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Cusco South Valley Tour Full Day

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Cusco South Valley Tour, starts between 08:30 am with the pickup from your hotel, this tour consists of great tourist attractions such as the case of the archaeological center of Tipon with its Inca canals and aqueducts still in operation. Pikillaqta which is a pre-Inca city built by the Wari culture, the great front of Rumicolca that was possibly the gateway to entrance to the city of Cusco on the south side and the temple of Andahuaylillas that was named Sistine Chapel of America that inside treasures in paintings of the Cusco school.

Tipon archaelogical park is located 26km southeast of Cusco. Tipon is one of the most impressive Inca archeological site where one can see a series of terraces and irrigation canals. It  was a ceremonial center where water was channeled through underground passages from the Pachatusan mountain above the site.

Piquillacta is located 33 km southeast of Cusco. This was one of the most important cities of the Wari Culture, who were later conquered by the powerful Incas around 1200 A.D. The name means “The Place of Fleas”. The entire city was enclosed by walls made up of a mixture of stone and earth with the interiors of the buildings being more finely finished. Piquillaqta has more than 700 structures and some walls standing almost 12 meters high in places.

Rumicolca, Gate of Cusco. Close to Piquillacta lies the archaelogical ruins of Rumicolca, consisting of three pyramidal constructions, with bases and internal walls made of giant stone blocks. In the upper wall of the complex lies the aqueduct built to carry water to Piquillacta. The other function of Rumicolca was believed to have been as the main gate into Cusco.

Andahuaylillas Colonial Church

The most important attraction for visitors is the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church, considered to be the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas” due to the quality of its art. Built at the beginning of XVII century, the inside of the temple is decorated with murals by Luis Riaño representing the paths to glory and to hell. In addition, this church has a majestic piano, numerous canvases of the School of Cusco, exquisite silverwork and baroque altars.