Discover the South Valley of Cusco
Yes, we know that you have heard about the Sacred Valley, many places to visit, pleasant weather, and you are on your way to Machu Picchu. But do you hear about the South Valley?
It is one of the routes still unknown by many tourists. The South is a new alternative to visit Cusco. Travelers can explore the incredible hydraulic architecture in Tipon, the pre-Inca structure of Pikillacta, the beautiful works of art of the Cusquenian School in Andahuaylillas, not forgetting Lucre, Huacarpay, Raqchi, Oropesa the capital of bread and other amazing places!!!
You can make this route in about five days. This circuit is a discovery for its beauty, attractions similar to the Sacred Valley. The tour includes a diversity of villages full of history, natural, religious spaces, architecture and fascinating archeology.
If you like nature, typical food, trekking and admire the beautiful architecture. The south offers you many new routes. Much of the tour, you can do it by purchasing the complete Cusco Tourist Ticket. If you want to plan your trip to the sacred city, here you will find some proposals to visit the South Valley:
Tipon complex will show you a set of terraces and water channels that are believed to have been used by the Incas as a ceremonial center to worship the liquid element. The current city of Tipon has several vendors next to the main road, especially on weekends, when all the restaurants open their doors so you can taste one of the favorite dishes here, guinea pig baked in firewood.
The pre-Inca ruins of Piquillacta:
This is different from the previous site, it is a pre-Inca city. This adobe complex was built by the Wari culture, which at some time dominated the high and coastal central regions in Peru. It is considered the first culture that made use of the overlapping massive platforms (agricultural terraces); In addition, many of the administrative practices of the Incas were adopted from the Wari civilization.
See the lagoon of Huacarpay:
You can take a short walk to the Huacarpay lagoon. This wetland has been declared a site of international importance due to the large number of migratory birds that stop here. Every October thousands of birds from the northern hemisphere use this place as a crossing point to the south. Then, when the northern winter ends, in April, they stop on their way back to the northern summer. In addition, birds that avoid the harsh winter in the Andes mountain range, migrate to this place to take advantage of its relatively lower altitude, enjoy better temperatures and the large amount of food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your lunch!!
Finally visit the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas”:
The church of the town of Andahuaylillas is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas”. It is situated in a beautiful and quiet square. The works of art inside have made this baroque church famous. It has beautiful paintings made by the school of religious art of Cusco.
On the way back to Cusco, you can make a small stop in the town of Saylla and try the delicious pork rinds from Cusco and get some bags of tocto (roasted pork skin).
The climate is very similar to the city of Cusco, but with warmer temperatures due to the lower altitude.
- Rainy season (December – March)
- Dry season (April – November)
- Tipon: 3,498 m.a.s.l
- Piquillacta: 3,205 m.a.s.l
- Andahuaylillas: 3,121 m.a.s.l
- Raqchi: 3,488 m.a.s.l