South Valley tour
The South Valley tour Cusco, includes visits to the most important attractions between Cusco and Puno. Being the first to explore the extraordinary archaeological complex of Raqchi near Vilcanota river built in honor of the god Viracocha followed by the beautiful temple of Tipon in Tipon near Puno, where the Incas constructed an impressive irrigation system in harmony with nature. In addition, the South Valley tour Cusco, will take you to the Pre-Inca site of Piquillacta built by the Wari culture and the colonial Sistine Chapel of the Americas, in Andahuaylillas.
In the South valley tour, Cusco, you will also pass several towns which are well know for their fabulous gastronomy festivals on organic food and guinea pigs. Meanwhile peruvian Chefs from Lima are focusing on promoting our cuisine in restaurants abroad, the local Andean chefs from this food festivals are promoting local dishes based vegetables, legumes and grains to foreign people who are coming over to visit this towns. It can't go wrong, can it? the South Valley tour, Cusco is a mixture of enjoyment to see and to taste too.
Price each 4 persons
Itinerary at a Glance
To take advantage of this South Valley tour, Cusco, we will need to leave early Cusco. Therefore we are planning to pick you up at your hotel within the city centre at 07:00 am. As we are travelling down south our first visit will be at Tipon, Pikillaqta and Andahuayllas.
As we mention before, Tipon is located to the east of Cusco. Tipon Incan ruins are believed to have been a park for the upper class or an agricultural center. This large area contains 12 impressive terraces. More impressive is the still functioning irrigation system that continues watering crops to this day. On this South Valley tour Cusco, We will spend about an hour in Tipon and after visit Pikillaqta.
Pikillaqta presents characteristics of a pre-Incan main urban center that was important for the development of the Huari Empire. In this ancient town, you can see colcas (food deposits), athletics fields, houses, temples, narrow streets and buildings up to four stories high. We will spend about an hour here. Then, we continue on to Andahuaylillas to complete our South Valley tour Cusco.
Andahuaylillas is a typical Andean village with unique architecture and we keep promoting this village on our South Valley tour Cusco because it also has good organic food to eat. Andahuaylillas is noted for its colonial catholic church with beautiful decorations and wall paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is known as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco. We will spend about an one hour here and return to Cusco around 1:30 pm.
- Bus for 15 to 25 people (depending on group size)
- Professional tour guide
Price Not Includes
- Lunch in Urubamba (45-60 soles)
- Entrance to the Sacred Valley sites: You can purchase one of the following: (i) Cusco Tourist Ticket (130 soles or around $45 USD and 50% discount for students with an ISIC card). Note: this ticket can also be used on our city tours OR (ii) a partial ticket which allows a one day visit of just the two sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This ticket is recommended if you are not planning to visit any of Cusco's other sites