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Cusco Southern Valley Tour

Cusco Southern Valley Tour

1 Day from $ USD 120.00

Cusco Southern Valley Tour

1 Day from $ 120 | Cusco Southern Valley Tour

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 120.00
Duration
1 Day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Easy

Introduction

The South Valley Cusco Tour, allows you to know the tourist attractions of Tipon place where they worshiped the water, the Cusco historian Victor Angles argues that Tipon could be the Royal House of Yahuar Huacac, Pikillacta archaeological remains of the Wari culture and Andahuaylillas old town with a colonial church better known as “Sistine Chapel”.

The southern Cusco valley, the original territorial mecca that allowed the birth and consolidation of one of the greatest cultures in the world, has to offer us in it, open to the whole world, the heritage of a legacy of more than 1000 years.

southern cusco valleyAt 8: 30am we will pick you up from your hotel and we will take direction to the southeast of the city by the road that went in Inca times to the region of Qollasuyo, after 45 minutes approximately of travel along 21 kilometers that will take us through the historic villages of San Sebastian, San Geronimo, Saylla, Huasao, until we reach the town of Tipon, in this place we will take a detour northbound for an average time of 20 minutes to reach the archaeological center of Tipon (3560 m. As a jewel of engineering, this place represents in itself the best qualities that the Inca architecture could offer.

After approximately one hour of visit we will descend and continue along the main road passing by other villages such as Oropesa and Lucre until we arrive after 20 minutes to Pikillaqta (3200 m.a.s.l.) another archaeological center that is evidence of the long time of human occupation of this valley and that in turn gives indications of the historical formation of its most distinguished residents.

We will move on to another stage of history with a visit to the temple of Andahuaylillas (3122 m.a.s.l.) which is one of the highest examples of Andean baroque. Dazzled with its history and art, we will return to Cusco to finish our activities at the agreed average time

Trip details

  • Schedule: 08:30 am to 02:30 pm
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Meeting Point: Pick you up at hotel.
  • Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: 48 Hours in advance
  • Type of Trip: Nature, Culture and History
  • Trip Style: Short Trekking, Tourist Mobility Trip
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Itinerary

DAY 1

Cusco South Valley Tour

At 8: 30 am we will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel and we will go to the southeast of the city by the road that went in Inca times to the region of Qollasuyo, after approximately 45 minutes of travel along 21 kilometers that will take us through the historic towns of San Sebastian, San Jeronimo, Saylla, Huasao, In this place we will take a detour to the north for an average time of 20 minutes until we arrive in the middle of the mountain to the archaeological center of Tipon, as a jewel of hydraulic engineering, this place represents in itself the best qualities that the Inca architecture could offer.

After approximately one hour of visit we will descend and continue passing by other villages such as Oropesa and Lucre until we arrive after 20 minutes to Pikillaqta another archaeological center that is evidence of the Wari culture.

We will move on to another stage of history with a visit to the temple of Andahuaylillas which is one of the most outstanding examples of Andean baroque. Dazzled with its history and art we will undertake the return to the city of Cusco to culminate our activities.

What to Bring

  • Day Pack
  • Rain Jacket or a Poncho
  • Water Bottle
  • Hat or Cap to protect you from the sun or the cold
  • Sun Block
  • Water and Snacks
  • Camera
  • Boleto Turistico
  • ISIC Card, if applicable

Pricing List

Private Service
Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 120.00 Inquire Now

Travel Guide

Andean Baroque Route – South Valley

Very different from the traditional sacred valley circuit, the southern valley has a mixture of archaeology and a visit to the catholic religion known as “the Sistine Chapel of America” or the apostle church of San Pedro Andahuaylillas built at the end of the XVI century in the year 1626, the facade of popular renaissance style, appears to be simple despite its simplicity, built on a platform that is accessed by steps where we will appreciate three Latin crosses in stone later entering the inside of the church with a baroque style with traces of Inca walls and the ceiling covered by a Mudejar style decoration with naturalistic representation, floral and fruit where you will be amazed to the limit of amazement.

A unique tourist circuit in the southern valley of Cusco, we will go through the interprovincial route that takes us towards the destinations of Puno, Copacabana, La Paz – Bolivia and the Salar de Uyuni, one of the main destinations in Bolivia with 60 000 thousand tourists a year within this route we can visit these 3 incredible places in the southern valley a perfect route for people who like a short period of circuit but that is enjoyed and is known enough, we will start with the respective pick up at your hotel at the average time of 8:40 am. approx. to go to our first point and will end at an average of 2:00 pm.

Tipon Archaeological Site

Also known as the Temple of Water is a 40 minute drive from the historic center a place where they worshiped the water in Inca times, according to the chronicles of Garcilaso de la Vega was built by the ninth Inca or King Wiracocha.

Site that formed an important part of the network of Inca roads known as the great “Qhapac ñam”, cataloged by its construction as a center of agricultural experimentation due to the design of the platforms and the impressive architecture of its subway channels, among these appeared the most prominent of this place the royal enclosures place where important people lived as the royal family of the Inca, built with megalithic stone blocks inside these are the water fountains, irrigation canals and its beautiful gardens in the Inca terraces, other places like the Intiwatana known as the solar altar, are rooms built with trapezoidal windows where through the window has a spectacular view of Tipon.

  • Tipon, a small town with a very traditional gastronomy in preparing a delicious guinea pig (guinea pig) by a local and at fair prices.
  • Huasao, another small town or district known as the town of shamans or spiritual healings or cleansings etc.
  • Saylla, another small town known as a place of the best bread or pan chuta.

Pikillaqta Archaeological Site

The wonderful archaeological center of Pikillaqta that corresponds to the development of the wari empire a pre-Inca culture translated into Spanish town of fleas or small town located 31 km. southeast of the city of Cusco at 3, 251 meters above sea level. covering an approximate area of 50 hectares the construction of this site is of pirka style that constitutes in stones without carving covered with clay or mud with mortar that serves as mortar or for the firing of the wall that came to measure up to 12 meters high pikillaqta a site that gives much impression in the urban division with a very harmonious and almost perfect plan in the rectangular and square shape of the buildings, courts and squares.

Separated by straight streets in total contains 700 buildings, 200 courts and 508 warehouses or colcas located to the northwest each measuring 4 m2 with a single income, among other buildings is given an estimate that this archaeological site in pre-Inca times inhabited about ten thousand people between 700 and 800 AD. time in which had an intense activity where the city was kept alive with supplying a system of subway water channels.

Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas

World monuments fund recognizes it as an outstanding monument because of the murals that are in this fascinating place with religious images that were conceived by the linguist parish priest Juan Perez de bocanegra, inside the church you can see a motto written in five languages Spanish, Latin, Quechua, Aymara and the last language that was lost over the years, Pukina.

“I baptize you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, amen” also to the interior of the church you can appreciate images with didactic character that inculcated to the natives or Incas to believe in the catholic faith, it was constructed in two style the popular renaissance exterior part and to the interior part of classic European baroque style with an expression in fusion of cultures, the roof covered in a Mudejar style with floral and fruit creativity coated or bathed with gold leaf all a decoration in gold, carvings and paintings that amazes any visitor, built in the sixteenth century on an Inca building that is still preserved.

San Pedro Church or the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas de America

is a Jesuit church that is part of this circuit known as the “route of the Andean baroque” undoubtedly the most striking of the church are the murals showing the two ways of existence to the left the easy road leading to hell and to the right the hard road leading to paradise author of the murals Luis de Riaño and other anonymous paintings of the Cusco school of painting.

Located 36 km southeast of Cusco at 3,200 meters above sea level. Andahuaylillas formerly known by the name of Antawaylla, a small town that still today retains colonial mansions its small and beautiful main square which is surrounded by beautiful trees known as añosos, considered one of the most beautiful in the Cusco region.

Faqs Cusco Southern Valley Tour

What is the most advisable season?

We recommend that you choose the day of your visit between April and November because it is the season where there is little rain.

What is the weather like during the South Valley Cusco Tour?

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

The rainy season is from December to March, while the dry season is from April to November.

What are the altitudes during the South Valley Cusco Tour?

During the Tour we can find the following altitudes:

  • Tipon 3,498 masl
  • Piquillacta 3,205 masl / 11,880 fasl
  • Andahuaylillas 3,121 masl / 10,880 fasl
  • Raqchi 3,488 masl (3,488 masl)

Can altitude sickness affect me during the South Cusco Valley Tour?

The altitude in the South Valley is lower than the city of Cusco, however 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; although the best place to do it is undoubtedly the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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