1-Day Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Visit

A Journey Through Time and Culture

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

2/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

Set out on a journey that takes you from the ancient Inca site of Tipon to the pre-Inca ruins of Pikillacta, concluding at the colonial splendor of Andahuaylillas. This day tour from Cusco offers a rare glimpse into Peru’s rich tapestry of history, where each site narrates a unique story of cultural evolution and architectural mastery. As you explore these landmarks, you’ll uncover the secrets of ancient civilizations and the artistic brilliance of the colonial era, all within the stunning backdrop of the South Valley.

Experience a day filled with awe and wonder as you traverse through time, witnessing the seamless blend of natural beauty and human ingenuity. From the sacred waters of Tipon to the harmonious layout of Pikillacta, and finally to the breathtaking murals of Andahuaylillas, each destination on this tour is a testament to the diverse heritage that shapes Peru’s identity. Join us for an unforgettable exploration that connects you with the heart of Peruvian history and leaves you enriched with a deeper understanding of this remarkable region.

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.

Your journey through the heart of the ancient and colonial past begins with a morning pick-up at 8:00 am from your hotel in Cusco. Our destination: a day filled with exploration and discovery, featuring some of the most remarkable sites in the region.

The Inca Site of Tipon
First on our itinerary is the archaeological marvel of Tipon. Here, the Incas' reverence for water is profoundly evident in the intricate network of canals and terraces that still function today. As you wander through this serene site with your expert guide, you’ll witness the harmonious blend of natural beauty and engineering brilliance that characterizes Incan architecture. The sound of flowing water and the sight of lush terraces offer a tranquil start to your adventure.

The Pre-Inca Site of Pikillacta
Next, we journey back further in time to the expansive ruins of Pikillacta, a testament to a pre-Inca civilization. This massive site, home to over 700 structures, unveils a city planned with precision and symmetry. Imagine streets lined with buildings, including Kanchas (departments) and qolqas (storage rooms), all constructed with a blend of mud and stones. The city, once coated in plaster, must have shone like a white jewel under the sun. As you explore, envision the bustling life that once filled these streets, housing thousands of people.

Andahuaylillas: The Sistine Chapel of America
Our journey then takes us to the colonial gem of Andahuaylillas. Here stands the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church, an exquisite example of Spanish colonial architecture and art. Referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of America,” the church's interior is a canvas of breathtaking murals by Luis Riaño, baroque altars, and an array of art pieces that reflect the fusion of Andean and European cultures. The church, with its impressive collection of Cusco School canvases and a majestic piano, is a treasure trove of history and artistry.

Return to Cusco with Optional Culinary Delight
After a day immersed in the rich tapestry of history and culture, we will return to Cusco. For those interested in a taste of local cuisine, there's an optional stop in Saylla town. Here, you can indulge in the traditional Cusco fried pork (chicharrones), a culinary delight that adds a flavorful end to your journey. You'll then be dropped off at your hotel, leaving you with ample time to reflect on your day's experiences and enjoy your evening in Cusco.

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Tour Highlights

  • Inca Engineering at Tipon: Discover the marvels of Incan hydraulic engineering at Tipon. Here, terraces and an intricate system of aqueducts showcase the Incas’ mastery over water, an element they revered. As you explore these still-functioning water channels and terraces, you’ll gain insight into the advanced agricultural practices of this ancient civilization.

  • The Ancient City of Pikillacta: Step back in time at Pikillacta, a pre-Inca site that offers a rare glimpse into the Wari culture. Wander through the remains of a city that once housed thousands, with over 700 structures including residences, storage rooms, and administrative centers. The symmetrical layout and construction techniques provide a fascinating look at the urban planning of a pre-Inca civilization.

  • Colonial Artistry in Andahuaylillas: Be awed by the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’ at Andahuaylillas. The San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church, a jewel of colonial architecture, houses stunning murals, gold-leaf altars, and intricate artwork. The church’s interiors are a feast for the eyes, with beautiful canvases from the Cusco School of Fine Arts and an impressive collection of baroque art.

  • Scenic Drives and Cultural Immersion: Enjoy the scenic drive through the South Valley, offering picturesque views of the Andean landscape. The journey itself is an integral part of the experience, providing a deeper connection with the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

  • Optional Culinary Experience in Saylla: For food enthusiasts, the tour offers an optional stop in Saylla. Here, you can savor the local specialty, Cusco fried pork (chicharrones), adding a delicious culinary dimension to your cultural exploration.

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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, Huaynas Expeditions 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, Huaynas Expeditions 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. Huaynas Expeditions 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

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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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