This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre – Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel, known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”
The southern area of Cusco played a very important role in the development of the great Inca state. This started with the emigration towards the south (Peruvian altiplano) which made possible the occupation of the valley of Cusco, the first inhabitants were the Marcavalles who are considered as the oldest human civilization (1000 B.C) and who occupied the area of the same name, the Omas occupied the district of San Jeronimo and the Wari-Chankas, who made great gains in terms of irrigation and urban planning. This development can be seen at two archeological sites. We will enjoy our lunch on the way back to Cusco, to finish our tour at Andahuaylillas, a picturesque Andean town where the San Pedro church is found, known as the Sistine Chapel of America due to its impressive paintings and murals. Return to Cusco and transfer to hotel.
Tipon: Tipon is said 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, the mountain above the site. In addition to the terracing there are also some other structures at Tipon, including baths, a temple complex, canals and aqueducts. Tipon is definitely one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area but it is equally as impressive as those in the Sacred Valley. The Tipon Archeological Complex is located 24km southeast of Cusco.
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, in the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas.
Andahuylillas: Here you find 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 we’ll pass Saylla, a typical district of Cusco where people can enjoy the delicious pork chicharrones (optional). We return to Cusco for approximately 4pm.
Schedules: Our private tours leave at 8:00AM / return 4:00PM
Duration: This tour takes all day, including visits to the historical center and the surrounding ruins.
Places to Visit: Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuylillas and other places on the way
Private Service: Private Service for organized groups departs any day. Highly recommended.
Tourist Ticket or Boleto Turistico (BTG): Officially known as the Boleto Turistico Unico (BTU) this ticket is valid for 10 days. It is sold at the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INC).
Pick up from your Hotel
Official English-Speaking guide
Private and confortable transport “fully equipped”
What is not included?
Tourist ticket to enter to the archaeological sites (10 day tourist ticket S/140 / 1 day ticket S/ 70 Soles )
With the 10 day ticket you can visit 16 sites including museums and do the city tour in Cusco
We recommend that you bring:
Wear light shoes or snickers
Waterproof raincoat for the rainy season
Long sleeve T-shirts
Short or Long Pants
Sun Block and hats for the sunny days
Personal medical kit
A light backpack
Extra money for lunch and souvenirs