Many thanks to all posters in the Peru forum about help on developing a great tour to Sacred Valley and Cuzco. Following recommendations here, we worked with Cultural Immersion to develop a private tour. We were very pleased with the service from this group: on time, good guide and information, excellent driving, clean and comfortable car. We pre-booked only one meal and loved that because it gave us flexibility to change the schedule as needed due to more or less time at one place or as we dealt with illness one day. Eduardo Becerra was our main contact at the agency. We had a tiny bump before departure regarding a hotel, which Eduardo fixed immediately. I really appreciated the way Cultural Immersion did business.
We were amazed by the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. They are larger than those at Machu Picchu but not nearly as well known. Our tour guide at CI showed us a lot about the town of Ollantaytambo, in addition to the ruins, which was very interesting. If you can, schedule in a half day or a few hours to really look at the old part of this town and the ruins.
We also enjoyed the visit to the working Maras salt ponds and the Moray Inca agricultural experiment area. Just fascinating for both. Driving through the Sacred Valley to Pisac you can see the way the Inca sculpted the mountains to increase arable land for farming. It is everywhere, not just in Ollantaytambo, Pisac, or Machu Picchu. We drove from Ollan. to Pisac and on to Cusco, stopping at the Inca spots close to Cusco. It was a very full day but there is so much to see.
We stayed at the El Albergue Hotel in Ollantaytambo and Maytaq Wasin in Cusco and would happily stay at both again; see separate reviews posted soon. In Ollan. we ate at the restaurant in the El Albergue and in Cusco at Sara's and Baco's; see separate reviews posted soon.