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Duration

1 Dia

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English, Espanol

Overview

On this tour you can appreciate the Lagoon of Huacarpay and the town of Oropesa, the town known for its local, handmade bread made by the Andean men and women who work in reciprocity. Recomendamos llevar al viaje: Personal backpack for the day Clothing for the wind (jacket, hat for... More

On this tour you can appreciate the Lagoon of Huacarpay and the town of Oropesa, the town known for its local, handmade bread made by the Andean men and women who work in reciprocity.

Recomendamos llevar al viaje:

  • Personal backpack for the day
  • Clothing for the wind (jacket, hat for day and gloves)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Water bottle or Camelbak
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • Extra Snacks – your favourites! (e.g. chocolate bar, dried fruit, cookies and candy)
  • Extra money in PEN or USD
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South Valley
South Valley

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning to begin with our tour. The tour will begin with a visit to archaeological site of TIPON, which will surprise you with the incredible quality of hydraulic engineering and the great quality of agricultural platforms all throughout the site. From there, we will go to PIKILLACTA, one of the largest administrative centers of the WARI culture, characterized by its great urban planning. Our last stop will be at the colonial temple of ANDAHUAYLILLAS considered to be the Sistine Chapel of America due to the inside mural paintings from the Cusco School of Art of the 16th and 17th centuries.
After the tour, we return to the city of Cusco and arrive around 6:00 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS
TIPON
Tipon is an archaeological site located 23 km from the city of Cusco. Geographically, it was very well designed and strategically positioned at 3,560 m.a.s.l. The name of TIPON possibly derives from the Quechua word Timpus which means to ‘’boil. ’’ This naming was probably due to the way the water leaves the spring as vapour.
The highlight of this archaeological zone is the way in which the Incas distributed the water. The great quality of hydraulic engineering the Incas had is demonstrated by the exact and equal distribution of water through the various channels through which the water flows. Undoubtedly, it is the best example of hydraulic engineering carried out by the ancient inhabitants of the Tawantinsuyo.
In addition, some scientists believe this site to have been an agricultural experimentation zone with the use of all water channel as an irrigation system of all platforms.

PIKILLACTA
The archaeological complex of Pikillaqta is located 30 km to the south of the city of Cusco at an altitude of 3,250 m.a.s.l. Pikillaqta was one of the largest administrative centers of the Wari culture and is characterized by its great urban planning, with straight streets divided strategically.
Pikillaqta is the union of two word in Quechua, PIKI that means flea and LLAQTA that means town. This name is possibly due to the site’s main use as an administrative centre.

ANDAHUAYLILLAS
Andahuaylillas is a town located 40 km from the city of Cusco at an altitude of 3,100 m.a.s.l. The name of Andahuaylillas most probably stems from “ANTA” meaning copper and “HUAYLLA” meaning prairie or “copper prairie.” Formerly, this town was a Spanish reduction – a settlements created by Spanish rulers in Latin America, for its strategic location accessible to many Andean settlers. For this reason, a small chapel under the name of San Pedro Apóstol was constructed in the middle of the town.
The Andahuaylilllas Chapel is considered as the Sistine Chapel of America due to its interior decorated with a myriad of mural paintings as canvases from the colonial era. According to the studies carried out, this Chapel was built on a very important Inca foundation, possibly a huaca or sacred Inca site.

Included/Excluded

  • Pick up from and drop off form hotel in Cusco
  • Experienced, Bilingual Guide – The service is available in both English and Spanish.
  • Transportation to all sites visited.
  • Entrance ticket to the Andahuaylilllas Chapel
  • Snacks
  • Tip for our staff

Durations

1-2 Dias

Languages

English
Espanol

Tour's Location

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