South Valley Cusco
Cusco, South Valley
Duration: 1 Dia
Max Altitud: 3,400 m
South Valley Tour Cusco.
A less traditional tour but so impressive as the others. Discover the South Valley!!!, a route not so well known but that will captivate your attention from the first moment. Travel with us the southern area of the city of Cusco and transport to a part of the history through pre-Inca and Inca archaeological centers. Enjoy the visit to the incredible colonial church known as “The Sistine of America” all in beautiful villages that still retain their beauty colonial mansions.
- Explore the South Valley in a half day tour.
- Enjoy the unique Sistine Church of America
- Daily departures
Price Per Night
08:30 We pick you up from your Hotel
09:00 Driving to South Valley Cusco
10:00 Guided tour of Tipón
10:50 Driving to Pikillacta
11:20 Guided tour of Pikillacta
12:00 Driving to Andahuaylillas
12:20 Guided Tour to Colonial Church of Andahuaylillas
13:00 Return to Cusco
14:30 End of the South Valley tour
This trip starts by picking you up from your hotel around 08:30 am. Then we will go by bus to the south of Cusco, during this trip we can see beautiful landscapes of the Andean mountains. The first stop will be the archaeological center of Tipón, ceremonial center Inka where through a stone channel the flow of water from the high peaks of the Pachatusan hill to the lowlands of the valley was controlled.
Later we will visit the Archaeological Complex of Pikillaqta which literally means “city of fleas”. It is an old walled citadel of the Wari Empire, which was one of the most important regional centers of the Wari Culture in its expansion into the city of Cusco.
Finally we will conclude the journey visiting the beautiful Church of Andahuaylillas, little jewel of the Colonial period, also known as ‘The Sistine of America’, inside which is an impressive collection of canvases with gold plated frames and mural paintings, baroque altarpieces , and more. Likewise we can appreciate the famous pentalingue door. We will be back in the city of Cusco at approximately 2:30 pm.
- Partial tourist ticket.
- Entrance ticket to Andahuaylillas.
- Tourist transport.
- Professional guide in English / Spanish language.
- Permanent assistance
BRING WITH YOU:
- Protection against the sun (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
- Protection against rain (water poncho and waterproof jacket)
- Water bottle
- Cash in soles
South Valley of Cusco Tour:
The South Valley of Cusco tour is known for combining the most beautiful natural landscapes. You will see the impousing Inca architecture of Tipón, the pre – Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas visit its beautiful Chapel, known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”; without forgetting the tasty gastronomy that can be tasted in Saylla, Huasao.
We know you have heard about the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is one of the best places to visit in South America, it has impressive archaeological sites, mild weather and incredible landscapes. But have you heard about the Cusco South Valley? Visitors usually do this tour, before visiting Machu Picchu or after touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Cusco South Valley was a very important place for the development of the Inca Empire. It is the perfect route for people looking for cultural experience, appreciate archaeological sites and magnificent landscapes, without so much company and in a short period of time. This territory was one of the first inhabited places in the entire Cusco Valley. The first inhabitants of the culture known as “Marcavalle” populated this place 1,000 years before Christ.
The South Valley tour Cusco will allow you to enjoy beautiful landscapes of the Andean highlands; you can see the magnificent hydraulic architecture of Tipón, pre-Inca constructions in Pikillaqta and beautiful works of art of the Cusquenian school in the temple of Andahuaylillas. On the way back, you can visit a variety of restaurants; in the village of Saylla the specialty is the “chicharrón”, but if you want to try the delicious guinea pig, visit the village of Tipón.
OverviewItineraryIncludesBefore you go
Why book the South Valley of Cusco tour?
This tour will allow you to enjoy beautiful landscapes of the Andean highlands; you can see the magnificent hydraulic architecture of Tipón, pre-Inca constructions in Pikillaqta and beautiful works of art of the Cusco school in the temple of Andahuaylillas.
On the way back the South Valley tour Cusco, you can visit a variety of restaurants; in the village of Saylla the specialty is “chicharrón”, but if you want to taste the delicious “cuy” (guinea pig), take advantage of the weather in Tipón. The best way to do this tour is on private, but you will also enjoy being part of an organized tour.
Cusco South Valley
During the South Valley of Cusco tour, you will visit the next places:
Tipon is located in the district of Oropesa in Quispicanchis east of Cusco. Tipón is an amazing hydraulic engineering model created by the Incas. The archaeological site has walls, terraces and petroglyphs. It contains twelve terraces of a fertile land, with walls made of beautifully carved stone, in addition it still conserves the system of irrigation that serves for agriculture. It is a beautiful place of Cusco South Valley to take pictures. Also, in the community of Tipón stands out an incredible colonial mansion, which is part of the “Qespikancha hamlet”. You can enter for free.
The star point is Pikillaqta, which means “town of fleas” and includes the towns of Huacarpay and Piñipampa. It is 30 kms of Cusco, and includes more than 800 constructions with diverse functions, in which it is estimated that more than ten thousand people lived. The complex highlights several buildings, it is presumed to be one of the most important towns of Wari culture in the Cusco South Valley.
At the end you will visit Andahuaylillas is 42 km away from Cusco. Its original name is Antahuaylla, meaning: on the plain. Later in the colonial era it was like Andahuaylillas. The highlight of this village is the temple of San Pedro or Sistine Chapel of America, named by some historians and travelers, that dates from the sixteenth century. Stand out their wonderful mural paintings, which are part of the baroque art in Peru.
Freequently Asked Questions
What is the appropiate clothing for this tour?
What is the Partial tourist ticket?
To make the South Valley Tour in the city of Cusco, you will require the “Partial Tourist Ticket” in which the entry tickets to Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Pikillacta are included
When to go to the South Valley of Cusco?
The time in Cusco is very inconstant, in the morning can be sunny and at afternoon can be raining. That is why we recommend the visit during the dry season that is a good time to avoid the rainings in Cusco and goes from May to October.
South Valley tour can be visited by people of any age?
South Valley can be visited by people of all ages; However, it is possible that children and people of any age enjoy this tour. That the reason why this tour is very popular and recommended for families.