South Valley Circuit Cultural Tour 1D

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Duration: 1 day
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: South Valley Circuit
Min Age : 8
Max People : 12

About the South Valley Circuit Cultural Tour 1D

The South Valley circuit just outside Cusco is a region little-visited by tourists, but very popular among locals! Spectacular scenery, regional culinary specialties and a dash of Andean mysticism await you on this captivating one-day excursion through the South Valley Circuit.

For a longer tour with additional archaeological highlights – perfect for the history buff – check out our Tipon South Valley Tour!

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This one day Cusco tour includes a stop in the Cusco bread-making capital of Oropesa, where you will get to try some of their famous pan chuta. From here, this Cusco day tour continues to Tipon for a tour of this incredible Inca site. In Tipon, you also have the option to add some hands-on activities, from baking your own tanta wawa bread to working with ceramics or learning about traditional medicinal herbs. 

Our last stop on on this one day tour in Cusco is to the mystical town of Huasao, famous for its brujos and shamans, where you can have your fortune read in coca leaves!

Sound like what you’re looking for? Send us an Enquiry to find out more, or to book!


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private tour, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

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3 people


4-6 people


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High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the South Valley Circuit Cultural Tour 1D

What is Included?


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your departure to the South Valley Circuit
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary


  • Lunch

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide

Additional inclusions

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water


  • Tips for the guide

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades. All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.

Equipment Available for Rent

    • Light-weight aluminium walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.

Optional Activities


    • When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days.
    • Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.
    • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

    • A light day pack to carry your things
    • Water bottle and snacks
    • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: Free. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Guides & Safety on the Tour

Our whole trekking team know the South Sacred Valley region like the back of their hand! They are some of the warmest, endearing and wonderful people you are ever likely to meet.

Our guides are all licensed and receive regular training. They share their experience, professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm with our passengers on every trek.

Get to know our team!

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group
  • This South Valley circuit program is subject to change due to weather and other unexpected circumstances
  • When you are visiting cultural sites please be respectful. Please refer to our Responsible Tourism pages. You can also ask for a copy of our Traveler’s Code of Conduct guide.

Ready to Book?

  • Does this tour sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

South Valley Circuit Cultural Tour 1D Itinerary

Today, we leave the city behind and head south for the South Valley circuit! Our first stop is Oropesa. This village, only 11km from Cusco, was popular with conquistadors due to its surprisingly sunny climate. It was these Spanish colonizers who introduced wheat to the area and changed Oropesa forever: it is now officially Peru’s bread capital. There are at least 40 bread ovens in this South Valley circuit town, and 90% of the population are bread-makers! We’ll check out some panaderías and munch on some of the delicious pan chuta (chuta bread) the town is best known for, before heading for our next stop, Tipon.

Tipon was the site where the Incas domesticated plants for food, and it is home to impressive agricultural terracing and an extensive, still-operational irrigation system. After exploring this South Valley circuit ruin, we’ll hike 3km down the hill through pretty farmland to the town of Tipon, where we’ll have lunch at a typical quinta (home-style restaurant). Tipon is Peru’s recognized cuy (guinea pig) capital, so this is the most authentic place to try this very traditional dish!

Our last stop is the tiny village of Huasao. Huasao is locally known for its talented brujos (witches or shamans), said to be able to make you successful in life and love with their potions, and cure illnesses with plant and animal rituals. If you’re game, you can have your future read in coca leaves!

Our tour of the South Valley Circuit concludes after this and we make our back to Cusco.

Optional Hands-on Activities in Tipon

Are you interested in doing something a little more hands-on during your excursion? We can arrange a cultural workshop in Tipon where you can choose from among 4 different activities. Options include:

  • Tanta wawa bread-baking (a traditional sculptural sweet bread)
  • Ceramics
  • Traditional Andean medicine
  • Mask-making

Each workshop takes about 1h and is an additional $39 per person.

Tanta wawa is bread baked in the shape of a baby and typically made for holidays like Todos Santos (Day of the Living/Day of the Dead) in November. The ceramics workshop is split into two parts: first, you get to take a spin on the potter’s wheel; then, you can paint an already-fired figurine, which is yours to keep. In the traditional medicines workshop, you will learn to make ointments using traditional herbs found at the workshop, which you get to keep. Finally, in the mask-making workshop you will learn how to create traditional masks from Paucartambo, like those on display during the Virgen del Carmen festival in July.


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