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If you are inquisitive to know much more about the history and culture of Peru and Cusco in specific, South Valley Tour Cusco would be a great addition to the Sacred Valley Tour. It offers a trip to a lesser known tourist attraction off the city of Cusco. Dotted with lakes and Inkan archaeological ruins, the sites of Pikillaqta, Tipon and Andahuaylillas are worth the half days tours from Cusco.
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The tour would start at the Incan archaeological complex of Tipon, a site known for water channels and agricultural terraces. The water channels here are believed to be used as a ceremonial centre by Incas to worship water. The irrigation system here is impressive.
The street below the site is popular among Cusqueñans. During weekends, locals often gather to savour the local delicacy guinea pig which is a popular tradition here.
The next stop on the trip will be in the archaeological site Pikillaqta. On the way to Pikillaqta, we will be passing through a dusky town, Oropesa. Oropesa is the “bread capital of Peru”. It houses over fifty different bakeries in a small town.
Pikillaqta is the only site that exists from Pre Inka time. It is a complex entirely built in adobe during the Wari regime. Waris once dominated the coastal and central parts of Peru.
Pikillaqta is a hilly region with small lakes in the vicinity. To Wari Culture and even to Incas, maize was a prime crop. They produced it here. Maize was so important for the Waris that they painted it in their pottery along with supernaturals and deities. Back then, Pikillacta was believed to have controlled the whole region through agriculture.
Our next stop will be in Andahuaylillas. This small village is home to The Sistine Chapel of the Americas. Although from outside it may not seem so eye catching to most. Its interiors of this chapel is an eye popping kaleidoscope. It has a dazzling display of colourful murals, an ornate gold leaf altar and ceilings painted in coffee.
The “San Pedro de Andahuaylillas” as known by the locals, was built at the end of the 16th century. One of its murals, signed by Luis de Riaño, has a date written in it that states it is from the year 1626.
After visiting the Church of Andahuaylillas, we will return back to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo. It is next to the main square – Plaza De Armas.
I can totally recommend this half day tour to three sites on the South valley of Cusco. It was a very relaxed tour. The sites are a short drive away from Cusco and well worth visiting. If you have the boleto turistico and time, i highly recommend doing this.
Did not come across many tour companies offering this tour. I was very eager to see the three sites on the South Valley, especially the Andahyalillas church. Karen from machu Picchu peru Tours organised this and it was very ncie trip. I never felt rushed and the guide gave enough time at each location
A good half day tour of the lesser visited South Valley of Cusco. karen and her team were exceptionally good at organising and arranging the tour. Everything worked just as it was mentioned in the itinerary with no unpleasant surprises
This is an ideal tour and a very nice experience that most travellers don´t know about. The sites in South valley has a lot of history annd has been an important place since the pre Incan (Wari) civilization. Our guide was Karen and her knowledge and interest in sharing her knowledge was exceptional. We are overwhelmed and would consider this company if we are in Cusco again.