South Valley of Cusco

South of the city of Cusco, along the highland way, there are stunning valley landscapes and memorable archaeological sites. Navigating the Vilcanota river (initial section of the Urubamba river), the valley south of Cusco offers picturesque villages and a warm  natural beauty.

This tour combines these landscapes with Inca architecture in Tipon and the pre-Inca site Wariin Pikillacta. We also visit Andahuaylillas, with its beautiful chapel known as the "Sistine Chapel of America”.

At 9:00 AM, we leave Cusco in our private transport for Tipon, the first place we will visit today. Tipon is a large complex with 12 impressive and currently cultivated terraces. The walls were built of finely carved stone. The irrigation system here is very impressive and still serves the agriculture of the region. Then we will head to Pikillaqta, which incorporates the ruins of a large urban center of the time of the Wari Empire. It has over a thousand buildings that were up to 4 stories high, including colcas (food stores), playing fields, plazas, houses, and temples, that lined these long and narrow streets.

After the visit to Pikillaqta, we arrive at the village of Andahuaylillas. Andahuaylillas demonstrates singular origins and architecture, and the Catholic Church from the colonial era that we find here is beautifully decorated. The wall paintings date from the seventeenth and eighteenth century and led to the church's renown as the Sistine Chapel of Cusco.

Returning we pass through Saylla, a typical local town where we can enjoy fried pork rinds. We will return to the city of Cusco at approximately 3:00 PM.

What is Included:

  • Pick-up from hotel to start our trip
  • Private transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide (English/Spanish)

What is not included:

  • Entrance fees to sites (totalling approx. 30 soles)
  • Lunch is not included
  • You can try the famous Cusco specialty "Cuy al Horno" (roasted guinea pig) in Tipon.

We recommend you bring:

You only need to carry a small day pack with water to drink, a camera, rain jacket or poncho or change of weather gear, basic toiletries, hat for the sun, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes or hiking boots

We also suggest that you carry some extra money as there are no ATMs.

There are very good places for a gourmet lunch en route.

You can see how to prepare the famous "Cuy al horno" (roasted guinea pig), made by locals in Tipon.

Or, you might visit the Andean cocoa leaf readers and shamans in Huasao.