South Valley City Tour of Cusco (Full Day)
South of Cusco, then on to Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas. Enjoy the magnificent mountains from the top of Urubamba in this vast landscape. City tour in Cusco which is the old historical heart of Peru and the capital of the Incan Empire. Take a tour of the City, Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay and Pucapucara.
At 8:00am or upon your arrival to the airport of CUSCO, you will be picked up by your English speaking guide where you will catch our comfortable private vehicle for this amazing trip to the South of Cusco to explore PIKILLACTA: Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 years AD by the Huari Culture, in the area; there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas…ANDAHUILILLAS Here you will visit the “Sixtine 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. Also some paintings from famous “Escuela Cuzqueña” can be appreciated. Afternoon, return to Cusco to start with the famous City tour of Cusco where you will visit TAMBOMACHAY (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. PUCAPUCARA (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center… Q`ENQO (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration. SACSAYHUAMAN (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons) MAIN CATHEDRAL (Marvel of the religious) KORICANCHA (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco.
Highlights of Tour
• Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuilillas.
• Sacsayhuaman , Qenqo,Pucapucara & Tambomachay
• Qoricancha and Cathedral.
South Valley City Tour of Cusco (Full Day)
Detailed Travel Program
South Valley City Tour of Cusco (1D)
Tipon is said to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha. It is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces which run up the narrow valley are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, the mountain above the site. In addition to the terracing there are also some other structures at Tipon, including baths, a temple complex, canals and aqueducts. Tipon is definitely one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area but it is equally as impressive as those in the Sacred Valley. The Tipon Archeological Complex is located 24 km southeast of Cusco.
Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 years AD by the Huari Culture, in the area; there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas.
Here you will visit 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. Also some paintings from famous “Escuela Cuzqueña” can be appreciated…Afternoon return to Cusco but on the way back , we will stop at Saylla where wewill find some typical restaurants to enjoy pork chicharrones, or roasted ginea pig (optional) upon your arrival, transfer back to your Hotel.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. Cuzco was the capital of Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a Puma. The city had two sectors: the urin and hanan, which were further divided to each encompass two of the four provinces, Chinchaysuyo (NW), Antisuyo (NE), Contisuyo (SW), and Collasuyo (SE). A road led from each of these quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire. Each local leader was required to build a house in the city and live part of the year in Cuzco, but only in the quarter of Cuzco that corresponded to the quarter of the empire he had territory in. According to Inca legend, the city was built by sapac Inca Pachachacuti, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cuzco from a sleepy city-state into the vastempire of Tahuantinsuyo. But archaeological evidence points to a slower, more organic growth of the city beginning before Pachacuti. There was however a city plan and two rivers were channeled around the city. The first Spaniards arrived in the city on November 15th, 1533. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, officially discovered Cuzco on March 23th, 1534, naming it the “Very noble and great city of Cuzco”. The many buildings constructed after the Spanish conquest are of Spanish influence with a mix of Inca architecture, including the Santa Clara and San Blas barrios. The Spanish undertook the construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions for the conquerors. During the colony, the city of Cuzco was very prosperous thanks to the agriculture, cattle rising, mining as well as the trade with Spain. This allowed the construction of many churches and convents, and even a Cathedral, university and an Archbishopric. Often, Spanish buildings were juxtaposed atop the massive stone walls built by the Inca.
Start Time: 8:00 am
Duration: 10 Hours
Private Service: Private Service for organized groups departs any day. Highly recommended.