Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray


Full day


2,792 msnm


56.7 km


Level 2: Easy

Tour Guide



Sacred Valley

Overview – Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the heart of the Andes with Andean Trekking Peru on our Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour from Cusco. This meticulously planned day trip is designed to immerse you in the breathtaking landscapes and historically rich sites of the Sacred Valley, providing an adventure that spans from the picturesque village of Chinchero to the vibrant town of Pisac.


Our Sacred Valley Tour begins at dawn as we depart from Cusco and head to Chinchero, a quaint village brimming with history. Here, the unique blend of Inca and colonial heritage serves as your introduction to the Sacred Valley’s rich cultural tapestry. As the sun rises, the local market slowly comes to life, offering a colorful array of handmade textiles and crafts that are a testament to the artisanal skills passed down through generations.

Explore ancient ruins that tell tales of a bygone era and interact with the warm, welcoming locals who are eager to share their stories and traditions. Continue your journey through this enchanting valley and prepare to be captivated by the stunning landscapes and vibrant communities you will encounter on this unforgettable Sacred Valley Tour.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray

Maras and Moray

Next on our Sacred Valley Tour are the Maras and Moray sites. These astonishing places exemplify the innovative spirit of the Andean people. Maras is well-known for its salt pans, which have been used for salt extraction since pre-Inca times. Here, you can see hundreds of shallow pools filled with saltwater. As the water evaporates, beautiful pink salt is left behind.

Nearby, Moray features a series of concentric terraces carved into the earth. Each level’s microclimate is slightly different, which allowed the Incas to experiment with crops adapted to varied conditions. These sites not only demonstrate advanced Inca engineering but also their deep understanding of ecology and agriculture.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray


Our Sacred Valley Tour continues to Ollantaytambo, with the majestic Urubamba River guiding us through breathtaking scenery. The town’s massive stone terraces, a testament to Inca architectural prowess, will awe you with their grandeur and historical significance. Marvel at these ancient structures that reflect the sophisticated engineering skills of the Incas, evident in their perfectly cut stones and strategic placement. Explore the storied pathways where history echoes through the winds, promising an unforgettable journey into the past.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray


In Pisac, another key stop on our Sacred Valley Tour, you will explore its famous market and impressive archaeological site. The town offers panoramic views that are a highlight of the Sacred Valley Tour, unforgettable for their stunning beauty.

Throughout our Sacred Valley Tour, professional guides will enhance your experience by providing deep insights into the historical and cultural contexts of the places we visit. Their expertise makes every stop a profound learning experience.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray

No Sacred Valley Tour would be complete without experiencing the local cuisine. Enjoy a buffet lunch that celebrates the rich flavors of Andean gastronomy—an integral part of our Sacred Valley Tour.

As we conclude our Sacred Valley Tour and return to Cusco, the memories of the day’s sights and sounds will linger with you, a lasting treasure from your Sacred Valley Tour.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray Packing List

Essential Items

  • Passport: Required for entry into many sites, including Machu Picchu if it’s part of your itinerary.
  • Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turístico): Necessary for entrance to many of the Sacred Valley sites (if not included in your tour, purchase in advance).
  • Cash: For entrance fees not covered (like Maras), snacks, souvenirs, and tips. Not all places accept credit cards.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated; water refills may be available on the bus or at certain stops.
  • Comfortable Backpack: For carrying your essentials throughout the day.

Clothing & Footwear

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: During the Sacred Valley Tour you’ll be walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Layered Clothing: Mornings can be cool, and it warms up by midday. Conditions can change rapidly.
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho: Especially important in the rainy season (November to March).
  • Hat and Sunglasses: For sun protection.
  • Sunscreen: The sun can be strong at high altitudes.

Other Essentials

  • Camera or Smartphone: For capturing photos of stunning landscapes and ruins.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, fruit, or nuts can be handy between meals.
  • Personal Medications: Include any necessary prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.
  • Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes: For quick cleaning on the go.
  • Small First Aid Kit: Band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and blister plasters can be useful.
  • Lip Balm with SPF: To protect against chapped lips in the wind and sun.

Optional Items

  • Binoculars: For bird watching or closer views of distant ruins.
  • Lightweight Travel Umbrella: Useful for rain or as additional sun protection.
  • Portable Phone Charger: Ensure your phone stays charged for the whole day.
  • Notebook and Pen: For jotting down interesting facts or personal reflections.
  • Maps or Guidebooks: For additional information on the sites you’ll visit during the Sacred Valley Tour.

Cultural Respect

  • Modest Clothing: When visiting sacred sites or local communities, dressing conservatively is respectful.

Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray FAQs

1) What does the Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray include?

The tour includes visits to key attractions like the town of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, the salt mines of Maras and Moray. A professional guide will lead the day trip and give you context.

2) How long is the Full Day Sacred Valley Tour with Maras Moray?

This day trip lasts approximately 8 to 10 hours, starting and ending in the city of Cusco.

3) Do I need to buy entrance tickets for each Inca site on the tour?

Yes, entrance tickets for each Inca site are necessary. The tour guide can assist in purchasing these tickets.

4) Is a professional guide included in the Sacred Valley tour with Maras Moray?

Yes, a professional guide who is knowledgeable about the Inca Empire and local culture accompanies you throughout the tour.

5) Can I pay for the Sacred Valley tour with Maras Moray using a credit card?

Yes, you can use a credit card to pay for the tour. Check with the tour operator for details.

6) Are there any health precautions to consider due to high altitudes?

Yes, prepare for high altitudes by staying hydrated and moving at a comfortable pace. Acclimatization in Cusco before the tour is recommended.

7) How do I book a private tour for the Sacred Valley with Maras Moray?

Contact the tour operator directly to arrange a private tour. They can tailor the itinerary to your preferences.

8) What is the best time of year to take the Sacred Valley tour with Maras Moray?

The best time is during the dry season, from May to October, when the weather is more favorable for touring.

9) Is the Full Day Sacred Valley tour with Maras Moray suitable for children?

Yes, this tour is suitable for children who can handle a full day trip. The tour provides educational and engaging experiences. We recommend it for children older than 8 years old.

10) Why should I take the Full Day Sacred Valley tour with Maras Moray?

We highly recommend it for its comprehensive itinerary. knowledgeable guides will be at your service. This is an unforgettable experience at each historic Inca site. From agricultural terraces to beautiful views.


  • Professional Bilingual Guide: Expert guidance throughout the day, offering insights into the history, culture, and archaeology of the sites visited.
  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from Cusco, usually in a comfortable, modern vehicle suitable for the terrain of the Sacred Valley. This includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel or a centrally located meeting point.
  • Lunch: A traditional lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley, providing an opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Vegetarian options are available upon request.
  • Visit to Pisac Market and Ruins: Time to explore the vibrant market of Pisac, known for its handicrafts, textiles, and souvenirs, as well as a guided tour of the archaeological site.
  • Ollantaytambo Fortress Tour: A guided exploration of Ollantaytambo, its fortress, and surrounding ruins, offering a glimpse into Incan engineering and architecture.
  • Maras Salt Mines: A visit to the visually stunning salt evaporation ponds of Maras, which have been in use since Inca times.
  • Moray Agricultural Terraces: A tour of the Moray archaeological site, featuring unique circular terraces believed to have been an agricultural experimental station for the Incas.
  • Cultural Insights: If time prevails, there will be additional stops or activities designed to provide deeper cultural understanding, such as visits to local communities or demonstrations of traditional crafts.
  • Small Group Experience: Our tours limit the number of participants to ensure a more personal and engaging experience.
  • Photography Opportunities: Frequent stops at scenic viewpoints for breathtaking photographs of the Andean landscape, archaeological sites, and local communities.
  • Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turístico): This ticket is essential for entry to many of the Sacred Valley sites but is not included in the tour price. It covers entrances to multiple sites in the Cusco region, including some that may be visited on your tour.
  • Entrance Tickets to Maras Salt Mines: The entrance fee to the Maras Salt Mines is not covered by the tour price or the Boleto Turístico and must be paid separately.
  • Meals and Beverages Other Than Lunch: While lunch is included, additional meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day are at your own expense.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for the tour guide and driver are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, crafts from local markets, or additional snacks, are not included.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not included and is something travelers need to arrange independently.
  • Optional Activities: Any activities outside the set itinerary, such as additional guided tours, workshops, or experiences, may incur extra charges.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off Outside Designated Areas: If your accommodation is outside the standard pick-up and drop-off zones, there will be an additional charge for transportation.
  • Equipment Rentals: If any specific equipment is needed or recommended for the tour, such as walking poles or binoculars, these would not be included in the tour price.
  • Additional Site Visits: Entrance fees for any sites not listed in the itinerary are also not included.
  • Bottled Water and Snacks: Bottled water and snacks are not included, so it's wise to prepare accordingly.

Tour Plan

Full Day Sacred Valley

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of the Andes with our Full-Day Sacred Valley and Maras Moray Tour. This adventure, meticulously curated by Andean Trekking Peru, promises an immersive exploration of the Sacred Valley's unparalleled beauty, rich history, and cultural heritage. We will guide you through this memorable experience, ensuring a blend of awe-inspiring sites and educational insights.

Our day begins early as we depart from Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Our first destination is Chinchero, where we will marvel at the blend of Incan and colonial architecture and textiles. The journey continues to the fascinating agricultural terraces of Maras and Moray, showcasing the ingenious farming techniques of the Incas. Here, we will delve into the history and function of these circular terraces and salt mines, understanding their significance in Incan culture.

Next, we will descend into the heart of the Sacred Valley, following the path of the Urubamba River. The river's route leads us to Ollantaytambo, a town that boasts an impressive archaeological site with terraces climbing the hillsides. We will explore this ancient fortress and gain insights into its strategic significance.

The final leg of our tour takes us to the town of Pisac. Known for its bustling market and impressive Incan ruins, Pisac offers a perfect end to our exploration. We will climb the terraces for a panoramic view of the valley and explore the remnants of Incan temples and altars.

Throughout the day, we will pause to enjoy a buffet lunch, offering a variety of traditional Andean dishes. This meal not only provides a taste of the local cuisine but also offers a moment to relax and reflect on the day's experiences.

As we conclude our tour and begin our journey back to Cusco, we will reflect on a day filled with discovery, learning, and breathtaking scenery. We promise to leave you with a deeper appreciation of this majestic region and memories that will last a lifetime.

Tour Statistics:

  • Distance Covered: Approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) round trip from Cusco.
  • Highest Altitude: Reaching up to 3,400 meters (11,152 feet) above sea level at Moray.
  • Lowest Altitude: Descending to 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) above sea level in the Urubamba Valley.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate, with some walking at high altitudes and uneven terrain.

Join us on this full-day tour for an unparalleled exploration of the Sacred Valley and Maras Moray, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge in an unforgettable adventure.

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