The South Valley Circuit is one of the routes still unknown to many tourists. It is a new alternative to visit Cusco. Travelers can explore the amazing hydraulic architecture in Tipon, the pre-Incan structure Pikillacta, the beautiful works of art from the Cusco School of Andahuaylillas in addition to Lucre, Huacarpay and Raqchi.
This tour includes a variety of villages full of history, nature, religion, and fascinating architecture and archeology.
After picking you up from your hotel, our first stop is the Tipon Archaeological Complex. Tipon is an amazing model of hydraulics created by the Incas. The terraces are truly amazing, encompassing twelve levels of fertile land with walls made of beautifully carved stone. The original irrigation system is still in place. The entrance fee is 20 soles (found in the full tourist ticket) and is open to the public from 7:30 am to 5pm. There are toilets and parking.
Then we head to Piquillacta, travelling through Oropesa (the city of bread) to get there. This community is known for its bakery and bakers. You can find several warehouses, stalls and restaurants that offer various types of bread. Orepesa celebrates Tanta Raymi the second Sunday of October with 50 varieties of bread.
Leaving Oropesa, we will arrive in the town of Huacarpay a few minutes away. It is situated on a lake that has the same name. Here one can enjoy beautiful landscapes and see typical Peruvian birds. 4 kilometers further on, Lucre is the gastronomic capital of South Valley for its variety of dishes typical of the region: maize, guinea pigs and dairy desserts. It was founded in 1861 and today is a National Cultural Heritage given its great historical importance.
After this interesting tour Piquillacta arrived at the complex or Pikillacta , meaning “people of fleas ” and covers the towns of Huacarpay and Piñipampa . It is 30 km . Cusco , comprises more than 800 buildings with different functions , which are estimated to live more than ten thousand people. The complex highlights several buildings , is presumed to be one of the most important Wari centers in the region, will be appreciated terraces , streets, spectacular structures . Advancing about 500 meters can reach Rumicolca .
Flea Piñipampa means Pampa . The town is the largest producer Cusco handmade tiles , making a regional distribution reaching to Arequipa , Puno and Apurimac . They use clay material and sell for thousands. To access the new circuit in Quispicanchi Piñipampa community , should reach Cusco via Sichuan , through a bridle path forwarding .
Finally got to Andahuaylillas Antahuaylla Its original name is on the plain , then in colonial times was as Andahuaylillas . It is located 42km . of the city of Cusco. The highlight is the Temple of San Pedro or Sistine Chapel of America , called by some historians and travelers, XVI century . Excel its wonderful wall paintings, works by renowned painters of the time among which Diego Quispe Tito . The pieces are part of the most important Baroque Peru .
The entrance to the church of San Pedro are Monday to Sunday from 7:30 to 5:30 pm . The Museum is located on the side of the church with stone remains , collections , utensils and mummies. Nearby are some textiles and silverware craftsmen .
Upon returning to Cusco we will stop at Saylla, which is located at 13km . southeast of Cusco . From the city takes the place in 25 minutes and is an inevitable path towards the South Valley . In the community still practiced Ayni Inca system consisting reciprocity. One of the most important religious celebrations is the feast of the Virgin Purified 1 to February 4. Saylla known for its mouthwatering pork cracklings , 28 and July 29 is celebrated the “Day of pork ” in Saylla Stadium . Where thousands of people visit the place to taste the typical dishes .
This tour is available in the service group and private service.
Bilingual professional guide .
Entrance to the archaeological sites (if you have the tourist ticket can use the same ticket otherwise you will have to pay for the tickets ) .
Tips, etc. .
We recommend that you :
Cream sunscreen and a hat
Rain jacket or poncho ( November to April)
Comfortable walking shoes
Your tourist ticket or the money to buy
A warm clothes for the evening