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South Valley Tour Cusco
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South Valley Tour Cusco
Tour Type
Scenic Walking Tours
South Valley Tour Cusco
Maximun Altitude
3,316m (10,879 ft.)
South Valley Tour Cusco
Physical Level
South Valley Tour Cusco
Recommended Season
April to December

South Valley Tour Cusco

Price from: $ 32.00 USD (See: Pricing)

Excursion to Tipon, Piquillacta, and Andahuaylillas, a fascinating tourist destination. Stroll outside while admiring the distinctive Andean vistas south of the Cusco Valley, surrounded by unique Inca structures.

Tour Plan: Cusco | Tipon | Pikillaqta | Rumi Punku | Sistine Chapel of America

Impressive South Valley Tour Cusco

Cusco South Valley Tour charming excursion to the southwest of Cusco, just 60 minutes away, find the portentous Inca constructions of Tipon, Pikillaqta, Rumicolca, and Andahuaylillas, “the Sistine Chapel of America.”

Enjoy a guided tour of Cusco Southern Valley Tour with short walks to reach the outstanding architectural constructions of Tipon with its hydraulic water channels, stroll through the pre-Inca streets of the ancestral metropolis of Pikillaqta, etc.

The tourist circuit of Cusco South Valley Tour over time is becoming one of the most popular sites due to the number of megalithic ruins to explore, such as the Tipon source, the Inca trails of Pikillaqta, and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel of America with the fresco paintings of the path to heaven and hell.

Tackle an adventure through Cusco’s beautiful South Valley! With guided tours of historical sites and plenty of photo ops, this journey is one you won’t forget. Explore the beauty of the South Valley in Cusco, Peru! The tour will allow you to appreciate everything that this incredible region of Peru has to offer.

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South Valley Tour Cusco Overview

Explore Cusco’s South Valley’s stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage with Kondor Path Tours. Visit the picturesque town of Tipon, known for its impressive Inca terraces and irrigation system, and the pre-Inca ruins of Pikillacta. Marvel at the intricate stone carvings and architecture of the Andahuaylillas church, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Andes.” Learn about the history and traditions of the region from your knowledgeable guide and take in the breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains.

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  • Start of the excursion of the Cusco Southern Valley Tour: At 09:00 am
  • Meeting places to start the outing: Anywhere in Cusco or directly from the Cusco airport.
  • Duration of the guided tour: approximately a little over half a day.

Note: The guided visits to the tourist circuit of the Cusco South Valley Tour can be carried out at any time that the client requires, either in the morning or the afternoon, “the archaeological sites of the southern valley of Cusco open at 8 am and close at 5 pm”

Activities to explore on the Cusco South Valley Tour

  1. Rumi Punku: Great stone gate to enter Cusco from the south of the Inca empire.
  2. Andahuaylillas:  Exquisite Sistine Chapel of America, where we can see several frescoes painted on its internal walls
  3. Pikillaqta: Majestic pre-Inca metropolis citadel with surprising constructions of houses, streets, and Inca roads of the Wari culture.
  4. Tipon: Visit the temple of spring water with its various channels, primary and secondary sources, with the Inca water channels’ unevenness to regulate the water’s speed to irrigate the entire architectural complex of Tipon.

Lunch “Not included,” The One Dish to Try in Cusco Is… Guinea Pig (A popular Peruvian delicacy) in Tipon village. Or lunch could be in the town of Lucre, “fresh trout from the lagoons of the Andes,” or in the city of Saylla, “Chicharrón [fried pork] flavorful, tender, and crispy: Cusco’s Chicharrón.”

Highlights of South Valley Tour Cusco
  • Explore the south of Cusco on an epic tour exploring fantastic ancient Inca constructions with beautiful landscapes of the Andes with its inter-Andean valleys.
  • There are short walks between 5 to 19 minutes for light exercise through the Andes of southern Peru for incredible panoramic views.


South Valley Tour Cusco Itinerary


Visit & Explore the Cusco South Valley

Cusco Southern Valley Tour – The excursion to the South Valley of Cusco begins at 9 in the morning. We start with the pick-up service at the respective hotels of the visitors. We head towards the southwest of Cusco via Saylla until we reach the different Inca archaeological groups, such as Tipon, Pikillaqta, Rumicolca, and the Sistine Chapel of America.

Each Inca archaeological group has short walks between 8 to 18 minutes until we reach the main Inca temples, such as the Tipon fountain, the streets, patios, and houses of Pikillaqta, etc.

At the end of the tourist circuit of the Cusco South Valley Tour, we return to the city of Cusco; there is the option if the clients would like to try the baked guinea pig in the town of Tipon “does not include” the culinary adventure is tastier locally in the south of Cusco.

Brief description of the ruins of Cusco South Valley Tour

Discover the fascinating ancestral ruins of southern Cusco on a nearly half-day tour exploring incredible Inca constructions with impressive Andean landscapes.


The spectacular archaeological group of Tipon, located south of Cusco, contains several imperial-style Inca buildings, deposits, and terrace systems. Explore strategic spring water extraction sites’ impressive canals and Inca water sources. The tourist area of Tipon has magnificent photographic angles between the ruins of Tipon and the landscapes of the Andes. The best engineers at the time of the Incas built the architecture and functionality in Tipon with a unique ritual cutting and hydraulic irrigation system.


The Wari culture was developed in the southwest of Peru in the Apurimac region; Pikillaqta had its most significant architectural expression in the Pre-Inca metropolis citadel south of Cusco. Discover with us the little-known treasures of the Cusco South Valley Tour.

  • Pikillaqta must house approximately fifteen thousand people in its golden years.
  • The ancestral city of Wari in Pikillaqta shows around 700 pre-Inca buildings.
  • The pre-Inca architecture has a harmonious geometric design that combines the scenic landscape of the Andes with the ancient citadels of the Wari culture. Straight, intertwining streets lead to several gigantic courtyards.
  • Pikillaqta shows the buildings between 1, 2, and 3 floors in their ancient architecture. There are also semi-subterranean constructions with white plaster walls.

The ruins of Rumi Punku have a pyramidal shape with imperial Inca fine masonry. At the top of the Rumi Punku archaeological complex is a channel to carry water to the Inca citadel of Pikillaqta.


The most extraordinary Sistine Chapel in America became famous for its incredible works of art that continue inside. The exquisite paintings made by the Cuzco School of Art 400 years ago made various paintings with Andean touches.

In the Sistine Chapel of America in Andahuaylillas, the fresco paintings on the walls, the ceiling, the semicircular arch, and the choir balcony are the most striking.



Physical Level

1, Easy

Walking Distance

A light walks

Hiking Time

5 to 25 minutes

Starting Altitude

Tipon 3,316m (10,879 ft)

Minimun Altitude

Andahuaylillas: 3,122m (10,242 ft)

Highest Altitude

Pikillacta: 3,125m (10,252 ft)


South Valley Tour Cusco Inclusion 

  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features.
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private tourist transport.
  • Transfer service to the entire tourist excursion
  • All Local taxes.

Cusco South Valley Tour Does Not Include

  • Cusco Hotel or Airbnb.
  • CUSCO TOURIST TICKET BTG. This ticket allows entrance to many sites in and around Cusco and costs 130 Peruvian Soles (approx US$45).
    • PARTIAL TICKETS. S/ 70 is about $25 in US dollars.
  • Entry to the Andahuaylillas Church costs S/15 Peruvian currency, or $5.
  • Guinea Pig grill dish S/ 60. Soles, or approx. The US $ 20.00
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

Cusco Southern Valley Tour, Andahuaylillas, Tipon Bring:

  1. Tennis shoes or any other comfortable footwear with ankle support are recommended for the excursion south of Cusco because there are short walks along the Inca trails.
  2. From mid-January to mid-April, when it rains, bring rain gear. For the dry season, bring a rain poncho as well because there might be a brief downpour.
  3. Windbreaker.
  4. Wear long-sleeved or adventure shirts to protect yourself from the sun; solar radiation is intense in the Andes.
  5. A hat is essential and even better with seaweed components.
  6. To avoid feeling the Andes’ solar radiation, use sunscreen with an SPF of 55 or higher.
  7. Let’s keep our planet green by using bottled or purified water in our reusable water bottles. “.
    To capture beautiful memories of the Cusco region’s south, use a camera or cell phone for photo shoots and live video transmission.
  8. Cash in Peruvian currency to buy souvenirs, etc.

Travel Guide

The South Valley of Cusco circuit can be combined with other archaeological groups of the Sacred Valley, Cusco, etc., to the satisfaction of explorers for a better visit to the Andes. Please write us to send you a new itinerary.

The South Valley Tour of Cusco is a guided tour that takes visitors to Tipon, Pikillacta, Rumicolca, and Andahuaylillas archaeological sites in Peru, known for their unique and impressive circular terraces.

Pikillacta is located about 50 km (31 miles) southwest of Cusco and can be reached by car or bus in approximately 1 hour.

Yes, visitors can explore the South Valley ruins of Cusco on their own, but taking a guided tour is recommended to learn about the history and significance of the site.

There is an entrance fee to visit the Moray site, which is paid on-site.

Yes, guided tours of the Moray site are available on-site, and it’s recommended to take a guided tour to learn about the history and significance of the site.

A visit to the Tipon, Pikillacta, Rumicolca, and Andahuaylillas sites usually lasts around 2 hours, depending on how much time is spent exploring the area.

A short walk downhill from the parking area to the Tipon and Piquillacta site is not a strenuous hike most visitors can do.

It’s best to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, as a short walk will involve. Bringing a hat, sunscreen, and water is also a good idea, as it can get hot and sunny in the Sacred Valley.

Several small shops and stalls are selling souvenirs at the Moray site.

Transportation may be included in a Tipon, Rumicolca, Pikillacta, and Rumicolca Tour, depending on the tour provider.

Yes, children are welcome at the Pikillacta, Andahuaylillas, Tipon, and Rumicolc sites, but it’s essential to keep an eye on them because of the steep drops and uneven terrain.

The Tipon and Pikillacta sites are not wheelchair accessible, as there are stairs and uneven terrain.

Visiting the Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas sites is worth seeing the unique and impressive circular terraces and learning about the Inca’s agricultural experiments.

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Cusco South Valley Tour COST

Season 2023 – 2024

Number of persons Price per person
1 $ 115.00 USD
2 $ 75.00 USD
3 $ 62.00 USD
4 $ 49.00 USD
5 $ 44.00 USD
6 $ 40.00 USD
7 $ 35.00 USD
8 $ 32.00 USD

Our services are private so that all our travelers have a personalized experience and enjoy magnificent excursions, thus staying longer in a place of interest or shortening the trip. We are at your disposal on your next vacation in Peru.

Experience the Cusco South Valley Tour exploring Tipon, Pikillaqta, and Andahuaylillas; the travel route has a combination of three architectural styles:

  1. Tipon “Inca construction”
  2. Pikillaqta “Pre-Inca construction.”
  3. Andahuaylillas with its beautiful Chapel “Colonial construction.”

On the tour of the southern valley of Cusco, we visit 2 Inca ruins:

  • Inca hydrology in Tipon – Incredible water management Inca version
  • Visit the majestic ruins of Pikillaqta – Amazing remains of Pre-Inca architecture
  • At the end of the guided tour, enjoy the wonderful colonial church of Andahuaylillas, known as the “Sistine Chapel,” due to its extensive ornamental decoration and colonial fresco paintings.



Cusco South Valley Tour – We strongly affirm that Peru is one of the countries through which we have been able to travel more easily. Enjoy your trip south of Cusco, exploring incredible Inca ruins.

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Alittle bit of everything We had a last minute change of plans when it came to our tour. We were supposed to visit the rainbow mountain but with the recent protesting we called to see if we could change last minute and they were very accommodating. Odon and Fernando were amazing! They took us to see multiple attractions and made us feel very at home. And kudos to Renee for the amazing driving. I would highly recommend using this company for a tour. We will definitely use them if we ever come back!
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Anthony O
Atv Tour Odin and Fernando were great as well as our driver Rene. Very informative about the city of Cusco. Enjoyed our tour with this company and these individuals who took us around. Great time! Highly recommend!!!
Family vacation Kondor path tours arranged a couple of private tours on our last vacation in Peru. Our first tour was the Rainbow Mountains and the next day we did the sacred Valley Tour.The administrative services were excellent, we met at our hotel the day before our tours and our head guide, Fredy, explained everything perfectly, including what to wear and bring for each tour. On the tour days, our guides (Fredy and Juan Carlos) and driver (Juan Carlos) were great! very knowledgeable, considerate about our party, always helpful and ready to answer questions and meet the expectations (completely different expectations because we had different ages in our party (from 11 to 69 years)) of each party member.The rainbow mountain is awesome and is is really helpful to go with a guide that knows about the area, but also about hiking!!!
Excellent guide who stays with you for the entire day The Vinicunca one-day horse tour was fantastic. The friendly and informative Freddy guided us for the entire bus ride and mountain trek. He knew where to stand to get the best photos and made everything fun and accommodating. The horse ride up made it much easier to enjoy the final hike. Lunch was large and tasty. Door to door service.
Awesome Service and Tours Fernando and Patricia were SUPER responsive - usually responded to emails within 10 minutes!!. The arrangements they made for Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and surrounding areas were awesome.They were waiting for us at the airport and did everything we asked them. Our guide for the four days was Herberth and driver was Juan Carlos. Both were SUPER SUPER great. Juan Carlos was such an amazingly pleasant driver with cute stories. He also was a very safe driver. Herberth was very knowledgable and helpful. Took us all over the places with details about the history and details. We had friends who were not able to climb much and they accommodated us all.On the day we had planned to do rainbow mountain we did not feel great and emailed Fernando at 5am and he responded within 5 minutes with other options for us to do that day. Overall, if you are going to Peru and want to visit the historic sites, you SHOULD go with these people. They are SUPERB!!
Great memories for our family We went for a tour to the rainbow mountain, service was excellent and then we decided to go for another tour on the next day to the sacred valley, it was also excellent. Our guide was Fredy and our driver was Juan Carlos, two excellent people, honest and respectful. I recommend them. Gracias por todo, lo pasamos increíble.
Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding A group of 7 of us did a One Day Rainbow Trek and Horseback Riding. Freddy was our guide and he was prompt and with us every moment of the journey. They were so accommodating to move the debrief meeting the night before because we had a food tour that evening. Freddy had so much energy, knowledge, and excitement to share with us about his native homeland. In addition, he made sure that we were well taken care of when one of us was actually sick from the altitude. It was such an amazing experience and Freddy made sure we got the best of it. Thank you! Highly recommend Kondor Path Tours.
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MachuPicchu trek We had an amazing experience with the one day trek and the day after visit to the MachuPicchu site with Hober Guia, this guide is very knowledgeable of the history and culture, patient and kind and took care of all of our needs. The tour was arranged perfectly taking care of all small details. Very much recommend!
Maras Moray hike We recently did this hike with Bonnet. She was a highly experienced guide. V good English. Judged our ability well and made for a great day out.
MachuPicchu and Rainbow Moutain We worked with Kondor Path for two tours, of Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. Everything they did was well organized, well documented, well communicated. The two guides and the driver were great, very friendly and knowledgeable. All were bilingual (English and Spanish). At Rainbow Mountain we rode horses to the base of the really steep part of the mountain (this saved some 7 km of hiking). But that last part was quite difficult! I'm glad I had prepared and gotten conditioned.
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