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Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

The Cusco Tourist Ticket is a must-have when you visit Cusco and Cusco Region in Sacred Valley. Choose between different circuits for either 1, 2 or 10 days admission to the most important tourist attractions, divided between: Circuit I, 1-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions. Circuit II, 2-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. Circuit III, 10-Day Pass: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned.

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

After being picked up from your hotel between 8:40AM and 9:00AM, you will proceed to the Tipon Archeological Complex to begin your Incan adventure. The complex is located 24 kilometers southeast of Cusco, and is one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area. It is an ancient Incan site and thought to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha, and is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces run up the narrow valley and are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, with a mountain located above the site. In addition to the terracing, there are also some other structures at Tipon including baths, a temple complex, canals, and aqueducts. Following Tipon, you will head to Pikillacta. Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 A.D. by the Huari people. In the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta which is known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will progress towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”, a church that is home to golden altars, paintings, and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece as you browse the fascinating walls. On your return to Cusco you will also pass Saylla, where you will be able to enjoy the delicious and famous pork chicharrones. Your tour will then conclude with your return to Cusco at around 2:30PM.

Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

Take advantage of savings and enjoy the convenience of the Cusco Tourist Ticket which includes entrances to Cusco’s and Sacred Valley’s most important tourist sites. Benefit from hotel delivery service to your hotel or Airbnb located in the Cusco Historic Center or Wanchaq. Choose from a 1, 2, or 10-day Tourist Ticket:  10-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City and Sacred Valley: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 consecutive days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned. 2-Day Tourist Ticket - Sacred Valley: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 consecutive days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. 1-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions.

South Valley of Cusco. Andahuaylillas, Pikillaqta, Tipon

South Valley of Cusco. Andahuaylillas, Pikillaqta, Tipon

Live an unforgettable experience with the stunning beauty of Cusco's South Valley on this magical half-day tour that begins around 8:30 am. We will pick you up from your selected hotel in Cusco and embark on a trip that will take you to the southeast of Cusco. on the Cusco-Puno route. After being picked up from your hotel between 8:40 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. m., We will go to the Tipón Archaeological Complex to begin your Inca adventure. The complex is located 24 kilometers southeast of Cusco and is one of the least visited sites in the Cusco area. Tipón's most notable feature is its irrigation system which has been in use for centuries and continues to provide water for agriculture in the surrounding towns. Next, we will go to Pikillacta, an ancient urban center built by the pre-Inca Wari culture. This historic site has more than one thousand buildings, including colcas, plazas, houses, temples, and streets, some of which are up to four stories high, known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will advance towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”, a church that houses golden altars, paintings and ceilings of many colors. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but inside you'll find masterpiece after masterpiece as you explore the fascinating walls. On the way back to Cusco you will also pass through Saylla, where you can enjoy the lunch like delicious and famous pork cracklings. The tour will end when our transportation drop you off one block from the main square of Cusco.

SOUTH VALLEY CUSCO

SOUTH VALLEY CUSCO

We start with the pick up from your hotel and then head to the south of Cusco passing through beautiful landscapes. The first place we will visit will be the archaeological complex of Tipon known for its impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation canals then visit the archaeological complex of Pikillacta dating from the pre-Inca period of the Wari culture. Finally we will visit the oldest colonial temple in South America, the Sistine Chapel of Andahuaylillas. Our tour will be culminating in the Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas Guided Day Tour

Cusco: Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas Guided Day Tour

Your tour begins with morning pickup from your Cusco hotel. Traveling either by private vehicle or by minibus with up to 15 other participants, set out on the scenic journey to the Inca city of Tipon. Jump out to explore the vast archaeological site, renowned for its elaborate agricultural terraces and water channels, which offer insight into the engineering marvels of the Incas. Make a quick stop in the modern town of Tipon, where you might get chance to see the local delicacy—guinea pig—being cooked up on a spit, then carry on to nearby Oropesa, a small town famed as the ‘bread capital of Peru’. After enjoying a glimpse of local life in the valleys, continue the short distance to Pikillacta, home to the only pre-Inca archeological site in the Cusco region. Listen as your guide explains its origins, dating back to the ancient Wari culture, and discover their influence on the Incas as you admire the adobe structures and other ruins. Finally, pay a visit to Andahuaylillas, a magnificent Baroque church renowned for its interior artworks; many sourced from the prestigious the Cusco Religious Art School. As you marvel at the grand interiors, you will understand why it’s been dubbed the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’. After a busy morning of sightseeing, return to Cusco, making a quick stop in the traditional village of Saylla along the way, where you can grab lunch (own expense)—the local specialty is Cusco fried pork (chicharrones). On return to Cusco, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Cusco South Valley: Tour Tipón, Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas

Cusco South Valley: Tour Tipón, Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas

Explore three Andean attractions, starting with a visit to the archaeological site of Tipón, where you'll learn about the ingenious engineering and spiritual practices of the Incas. Next, explore the ruins of Pikillacta (the Flea Town). Finally, stop in the town of Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro, also known as the "Sistine Chapel of America." On this day, you'll embark on an exclusive adventure. We will start our journey in Quispicanchis, where we will visit the impressive archaeological complex of Tipón, an important center of worship where the Incas revered water, one of the elements of nature considered sacred in Andean cosmology. Water flows through channels and traverses terraces and waterfalls. Next, we will head to the archaeological complex of Pikillacta, the Huari urban center dating back to the pre-Inca era. You'll notice that the constructions here are quite different from Inca constructions. Finally, we will visit the town of Andahuaylillas, where you'll see its 16th-century church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America" due to the abundance of paintings on its walls and ceiling. The church features an organ decorated with angels and cherubs, as well as large murals by the famous artist Tadeo Escalante. Saylla: Place where people can enjoy the delicious pork rinds (optional). We return to Cusco at approximately 3:00 pm.

From Cusco: Tour in South Valley

From Cusco: Tour in South Valley

The main point is the Andahuaylillas chapel, since we will find many works of colonial art, paintings and murals. This tour begins with pickup from your hotel between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. (hotel located in the historic center of the city). We will head towards the archaeological center of Tipón, this place is a clear example of the hydraulic engineering of the Incas. We will continue our tour and our next stop will be the archaeological center of Pikillaqta, an example of a great civilization like the Wari. Our last point of visit will be the temple of Andahuaylillas, where we can see its beautiful baroque style paintings and gold leaf decorations. Then we will return to the city of Cusco, on our return we will pass through Saylla where we will be able to taste the magnificent flavors of chicharrón, a typical pork-based dish (optional). We will finish with the transfer to your hotel.

From Cusco: Tipon, Piquillaqta and Andahuaylillas

From Cusco: Tipon, Piquillaqta and Andahuaylillas

The Tour begins with Pick-up at your Hotel or Meeting Point between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m., we will go to the first Tipón Archaeological Complex to begin your Inca adventure. The complex is located 24 km south of Cusco and is one of the least visited places in the Cusco area. Tipón's most notable feature is its irrigation system, which has been in use for centuries and continues to provide water for the agriculture of the surrounding towns. Next, we will go to Pikillacta. This historical site has more than a thousand buildings, including colcas, plazas, houses, temples and streets, known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will advance towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover the "Sistine Chapel of Peru", a church that houses golden altars, paintings and ceilings of many colors. The chapel is simple and understated on the outside, but inside you'll find one masterpiece after another as you explore its fascinating walls. On the way back to Cusco we will pass through Saylla (Southern Gastronomic Center), where you can enjoy a lunch such as the famous pork cracklings, Trout and Local Varieties. The tour will end when our transportation stops at the main Recocijo square in Cusco.

ECONOMIC PRIVATE TOUR TO THE SOUTH VALLEY OF CUSCO

ECONOMIC PRIVATE TOUR TO THE SOUTH VALLEY OF CUSCO

Pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Cusco to begin the tour of the southern valley will be according to the time you choose (departure times every hour). This private tour is an economical option, which is led by a certified professional guide, who also has a driver's license and will be in charge of directing you in a private vehicle first to the archaeological attraction of Tipón. Upon arriving at Tipón, you will be able to appreciate the scenic beauty of agricultural platforms of considerable size that were part of an Inca temple dedicated to the cult of water. As well as water sources for religious purposes that were very important for the Inca era and an example of the high hydraulic engineering that was handled in the Inca era. After the tour with our guide, you will go to the archaeological park of Pikillaqta, a regional city belonging to the pre-Inca Wari culture, which had its heyday before the development of the Inca culture, characterized by a wall as a form of protection of the city and construction different from the Inca. Composed of urban, religious and leisure sectors that were occupied after the arrival of the Inca culture. Immediately afterwards you will head towards the town of Andahuaylillas, to visit the Catholic temple of the same name, considered by many to be the Sistine Chapel of South America due to the ornamentation it has, which covers canvases and fresco paintings made in the colonial era. , a sample of Andean syncretism. that is still seen today in these towns. At the end of the tour you will return to the city of Cusco and on the way back you can make a stop in the town of Oropesa to buy the famous “chuta” breads typical of the Cusco region. To then arrive at the city and rest after this pleasant experience.

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(24 reviews)

Very good guide. We visit all the sites. The explanation in each of the places exceeded expectations. A guide was prepared and interested in disseminating information on the culture and current affairs of each place. The Andahuailillas museum makes no sense to visit it. Admission is paid to see two objects in ten minutes. The cathedral is impressive.

A must for a trip to Cusco: the pass is necessary to visit the archaeological sites of Valle Sagrado. It comes in three versions: the most complete 10-day tour that we booked also includes tickets to archeological sites around Cuzco and several museums. Highly recommended! The pass was delivered to us punctually at the hotel (near the city center).

One of the best experiences, especially because he takes you through every corner and you can have wonderful and unique views. During the whole tour he shares information of every corner and this is very nice because you are enjoying the trip. I highly recommend it. The quality/price ratio is 100%.

Excellent informative tour. Our guide Maria made sure she explained everything to my wife and myself clearly, making sure that being the only people who didn't speak fluent Spanish didn't miss out. She was also a fountain of knowledge on the sites we visited. Highly recommended.

I really liked it, an intact Inca archaeological site and another site that predates the Incas. The Church is beautiful inside, it's a shame it's not possible to take photos, but I understand.