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Tipon: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

2. From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

Explore the archaeological sites of Tipón and Pikillacta from Cusco. Visit the quaint town of Andahuaylillas on this private day trip. Be led to little-known villages and historic ruins by an expert guide. Start your journey in Tipón, a perfectly preserved archaeological site, 27 kilometers away from Cusco. Explore Tipón's impressive rural colony mansion. Marvel at the 12 agricultural terraces that are still cultivated with an irrigation system. This masterpiece of hydraulic engineering of the Incas serves the surrounding population to date. Continue your tour to Pikillacta, built by the Wari people. See one of the best-preserved pre-Inca sites of Peru. Learn about its archaeological importance. Among its 700 structures, spread over 3000 hectares, you can see stone and mud buildings, distinct terrace work, and the head of a condor carved in a rock. Finally, pay a visit to Andahuaylillas and its landmark attraction, the Church of Andahuaylillas. Admire the impressive quality of the art pieces in this baroque church. Gaze at the mural paintings and altars decorated in gold. It houses an original pipe organ, a result of recent restorations. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on the way back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Cusco: Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas Guided Day Tour

3. 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.

From Cusco: Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Pikillaqta Day Tour

4. From Cusco: Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Pikillaqta Day Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation in Cusco and start this interesting half day tour to visit the amazing archeological site of Tipon, also known as the garden of the Incas. Take a tour of Andahuaylillas and its beautiful church and finish the tour in Pikillaqta learning about the Wari culture. This pre-Inca culture began 700 years after Christ and left behind beautiful constructions that we will visit during the tour. This tour is perfect for those who are still acclimatizing to the altitude and want to do an easy tour before visiting other tourist sites in Cusco higher above sea level.

Cusco South Valley Tour

5. Cusco South Valley Tour

Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the South Valley of Cusco on this magical half-day tour that begins around 8:30 a.m. We will pick you up from your selected hotel in Cusco, and embark on a journey that will take you southeast of Cusco on the Cusco-Puno route. The adventure starts with a scenic drive of approximately one hour to Tipon, where you will be mesmerized by an archaeological complex consisting of 12 beautiful cultivated terraces surrounded by walls built with carved stones. The most remarkable feature of Tipon is its irrigation system which has been in use for centuries and continues to provide water for agriculture in the surrounding villages. Next, we will head to Pikillacta, an ancient urban center built by the pre-Inca culture of Wari. This historical site boasts over 1,000 buildings, including Colcas, squares, houses, temples, and streets, some of which are up to four stories high. The tour's final stop is the charming colonial town of Andahuaylillas, where you will marvel at the 16th-century Andahuaylillas Church, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America." Its wall and ceiling decorations, canvases with golden frames, baroque altarpieces, and impressive murals by the artist Tadeo Escalante are truly breathtaking. Don't forget to check out the famous Pentalingu gate, too! As the tour concludes, we will return to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at the city center around 2:00 p.m. Important tips This leaves you with ample time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring the various museums that Cusco has to offer, including the Regional Historical Museum, the Inka Museum, the Machu Picchu Museum, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the Society of Jesus, many more. This tour provides an unforgettable experience that you don't want to miss.

From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

6. From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then head to the beautiful Valle Sur with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at the archaeological site of Tipón, thought to have been a royal garden commissioned by the Inca god Viracocha. Learn more about the agricultural terraces created by the Incas and irrigated by an aqueduct on the sacred Pachatusan mountain. Take a closer look at other structures, such as the baths and temple complex to build a better understanding of the Inca civilization. Continue to the pre-Inca site of Pikillacta to explore the adobe complex built by the indigenous Huari people in around 700 to 900 AD. Marvel at the elaborate art of the Sistine Chapel of Peru in Andahuaylillas, including paintings from Escuela Cuzqueña. Return to Cusco via Saylla, where you can enjoy some delicious pork chicharrones or roasted guinea pig.

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What people are saying about Tipon

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 20 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.

The whole tour was first class, with a very professional guide, the unexpected thing was that I had to pay the tickets when I had paid them from Buenos Aires when hiring the package

Perfect. We arrived at the hotel and the tickets were in our name. The bad thing is that it could not be used for one of the most attractive sites and they charge you the same.

It is a very nice tour, both through archaeological sites and through the "Sistine Chapel" of America. It's really worth it.

Compulsory ticket to visit the Inca sites, but does seem a bit expensive…