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Best of Sacred Valley Tour: Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras Salt Mines
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Service Level:
Premium
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
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Trip Type:
Private Tour & Semi-Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 125
per person

Best of Sacred Valley Tour: Chinchero Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo

Best of Sacred Valley Tour –  Enjoy the best sites in the Sacred Valley on a leisurely day. Visit Moray, the Salt Mines, and Ollantaytambo on a full-day tour with a local guide grown in the area. Enjoy the best sites and unique sites in the Sacred Valley on a leisurely day. If you have only one day and want to explore the best of the Sacred Valley? Then, this Experience is for you, you will explore the western side of the Sacred Valley visiting the best and most unique sites.

Discover the highlights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and start a wonderful day trip to Sacred Valley scenic areas such as Moray and the Maras Salt Mines. This wonderful tour takes you above the Valley, in the western end of the Sacred Valley with scenic views overlooking the Urubamba mountain range, probably the best vantage point for views of this impressive Andean landscape which is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of Chicón and Veronica.

This Sacred Valley tour is great for those who enjoy the history, the local culture, and scenic views. It is also great for those heading to Machu Picchu on the evening train to Machu Picchu as well as for those who are planning to spend the night in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba. This tour can start from Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and Urubamba.

Why you will love this tour

  • Enjoy a personal and flexible private guided tour of the Sacred Valley conducted by a friendly and Expert Cusco Local Tour Guide
  • Explore Amazing Inca & Historic Sites such as the incredible fortress of Ollantaytambo
  • Be amazed by Moray circula terraces and the Maras Incan Salt Pools, where locals still farm the salt by hand
  • Get the best Scenic Views of the amazing Sacred Valley and nearby snow mountains during a scenic drive to Moray and Salineras Salt pans
  • If you are going on a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu, this is a perfect activity to spend an Acclimatization day while exploring the best of the Sacred Valley
  • This is not the standard Bus Tour to the Sacred Valley, unlike the standard tours, we do not waste your time by stopping at commissions stores. You get to explore and experience the real Sacred Valley with a friendly local who will show you his/her homeland.
  • We don’t follow the crowds, while we include the must-see highlights in this tour; we make every effort to avoid most of the crowds.
  • All our tour experiences are in private and semi-private so you enjoy a personal experience, go at your own pace and you will be able to talk to your guide and ask questions and be involved during the tour.

Trip Details

  • Tour Type: PRIVATE
  • Good For: Those who are interested in History, culture, and Scenic views
  • Pickup Location: Hotels in Cusco City, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba
  • Drop off Location: Hotel in Cusco city, Ollantaytambo or Urubamba
  • Pick-up Time: From Cusco City – 7:30 AM; From Urubamba/Ollantaytambo – 8:30 AM
  • Duration: 9 – 10 Hours approx.
  • Difficulty: EASY – MODERATE, you don’t need to be super-fit. Just mobile. Suitable for Everyone, although there is quite a lot of walking, there will be a couple of uphills (Inca steps). Altitude acclimatization is recommended but not mandatory.
  • GROUP SIZE: Only you, you decide!
  • Customizable: Yes! Custom, add-ons are all available. You can add this tour to any trek or tour

ITINERARY

Itinerary for Best of Sacred Valley Tour: Moray Salt Mines Ollantaytambo

  • Your day adventure to the Sacred Valley starts with the pickup from your Accommodation
  • We will first drive to the Hill-top area of the Sacred Valley and visit ChincheroA small town famous for its spectacular mountain views, the traditional textile weaving centers, and the well-preserved Incan ruins.
  • We will then continue to the amazing circular Inca Terraces of MORAYUnique among the Inca sites in the Sacred Valley area, believed to be an elaborate agricultural laboratory where the Incas could determine the optimal growing conditions for different crops.
  • Visit the famous SALT MINES of MARAS, where locals, since pre-Inca times, have been obtaining Salt by evaporating warm salty water from a local subterranean stream.
  • After visiting these unique sites we make a stop at a local restaurant for a deserved lunch (Lunch is at extra cost)
  • Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo (well known as a living museum due to old houses still inhabited by locals) explore the fascinating megalithic ruins, including the Sun Temple and the many terraces at this site.
  • At the end of the tour, we can drop you off at either your Hotel or Train station in Ollantaytambo *** (in case your trip plans continue to Machupicchu) OR return to Cusco

Included

  • Personal pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel OR Train Station
  • Bilingual Local Friend Tour Guide
  • Private transportation with a separate driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites (In case you already have the Tourist Pass, we will reduce the cost of this ticket)

Not Included

  • Lunch and drinks
  • Gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.

Prices per person

# Price / Person Book Now
1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 140.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 135.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 130.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 125.00 Enquire Now
6+ People We have special rates for groups over 6ppl. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now

What to Expect

Impressive views, mild to hot temperatures although kind of windy at some places in the afternoons; mostly sunny days during the months of May, June, July, and August; Stops at scenic spots en route; Friendly English speaking tour guide; Your journey your way!

Why Travel with us

Local Knowledge & Expertise

It's great to travel with professional experts from the same destination you are going, that's how you get first-hand information. With deep in-country knowledge, We know the ins and outs of all the logistics, we will ensure you can make the most of your time away.

Personalized Experiences

Your time is precious - we know that. Your experience is our top priority. No big bus groups, No flags to follow! Traveling with a private guide and driver you’ll do what you want, when you want with the freedom to change your plans on the fly.

Friendly Local Guides

Great sights don’t make an amazing tour. Great guides do! Our guides don’t read from a script, we give them the freedom to make each tour their own, and your experience unique. We love what we do and it shows. From the moment you arrive, you'll feel the buzz and excitement that Cusco Local Friend to offer.

Exclusive Itineraries

It’s not all about the destination, it’s also about the journey. We offer only the best itineraries and tours. As local experts, we know first-hand what tours or experiences are the ones that most travelers enjoy and request. Escape the crowds! Never waste any minute, never miss any highlight!

Trip Reviews

Cusco Local Friend has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence due to the most consistent 5-star reviews in Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu for exceptional levels of service and care.

Cat Z
Cat Z
January 26, 2022.
We love Cusco Local Friend! Lovely tour of Sacred Valley! We visited Chinchero, Moray, the Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo. Percy was extremely helpful and communicative, going above and beyond to make the best suggestions and be flexible with our travel situation. Our tour guide Hugo was super friendly, talkative and informative. He introduced us to a few unique and off the beaten path options like a stop to drink some homemade chicha, a casual 1-hour hike down the Maras Salt Mines that ended up in a small village near the Urubamba River, and many pit stops to see additional sites, photo ops and interesting history lessons. Our driver Edison was also very polite. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a private, detailed tour of anywhere in Cusco!
SaltySunburns
SaltySunburns
January 10, 2022.
A wonderful Sacred Valley day tour! Percy helped design a tour for us during the day including our transport from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. The price was very fair and we had an amazing day, including a memorable lunch at a little spot with llamas everywhere! Our guide Carlos was super knowledgeable, friendly and professional and I'd recommend Cusco Local Friend to anyone!
Scotty W
Scotty W
December 31, 2021.
Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour These guys are amazing! They were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and made sure I was always well taken care of. They were also reasonable on prices. Highly recommended!
peacher2017
peacher2017
December 6, 2021.
3rd trip with Cusco Local Friend exceeded expectations ! Last July / August I took my 3rd trip with Hugo from Cusco Local Friend. Just like my two previous trips with them, it completely exceeded all expectations. And I’m already planning a 4th trip with them this coming summer! Hugo and Cusco Local Friend are the reason we fell in love with Peru. Hugo is professional, flexible, very knowledgeable and most of all FUN! The first two trips ( 2017 and 2018) I traveled with my two very food allergic daughters (allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and sesame). Hugo and Mario asked a lot of questions, took the allergies very seriously, and found us some great restaurants. We even ate a pachamanca lunch with Hugo’s parents on their farm. So delicious. This time, I traveled alone. I texted Hugo my list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to do, and how long I wanted to spend in each location. He created the perfect itinerary and made the most of my time in Peru. We hiked for three days - Rainbow Mountain ( Vinicunca ), Seven Lakes ( Siete Lagunas ), and the alternative Rainbow Mountain - Palccoyo. The hikes were so stunningly beautiful. Hugo planned the hikes perfectly. He paid attention to health and safety and carried supplemental oxygen, snacks and water for me. And, he made them fun! We also visited the Potato Park ( Parque de la Papa ) , spent the night with a host family, and visited Pisac. We were supposed to do a food tour on my last day in Cusco, my my stomach was a bit upset. So he planned some alternative things to do. He also arranged my COVID test prior to my flight home. I can’t wait for my next trip with Cusco Local Friend! Call or text them with WhatsApp at +51 984 585 909 or +51 996 550 700. Email at CuscoLocalFriend@gmail.com . Have a great trip!
Ferhat D
Ferhat D
November 2, 2021.
Perfect 👍🏻 Hugo was a great and knowledgeable person. He was so friendly and very patient with our questions. As a group, we really enjoyed our trip. I highly recommend him!! Thank you very much for the great experience, Hugo!!
shama842018
shama842018
November 2, 2021.
nice Everything went well. The tour was organised as individually as possible and all our wishes were taken into account immediately. Good guys, I recommend them.
Ahram A
Ahram A
October 26, 2021.
Thank you Hugo! I want anyone to know that you can trust Hugo from Cusco Local Friends. My wife and I spent 4 different days with Hugo hiking into Machu Picho, Rainbow Mountain, and on a beautiful, secluded hike to the Sun Gate above Ollantayambo. Hugo made everything easy with private car pick ups from the airport, and he is very knowledgable about the history of every place. I would hire Hugo again anytime when I go back to Peru. Thank you my brother! Ahram + Jennie
Andrew De Donato
Andrew De Donato
October 14, 2021.
Fantastic Tour on Short Notice Hugo was a fantastic guide to spend the day with. He met us in the morning at our hostel in Aguas Calientes and helped us get set up for the day as we picked up some last minute items like snacks, water, and insect repellant. We took the bus to Machu Picchu together and once we got to the site, he provided a really in-depth and interesting tour. He had great answers to every follow up question we had, took fantastic photos throughout the day, and was generally just a really nice and helpful person! I learned so much and will definitely use Cusco Local Friend again next time I visit. I should also add that I originally reached out to him only two days before we were slated to be in Aguas Calientes and he was easy to work with on such short notice and able to source some hard-to-find entry tickets for the time we wanted to visit.
Jessica K
Jessica K
August 17, 2021.
MAGICAL TOUR DURING OUR AMAZING HONEYMOON!! Hugo was truly our Local Friend! We had an amazing tour of Machu Picchu that made our Honeymoon even more fantastic than it already was. He gave us some very interesting and amazing details about the ruins and Incan culture. We would love to return to Peru to learn more and hop on another one of his tours. On top of everything, he even met up with us the next day to help us in Cusco get our Covid Antigen tests so we could fly home (We originally didn't know we needed them to return). Absolutely fun and professional man. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Bean
Bean
July 15, 2021.
Best tour experience ever! The best thing I can say about our 3 days touring with Hugo is that we left having made a great friend and look very forward to seeing him again. He led us on sensational tours of Ollantaytambo, Moray, Maras, Chinchero, Pisca, Rainbow Mountains and gave us valuable advice, counsel, and information for our self guided tour of Machu Picchu. Every day seemed to exceed the grandeur and historical significance of the previous day. Each day, with Hugo's terrific guiding, we found ourselves more captivated with Peru and it's history. Hugo is incredibly well versed in the history and lore of the Cusco region and is thoughtful and engaging in sharing his knowledge. He adjusted our tours to meet our needs, interests, age and fitness levels. He was always gracious, thoughtful, kind and understanding. If we were ahead of schedule Hugo always had an additional archeological site or worthwhile additional "something" to see. Sarah and I have travelled throughout the US, Scandinavia, Europe, and Southeast Asia. This was the single greatest travel experience we've shared. And a great deal of the credit is due to Hugo's thoughtful, caring personality and his singular interest in making each of his participants have a fully developed, well organized, educational, and enjoyable experience. I can't make a stronger recommendation than to say using any other tour service in the Cusco region would diminish your experience compared to what Hugo and Cusco Local Friends would give you.

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