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Absolute Sacred Valley Tour Full Day

Ollantaytambo - Moray - Maras Salt Pools - Pisac
Service Level:
Activity type:
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Archaeology
  • Scenic Vistas
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Trip Type:
Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 120
per person

Join us on the Absolute Sacred Valley Tour with a Local Guide

Absolute Sacred Valley Tour – Experience all the highlights of the Sacred Valley in just one day! This guided tour is ideal for those with limited time but who are willing to make the most of their visit to the Sacred Valley. On this full-day tour, you will have the opportunity to visit all the must-see sites in the area, including Pisac, Moray, the Salt Mines, and Ollantaytambo.

Our Absolute Sacred Valley Tour itinerary is carefully crafted to ensure that you don’t miss any of the must-see sites in the Sacred Valley, including the amazing Pisac Ruins, the stunning Inca site of Moray with its circular terraces, the Maras Salt Mines with its salt pans, and the otherworldly Ollantaytambo. We are one of the few companies that offer this comprehensive Sacred Valley Tour that covers all the key sites.

This Sacred Valley Tour option is perfect for travelers interested in history, the local culture, and breathtaking scenery. This tour is also ideal for those heading to Machu Picchu on the evening train from Ollantaytambo as well as for those who are planning to spend the night in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba. The tour can begin from Cusco, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba.

Do not see a perfect tour for you? No problem! You can also check our Best of Sacred Valley Tour or the Extended Sacred Valley Tour, both options depart from Cusco.  If you prefer a more leisurely pace to explore the Sacred Valley, you may consider checking out our 2-Day Sacred Valley Tour starting from Cusco Airport or you can also customize based on your preferences, please contact us at or fill out the contact form on our site and make your tour from scratch.

Why you will love this tour

  • Embark on our exclusive Sacred Valley Tour, designed to offer a comprehensive and unforgettable experience of all the must-see sites in the region in just one day!
  • Discover the rich history of the Incas as you explore two major Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, gaining a deep understanding of our culture and heritage.
  • Visit the stunning Moray and Maras Incan Salt Pools, where you can witness the traditional method of farming salt by local communities.
  • Our tour is personally tailored and flexible, providing a private guided experience with our friendly and knowledgeable Cusco Local Friend™ Tour Guide.
  • 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.
  • Unlike the standard bus tours, we do not waste your time by stopping at commission stores. You get to explore and experience the real Sacred Valley with a friendly local guide.
  • Avoid crowds and enjoy a private tour at your pace. Enjoy a personal experience, and go at your own pace. You will be able to talk to your guide and ask questions and be involved during the tour.

Trip Details

  • Pickup location: Hotels in Cusco and Ollantaytambo
  • Drop off Location: Hotels in Cusco, Ollantaytambo or Urubamba
  • Pick-up Time: @7:00 – 8:30 AM (Based on the pick-up location you provide)
  • Duration: 10 – 11 Hours approx.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Group Size: You decide! This is a private tour so you will have the Guide and transportation only for your group.
  • 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.
  • Customizable? Yes! Private, custom and add-ons are all available. You can add this tour to any trek or tour


Absolute Sacred Valley Tour Itinerary

  • We start the day adventure to the Sacred Valley with the pickup from your accommodation and drive to the Eastern side of the Sacred Valley while you enjoy the amazing scenic views of the area
  • Our first place to visit is Pisac Ruins, the most extensive archaeological sites in the Valley (it is even bigger than Machupicchu) You will be amazed by the stunning Incan farming terraces and the fort-like ruins of an Inkan village on the top of the Mountain. Whether or not to visit the Pisac Market is your choice, as it is an optional stop.
  • Visit a local Llama and Alpaca farm and get your best snapshot.
  • Visit the famous Salt Mines of Maras, where locals have been harvesting high-quality salt since pre-Inca times by evaporating warm salty water from a nearby subterranean stream.
  • We will then continue to the amazing circular Inca Terraces of Moray, believed to be an elaborate agricultural laboratory; each terrace has a unique micro-climate with which the Incas could determine the optimal growing conditions for different crops.
  • After visiting these unique sites we make a stop at a local restaurant for a deserved lunch (Lunch is at an extra cost)
  • Finally, we visit Ollantaytambo – One of the grandest Inca sites in the Sacred Valley, boasting Inca terraces, an otherworldly Temple of the Sun, a Water Temple with ceremonial fountains, and much more.
  • At the end of the tour, we can either return to your Hotel or drop you off at the Train station in Ollantaytambo  (in case your trip plans continue to Machupicchu)


  • Pickup from your Accommodation (We can start this tour from Cusco and Ollantaytambo as well as from the train station in Ollantaytambo); and drop-off at your Hotel
  • Professional English-speaking Local Guide
  • Private transportation
  • Complimentary water

Not Included

  • Sacred Valley Tourist Ticket / Pass (We are happy to add this ticket cost to your tour) Alternatively, please bring cash to purchase this ticket at the first site we visit.
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Any other extra expenditures
  • Gratuities

Prices per person

We require a minimum of 2 participants to book this tour
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1 People We have special rates for SOLO travelers. Get started by filling out the information below. Enquire Now
2 People $ 150.00 Enquire Now
3 People $ 135.00 Enquire Now
4 People $ 125.00 Enquire Now
5 People $ 120.00 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!


Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the Sacred Valley worth visiting ?

Yes Definitely! The Sacred Valley is definitely worth visiting. Its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural history, and impressive archaeological sites make it a must-see destination in Peru. Travelers can explore the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, admire the amazing salt pans of Maras, and experience the traditional way of life in the local communities.

The valley also offers a range of outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and zip-lining, making it a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts. Even if it’s just to relax, enjoy the beauty and acclimate at a Sacred Valley hotel, it is definitely worth visiting.  Overall, the Sacred Valley is a unique and fascinating destination that should not be missed.

  • If cancellation is made with more than 3 days minimum notice, we will refund the full amount of your deposit minus the 20% admin fees
  • If cancellation is made within less than 3-day notice, no refund can be given.
  • The strikes and natural disasters are unlikely events that are beyond our control which may force us to change the tour dates or in the worst scenario and if that represents a risk to the safety of our clients, cancel the tour. The strikes are normally announced a couple of weeks in advance so we will let you know in advance in case one is scheduled for that specific tour date and provide alternatives to either change or cancel the tour.

Our guided tours, including this Absolute Sacred Valley Tour, are private, which means that you will have a dedicated local tour Guide and transportation exclusively for your group.

The Cusco Tourist Ticket, also known as the “Boleto Turistico” is a pass that allows visitors access to various archaeological sites, museums, and other cultural attractions in and around the city of Cusco, including the Sacred Valley. The ticket can be purchased at the entrance gate of the sites and they only accept cash in PEN SOL.

There are different types of tickets available, with the most popular being the “General Tourist Ticket” or “Boleto Turistico General,” which allows access to 16 different sites in and around Cusco, including the famous Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, such as Pisac, Moray, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo. If you plan to visit multiple attractions in both Cusco and the Sacred Valley, purchasing the General or Full Cusco Tourist Ticket can be a cost-effective way to gain access to these sites.

Alternatively, the “Partial Tourist Ticket” or “Boleto Turistico Parcial” is another ticket option. Unlike the General Tourist Ticket, this ticket only provides access to a limited number of sites. This ticket may be a good choice for visitors with limited time or those who are primarily interested in specific tourist attractions in the region.

So, if you’re wondering which ticket to purchase for a Sacred Valley Tour, the Partial Tourist Ticket will suit you best for visiting the Sacred Valley sites unless you also plan to visit the sites in Cusco. In that case, it would be best to get the Full Ticket.

Yes of course! Our guided tours are private so we are able to drop you off at the train station in Ollantaytambo so you can catch your train to Machu Picchu town.

  • Camera
  • Daypack with personal belongings
  • Sunblock and sunhat
  • Comfortable shoes (running or hiking shoes)
  • Cash in PEN SOL for your Entrance Tickets, souvenirs or any other expenditures
  • Rain gear or rain plastic “poncho”, especially for the rain season (November to April) They can be purchased locally

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.

Kathy C
Kathy C
August 29, 2022.
Most Amazing Guided Tour EVER! I very highly recommend this amazing tour company. We worked closely with Percy and customized a 4 day trip with the incredible Juan Carlos. We had the best time and felt like family since the very beginning of our time. Hats off to our fabulous driver as well. I have already told several friends that THIS is the tour company you want. I have hired many in different countries and this was the best experience. Fell in love with Peru, I'll be back. Thank you Percy, Juan Carlos and Team for making this the best trip ever! Kathy C
Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
August 4, 2022.
Best tour guides ever! We had Edgar and Abraham as our drivers/guides on a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and they were phenomenal! They were already outside at 7am when we walked out. Both were friendly and held meaningful conversations along the way, in addition to Abraham explaining the historical significance of each site. We loved the unexpected, fun stops we made along the way. They even took us to the train station at the end of the tour and showed us how to get there from the plaza so that we could spend time exploring the area instead of waiting 2 hours at the train station. We highly recommend them!
jason p
jason p
July 24, 2022.
A great service provider Excellent trip arrangements by Hugo to for airport transfer, and visit to Humantay lake and rainbow mountain. He took extra effort to arrange us to get visa in Bolivia consulate in Cusco and bought us SIM card in advanced which is so useful. The tour guide, Smith is also a very nice person and we enjoyed the trip very much even though it was tiring. Thumbs up to Cusco Local Friends !
Dee P
Dee P
July 22, 2022.
Cusco to Ollantaytambo made pain-free Used this service to go from Cusco Airport to Ollantaytambo and then Ollantaytambo to Cusco city. Can't say enough good things about how easy it was to book service with them and I highly recommend using a private taxi vs a bus. I was forced to use a taxi due to the bimodal service via PeruRail having issues with a bus driver strike. This meant that the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo was canceled. Cusco Local Friend emailed me within minutes of requesting taxi service and charged $35 USD which was such a good deal that I used them to return to Cusco even though the bus driver strike was over. Drivers Daniel and Rafael were safe and efficient on the roads. Recommend that you speak a little bit of Spanish but not necessary.
baron s
baron s
July 12, 2022.
7 day Journey through Cusco, sacred valley, macchu Picchu, rainbow mountain We planed a honeymoon 7 day adventure with local Cusco friends and my wife and I had a 5 star experience. First off the communication between Hugo and Percy were amazing in helping plan this once in a lifetime experience. A lot goes into planning a Trip to Peru including admission tickets, transportation, train tickets etc and everything was orchestrated flawlessly. Ferdinand was out tour guide and he went above and beyond in teaching us about the Incan/ preincan/ modern culture. As well as show us many local spots. Alex was our driver and he was extremely professional and was prompt at making our itinerary move smoothly. I can honestly say that by the end of the trip we were sad to leave Alex and Ferdinand as we have all become good friends. I have already referred this company to two couples that are visiting in the next few months. Go ahead and book with this company you won’t regret it.
July 6, 2022.
Yes - They are locals and they are friends! I had a terrific experience with Cusco Local Friend and wouldn’t hesitate to tell any of my friends to use them. I started working with them back in 2019 to plan my dream trip to Machu Picchu. My private tour all arranged with Cusco Local Friend included hiking the short Inca Trail, a day visit at MP with an additional hike up Huayna Picchu, another day around Aguas Calientes, and then the Belmond Hiram Bingham train back to Cusco. My trip was originally scheduled for April 2020, and the world shut down. I worked with Cusco Local Friend to postpone my trip until further notice, and they did not hesitate to make that accommodation on our arrangements. Then, a year later, I finally rescheduled the trip for September of 2021, but the Delta variant was high and Huayna Picchu was still not open, so I decided to postpone indefinitely again. Again, no issues with this from our Cusco Local Friends! I FINALLY was able to get the trip successfully completed at the beginning of June this year. When we arrived in Cusco, Hugo and a driver were there waiting for us. We went into town for coffee and talk about the details of our planned MP experience. Afterwards, the driver took us to our hotel in the Sacred Valley where we were staying to acclimate for 4 days prior to our trek. On the morning of our trek, we were greeted by our guide, Juan Carlos and a guide in training at the time, Smick. We had an incredible day! The trek was hard, but Juan Carlos kept us on pace and even brought some wine for us to have during lunch, which was a fabulous touch. Note: It was raining most of our trek, so a nice glass of red wine warmed up, and prepared us for the final push, along with our coco leaves, of course. The next day when we toured MP and climbed Huayna Picchu, we had both Smick and Juan Carlos along for the ride. They took amazing pictures for us and answered all our questions. The following day, we had not planned anything, but to relax, but Hugo at Cusco Local Friend said that Smick could hang out with us that day and take us to the butterfly place and do a hike to a waterfall that was close to town. Since Smick was in training and needed the experience, they just threw that time in for us! So generous! We had a great day with Smick! When we finished up our day, Smick got us to the train station, and we said our farewells. Back in Cusco, we planned to see Hugo again and give him our feedback on our trip. He came and met us at our hotel and even brought us a little gift. He also arranged for a transport to the airport for us in a couple days, no extra charge. I had an excellent experience with Cusco Local Friend! They are all LOCALS to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and that is always what is important to me when deciding on what tour company to use. Plus, the communication and number of times we had to change plans, was all smooth and easy. We learned so much on our MP trek, and it will be an adventure that I will never forget. Thank you, Cusco Local Friend!
Aubry A
Aubry A
June 23, 2022.
We Loved Rumi For Helping Our Different Abilities Wonderful experience. My family and I loved Rumi our guide. Unfortunately for Rumi, we got confused about when and where we were supposed to meet Rumi, but he did really well tracking us down in no time even though we were like herding cats. The confusion was our fault not his. On the tour Rumi was wonderful. He had brought a binder full of pictures and references to show us Machu Picchu at different times in history and different references about the area. He was also very sensitive to my family members that had ability differences. He even held my mother-in-laws hands while she walked up and down the more precarious areas of Machu Picchu. Be aware that this isn't an easy hike. My father-in-law had a knee replacement a year prior to our trip and he struggled with the ups and downs and the length of the hike. If you are determined, like he is, you can do it but just be aware its not like an American National Park with rails and flattened walk ways. It was 100% worth it for all of us though. Thank you Rumi and Cusco Local Friend.
Timo W
Timo W
May 15, 2022.
Perfectly organised, great and knowledgeable guide. Unforgettable experience! From start to finish our tour was perfectly organised. During the planning of this trip Percy was our contact person. He replied quickly, proposed ideas and he felt really engaging en determined to create the best experience in and around Cusco for us. During our stay Abraham was our guide and we had a variety of drivers. Abraham was super knowledgeable and found the perfect balance between explaining but not overloading us with knowledge. All of the drivers were super punctual and drove us around very comfortable. We had some challenges as there was a strike in the region that we visited however we never noticed a thing about it. Percy contacted us in advance and was super flexible in changing our itinerary. When the train back from Aquas Calientes was fully booked due to the strike Percy upgraded us to make sure that we didn’t have to change our itinerary. If you are to plan your trip to Cusco make sure to use Cusco Local Friend as they will make sure that you will get an unforgettable journey.
May 14, 2022.
Remarkable World Wonder From the pre-booking, to booking, to post-booking, the information given and provided is spot on. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable, gave an in-depth insight into the area and provided "theorized" answers to questions asked. Would rebook hands down without hesitation! September was a great month. Cool weather, slight rain encountered, which made the experience even better as the climate shifting throughout the day could be easily felt.
May 7, 2022.
Sacred valley tour Our guide Abraham was very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible allowing stops for photos. Edgar our driver had the van so clean and windows clear for taking pictures. He cleaned windows after each stop. We were a small group but had a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend these fine men. We did the Sacred VALLEY. Thank you so much. PAUL AND BARBARA BURLEIGH, CANADA

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