Activities and Tours Sacred Valley
Excursions, Walks & Activities
The Spanish courses in the Sacred Valley allow much time to and explore the valley in your own in your free time. However, the Spanish school also offers certain tours and activities in the Sacred Valley, as there is so much to see and discover in this fantastic region and to learn about the Peruvian culture.
Some popular trips include the market and ruins in Pisac, the beautiful village of Chincheros, or the old Inca town Ollantaytambo. If you love outdoor activities, you can rent mountain bikes or quad bikes and go and explore the surroundings of the school. Of course the area is excellent for trekking (multiple day hikes), but also for short hikes of a few hours, and picnics.
If you choose to study Spanish at the school in the Sacred Valley, some activities are freely included in your program, after the morning classes.
This is a place to explore the ruins throughout the valley or participate in a hike, a rafting tour, zip lining experience, or cultural activity, or visit the bustling markets.
Discover the Sacred Valley!
Some of the free or low-cost activities the Spanish course in the Sacred Valley includes:
- A visit to the Salt Mines in Maras. The beautiful salt mines are found on the high plains above Urubamba and they are still in use! The terraces have been finely carved from stone, and we can also see lintels with sculptures. The salt mines (or salt pans) of Maras have been exploited since Inca times and during the Vice-regency, it was the largest salt producer in the southern highlands.
The last part of our hike to the alt mines hike offers exceptional scenery and the opportunity to see the salt mines, which are still in use by the local people.
- A beautiful hike to the hills behind Urubamba. One can wander for hours along narrow farm lanes or pass by the traditional Andean people as they live their daily lives of simplicity. This is a tranquil and beautiful hike that only enhances the feeling of being in Peru and really experiencing the local life.
- We visit to the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo, built on original Inca Foundations. Ollantaytambo is divided into canchas (blocks) that are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance that is usually a huge stone doorway, which leads into a central courtyard.
- A Cooking Class. During your Spanish course in the Sacred Valley you might be able to join one our cooking classes. Together with one of the local chefs of the Sacred Valley you will learn how to prepare one of the traditional Peruvian dishes with local ingredients.
- A Walking welcome Tour in one of the village of the Sacred Valley on the arrival day, e.g. Urubamba, Calca, Pisac or Ollantaytambo, located at the foot of some spectacular Inca Ruins that protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley in Inca times.
- A Yoga Class. Some weeks we are lucky to have our local yoga instructor and we’ll include the yoga class on our activities schedule. Nurture yourself with our free yoga: inhale and feel the spiritual atmosphere of the Sacred Valley and relax, while enjoying enjoy the peace in this beautiful Andean village
After (or before your Spanish course in the Sacred Valley), you can jump on the train (at train station Ollantaytambo) and travel to Aguas Calientes, from where you can visit the Inca citadel Machu Picchu.
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