The Sacred Valley of the Incas in a Pool tour
See Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero the budget way
Visit the three most interesting places of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on a one day tour. Admire Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero.
Pick up is at your hotel between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Once all the passengers have been picked up, the bus takes you to Pisac in about 45 minutes. On the way, a stop is made from which you'll be able to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas in its entire splendor.
On you go to the little village Pisac, down in the valley where you can visit one of the more famous souvenir markets of South America. After this, it's time to visit the archaeological site of Pisac. It's a short drive up the mountain, but at 2950 m. you'll be 400 m below the main square of Cusco. The archaeological site of Pisac is five times larger than Machu Picchu itself and has the largest Pre-Inca burial site on the continent.
Then, on it goes to Urubamba where you have an opportunity to lunch and then you are driven to Ollantaytambo to visit the Inca site just outside the little town. Some steps are to be climbed here, but usually they pose no problem. Ollantaytambo was one of the last sites of the Incas before the empire crumbled and was completely conquered by the Spanish invaders.
The bus takes you to the last stop which is Chinchero. Chinchero was the military headquarter of the Incas and still some ruins and a lot of beautiful terraces are to be admired. Also the colonial town merits a visit and the little church is very special: it is one of the only two churches in the Cusco region that has its bell tower built apart from the churches main building, the other one being Santa Ana that you can see when the bus is entering Cusco again.
Arrival in Cusco will be between 6 and 6:30 PM.
Instead of being picked up at your hotel, this tour may start at the front door of the Cathedral of Cusco, or any other given place in the city. This depends on the number of passengers and/or the operator of that moment.
Starting Place: Your Hotel or Downtown Cusco
End Place: Downtown, centre of Cusco
Difficulty: Light walking
Travelling Style: Super Budget
Duration: Whole Day
Understand the price
The price for this tour is for the vehicle and a guide.
This tour goes every day.
Included in the price
* An English or Spanish speaking guide.
NOT Included in the price
* General Entrance Ticket. (BTG)
* Tips for the guide and the driver.
Pisac comes from the Quechua word meaning p'isaqa or partridge (gallinacean that abounds in this area). This construction resembles this form and consists of many different neighbourhoods and places among which the Intihuatana, admired for their fine finish their enclosures.
Ollantaytambo was known as a strategic military, religious and agricultural center, built on an area of approximately 600 hectares. It is one of the few cities that still retains much of the original urban layout with some buildings still in use.
Chinchero is known as Rainbow City, its residents now inhabit almost untouched Inca constructions. It is considered a center of agricultural production. In its traditional market on Sundays you can appreciate even barter.
* General Entrance Ticket (BTG)
* Cameras etc.
* In the rainy season: a light raincoat
* Sunscreen and repellent.
* A hat.
* Rather good shoe.
Stuff you don’t need
* Computers, radios and other electronic gear.
What can you do before or after this tour
Things to do AFTER this tour
The Fabulous Machu Picchu alternative
Train tickets to Aguas Calientes have been a sore science ever since people wanted to visit Machu Picchu. Certainly in high season, train tickets to Machu Picchu may not be available, more so tickets in your price range may be scarce or unobtainable.
This is why we have put together this viable alternative, a way for you to get to Machu Picchu comfortably, economically and with some interesting sightseeing along the way.
A relaxed visit of Machu Picchu
Instead of travelling up and down all the way from Cusco to Machu Picchu in only 1 day, having to rush from A to B to Z, you can leave for Aguas Calientes the day before your visit to Machu Picchu, thus taking out the stress of too much kilometres in one day, leaving you a good night's rest before you actually visit Machu Picchu the next day. The same as the one day trip, but spread over more time and thus a lot less stressful and including a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Possible Options Extra Price in SOLES
The General Entrance ticket
This entrance gives access to 16 places, amongst which the important sites near Cusco and in the Sacred Valley, but not, of course to Machu Picchu. Other prices may apply for Peruvians; also 'partial tickets' are available. ASK US.
Tourist Ticket with ISIC rebate
If you have a valid ISIC student card and you're not older than 25, you can buy a BTG (General Entrance Ticket) at this price.
Important: The Small Print
Using an ISIC Student Discount Card
Conditions of use of the ISIC card may vary. ISIC Discounts are usually only given by government bodies and not by commercial organizations. Discount levels vary and in some locations an upper age limit of 25 years is imposed. When buying tickets you must present your ID document as well as the ISIC card the names must match exactly. When using your ISIC discount tickets you must present both your ORIGINAL ID document (never a copy!) and ISIC card. ISIC discount tickets are not refundable in case of error.
General Admission Ticket (Boleto Turístico)
A general entrance ticket, the Boleto Turístico General (BTG), is valid for ten days from the date of issue; they are non- transferrable and non-refundable. You may be asked to produce your passport at each site to validate the name on the ticket. Student ISIC discount is only valid for students up to 25 years of age and can only be applied on presentation of both ISIC card and passport. Only sites listed on the sales pamphlet are included. Machu-Picchu, Qoricancha and Cusco cathedral are not included on the BTG.
About Pool tours
A pool tour means that you are being put together with people from other hotels to make a visit somewhere together.
What you should know is that guides on these tours are not paid so well. This has two consequences. First, the good guides find work somewhere else, second, the 'lesser' guides who do work the circuit will try to compensate for their (low) wages by begging for tips and most of all, by taking you to souvenir markets and restaurants where they get a high commission. How you react to this situation is up to you, but we'd like you to be informed well before buying.
"Kusi Ñan Travel Agency"
Pasaje Quillichapata 310
Santa Ana. Cusco
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