South Valley of Cusco is made up of important archaeological sites such as Tipon and Piquillacta. In addition, the visitor will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and exquisite local gastronomy. There is also a colonial church known as the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’.
Few tourists have visited the archaeological sites of this place, such as Tipon and Piquillacta. Places with a lot of history and tradition like Machu Picchu.
The place is known as the South Valley, is an important place for the development of the Inca Empire.
It is the perfect route for people who want to experience archaeological sites and magnificent landscapes.
This territory was one of the first inhabited places in the whole valley of Cusco. The first inhabitants of the culture known as ‘Marcavalle’ populated this place 1000 years before Christ.
Andahuaylillas is one of the colonial towns in the south of Cusco.
In this town, you will find an ancient church known as ‘The Sistine Chapel of America’.
It is home to gilded altars, paintings from the Cusco school, and colorful ceilings.
The chapel is quite simple and modest on the outside. However, once inside you can see the wonderful interior decorated with artwork from the famous ‘Cusco School’.
San Cristobal Church
The beautiful church of San Pedro in Andahuaylillas
The South Valley of Cusco is a tourist attraction still little explored by tourists compared to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. There it is still possible to appreciate Tipón and Piquillacta without many tourists around.
Tipón is one of the best examples of agricultural terraces created by the Incas.
It is said that Tipon was a royal garden commissioned by the Inca Wiracocha.
These terraces extend through the narrow valley and are fed by emanates coming from the Apu (mountain) Pachatusan.
There is also a complex of temples, irrigation channels, and aqueducts.
This archaeological complex is located 25 kilometers southeast of the city
Pikillaqta was a pre-Inca citadel built south of Cusco.
This complex made of adobe was built by the Wari culture, between 700 and 900 after Christ.
A few meters away from the area, you will see a small Inca site known as ‘Rumicolca’, which functioned as a kind of toll for travelers who passed through the place.