Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas - Private tour: The area surrounding Cuzco is home to some of the most important historical sites in South America and this half-day tour will take you to four: Tipon, the Valleumbroso estate, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas. This intriguing mix of Wari and Inca ruins, a colonial mansion and a picturesque village as well as Andean landscapes encapsulates the best that Peru has to offer.
Begin your journey through history at Tipon, an archaeological site located just a few minutes’ drive south-west of Cuzco. Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of this lush terraced park is that its irrigation system is still functioning five centuries after the collapse of the Inca Empire. A short distance away is the beautiful Valleumbroso estate, which is dominated by a 17th century colonial era mansion that is acknowledged to be the grandest in the district.
Continue to the pre-Inca citadel of Pikillacta, considered one of the best-preserved Wari culture sites. The Wari dominated this area five centuries before the rise of the Incas and among the 700 structures covering at Pikillacta are stone and mud buildings of two and three-storeys and the head of a condor carved into a cliff.
The final stop is at the Andean Baroque Route village of Andahuaylillas, one of the true hidden gems of Peru. Here the majority still speaks Quechua, the language of the Incas, and despite its small size, the town is home the Church of St Peter the Apostle, which is known as the Sistine Chapel of America due to the high quality pieces of its frescoes.
Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from hotel.
Duration: Four-and-a-half hours.
Start/opening time: Daily 8am and 1.30pm.
Languages: Spanish and English.