You start early from Cusco and head to the high mountain village of Chincheros, famous for its weaving and spectacularly sited at high altitude. (3,800m/12,500 ft.) You will visit a weaving house and have a demonstration on dying and weaving techniques as well as visiting the famous Chincheros market. From Chincheros, you descend to the base of the Sacred Valley and then onto Ollantaytambo, which features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village center.
You have time for a buffet lunch in Urubamba before heading to Pisaq - our final stop for the day. In Pisaq you will first the attractive ruins, built with breathtaking audacity by the Incas and then descend to the market at Pisaq before returning to Cusco, via the ruins at Sacsayhuaman. (If you are short of time this visit might be only very short).
Lasting a full day you will get to appreciate the fine works of craftsmanship that the Incas produced and see the beautiful scenery of the Sacred Valley. Many tourists opt to do this tour just before their visit to Machu Picchu as you can choose to finish in Ollantaytambo from where you take the train on to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu).
This is a long but rewarding day for those who want to experience the best of the Sacred Valley in a short amount of time.
Places that are visited are:
- Chinchero Textile Interpretation Center
- Pisac Market
- Pisac archeological site
NOTE: The tour starts and finish in Cusco, Customers who wants to start from the Sacred Valley, have to add extra US$50 for all the group.