South Valley: Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas
This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre - Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America".
Tipon was a center for the worship of water. The irrigation system was unusual in that it featured deep, vertical channels in the terrace walls. The system was fed by a natural spring from the sacred mountain known as Pachatusan which flows to this day.
This is a huge sprawling site, interesting because it is the only ruin of a pre-Inca city in the Cusco region. It is attributed to the Wari culture, which emerged in the central highlands near present-day Ayacucho, flourished around 1000 A.C, and may ultimately have been overwhelmed by the Incas.
“Rumicolca” was once the gigantic stone gateway to the Cusco valley, and we pass through the narrow valley it guards on our way to the village of Andahuaylillas, whose famous colonial church is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” because of its beautiful painted ceiling and other art treasures.
The villagers of Raqchi make beautiful pottery. The ruins of Raqchi are known as the Temple of Wiracocha. Legend has it that the temple was erected to propitiate the creator god after the area was devastated by a volcanic eruption. The stone of the district is predominantly volcanic. The inhabitants of Raqchi are dedicated to the production of traditional pottery, made by hand and available for visitors to purchase
- Pick up from hotel.
- Private transportation.
- Bilingual professional guide.
- Entrance fees to the arqueological places of Tipon, Piquillacta, Andahuaylillas and Raqchi.
- Rain coat.
- Extra money for shopping.
- Student card if you are student (ISIC CARD). For the discounts.