39 km from the city of Cusco is Andahuaylillas, founded in 1572 by the viceroy Francisco de Toledo. The beauty of its colonial architecture can be appreciated today. One of its foremost exponents is the temple of St. Peter the Apostle, also known as the “Sistine Chapel of America.” It is in front of the charming square, paved in checkerboard form, and framed by pisonay trees.
It does locate in the Department of Cusco, Province of Quispicanchi, District of Andahuaylillas. 36 km from the city of Cusco and 45 minutes approx. Traveling by bus The town of Andahuaylillas is 3150 meters above sea level, and because of this, it has a max. Of 20.9ºC and min. Up to 0 ° C.
Temple of St. Peter the Apostle. Its architectural design is classic of the colonial churches of the southern Andean but stands out among them for the beauty of its mural painting. The murals that decorate the frontispiece and many other temple areas were painted in the seventeenth century to teach the natives the dogmas of the Christian faith through their illustrations. Another attraction is the Mudejar coffered ceiling covering the ceiling of the clergy, which worked in polychrome wood and gold leaf. Next to the one of the Company of Jesus, San Juan Bautista de Huaro, and the chapel of the Virgin of the Candelaria of Canicunca, this temple forms part of the Andean Baroque Route.
Nearby attractions between Andahuaylillas and Cusco:
Humedal de Lucre – Huacarpay. Located at 3,020 meters above sea level and just 7.9 km from Andahuaylillas (10 minutes), it is one of the essential ecosystems in Cusco due to its diverse fauna that holds up to 120 species of birds (among residents, migratory and occasional) that can observe that during most of the year.
Pikillacta. A few minutes from the Wetland of Lucre, this pre-Inca citadel of the Wari culture is located, whose apogee took place between the years 800 and 1100 d.C., and surprising by its urban planning.
Archaeological Complex of Tipón It is a marvel of Inca hydraulic engineering that lies 19.5 km from Andahuaylillas. It comprises twelve terraces flanked by perfectly polished stone walls, terraces, canals, and ornamental waterfalls that offer an impressive landscape with the flora of the place.