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South Valley Cusco Tour is a half-day trip to the archaeological remains in the south of Cusco. On this South Valley Cusco tour you will be visiting three iconic sites namely, Tipon, Pikillaqta and Andahuaylillas. This is a perfect addition to Sacred Valley VIP tour as this would give you a complete overview of the culture and traditions of Incas and their history.
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The tour would starts at the Incan archaeological complex Tipon. A site known for water channels and agricultural terraces. The water channels of Tipon are believed to be used as a ceremonial centre by Incas to worship water. The street below the site is popular among locals. During weekends, locals gather to savour the local delicacy guinea pig which is a popular tradition here.
The next stop will be in Pikillaqta. On the way to Pikillaqta, we will be passing through a dusky town known as Oropesa. Oropesa is referred to as the “bread capital of Peru”. It houses over fifty different bakeries. Pikillaqta is the only site that exists from Pre Inca time. Pikillaqta is a complex entirely built in adobe by Waris. Waris once dominated the coastal and central parts of Peru. Pikillaqta is a hilly region with small lakes in the vicinity. During the Wari rule and even during the Incas, maize was majorly produced in Pikillaqta. Maize was so important for the Waris that they painted it in their potteries along with supernaturals and deities. Back then, Pikillacta was believed to have controlled the whole region through agriculture.
Our next stop will be in Andahuaylillas. Andahuaylillas is home to The Sistine Chapel of the Americas. Although from outside it may not seem so eye catching to most, the interiors of this chapel is an eye popping kaleidoscope. It has a dazzling display of colourful murals, an ornate gold leaf altar and ceilings painted in coffered. The “San Pedro de Andahuaylillas” as known by the locals, was built at the end of the 16th century given the fact that one of its murals, signed by Luis de Riaño, has a date written in it that states it is from the year 1626. We will then return to Cusco.