The South of Cusco was a very important area for the development of the Inca Empire! Around 30 km in the South of Cusco you will find the city Tipon, which was a very important religious center for the ancient Incas and is equipped with a great irrigation system! Also, you will be able to explore a pre-Inca metropolis, an extraordinary planned urban city called Piquillaqta, where you will see apartments, parks and a great temple. This tour will take half a day, approximately 5 hours.
We will pick you up at 08:30 am at your hotel in Cusco and start our journey while driving through the city, passing the new areas that the locals call Modern Cusco as well as San Sebastian and San Jeronimo. Leaving Cusco towards the south, we will see smaller towns at both sides of the valley and then arrive at the archaeological site of Tipón. This Inca city is a great place to observe an impressive hydraulic engineering system! Even in spite of the years, the channel constructions and the liturgical sources are still intact. The great temple of Tipon was very important for the Andean cosmos and religion. You will also enjoy the sound of the water designed for religion matters, as well as discover several royal chambers that were used by the famous Inca Wiraqocha. The type of architecture you will see here is well known for its imperial style. Apart from the architecture, you will have some time to enjoy the amazing mountain scenery! After this, we will continue our journey to the pre-Inca metropolis Pikillaqta. This city was one of the most impressive regional centers of the Wari Empire from in Ayacucho (in the north of Cusco). The Waris, well-known as very brave warriors, extended their domain up to these areas, constructing Pikillacta as their center of politics, religion and admiration in the south of their empire.Afterwards we will visit Andahuaylillas, a small colonial village which is located on the street to Puno.This town in particular has the pride to have a colonial catholic church, The San Pedro Church of Andahuaylillas. It was constructed for the Jesuits at the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century. Its architectural structure is typical for small towns’ churches: its walls are wide, typical for the colonial buildings, and made with mad bricks called adobe. The facade is decorated with murals and two stone columns projected towards the main entrance. We will observe a picture of the “Virgin of the Asunción”, painted by the Spanish painter Esteban Murillo. The paintings that decorate the bases, as well as a notable oil painting of the archangel San Miguel, are attributed to Luís de Riaño (17th century). As well, we will see a majestic organ, a silver goldsmith and a baroque altar inside the church.After that, we will visit the immense Plaza de Armas of Andahuaylillas which is surrounded by leafy pisonay trees (choral trees) and palm trees. It is considered as one of the most beautiful places of the region!On our way back, we will stop by a small town, for example Huaro, where the wizards lived during the Inca’s times. Again, we will stop in Tipon where you may try one of the main traditional dishes of the region, the famous ‘Roasted Guinea Pig’ (Cuy). Then we will return to Cusco around 02:00 pm.