Cusco-Sacred Valley-Aguas Calientes
Today you will enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a magical place as it name suggests; a winding trail of lush, green slopes lining the Urubamba River. Discover everything from colorful markets to fascinating architectural remains. Travel to Pisac, a lofty Andean Village with its native market. On your way to Pisac, you will stop at the Awana Kancha centre, where all four Peruvian camelids – llamas, alpacas, guanacos and vicunas – laze in the fields. Weavers from southern Peru exhibit textiles that are spun, dyed and woven using traditional natural products and techniques. This fascinating place also has a shop where you can buy top quality crafts. You arrive in the town of Pisac, renowned for its huge, colorful market. Local Indians have gathered here for centuries to sell their merchandise. The daily handicraft section is famous for ceramic jewellery, textiles and other Peruvian artifacts. You then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. Here we observe temples, residences, altars, channels and caves. This afternoon we continue to the town of Ollantaytambo, one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. Climb the steep stones steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain for breathtaking views down the valley, and admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun. Finally you will be taken to the train station. On your arrival in Aguas Calientes your guide will meet you and will give you some details for the tour of the next day.