Explore the Hidden Gems of the Sacred Valley: Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas in One Day

Uncover Ancient Wonders and Cultural Riches in a Day-long Immersive Tour

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

2/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

Delve into the rich tapestry of Peru’s history with a one-day exploration of the South Valley’s hidden gems. From the engineering marvels of the Inca at Tipon to the ancient grandeur of Pikillacta, and the baroque beauty of Andahuaylillas Church, this tour is a journey through centuries of culture and architecture. It’s an ideal adventure for those looking to experience the depth of Peru’s heritage in a single day.

Discover the less-trodden paths of history, where ancient ruins speak volumes and colonial art comes alive. The tour, a blend of archaeological wonders and artistic masterpieces, culminates with an optional culinary treat, offering a taste of traditional Peruvian flavors. This succinct expedition provides a comprehensive glimpse into the multifaceted historical narrative of the South Valley, making it a perfect choice for history enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Inca site of Tipon, Pre-Inca site of Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas Church
Price
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 08:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Embark on a fascinating journey through the heart of the South Valley, starting with an 8:00 am pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. This day is dedicated to uncovering the wonders of ancient and colonial history, featuring some of the most remarkable sites in the region.

Your first destination is the Inca Site of Tipon, a testament to the Incas' mastery over water and architecture. As you wander through this serene and lush site, the sound of flowing water from the perfectly engineered canals and terraces creates a tranquil atmosphere. An expert guide will help you understand the significance and ingenuity of this remarkable Incan creation.

The journey continues to the Pre-Inca Site of Pikillacta, where you step further back in time. This expansive site, once home to over 700 structures, tells the story of a pre-Inca civilization. As you walk through the ruins, imagine the bustling life that once filled these meticulously planned streets, lined with buildings made of a blend of mud and stones.

Next, your exploration takes you to the colonial gem of Andahuaylillas and the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church, also known as the 'Sistine Chapel of America'. This stunning church is an artistic and architectural marvel, with interiors rich in murals by Luis Riaño, baroque altars, and a blend of Andean and European art. The church's impressive collection of Cusco School canvases and a majestic piano is a treasure trove for those keen on history and art.

Your journey concludes with a return to Cusco, but not before an optional culinary delight in Saylla town. Here, you can indulge in traditional Cusco fried pork (chicharrones), adding a flavorful end to your day of exploration. You'll arrive back at your hotel with ample time to relax and reflect on the unforgettable experiences and insights gained from this immersive one-day journey.

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Tour Highlights

  • Discover Tipon: Experience the marvel of Inca engineering in Tipon, where ancient irrigation systems and terraces showcase the advanced understanding of hydraulics and agriculture by the Incas.

  • Explore Pikillacta: Step back in time at Pikillacta, the pre-Inca site that offers a rare glimpse into the Wari civilization. Wander through the remnants of this once-thriving city, known for its remarkable urban planning and architectural symmetry.

  • Visit Andahuaylillas Church: Admire the artistic beauty of the Andahuaylillas Church, often referred to as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’. This 17th-century church is famed for its intricately painted interior, baroque altars, and impressive collection of colonial art.

  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Peruvian history and culture, as you journey through the sites with an expert guide who brings alive their historical significance.

  • Scenic Views and Landscapes: Enjoy the picturesque landscapes of the South Valley, featuring a mix of lush countryside, rolling hills, and panoramic views that are a photographer’s delight.

  • Optional Culinary Experience: Conclude your day with an optional stop in Saylla to savor local culinary specialties, including the famous Cusco chicharrones, offering an authentic taste of Peruvian cuisine.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Peru Tripper adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Visit. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Visit, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Travel Light: Since it’s a day trip, avoid over-packing. Bring only what’s necessary.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider packing eco-friendly items, and always ensure you leave no trash behind.
  • Be Prepared for Altitude: The Sacred Valley is at a high altitude. If you’re prone to altitude sickness, consider packing preventative medications.
  • Secure Your Valuables: While the Sacred Valley is generally safe, it’s always good to be cautious. Use a money belt or hidden pouch for essential documents and money.
  • Versatility is Key: The climate in the Sacred Valley can be quite varied, so dressing in layers is beneficial. This way, you can add or remove clothing as needed throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Is there a significant amount of walking involved in this tour?

Yes, the tour involves moderate walking, especially when exploring the archaeological sites. However, the paths are generally well-maintained, and our guides will ensure a pace that’s comfortable for everyone.

Can I book last minute?

While we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot, last-minute bookings are possible subject to availability.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Our refund policy is based on how much notice is given prior to the tour date. It’s best to check our detailed cancellation policy for specifics.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Absolutely! The Sacred Valley is a wonder for visitors of all ages. Children often find the ruins and landscapes fascinating. Just ensure they wear comfortable shoes and have sun protection.

Is there a guide available in languages other than English and Spanish?

Yes, while our primary guide languages are English and Spanish, we offer upgrades for guides fluent in French, German, Portuguese, or Italian. Please check for availability and any associated additional fees.

What is the Boleto Turistico and why do I need it?

The Boleto Turistico is a tourist ticket that grants you access to multiple sites in the Cusco region, including Tipon and Pikillacta. It’s a mandatory ticket for these sites and can be purchased for 70 soles.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

How is the tour affected during public holidays or local festivals?

On certain public holidays or during major local festivals, some sites might be busier than usual or have different operating hours. However, we always aim to provide a seamless experience, making necessary adjustments to the itinerary.

Are tips for guides and staff included?

Tips are not included and are entirely at your discretion. If you feel the service was exemplary, tips are a kind way to show your appreciation.

Are there any special offers for repeat customers?

We truly value the loyalty of our guests. Repeat customers can reach out to us directly to inquire about any special offers or loyalty discounts.

What kind of training do your guides have?

Our guides are professionally trained and certified. They have in-depth knowledge of the region, its history, and culture. Moreover, they undergo regular training sessions to enhance their skills and are well-equipped to handle emergency situations.

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