Explore the archeological sites of Tipón and Pikillacta located south from Cusco city in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, appreciating the surprising constructions and engineering of incan and pre incan cultures; and admire the exuberant art of the Cusco School displayed in the San Pedro Church, “the Sistine Chapel of America” in Andahuaylillas.
Summary travel plan
- Visit to Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas
Itinerary Tour to the Sacred Valley Southern Area
Visit to Tipón, Pikillaqta & Andahuaylillas
Our excursion begins with a pickup from your hotel in Cusco at approximately 9am in order to begin our trip. We’ll first head to the small town of Tipón to visit its archeological center of the same name. This site boasts impressive hydraulic engineering; it’s complete with fountains and canals which still function, distributing water to each embankment. After our guided visit of these Inca ruins, we’ll continue to the pre-Incan site of Pikillacta, a rare example of ancient urban planning. The guide will share with us the history of these ruins, from whose location we’ll have some nice views of the surrounding valley.
Our final stop is the small town of Andahuaylillas to visit its San Pedro church, which is often referred to as “the Sistine Chapel of America”. Passing through its pentagonal door, we’ll see that its simple white adobe exterior hides a surprising interior that is completely covered in murals, gold leaf, and famously ornate 16th- and 17th-century baroque paintings from the Cusco School. After a guided visit of the church, we’ll begin the return trip back to the city of Cusco.
This tour includes
- Hotel Pickup
- Professional Guide
- Tourist-Class Transport
This tour does NOT include
- Tourist Ticket for entrance to archeological sites
- Admission to San Pedro Church in Andahuaylillas
- Discretionary Spending