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South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas

This Half Day tour takes us to the unique archaeological site of Tipon where we enjoy the impressive irrigation system of created by the Incas, then to Piquillacta where you discover the huge urban planning of the Wari culture. Next, we continue on to Andahuaylillas often referred to as the “the Sistine Chapel of the Americas” which has impressive mural paintings from the XVII century.

Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing atleast a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta, Andahuaylillas

We will pick you up from your hotel at 9:00am or 1:00pm, and drive in our private van towards Andahuaylillas where we visit the Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas, often referred to as the  Sistine Chapel of America. It was built by the the Jesuits at the end of the 16th century and the princes of the 17th century. Its architectural structure is typical for village churches. Its walls are wide like all the colonial buildings, made of sun-dried bricks of mud (adobe), the facade is decorated with magnificent murals, and two large stone columns at the main entrance.

Although it appears relatively modest, the decoration of its interior is unique and impressive. We will see wall paintings attributed to Luis de Riaño (17th century). After we visit the church, we continue our journey towards the Pre-Inca archaeological site of Piquillacta, where we explore the huge urban planning of the pre-Inca Wari culture surrounded by mountains and lakes.

Afterwards, we head to the interesting archaeological site of Tipon, where we will see the best of Inca hydraulic water work system. Finally, we head back to the village of Tipon, which is known, for its baked guinea pig dish, a typical dish of the region of Cusco. We stop to taste it and then we are on our way back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 1:00pm for the morning tour or 5:00pm for the afternoon.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transport
  • Traditional Cusquenian lunch in the rural village of Tipon famous for the local delicacy guinea pig

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites: 70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $22 USD per person, which can only be purchased in soles only at the first archeological site. (See important info for more information)
  • Entrance fee to Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas
  • Tips

Price

Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing atleast a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
Group from 1 to 6 people$ 150 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people$ 190 USD for the total group (not per person)

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about $20 USD) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about $38 USD) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

ImportantThese entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)
  • Animal Sanctuary (25 soles)
  • Maras Salt Mines (10 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING

  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to salt mine
  • Original passport
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