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See a different side of Cusco! On this Tipon South Valley tour we head South, towards Puno, leaving the city behind and exploring a largely un-touristed area.
For another South Valley tour with more of a modern-day cultural experience, check out our South Valley Circuit Cultural Tour!
Highlights include the Inca and pre-Inca ruins at Tipon, Pikillacta, and Raqchi, as well as the “Sistine Chapel of the South” in Andahuaylillas. This South Valley tour is especially great for those interested in Huari (Wari), Inca and Colonial Peruvian history.
We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trek 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.
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:
Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the bookingin order to be eligible for the discount.
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To start your South Valley tour, we pick you up in the early morning and head towards the interesting ruins of Tipon. Here we’ll see elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas, irrigated by an impressive aqueduct – probably the coolest thing about Tipon.
From here we continue our South Valley tour to Pikillacta (a pre-Inca city whose name means ‘Place of the Flea’ in the Inca language, Quechua!) and then on to the colonial church of Andahuaylillas. Known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’, this is an eye-popping must-see!
After a packed morning, we head to Sicuani for lunch, traveling through Andean landscapes and past Urcos and Huacarpay lakes, a bird watcher’s paradise!
Following lunch, we continue on to the village of Raqchi, arguably the pinnacle of our South Valley tour. Raqchi is dominated by the eerie Temple of Wiracocha, one of the most mysterious constructions in Cusco. It is a unique complex of cylinder-shaped columns and four naves. There is no other construction like this, which is believed to have been the biggest Inca building in the whole empire! However, this is not the only ruin left standing as there is also a great wall, ceremonial fountains, sphere-shaped buildings and rectangular houses.
We return to Cusco after visiting Raqchi. We drive the 119km in our private vehicle, and arrive home at around 8pm.