South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas - Orange Nation Peru

South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas

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From $147


This half day South Valley tour takes us to the unique archeological site of Tipon where we enjoy the impressive irrigation system created by the Incas, then to Piquillacta where you discover the huge urban planning of the Wari culture. Next, we continue on to Andahuaylillas often referred to as the “the Sistine Chapel of the Americas” which has impressive mural paintings from the XVII century.

Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing at least a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

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Service Level: Comfortable private transportation, small groups
Physical Rating: Relaxing half day tour
Travel Style: Cultural immersion
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.
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For the South Valley Tour, you will be picked up from your hotel at 9:00am or 1:00pm, depending on whether you have chosen the morning or the afternoon schedule.

Our first stop of the day is Andahuaylillas where we visit the Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas, often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of America. It was built by the the Jesuits at the end of the 16th century and completed at the beginning of the 17th century.

The architectural structure is typical for village churches. Its walls are wide like all the colonial buildings, made of sun-dried bricks of adobe, the facade is decorated with magnificent murals, and two large stone columns at the main entrance.

Although it appears relatively modest, the inside decoration is where it garners its reputation as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas. We will see murals inside which have been attributed to Luis de Riaño (17th century).

After we visit the church, we continue our journey towards the Pre-Inca archaeological site of Piquillacta, where we explore the multiple structures of the pre-Inca Wari culture, surrounded by mountains and lakes.

Afterwards, we head to the interesting archeological site of Tipon, where we will see the best of Inca hydraulic water work system. Our guide will explain all there is to know about this interesting site, before we continue on to our final stop.

Finally, we return to the village of Tipon, which is known for its baked guinea pig. Guinea pig is a traditional dish of the region of Cusco. We make a quick stop to sample it and then we are on our way back to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 1:00pm for the morning tour or 5:00pm for the afternoon.


Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing at least a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

Group from 1 to 3 people $ 147 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 4 to 8 people $ 177 USD for the total group (not per person)



  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transport
  • Traditional Cusqueñian lunch in the rural village of Tipon famous for the local delicacy guinea pig
  • Taxes


  • Entrance tickets to archeological sites: 70 soles (1 day only) or approximately $20 USD per person, YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED
  • Entrance fee 10 soles to Saint Peter church of Andahuaylillas
  • Tips


  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto turistico and ticket for the Maras salt mine
  • Original passport
South Valley Tour: Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas
From USD $147

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Dec. 2022

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