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Cultural and Historical Tours in Peru: Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo Fortress

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Key Highlights
  • The Ollantaytambo fortress of the Incas is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas
  • Shop for some exquisite beads necklaces made of ceramics at the Pisac Market
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx 10 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: Approx 10 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cusco. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cusco

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Journey into the heart of Peru’s rich Inca heritage as you explore colourful markets and an imposing fortress on this tour.

    The charming marketplace of Pisac is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite Peruvian handicrafts. Capture the essence of the indigenous people as you walk amongst friendly Indians who come to sell their wares in the time-honoured way. Great souvenirs can be picked up here - antiques, weaves, ceramic necklaces, mittens and alpaca sweaters.

    Legend and mystery will now capture your imagination as you walk the cobblestone pathways of Ollantaytambo, the ‘infallible’ fortress of the Incas. The Inca terraces and megalithic structures impart a powerful sense of a bygone era. The oldest inhabited town of the Incas, the fortress also served as a temple and ceremonial centre.

    From the colourful markets of Pisac to Inca fortresses, Peru’s rich heritage and indigenous culture will make this a tour to remember.


    This tour is available in two options: coach and private. The private option offers you greater convenience and flexibility of time.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and taken in an air-conditioned vehicle for a sightseeing tour to the Pisac Market and the Ollantaytambo fortress. A bilingual guide will accompany you on this tour. Pisac is just 30 kilometres outside Cusco and the drive takes approximately half an hour.

    Leave Cusco behind and enjoy a scenic drive through a stunning landscape to the Urubamba valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    Arrive at the town of Pisac, set high on the mountainside with a superb Inca fortress and lookout post. Pisac is renowned for its colourful market where the local Indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done for centuries. The handicraft market takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and is famous for its ceramic beads made into necklaces, earrings and other Peruvian artefacts.

    From here the tour carries on to the town of Ollantaytambo, the site of one of the great Inca fortresses and sacred areas along the Urubamba Valley. The town is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas. It was here that Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in 1538 before fleeing to the mountains of Vilcabamba.

    The sixteen massive terraces spread before you are a testimony to the magnificent Inca masonry. Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain -around 260 steps! From here the view down the valley is superb and you can admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun.

    There will be a stop for lunch.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Cusco.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
    • Lunch
    • Entrance fees
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Exact pick-up time depends on the location of the hotel.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • Customer Reviews
    • A wonderful Tour of the Sacred Valley

      Overall the experience was great! the start of the tour was a bit disorganized but the rest of it more than made up for it. great guide and very informational...

      Eliseo T Rojas, United States, 09/Jul/2012

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