The Sacred Valley is the name given by the Inca to the valley of the Urubamba River. It is generally thought to include the region from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. There are many archaeological sites along the valley and excellent examples of Inca terraces are plentiful.
This is a one day journey to the valley of the Urubamba river. Only by bus or a rented car. I recommend you a tour with full services, foods and shoppings included.
You will visit the Ollantaytambo fortress, the site of the last battle between the inca resistance against the spaniard forces.
A monumental place with the typical incaic architecture. Moving, touching experience.
You cannot miss a Sacred Valley tour when you are in Peru. It is often offered as a full-day group tour for such a GREAT deal at $12/person and was booked in advance through our hostel. This tour includes visits to the following sites: the famous Pisac traditional market, Ollantaytambo village and Inca ruins, and Chinchero plaza, church and ruins. We stopped at Urubamba for lunch in a lovely garden restaurant setting with a view of the nearby mountains.
Most tour companies in Cusco offer Sacred Valley tours. These full-day tours typically include stops in Pisac (try to time it with the Sunday market, which is one of the best in Peru), Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo. Although it can't match Machu Picchu's beauty, Ollantaytambo is in many ways the more interesting citadel. Of all the sites in the Sacred Valley other than Machu Picchu, it is the one to be sure not to miss.
Definietly the best way to see the Sacred Valley if you don't have too much time in Cusco. The tours are very well organized and usually include stops in Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero. I did this tour on my second day in Peru while I was acclimatizing to the altitude before my Inka Trail hike. This tour shouldn't cost more than $20.
Definitely a must see activity, a day trought the sacred valley in Cusco, is simply a beautifull experience.
You gotta at least visit the city of Pisac withhis amazing ruins, the beauty of Ollantaytambo (where the ispanic lost against the Incas) and Chinchero.
All those places are included into the boletto turistico, so just ask for it...
I'd suggest to reach those places with a taxi, that would costs you around USD 10 for a day. (just ask around plaza de Armas)
Snaking through the Andes mountains, the Urubamba River has carved a deep but flat-bottomed valley where the locals grow crops of potato and quinoa.
The Inca emperors built cities of worship and learning centers along the banks of the Urubamba in the Andes. These sights can be visited from Cusco as a side trip.
Urubamba formed the center of the Incan civilization and you can feel the presence of this river everywhere in the Sacred Valley.
As you journey to these Incan sites, look at the gorgeous landscape sculpted by this ancient river. It is truly breathtaking!
From the heights of the Machu Pichu ruins and Huyana Pichu mountain, you can view this river as a tiny ribbon stretching it's way through the lush landscape.
On the train from Machu Pichu, the river plays hide and seek as you chug along the Andean Valley.
The second day in the Cusco area was a very full day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It was Sunday, so we got to experience the huge market in Pisac, as well as Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. Pisac is about an hour bus ride from Cusco. I'll do other tips with the specifics.
We had an excellent guide that day. Her name was Geovana. She was very knowledgable and patient.
This tour is a must see.I recommend Milla Turismo agency in Cusco.you see Pisac,Ollantaytambo,Chinchero..In the meantime there is a very good lunch with peruvian music in Urubamba.