Overview South Valley Tour

Cusco, “Archaeological Capital of America”, surprises all its visitors with an endless number of tourist attractions. This time it is a valley located southeast of the city of Cusco on the road to Puno, a fairly fertile valley with legacies from different periods. The first point of visit is the archaeological center of Tipon, a sample of the wisdom of the ancient Inca hydraulic engineers. The valley would have been populated since time immemorial, which as it developed was also populated in different places is the case of Piquillacta construction clearly Pre Inca. From colonial times, the Andahuaylillas Chapel, better known as the Sistine Chapel of America, was built for its exuberant ornamentation. In addition, the valley has the wetlands of Huacarpay, a favorite place and refuge for migratory birds, a good place not far from the capital city, for bird watching. Additionally, the small villages of the valley offer delicious pork rinds, guinea pig dishes (Cavia porcellus), broths, etc., for those who like to enjoy Cusco’s gastronomy.

Travel with us through the southern part of Cusco city and be part of history through pre-Inca and Inca archeological sites and a beautiful colonial church known as “The Sixtine of America” all in beautiful towns that still preserve their beautiful colonial mansions.

Trip details:

  • PLACES TO VISIT: Tipon – Pikillacta – Andahuaylillas – Oropesa – Saylla.
  • AVAILABILITY: Every day
  • TOUR DURATION: 1 Day
  • PEOPLE PER GROUP: Small groups of 4 to 12 people maximum (personalized service)
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 2/5
  • COSTS FROM: USD 30.00 (per person)
  • Duration: 6 hours

Itinerary Overview

  • Pick up from hotel between 8:30 am to 8:45 am
  • Introduction and tour instructions by our guide.
  • 9:00 am – Start of the Circuit South Valley of Cusco.
  • AM – Visit to Tipon Archaeological Complex.
  • AM – Visit to the Archaeological Complex of Pikillacta.
  • AM – Visit the village of Andahuaylillas and the Sistine Chapel.
  • PM – tasting of Cusquenian gastronomy in Oropesa – Tipon – Saylla (optional).
  • PM – Return from the South Valley to Cusco.
  • End of the service near the main square of Cusco city.

ITINERARY

Itinerary for this Cusco South Valley Tour

For this Full day to the South Valley, Tipon and Andahuaylillas from Cusco, we will pick you up from your hotel at 09:15 hrs to have a guided tour in the South Valley where you can visit the following places: South Valley Cusco

Tipón: Is a large, impressive cropland containing 12 terraces that are currently being cultivated, whose walls were built with finely carved stones. Even more impressive is the irrigation system that is still serving agriculture and the advantage is the water intake in the spring season.

Pikillaqta: It presents characteristics of a great urban center corresponding to the time of development of the Wari empire with more than a thousand constructions between squares, Pikillacta Cusco colcas (food deposits), fields or houses, temples, long and narrow streets with buildings that had up to 4 floors high.

Andahuaylillas: Typical Andean village of the time of the colony of singular origin and architecture. It stands out in Andahuaylillas its Catholic temple of the colonial epoch with a beautiful decoration and mural painting of the XVII and XVIII century known as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco. On our way back we will enjoy the delicious pork rinds (optional) and will be returning to Cusco at approximately 15:30 hrs.

Travel Information about South Valley Cusco Tour

Tipon

The terraces that are found here are impressive, a sample of hydraulic wisdom, contain 12 terraces of fairly fertile soil and are still cultivated, its retaining walls are made of stones very well carved. Even more impressive is the irrigation system that still serves the agriculture, built taking advantage of the existence of a spring of water in the place, with channels carved in stone and very precisely calculated with almost vertical falls that together constitute a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering; there are some fountains that had to respond to ceremonial purposes. And in this South Valley Cusco Tour you will be able to be fascinated with all the above mentioned.

Tipon is located 23 km southeast of the city of Cusco because it is known that it was a place where they worshiped the water with the care and the veneration that the Incas treated this element. This complex has been distinguished by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Tipon stands out because it is the only Inca complex, which is in perfect working order.

Pikillacta

Pikillacta is considered today as one of the best known and best preserved pre-Inca cities in Peru. It is located 30 km southeast of the city of Cusco.

Satellite city of the Wari Culture, shows an approximate of more than 700 buildings, among kanchas, qolqas and houses. The city has a very harmonious and almost perfect geometric design, divided into blocks and with straight streets. Their constructions were of 2, and up to 3 floors, with high walls made of stones not worked with clay mortar, walls of considerable thickness in the base and decreasing width upwards. Citadel that during its heyday must have had a population of about 10 thousand people.

Andahuaylillas, “The Sistine Chapel of America”.

It is located 39 km from the Imperial city of Cusco. The beauty of its colonial architecture can be appreciated until the present time being one of its main exponents the temple of San Pedro Apostol which is also known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”. It is located in front of the charming main square, which is paved in the shape of a checkerboard and framed by pisonay trees.

The colonial church of Andahuaylillas, considered as the “Sixtine Chapel” of the Americas, for the quality of the works of art found inside: mural paintings, canvases, altarpieces, altars, etc… This church was built on some important Inka build, possibly a “Waka” because the bases of the church were made with carved andesites typical of Quechua religious architecture.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Includes:

  • Pick up from hotel in Cusco.
  • Tourist Transport.
  • Specialized professional guide.
  • Entrance to the places of visit.

Not included:

  • No additional services to those described above.
  • Food or drink not specified in the Tour.

SPECIAL NOTES

Recommendations:

  • For this tour in Cusco South Valley, it is necessary to bring a jacket or windbreaker.
  • If you take this tour during the months of December to March, it is recommended to bring an umbrella or rain jacket.
  • The scenery is magnificent and we recommend that you bring your camera or camcorder with you after a trip. There is nothing better than opening a large photo album and sharing the memories of your time with friends or family. The sensations, the people and the places they visited will make them relive anecdotes they will never forget.
  • Wear: sneakers, light shoes or tennis shoes.
  • Rain gear: A good raincoat and rain pants and a plastic rain poncho.
  • Extra money for drinks and tips, souvenirs, etc (soles or dollars).
  • Bottle of water (1 litre recommended)Sunscreen, wide brimmed hat for sunny days.
  • Medicine and/or personal items (contact lens fluid).
  • Insect repellent.
  • One light backpack or briefcase per person.
  • Carrying coins in small denominations of dollars or soles.
  • Warm clothing: layers of varying temperatures, especially at night. Thermals / gloves / scarves: wool socks / wool hat for cold nights, T-shirts for the whole walk.

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