NEW VIPAC EXPERIENCES

 

NEW VIPAC EXPERIENCE

PREMIUM SACRED VALLEY

Chinchero town, Moray, and Ollantaytambo Inca town

PRICE USD 59
Commissionable

  • Availability: daily, departs from Cusco hotels
  • Duration: 10 hours.
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, admission to the Maras salt pools, buffet lunch.
  • Does not include: Tourist entrance ticket to Chinchero, Moray, and Ollantaytambo.
  • Sites Visited:
    • Chinchero Traditional Artisanal Textile Center
    • Chinchero’s main plaza and Inca terraces
    • The circular terraces of Moray
    • The living Inca village of Ollantaytambo

Visit the some of the most important and outstanding sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The tour begins in the traditional and picturesque town of Chinchero, where you will have the chance to tour the impressive Inca archeological complex, as well as the beautiful colonial church.

Chinchero is famous for its incredibly fine, alpaca-wool weavings made by the women of the village. Become familiar with the ancient Inca wool spinning and dying techniques, as taught by the talented local weavers.

After immersing yourself in tradition, continue on to Moray, a stunning and fascinating site made up of concentric circular terraces that were used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory, with the various levels providing around 20 different microclimates. Here, you will be invited to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch made with local products.

Then, continue on to Ollantaytambo, considered the ‘last living Inca village,’ as locals continue to inhabit the same houses and carry on many of the same traditions as their Inca ancestors. The Ollantaytambo fortress was an important military, religious, and agricultural center for the Incas, and boasts a number of impressive ruins, which include: the Temple of 10 Windows, the Baths of the ñusta (Inca princess), and the Sun Temple, among others. End the excursion with a privileged view of the Sacred Valley from the top of the fortress.

 


 

TRADITIONAL SACRED VALLEY

Pisac Artisanal Market and the Inca village of Ollantaytambo

 

PRICE USD 43
Commissionable

  • Operates: daily, departing from Cusco hotels
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, and buffet lunch.
  • Does not include: Tourist entrance ticket to Ollantaytambo.
  • Sites Visited:
    • Awanacancha Textile Center
    • Pisac Artisanal Market
    • Ollantaytambo Inca town

Begin a magical day in the Sacred Valley with a stop at the Awanacancha Textile Center, where you will have the chance to get up close to llamas, vicuñas and alpacas. These Andean camelids provide some of the most coveted fibers in the world, baby Alpaca and vicuña being the finest. During your time here, partake in a lesson on the traditional alpaca-wool spinning and dying techniques – as practiced by the ancient Quechua and Incan people – led by talented locals.

Then, take a moment to peruse – and possibly purchase – the sales items before heading to your next stop: the Colonial town of Pisac. This spot hosts the most famous artisanal market in the Valley, where talented artisans gather from communities near and far to sell their beautiful handicrafts. Enjoy some free time to wander through the rows of stalls and find treasures to take home with you. The Platerias de Pisac is a great place to check out, as Peru’s silver is renowned for its high quality. If you get hungry, make your way through the streets of the town and stop by one of the wood-fired ovens, where you can pick up some local bread or artisanal empanadas. After becoming acquainted with the town and taking advantage of the great market, continue on to Ollantaytambo, considered the last living Inca village as it has been continuously inhabited since Inca times.

You will have the chance to visit the archeological site that sits perched on a mountainside overlooking the town, and was used as a main fortress for the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest. The site is full of stunning terraces and temples for the worship of the sacred natural elements of the Andean worldview.

Make your way up to the Sun Temple and take some time to appreciate the Pakaritampu Pyramid, a hidden gem amongst the ruins of Ollantaytambo. The excursion includes a buffet lunch.

 


 

SACRED VALLEY FULL EXPERIENCE

2 days Sacred Valley, treasure of the Incas: Inca and Colonial Pisac, Inkariy Museum, Chinchero, Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo living Inca village

PRICE USD 115
Commissionable

  • Operates: daily, departing from Cusco hotels
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Services: Shared groups, 25 people max
  • Includes: Transportation, guide, 2 buffet lunches, admission to Maras salt pools
  • Does not include: Tourist Cusco entrance ticket for Pisac ruins, Chinchero, Moray, and Ollantaytambo.
  • Sites visited:
    • Awanacancha Textile Center
    • Pisac ruins
    • Pisac Artisanal Market
    • Inkariy Museum, cultures of Peru
    • Moray Archeological Site
    • Maras Salt Pools
    • The living Inca village of Ollantaytambo

Day 1

Your first day in the Sacred Valley begins with a visit to the Awanacancha Textile Center. Get up close to llamas, vicuñas and alpacas, the Andean camelids responsible for some of the most coveted fibers in the world, baby Alpaca and vicuña being the finest. During your time here, partake in a lesson on the traditional wool spinning and dying techniques as practiced by the ancient Quechua and Incan people, led by talented locals. Then, take a moment to peruse – and possibly purchase – the sales items before heading to your next stop: the town of Pisac. Upon arriving to the town, you will be led up to the breathtaking Pisac Inca ruins, which boast some of the most extensive and impressive terracing in the entire Valley. Explore the ruins and learn about the religious importance of the site as you make your way to the famed Inti Huatana, “where the sun is tied.”

Then, descend to the Colonial town of Pisac. This spot hosts the most famous artisanal market in the Valley, where talented artisans gather from communities near and far to sell their beautiful handicrafts.

Enjoy some free time to wander through the rows of stalls and find treasures to take home with you. The Platerias de Pisac is a great place to check out, as Peru’s silver is renowned for its high quality. If you get hungry, make your way through the streets of the town and stop by one of the wood-fired ovens, where you can pick up some local bread or artisanal empanadas. After enjoying the town of Pisac and all it has to offer, continue on to Ollantaytambo, considered the last living Inca village as it has been continuously inhabited since Inca times. You will have the chance to visit the archeological site that sits perched on a mountainside, overlooking the town, and was used as a main fortress for the Inca resistance during the Spanish conquest. The site is full of stunning terraces and temples for the worship of sacred natural elements of the Andean worldview.

Make your way up to the Sun Temple and take some time to appreciate the Pakaritampu pyramid, a hidden gem amongst the ruins of Ollantaytambo. The excursion includes a buffet lunch.

Day 2

Today, the adventure continues on the other side of the Urubamba River. First, ascend a path that leads towards the circular terraces of Moray, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of this remote site once used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory. It’s circular terraces descend into the earth, creating around 20 different microclimates that were used to discover the ideal growing environments for desired crops, ensuring constant agricultural production for the Inca empire.

From here, continue on towards the famous, millenary Maras Salt Pools, which have been worked and exploited by locals since before Inca times. The gorgeous, multicolored pools with the Valley in the background are a postcard-worthy view, to say the least.

In the afternoon, head to the living Inca village of Ollantaytambo and wander through its narrow cobblestone streets as you make your way to the archeological complex. Upon entering the famed fortress, take time to revel in the architectural and engineering genius of the Incas, and marvel at the wonderful stone terraces and temples. The day includes a buffet lunch.

A VIPAC representative will accompany those heading to Machu Picchu to the Ollantaytambo Train Station. The rest of the group will be transferred back to their hotels in Cusco or the Valley.