day 15: Visit to the Sacred Valley
Visit to the Inca site of Pisac.
This fortress controlled the comings and goings on the right bank of the Vilcanota River. The Incas had set up a large administrative centre there, which governed the entire province.
Continuation towards the village of Pisac. A free time at the handicraft market will allow you to discover all the Andean handicrafts: ponchos, alpaca and sheep textiles, jewelry, antiques, paintings and many other quality items.
Lunch on your own in Urubamba.
You will continue the discovery of the sacred valley of the Incas with the visit of the Mine Salt of Maras. The saltworks are made up of more than three hundred terraces on the mountainside; the salt is extracted there thanks to a supply of salt water from the basins, where the water evaporates and leaves a thin layer of solidified salt, hardened by the sun.
Visit to the fortress of Ollantaytambo. The strategic geographical situation of this last Inca stronghold allowed them to resist the Spaniards; the remains of the fortress testify to the confrontations that took place following the loss of Cusco to the hands of the conquistadors.
Dinner on your own in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Steps: Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu PicchuMaras VillageOllantaytambo – VillagePisac; archaeological siteSalt ponds of MarasThe Sacred Valley of the Incas