South Valley Tour Cusco

This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes and Inca architecture in Tipón, as well as the pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta. Andahuaylillas visits its beautiful Chapel, known as the «Sistine Chapel of America»; not forgetting the tasty gastronomy that can be tasted in Saylla, Huasao.

This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes and Inca architecture in Tipón, as well as the pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta. Andahuaylillas visits its beautiful Chapel, known as the «Sistine Chapel of America»; not forgetting the tasty gastronomy that can be tasted in Saylla, Huasao.

Description of the place we will visit

We will visit the southern area of ​​the city of Cusco, which is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and also has lagoons or wetlands in the area, such as Huasao and Huacarpay.

This area is commercial since the inhabitants of Cusco travel to this sector on weekends due to the culinary activity that takes place in the area in the sale of local food such as pork rinds or the sale of baked cuy, very classic dishes in the region.

In addition to being an area with a good climate and being the road that leads us to the city of Puno, this is also a route which is known as the Baroque Route since it houses churches well known for works in the Baroque style in their Caninqunca, Huaro and Andahuaylillas temples, the latter being the best known and a point we will visit.

Why to choose this Tour?

We will take advantage of the morning visiting the beautiful South Valley of the city of Cusco.

It is a recommended tour for people who want to know about the culture and Art of the region.

We will visit places of high importance such as Tipón, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas.

It has places to visit that are considered the most important outside the city of Cusco in Baroque Religious art.

You don’t need very good physical condition to do the tour any more without a good acclimatization.

You cannot miss the most classic tour outside the city and get to know it in a better way on an organized tour.

You will be able to take advantage and try local dishes such as Tocto or chicharrón along the way.

QUICK ITINERARY:

08:00 am Pick up from the Hotel or indicated meeting point.

08:30 am. We will depart from Cusco to Tipón.

09:45 am Arrival to Tipón and Guided visit.

10:30 am Guided tour at the archaeological center of Pikillacta.

11:15 am We will continue to Andahuaylillas.

11:45 am Visit of the Andahuaylillas temple.

12:30 pm Return to the city of Cusco

13:15 pm We will pass by Saylla and Huasao we can buy something to eat and you use the Hygienic services.

14:45 pm Arrival in the city of Cusco.

ITINERARY:

We begin the tour at 8:00 am picking you up at the Hotel or indicated point, after the pick-up we will continue our trip to the archaeological center of Tipón where we will have a guided visit and we can know the main water sources and visit the terraces of cultivation, after this visit we will continue in our vehicle to the archaeological center of Pikillacta where we will also have the guided tour we will visit the pre-Inca enclosures of the sector and we will take our vehicle again to continue towards Andahuaylillas on the way we will see the Huacarpay lagoon which is known as a place where many researchers make bird watching or Birdwaching, Upon arrival in Andahuaylillas we will have the guided tour and then some free time and we will return to the city of Cusco, but not before stopping in Saylla and buying the delicious Tocto or chicharrón to be able to taste the gastronomy of the area as well as to be able to buy also at I pass the Oropesa bread when passing through this place. We will arrive to the city of Cusco at 14:45 pm if we do not have any delay for the traffic of the city.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PLACES WE WILL VISIT:

Tipón

Inca archaeological center with a large impressive cultivation space that contains 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, in addition to having an inexhaustible source of water on the main terrace. Place known for its aqueduct system and impressive water system in which it demonstrates the Inca knowledge on the water issue.

Pikillacta

Pre-Inca archaeological center, presents characteristics of a large urban center corresponding to the time of development of the Wari empire with more than a thousand buildings between squares, Colcas (food warehouses), fields or houses, temples, long and narrow streets with buildings that had up to 4 high floors, in addition to being one of the most important pre-Inca buildings in the Cusco region.

Andahuaylillas

It is a town from the time of the colony of singular origin and architecture. Its Catholic temple from the colonial era stands out in Andahuaylillas with a beautiful decoration and mural painting from the 17th and 18th centuries known as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco, it stands out for its impressive coffered ceiling and fresco paintings, its baptistery and works of art dedicated to Saint Peter the Apostle.

On the return we will pass by Saylla, a typical Cusco town where you can enjoy the delicious pork rinds (optional). We will be returning to the city of Cusco at approximately 3:00 pm.

INCLUDED:

  • Tourist transport
  • Professional guide

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Food.
  • Entrance to the Church of Andahuaylillas S /. 15 soles
  • Entrance Tickets (BTC) to Archaeological groups
  • BTC (Tourist Ticket of Cusco, allows to enter Tipón and Pikillacta, and 14 other attractions include museums and archaeological groups that are visited on the City Tour and Sacred Valley) S /. 130.00 or USD 47.00.
  • BTPI (South Valley Partial Tourist Ticket, allows entry to Tipón and Pikillacta and 4 museums in the city of Cusco). S /. 70.00 or USD 23.00 only these places.

WHAT TO PACK:

  • Photographic camera or video camera (Optional).
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, caps or hats.
  • Light hiking clothes and comfortable shoes.
  • Warm clothes.
  • Snack.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What to bring to the tour?

For this tour we recommend bringing light clothing for walking and comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, money in soles (to shop), camera – camcorder – batteries, rain poncho and sunscreen will also be important since the weather in the South Valley varies very fast in the rainy season between December and April. 

What is the difference between the South Valley in shared and private service?

The South Valley in the shared service includes transportation and a guide for a group of diverse people (up to 19 people). In the case of the private service, it is a special service for a closed group from 2 visitors who can follow a different itinerary or according to the pace that people have on the tour. 

What is altitude sickness?

Known as soroche or altitude sickness, this is a problem with altitude or acclimatization with the city located at a very high sea level as the city of Cusco.

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The recommended natural remedy is the Coca Leaf that can be consumed resting in hot water, which is recommended to take upon arrival at the hotel in Cusco to improve acclimatization. In addition to this we recommend drinking plenty of water. Being at rest or not doing very demanding activities.

If all this did not work, it is best to rest and let the body get used to it.

If you want to prevent you could also take the medicine that is well known for altitude sickness which is Soroche Pills which helps a lot with acclimatization (you can consult your doctor)

Are there any places in the southern valley that were not mentioned on the tour?

If there are the temple of Huaro and Canincunca that can be visited in the private service, there is also the Huasao wetland, which is also in the southern area.

Could you choose the restaurant where I want to have lunch in the South Valley?

We will not make stops in restaurants or somewhere to have lunch since we will arrive in Cusco early and we will be able to have lunch already when we return from the walk, we recommend bringing a snack or something to eat on the way. If the service you want is private if it is possible to have lunch on the route if you want it this way we can coordinate this.

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