Urubamba River Whitewater Rafting$2671Jan 30, 2023Embark on an exciting day-tour for whitewater rafting down the Urubamba River, taking you through Class II & III rapids. You will see fantastic views …
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Maras and Moray Mountain Biking$2581Jan 30, 2023Your bike is your ticket to adventure on this day tour of Maras & Moray in the Peruvian Andes. A 7-hour tour takes you to Maras Plateau, through the …
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Andean Horseback Riding$132½Jan 30, 2023Saddle up, partner, for this exciting half-day horseback riding tour from Cusco. Over the course of 2 1/2 hours, ride through fields, Inca sites, and …
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Via Ferrata and Zipline$851Jan 30, 2023This full day tour of Peru is an exciting way for beginners to experience the adventure of the high peaks of the Andes - via a network of …
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Sacred Valley Community Clean-Up$7952Apr 1, 2023This two-day service oriented trip helps local communities offset the negative consequences of modernization that impacts the Andes. The service …
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Door to Door Hygiene$4681Jan 30, 2023Spend one day of your Peru adventure on a service trip helping to distribute necessary hygiene products to economically impoverished families …
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Healthy Breakfast$303½Jan 30, 2023This 1-day service opportunity from Ollantaytambo takes you first to the market to purchase food followed by a day of distributing it as breakfast in …
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Pachar to Cachiccata Mountain Biking$2301Jan 30, 2023This day-tour from Ollantaytambo takes you on a scenic mountain biking tour to Cachiccata on an exciting trail along the Urubamba River. You will …
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The Sacred Valley of the Inca - Gateway to Machu Picchu & the Inca Trail

The raging Urubamba River carved a wide, fertile valley through the steep Andes mountains creating the fabled Sacred Valley of the Inca. Just an hour outside of Cusco, and along the railroad to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley is well worth visiting for a day or two, or three on your way to Machu Picchu.

Terraced hillsides are actively farmed just how the were in the days of the Inca, and brightly clothed indigenous women still carry their creations to colorful village markets just as they have for hundreds of years. Hiking opportunities abound and explore some incredible Inca ruins. Explore the Sacred Valley from these favorite destinations.

Ollantaytambo is a quaint functional Inca town with narrow stone streets, Inca-walled stores and houses, and a massive Inca fortress towering over the village below. There are several excellent hotels and countryside inns in and around Ollantaytambo and it's a major stop on the train between Cusco and Machu Picchu Pueblo

Pisac is a small village less than an hour drive from Cusco where a colorful market climaxes on Sundays and an impressive Inca fortress rests high above the town. The hike up the mountain is recommended as a warm up if you're hiking the Inca trail and the ruins and views from the top are spectacular.

Urubamba is a village and transportation hub on the shores of the river by the same name. The Maras salt mine, an impressive network of evaporation pools constructed by the Inca to provide fine pink salt for the Empire is just outside of town.
 
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