The South Valley Tour Cusco will let you discover some of the areas most beautiful ancient constructions. South Valley Cusco is not famous like Machu Picchu, but is well worth your time and effort. Tipon itself will stick in your memory and haunt your dreams. Tipon was a very important place during the time of the Incas. This site is dedicated to the element, water, which is the key ingredient of life. The fountains of Tipon fertilized the rich soil of the terraces so that the Incan royalty and the Andean people could eat well. To this day Tipon feels like a sacred place, and everyone who visits here is surprised by the beauty and tranquility of the site.
During your South Valley Tour Cusco you will visit Andahuaylillas which is one of the towns in the south valley that symbolizes the colonial history of Peru. It was declared to be part of the Cultural Heritage of Peru because of the presence of the Temple of Andahuyalillas. This church actually still has the appearance of a lot of churches during colonial times. There are beautiful, full color frescos and paintings of the Andean canyons and valleys. This church, dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, is one of the prettiest in all South America. On the arch above the entryway you can read the inscription: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit “ in Latin, Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, and Puquina.
Cusco South Valley will also let you see Pre-Incan ruins of the Wari culture at Pikillaqta. The Wari controled this key point on the route to Lake Titicaca 500 before the Incas. Come along with us and discover the little known treasures of Cusco South Valley.
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In the morning, we will begin our tour of the Valley south of the City. This tour of Tipon, Piquillaqta, and Andahuaylillas takes in some of the most beautiful places in the Cusco area. You will visit iconic locations that are somewhat off the beaten path. You will see Peru’s legacy from pre-Incan, Incan, and colonial points of view.
We will start out by visiting the traditional San Pedro market of Cusco. Here you will see the local people buying, selling, and enjoying the locally grown agricultural products. (The visit to the San Pedro Market is only available in private service; regular tours do not visit this old traditional market in the center of Cusco.)
Next we will drive south of the city of Cusco to go see one on the great marvels of Incan hydraulic engineering, Tipon. The amazing construction of Tipon is admired by engineers, architects, and visitors from all over the world. The surrounding countryside is also very picturesque.
After Tipon we will continue our journey of exploration at Piquillaqta, This site was once a cult headquarters and an administrative center for the great pre-Incan Wari culture. The Wari Empire thrived from the 6th through the 9th century, A.D. Piquillaqta is a fine example of their planned urban engineering.
Finally we will visit the Church of St. Peter, the Apostle, located in Andahuaylillas. This colonial era church will amaze you with its murals that cover the walls and the ceiling. The art work is so fine that the church is called “ the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.” After our journey to the fascinating South Valley we will return to Cusco. The whole trip takes about 5 and a half hours.
I really enjoyed this tour. My favorite place was Tipon. We had time to climb to the top of the ruins from where we could see Mt. Veronica off in the distance. The Wari place was kind of strange.