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Southern Valley Tour

Southern Valley Tour

Most people in Cusco reserve the Sacred Valley and the South Valley; because many want more vision of what ancient Peru was. As spectacular as the Sacred Valley, the South Valley is an authentic site full of beauty landscapes, here you will find many fewer visitors, several interesting sites different, besides being closer than the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The furthest point is Andahuaylillas and it is only an hour away from Cusco.

It is possible that people without a lot of available time overlook the South Valley, but if you are already on your way to Machu Picchu and have an extra day in Cusco, make the day trip to the South Valley in Cusco. There are few people and several wonderful places to visit. It is one of the ways to enter into the heart of the Inca culture.A diferent travel experience, visit to Tipón,Pikillaqta and Andahuaylillas knows the Sistine Chapel of Cusco, this tour is a different service to the common that are made in Cusco.

 

 

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Quick Itinerary:

08:30 We pick you up from Hotel 

09:00 Starting to the South Valley of Cusco Tour

10:00 Guided tour of Tipón

10:50 Driving to Pikillaata

11:20 Guided tour of Pikillaqta

12:00 Driving to Andahuaylillas

12:20 Guided Tour to Colonial Church of Andahuaylillas

13:00 Return to Cusco

14:30 Cusco 


Explore the South Valley in Cusco:

Yes, we know that you have heard about the Sacred Valley, many places to visit, pleasant weather, and it is on the way to Machu Picchu. But do you hear about the South Valley?Now we will show you more information about this wonderful and unforgettable trip:


Visit the Tipón complex

 

The Tipón complex will show you a set of terraces and water channels that are believed to have been used by the Incas as a ceremonial center to worship the liquid element. The current city of Tipón has gastronomic sellers next to the main road, especially on weekends, when all the restaurants open their doors so you can taste one of the favorite dishes here, cuy baked wood (guinea pig oven).


The pre-Inca ruins of Piquillacta

 

This is different from the previous site, it is a pre-Inca city. This complex was built by the Wari culture, which at one time dominated the central and coastal regions of Peru. It is considered the first culture that made use of the terraces (agricultural terraces) superimposed. In addition, many of the administrative practices of the Incas were adopted from the Wari civilization.


Visit the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas"

The church of the town of Andahuaylillas is known as the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas". It is situated in a beautiful and quiet square. The works of art inside have made this baroque church famous. It has beautiful paintings made by the school of religious art of Cusco (Cusqueña School).


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ITINERARY:

For this Full day to the South Valley, Tipón and Andahuaylillas from Cusco, we will pick you up from your hotel at 08:30 hrs to have a guided tour in the southern valley where you can visit the following places: 

 

  • Tipón: A large impressive cultivation area containing 12 terraces that are currently 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: Presents characteristics of a large 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), courts or houses, temples, long and narrow streets with buildings that had up to 4 high floors.
  • Andahuaylillas: Typical Andean village of the time of the colony of singular origin and architecture. Andahuaylillas stands out its Catholic temple from the colonial era with a beautiful decoration and mural painting of the seventeenth and eighteenth century known as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco.
We will be returning to the city of Cusco at approximately 14:30 hrs.
PleaseTake Note: Upon return we will enjoy the delicious pork rinds (optional). 

 

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Pick up from your hotel inside a monumental helmet( if you are outside, please you should go to the Plaza de Armas.)
  • Tourist private transport
  • Excursion (Full day to the South Valley, Tipón, Pikillaqta and Andahuaylillas from Cusco)
  • Bilingual Guide (Spanish and English)

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Income to the places to visit in case you do not have the tourist ticket (you will have to pay it in the same place):
  • Entrance to the church in Andahuaylillas (10 soles or U$4)
  • Tips
  • Meals

 

SUGGESTIONS:

  • Wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a jacket for rain or cold
  • Drink coca tea or lemon candies for dizziness
  • If you have a medical prescription, always have it with you for emergencies
  • Cusco has a somewhat cool climate although very changeable, although the rains may be unexpected, the months of June to July are the best, without the presence of much rain and cold.
  • Book at least 1 day before

 

INTERESTING INFO:

Weather:

The climate is very similar to the city of Cusco, but with warmer temperatures due to the lower altitude.

 

  • Rainy season (December - March)
  • Dry season (April - November)

Altitude:

 

  • Tipón 3,498 meters above sea level
  • Piquillacta 3,205 meters above sea level
  • Andahuaylillas 3,121 meters above sea level
  • Raqchi 3,488 meters above sea level

 

We remind you that to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness you should have an acclimatization time (without making any effort) of one or two days in the city of Cusco.
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