The Sacred Valley of the Incas was a crucial area for the Inca empire, and it functioned as an agricultural, spiritual and political center. On this Sacred Valley tour, you will visit the 4 main Inca sites of Chinchero, Moray, Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo.
The Sacred Valley Tour starts early, and heads to the high mountain village of Chinchero, famous for its weaving and location at 3800 m. We will visit a weaving house, and have a demonstration on dying and weaving techniques, as well as visiting the famous Chinchero Market. From Chinchero, we descend to the terraces in Moray.
Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When you are done exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away.
Maras is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.
We descend to the base of the Sacred Valley and then onto Ollantaytambo, which features an impressive set of terraces leading from the village center.