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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
Physical Rating:
Trip Type:
Private Tour
Trip Length
Full Day
Starting from
$ 100
per person

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

Absolute Sacred Valley Tour–Explore the best of the Sacred Valley in one day! This is a perfect option for those having a very limited time but willing to take most of their trip in the Sacred Valley and visit all the must-see sites in the area such as Pisac, Moray, the Salt Mines, and Ollantaytambo on a full-day tour.

This Absolute Sacred Valley Tour itinerary is specially designed so that you do not miss any of the must-see sites of the Sacred Valley, such as Pisac Ruins, the spectacular Inca site of Moray (Circular terraces), the Salt Mines of Maras (salt pans) and Ollantaytambo. We are one of the only companies offering this EXCLUSIVE Sacred Valley Tour that includes all of the key sites in the Sacred Valley

The best of the Sacred Valley Tour is perfect for those who are interested in 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. Do you want to explore the Sacred Valley on a more relaxed tour? Check out our Sacred Valley Tour including Maras

Why you will love this tour

  • Exclusive Sacred Valley Tour option that includes all the must-see sites of the Sacred Valley in one day!
  • Explore the 02 major Inca Sites in the Sacred Valley for a deep understanding of Inca history.
  • Explore 02 of the unique sites such as Moray and the Maras Incan Salt Pools, where locals still farm the salt by hand.
  • Enjoy a personal and flexible private guided tour of the Sacred Valley conducted by a friendly and Expert 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.
  • 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 grown in the area.
  • 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 are in private and semi-private service 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
  • Departure point: Hotels in Cusco City, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba
  • Drop off point: Hotel in Cusco city, Ollantaytambo (or Train Station)
  • Pick-up Time: From Cusco City – 7:00 AM; From Urubamba/Ollantaytamb – 8:30 AM
  • Duration: 11 Hours approx.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • GROUP SIZE: PRIVATE TOUR – You decide!


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, one of the biggest 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. Visit the Pisac Market is optional so you decide whether making the stop or not.
  • Visit a local Llama and Alpaca farm and get your best snapshot.
  • 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.
  • We will then continue to the amazing circular Inca Terraces of Moray, Unique among the Inca sites in the Sacred Valley area, 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 drive to Ollantaytambo (well known as a living museum due to old houses still inhabited by locals) to explore the fascinating megalithic ruins, including the Sun Temple and the many terraces at this site.
  • At the end of the tour, we will drop you off at your Hotel or Train station in Ollantaytambo  (in case your trip plans continue to Machupicchu)

Price Options

SV Basic option

Private Guided Tour

Start at
$ 100 /pp
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Private transportation

SV Standard Option

BESTSELLER! Private Guided Tour

Start at
$ 130 /pp
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Private transportation
  • All Admission Tickets to the sites
  • Complimentary water

SV Superior Option

All-inclusive Guided Tour

Start at
$ 155 /pp
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Private transportation
  • All Admission Tickets to the sites
  • Lunch in a local Restaurant
  • Complimentary water

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!
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!
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 . 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!!
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!!!!
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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