Guided tour

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

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9 reviews

Activity provider: Willka Travel

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

Activity provider: Willka Travel

From US$ 20 per person

A day-tour to South Valley, known for its spectacular natural landscapes. You can experience Inca architecture, pre–inca Wari architecture in Pikillaqta, and a beautiful chapel of Andahuaylilla which is known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Please provide your hotel’s name and address in Cusco center. Please indicate if you are staying at a private accommodation (with address), you will then be provided with a meeting point close by.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Incan architecture in Tipón
  • View Wari architecture in Pikillaqta
  • Walk through the Temple of Andahuaylillas
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Pick-up from hotel
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Tickets
  • Entrance fee to the Temple of Andahuaylillas
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • The entrance to all Inca archeological sites is free until further notice due to COVID-19 regulations
  • We do not pickup from hotels or other accommodation far away from the city center
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    3.5/5
  • Safety
    4/5

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The tour was done in English and Spanish. I was only anglophone so guide did a good job making sure I was informed but I think it would be better to have just one in Spanish and one in English although this hat be hard to organize not knowing who signs up and ultimately attends. Bring toilet paper and the restaurant meal, the meat was overcooked for everyone. Please choose another establishment for future tours. Excellent pick up service. very professional.

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March 7, 2020

I'm glad I could go around with the locals in a short time. I walk a lot more than I expected. Thanks to that, Tipon was taken a closer look. There was almost no English. I could understand part of it with the translation app. I wanted to go to Pikiryakuta, but only the gate. On the way back, I was relieved that the locals came to the bus terminal.

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January 28, 2020

I booked 4 different tours on my trip to Peru and sadly this was my least favorite. I did enjoy the 2 Inca ruins stops but everything else should have been left out. We stopped at a tiny museum and church (which costs extra to enter). Even though the museum was just 5 soles a person, it was not worth it. There is absolutely nothing inside worth seeing. We didn't bother with the church for 15 soles a person. Another stop was to try out local bread. The bread was good, but this stop could also have been left out. The tour was supposed to be just 5 hours so after the 2nd Inca ruin we thought "yay, we're finally going back to Cusco". We were wrong. The tour stopped at a restaurant for lunch for almost an hour. This was another unnecessary stop. We were perfectly happy to go back to Cusco and get our own lunch. Overall it was not a terrible day. I just wish we could have seen more sights.

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March 20, 2020

Product ID: 195440