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SOUTH VALLEY OF CUSCO (HALF-DAY)

ACTIVITY ITINERARY AND DESCRIPTION:

In this tour you will explore the beautiful South Valley of Cusco and get off the traditional tourist trail. The South Valley is known for its spectacular natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre – Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta, and a beautiful chapel, known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”. You will have the opportunity to visit all of these incredible sites on our tour.

We will pick you up from your Hotel between 8:40 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to start our adventure.

Stop 1: Tipon

The Tipon Archeological Complex is located 24km southeast of Cusco. Tipon is one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area, but it is equally as impressive as those in the Sacred Valley. It is an ancient Incan site and thought to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha. It is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces, which run up the narrow valley are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan and the mountain is located above the site. In addition to the terracing, there are also some other structures at Tipon including baths, a temple complex, canals, and aqueducts.

Stop 2: Pikillaqta

Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 AD by the Huari people. In the area there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas.

Stop 3: Andahuaylillas

Here we will discover the the “Sistine Chapel of Peru,” a church that is home to golden altars, paintings, and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece.

On our return to Cusco we will pass Saylla, where people can enjoy the delicious and infamous pork chicharrones (optional).

We return to Cusco around 2:30 p.m.

 

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INCLUDED

  • Transportation
  • English speaking guide
  • Taxes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Admission prices to enter archaeological sites