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Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

1. Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

After being picked up from your hotel between 8:40AM and 9:00AM, you will proceed to the Tipon Archeological Complex to begin your Incan adventure. The complex is located 24 kilometers southeast of Cusco, and is one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area. It is an ancient Incan site and thought to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha, and is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces run up the narrow valley and are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, with a mountain located above the site. In addition to the terracing, there are also some other structures at Tipon including baths, a temple complex, canals, and aqueducts. Following Tipon, you will head to Pikillacta. Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 A.D. by the Huari people. In the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta which is known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will progress towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover 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 as you browse the fascinating walls. On your return to Cusco you will also pass Saylla, where you will be able to enjoy the delicious and famous pork chicharrones. Your tour will then conclude with your return to Cusco at around 2:30PM.

Cusco: Private Tour to Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas

2. Cusco: Private Tour to Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas

Start your breathtaking adventure with a convenient pick up service from your accommodation. Once aboard, you will head to Tipon, an amazing Inca archeological complex in which water flows through large stone canals. Whilst here, marvel at the ancient hydraulic engineering knowledge of the Incas. Discover the many uses they had for it, as well as a wonderful system of terraces upon which the land delivers fruits, still to this day. Continue on your journey to Pikillacta, a mystical place that has some of Cusco’s most sophisticated terraces for you to admire. To end your day of discovery, take a scenic trip toward Andahuaylillas where you will visit one of the most beautiful churches in Cusco. Built in the 16th-century and still standing strong, this church features an impressive organ for you to admire, decorated with angels and cherubs. After your church visit, take the pleasant drive back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

3. Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

Take advantage of savings and enjoy the convenience of the Cusco Tourist Ticket which includes entrances to Cusco’s and Sacred Valley’s most important tourist sites. Benefit from hotel delivery service to your hotel or Airbnb located in the Cusco Historic Center or Wanchaq. Choose from a 1, 2, or 10-day Tourist Ticket:  10-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City and Sacred Valley: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 consecutive days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned. 2-Day Tourist Ticket - Sacred Valley: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 consecutive days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. 1-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions.

From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

4. From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then head to the beautiful Valle Sur with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at the archaeological site of Tipón, thought to have been a royal garden commissioned by the Inca god Viracocha. Learn more about the agricultural terraces created by the Incas and irrigated by an aqueduct on the sacred Pachatusan mountain. Take a closer look at other structures, such as the baths and temple complex to build a better understanding of the Inca civilization. Continue to the pre-Inca site of Pikillacta to explore the adobe complex built by the indigenous Huari people in around 700 to 900 AD. Marvel at the elaborate art of the Sistine Chapel of Peru in Andahuaylillas, including paintings from Escuela Cuzqueña. Return to Cusco via Saylla, where you can enjoy some delicious pork chicharrones or roasted guinea pig.

From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

5. From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

Explore the archaeological sites of Tipón and Pikillacta from Cusco. Visit the quaint town of Andahuaylillas on this private day trip. Be led to little-known villages and historic ruins by an expert guide. Start your journey in Tipón, a perfectly preserved archaeological site, 27 kilometers away from Cusco. Explore Tipón's impressive rural colony mansion. Marvel at the 12 agricultural terraces that are still cultivated with an irrigation system. This masterpiece of hydraulic engineering of the Incas serves the surrounding population till date. Continue your tour to Pikillacta, built by the Wari people. See one of the best-preserved pre-Inca sites of Peru. Learn about its archaeological importance. Among its 700 structures, spread over 3000 hectares, you can see stone and mud buildings, distinct terrace work, and the head of a condor carved in a rock. Finally, pay a visit to Andahuaylillas and its landmark attraction, the Church of Andahuaylillas. Admire the impressive quality of the art pieces in this baroque church. Gaze at the mural paintings and altars decorated in gold. It houses an original pipe organ, a result of recent restorations. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on the way back to your accommodation in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Tipon

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 12 reviews

The tour was done in English and Spanish. I was only anglophone so guide did a good job making sure I was informed but I think it would be better to have just one in Spanish and one in English although this hat be hard to organize not knowing who signs up and ultimately attends. Bring toilet paper and the restaurant meal, the meat was overcooked for everyone. Please choose another establishment for future tours. Excellent pick up service. very professional.

I'm glad I could go around with the locals in a short time. I walk a lot more than I expected. Thanks to that, Tipon was taken a closer look. There was almost no English. I could understand part of it with the translation app. I wanted to go to Pikiryakuta, but only the gate. On the way back, I was relieved that the locals came to the bus terminal.

Solid tour, time spent at the sites was perfect. However, there were many more than 10 people on the tour (not “maximum of 10” like advertised) and the tour was clearly meant to be purely in Spanish, not bilingual. If your Spanish is not good, look elsewhere.

Very satisfied. Mr. Omar Salas is a very good guide.