South Valley Tour in Cusco (Half a Day)

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Departure & Return Location

Hotel in Cusco - Plaza San Francisco

Duration

08:30 am till mid afternoon
Tour Details

This tour is renowned for its blend of stunning natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipón, and pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta. You’ll explore Andahuaylillas and its splendid Chapel, often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of America”. Don’t miss the chance to savor the exquisite cuisine of Saylla, Huasao. Join us for an unforgettable and comprehensive experience!

ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER OF TIPON

Similar to many significant Inca sites, Tipón was inhabited by human groups and cultures that preceded the Incas, including the Ayamarcas and the Waris.

Historical accounts suggest that Tipón served as the residence of the ruler Yahuar Huacac. His son and successor to the throne, Huiracocha, constructed the main canals and walls of the complex during the fifteenth century.

During the Spanish invasion in the 16th century, the structures at Tipón remained intact, allowing it to preserve much of its original form.

After over 600 years, the water channels of Tipón still flow precisely and consistently. Due to this, American engineer Kenneth Wright hailed it as a “Marvel of civil engineering.”

Currently, Tipón stands as one of the most visited archaeological sites in Cusco. It is an integral part of the “South Valley” tour, which also includes Piquillacta and the Andahuaylillas church.

PICKILLAQTA ARCHAEOLOGICAL CENTER

The archaeological complex of Piquillacta (in Quechua: Pikillaqta, meaning “town of the fleas”) comprises the remnants of a pre-Hispanic city in Ancient Peru. Situated in the Lucre district, Quispicanchi province, Cusco department, it lies around 30 km southeast of Cusco city, at an elevation of 3,250 meters above sea level. It spans an approximate area of 50 hectares.

It served as a significant administrative and religious center for the Wari culture between the 6th and 9th centuries CE, exemplifying Wari’s distinctive urban planning. Some experts suggest its influence might have continued into the Inca era, although no evidence corroborates this.

THE SISTINE CHAPEL OF ANDAHUAYLILLAS

Andahuaylillas is a small town within the Quispicanchi province, roughly 45 kilometers from Cusco city. Despite insufficiently studied remains, it appears to have held Inca significance. Situated near the Vilcanota River, its fertile landscape attracted settlers of some prominence during the colonial era. The preserved mansions stand as testaments to this history. The town’s development stagnated, and its Quechua name (“copper prairie”) adopted a Castilian diminutive due to a larger homonymous town, Andahuaylas in Apurímac.

Today, Andahuaylillas is a hospitable community of around 5,000 inhabitants. Its expansive main square, adorned with ancient pisonay trees, welcomes travelers. The church, still externally beautiful, stands atop a platform accessible via steps. As with many Andean churches, it features an open chapel resembling a balcony, guarded by a robust bell tower. Three stone crosses rise from the atrium. It’s believed that the church was built atop a pre-Hispanic structure, possibly a guaca, evidenced by Inca walls within.

Price Includes

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional bilingual guide

Price Excludes

  • Price for foreign partial ticket: S/ 70.00 soles
  • Price for Peruvian partial ticket: S/ 40.00 soles
  • Entrance tickets to the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas for foreigners (S/15.00 soles)
  • Entrance tickets to the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas for Peruvians (S/10.00 soles)

Recommended to Carry

  • Daypack to carry your things
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian Soles in Cash (100 Soles approximately)
Itinerary

Day 1South Valley Tour in Cusco

We will collect you from your hotel between 8:30 and 8:45 am to commence the EL VALLE SUR (South Valley) excursion. Situated south of Cusco at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level, this tour seamlessly combines captivating natural vistas with Inca architecture at TIPON and pre-Inca WARI PIKILLAQTA, dating from the 15th to 18th centuries.

Our final stop is the ANDAHUAYLILLAS chapel, renowned as the Sistine Chapel of America, dating back to the 17th century. After your exploration, we’ll return to Cusco, where transportation will drop you off 2 to 3 blocks from the main square. END OF TOUR.

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