Tour to the South Valley of Cusco half day
About this tour
- Start: At 8.30 in the morning at the door of your hotel.
- Duration: 6 hours (between 8.30 am to 2.30 pm).
- Tickets included (no queues): Entrance ticket to all sites.
- Type of transport: Spacious minivan full equipment.
- Tour guide: In English and Spanish (shared service).
- Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
- Immediate confirmation.
- Take a journey through the history of the Incas in one of the least explored places by tourists but which offers buildings as incredible as the Sacred Valley. The tour to the South Valley of Cusco offers a visit to the archaeological site of Tipón, the best hydraulic work of the Incas. Likewise, tourists will visit the city of Piquillacta, one of the best architectural works prior to the Incas. Finally, you will visit the famous chapel of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ due to its beautiful interior decoration.
This is the experience
- Start the tour in the city of Cusco (pick up between 8 am and 8.30 am) where you will start the almost 1 hour trip to the archaeological site of Tipón, where you will see one of the best preserved Inca sites whose water aqueducts were the best. of the entire empire. Then they will continue south to visit the famous pre-Inca city of Piquillacta, which enjoyed great importance before the Incas arrived. Finally, you will visit the famous church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’, for its decoration in gold leaf, its paintings of the ‘cusco school’ and other treasures worked there. The return to the city of Cusco will be approximately 2:30 pm).
Cusco South Valley Tour
- The tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up at the door of their hotel. Transportation in a minivan will pick you up between 8 and 8:30 in the morning to head south, where the archaeological site of Tipón is, famous for its hydraulic engineering masterpieces. In the company of a professional tour guide, the visitor will get to know some of the Inca constructions that are in this place.
- Next, the transport will take you to the archaeological site of Piquillacta, a place of great importance since about 10,000 people of the Wari culture settled there, the most important in the Peruvian Andes after the Incas. Together with a tourist guide, you will get to know its walls, dairy farms and paths.
- Finally, the transport will take you to the traditional town of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas where you will visit its famous church, known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ for its gold leaf treasures, its paintings made many centuries ago by the so-called ‘Cusco School ‘ and its impressive decoration. The tour guide will explain every detail of this famous place.
- Finally, the minivan will return you to the city of Cusco, where you will arrive at around 2:30 in the afternoon. The final stop will be at the door of your hotel or in a central point of the city, close to most hotels and tourist restaurants.
- Pick up from the hotel.
- Transportation in a complete minivan (round trip).
- Entrance tickets to all sites.
- Tour guide service in English and Spanish (shared service).
- Option to cancel the tour or change the date (up to 3 days before).
- Breakfast and lunch.
- Snacks and drinks.
What to bring?
- Passport (or identity document).
- Hat or cap.
- Comfortable clothes for walks.
- A coat.
- Snacks and drinks.
- Comfortable shoes for trekking.
Where does the tour start and end?
- The tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up at the door of their hotel -valid only for hotels in the historic center of the city- (most tourist hotels are there). If your hotel is not there, the transport will pick you up at some central place in the city, such as a square.
- The tour ends at the door of your hotel or in a central square of the city (a few steps from most hotels and tourist restaurants).
How to prevent altitude sickness?
- Altitude sickness or soroche can cause you some discomfort during your visit such as dizziness, fatigue or nausea. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and fatty foods before your visit.
- To reduce the symptoms, try to acclimatize one day before to the altitude of the city of Cusco. Drinking coca leaf infusions (a natural plant used by the Incas) is an excellent option.
Group or private services
- The information described applies to shared services (for a varied group of tourists). If you want a private service (for your own group of family or friends) contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How long does the trip from Cusco to the South Valley of Cusco take?
The South Valley of Cusco is a geographical area with several very important but little-visited tourist attractions. The trip from the city of Cusco to Tipón (the first tourist attraction of the South Valley) takes approximately 40 minutes (25 kilometers away).
What is Tipón and why visit it?
Tipón is a large and important Inca archaeological site. It has terraces, enclosures, platforms, temples, viewpoints and, above all, canals and aqueducts. It is recognized as a masterpiece of Inca hydraulic engineering.
Does the tour include lunch?
No. The tour to the South Valley of Cusco lasts only half a day. It starts early in the city of Cusco (I pick up each tourist from their hotel) and ends in the same place, near most of the restaurants in the city.
Does the tour include tickets to all tourist attractions?
Yes. The tour includes the entrance ticket to all the tourist attractions: Tipón, Piquillacta and the church of Andahuaylillas. Thus, the visitor will not have to queue to get the entrance ticket for each place.