South Valley of Cusco Tour

  • Destination: Cusco, Peru
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Price per person: $100


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South of Cusco was a very important area for the development of the Inca Empire. A very important irrigation system at the Inca took place at the site of Tipon, 30 km south of Cusco, this place were very important and a religious centre for the ancient Incas, also you will be able to explore a pre Inca metropolis, an extraordinary planed urban city called Piquillaqta, where you will see apartments, parks, and temple.

South of Cusco was a very Tipon ruins show how the Incas reached an impressive development in their architecture, especially in their hydraulic construction of well-built canals. The inhabitants of Tipon built a long, tall wall just to install a unique aqueduct. Some of the canals are still being use to provide the inhabitants of the area with water. Tipon is located 23 km. southeast of the Inca capital at a height of 3,560 meters above sea level.important area for the development of the Inca Empire. A very important irrigation system at the Inca took place at the site of Tipon, 30 km south of Cusco, this place were very important and a religious centre for the ancient Incas, also you will be able to explore a pre Inca metropolis, an extraordinary planed urban city called Piquillaqta, where you will see apartments, parks, and temple. Keep goingsouth you will discover a colonial town called Andahuaylillas, having as a main attraction the main cathedral that is well decorated with frescos on the walls and pan de oro, called the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’. This tour is a half day, approximately 5 hours.

Tipon show the Incas reached an impressive development in their architecture, especially in their hydraulic construction of well-built canals. The inhabitants of Tipon built a long, tall wall just to install a unique aqueduct. Some of the canals are still used to provide the inhabitants of the area with water. Tipon is located 23 km. southeast of the Inca capital at a height of 3,560 meters above sea level.

Itinerary

Day 1
We will pick you up at your hotel at 8:30 am and will drive true the city, passing by the new areas that the locals call modern Cusco, passing by San Sebastian and San Geronimo, after we will see the town that are in both sites of the valley, we will ride to the left of the to visit in the upper part the archaeological site of Tipón. A great place to observe an impressive hydraulic engineering system, you will enjoy the sound of the water designed for religion matters, also you will discover several royal chambers that use to be use by Inca Wiraqocha. This type of architecture is well known for its imperial style, from where you will have an amazing mountain scenery. In spite of the years the construction style of the channels and the liturgical sources are still intact, Tipon is a very important temple, for the Andean cosmological and religion.

After this we will continue to the pre Inca metropolis of Pikillacta. The word Pikillaqta is a made up Quechua word, meaning lousy town (piki = lousy, llaqta = town), although it is also called “city of the fleas”. This city was one of the most impressive regional centres of the Wari Empire, seated in Ayacucho (north of Cusco), the Waris, well known as very brave warriors extend their domain till this areas, constructing Pikillacta as their admiration, political and religion centre in the south of their empire, the design of the city has the same order as a modern city, with streets, avenues, parks, temples, administration buildings and large residential are, all surrounded with very tall wall, with main control gates, inside the city of Pikillacta exist of more than 200 kanchas (apartments), 504 colcas (warehouses) and other constructions. The city must have accommodated a population of approximately 10 thousand people. All this makes us understand the importance of this pre Inca city, which was occupied by the Incas through the years. Till today it is a national archaeological park of great importance and admiration.

Our next visit will be Andahuaylillas, a small colonial village, the name of this village was Antawaylla, (anta: barrel maker; waylla: prairie and both words united mean “coppery prairie”). Is located in the way to Puno. At 3198 m. (10490 feet), having a good climate because of the surrounding mountains.
This particular town has the pride to have a colonial catholic church, The San Pedro Church of Andahuaylillas, it was constructed for the Jesuits at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Its´ architectural structure is typical for small towns´ churches. Its´walls are wide, typical for the colonial buildings, made with mad bricks called adobe, a facade decorated with murals and two stone columns projected towards the main entrance.

Inside this church has special decoration that give the denomination as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ for their impressive painting on the walls and the wood carving that conform their altars and idols, mixed with exquisite colonial pan de oro (bread of gold), His main altar is made of solid silver sheets.

We will observe a picture of the “Virgin of the Asunción”, painted by the Spanish historical painter Esteban Murillo. You will also see walls attributed to Luís de Riaño (17th century), the paintings that decorate the bases and a notable oil painting of the archangel San Miguel
The church lodges, additionally, a linen cloth collection of the Cusqueña art School, which represents the life of San Pedro (with impressive frameworks in bread of gold), a majestic organ, a silver goldsmith and a baroque altar
Also is located the immense Plaza de Armas of Andahuaylillas, is surrounded by leafy pisonay trees (or choral trees) and palm trees. It is considered as one of the most beautiful Plazas of the region.

In your way back you will be show few little town, for example Huaro, where the wizards lived at the time of the Incas, or so is said. We will stop in Tipon town where you will be delighted by one of the main traditional dish of the region of Cusco, the famous ‘Roasted Guinea pig’ (Cuy). We will return to Cusco around 2 pm.

Included:
  • Guide in English and Spanish
  • Tourist transport
  • Local cellphone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
Not Included:
  • Entrance fee to the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fee to The San Pedro Church of Andahuaylillas (10 soles).
  • Lunch

 

Note: We recommend you buy the General Tourist Ticket that allows you to visit 15 places, including the ruins of Cusco and the museums. Otherwise you can purchase the 2 day partial ticket which allows. To visit Tipon and Pikillacta and the museum in Cusco. This is in case you are not planning to visit any of the Sacred Valley archaeological sites and the Cusco
archaeological sites.

We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Original Passport
  • ISIC ID if you book your tour as student
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sun protection (Sun cream and hat)
  • Rain gear (on rain season)
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a scan copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Scan copy of your ISIC student card (if you have one its $18 US less)
  • Departure date for the trail
  • 60% deposit of the tour´s price by western union, PayPal, ABN AMRO bank in Holland, the remainder of the balance is paid at our office in Cusco.

Price US$ 100 per Person
Price is based on two people.

Private tour
1 person US$ 200
2 persons US$ 100 pp
3 persons US$ 100 pp
4 persons US$ 75 pp
Over 5 persons US$ 60 pp

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With each tour you book with Green Peru Adventures, you are a free walking tour offered by the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. Here you will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We look forward to an unforgettable experience of your trip.

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