Tipon South Valley Tour 1D

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1 Day (about 10-12h)
Availability : Every Day.
Depart: Cusco
Destination: Tipon South Valley
Max People : 12

About the Tipon South Valley Tour 1D

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!

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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.


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 trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


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 Tipon South Valley Tour 1D

What is Included?


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

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide

Additional inclusions

  • Partial Boleto Turistico
  • Entry fees to Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of the South” church and Raqchi


  • Lunch

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Snacks and water


  • Tips for the guide

Optional Extras & Upgrades

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.

    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu, either at the beginning or end of your trek
    • Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!


    • 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
    • Your Boleto Turistico (Tourist ticket)
    • 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: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. 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.

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 take might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this South Valley Cusco day tour itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots depending on the progress of the group.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek 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.

Tipon South Valley Tour 1D Itinerary

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. 


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

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