Unknown south valley Cusco – half day

February 20, 2014  —  By
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Off the beaten path Cusco. During this great journey, travelers will have the opportunity to explore the waterworks of Tipón, the archaeological pre inca remains of Pikillacta, and an interesting colonial  church known as  “The Sistine Chapel of America” located in Andahuaylillas.

ITINERARY private tour

The group will be picked up from the hotel at 9 am and then we will travel   to the southern part of the Sacred Valley. Our first stop will be Andahuaylillas (Copper Field) to visit the Church of San Pedro, often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of America”, whose rustic surroundings and simple exterior of adobe walls on an Inca stone base belie a stunning interior whose every surface is covered in richly colored ornate murals with Amazonian gold-leaf. Numerous paintings of the Cusco School cement the church´s status as a colonial art treasure hidden away in the Sacred Valley.

Afterwards, we´ll continue on to the pre-Inca Wari ruins of Pikillacta (Flea City). Also known for its hydraulic system, its hundreds of rooms over a 2 square km area, span the gamut from small and plain to large and ornate. The presence of human remains suggests use as a ritual facility for ancestor worship.

We´ll then head towards Tipón, an amazing stonework and hydraulic engineering. Once part of a shrine network delineating a sun pilgrimage undertaken by Inca priests before the winter solstice, its precisely-calculated channels of carved stone, uncommonly narrow and deep, divert water from a nearby sacred spring to ceremonial fountains and agricultural terraces. A 1½km channell brings water from the heights of the mountain  Pachusan, then it becomes subterranean and distributes the water through other channels fitted out with control hatches.  We’ll be back at Cusco around 1 pm.

Price per person: USD 55

Our service includes:

Private Transport
Bilingual Guide                                                                                                                                               Ticket entrance to the church
Box Lunch