We will pick you up in your hotel around 09:00 and visit the southern valley of the Cusco region. First we will visit Tipon which is considered to be the Royal Garden of the Incas, where we can see impressive agricultural terraces with an ingenious system of irrigation. The terraces are irrigated by using aquaducts […]
We will pick you up in your hotel around 09:00 and visit the southern valley of the Cusco region. First we will visit Tipon which is considered to be the Royal Garden of the Incas, where we can see impressive agricultural terraces with an ingenious system of irrigation. The terraces are irrigated by using aquaducts directing the water coming from the top of the Pachutasan Mountain which is right above this archeological site. Furhtermore, besides the terraces for agriculture we can also observe other structures and buildings like for instance baths, a temple and canals and the aquaducts for which it is famous. Tipon is visited to a lesser extend than the Sacred Valley because it lays in another valley to the south of Cusco whereas Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley lay to the north, however it is still a very impressive archeological site woth visiting.
After our visit of Tipon we will continue going south and head out to visit Pikillaqta, which is an enormous ancient city made by clay bricks that dates back to pre-Inca times going back as much as 700 – 900 A.D. Only a small portion of this huge city, which belonged to the Huari Culture, has been excavated / cleared. Recent studies have shown that in ancient times this city had a high population density and the city was constructed and planned according to an elaborate, sophisticated and geometrical design using rectangular shapes and layouts for their streets, houses and squares. There are more or less 700 buildings, 200 courts / garden, walls as high as 8 meters and 508 storage rooms indicating that Piquillacta was not only a dense urban area but also the main breadbasket during the Huari Empire. It is not clear why the city has been abandoned as no evidence has been found of Inca presence / conquest.
We will then continue and go on to see Andahuaylillas and its famous church which is also referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”. From the outside the little church looks like any other small town church in the Peruvian countryside, however when entering you will be amazed by its beauty and see masterpiece after masterpiece with a style and splendor one would normally only expect in a big colonial city. Entering trough the main door you will experience an outburst of gold, carvings and paintings. The Church of San Pedro of Andahuaylillas was built around the end of the 16th century and was dedicated to Saint Peter. The ceiling is almost completely covered with decorations in the so called “Mudejar Style”, which is a mixture of Chsitian and Muslim architecture and ornamental motifs.
After our visit of the Church of San Pedro of Andahuaylillas we will return to Cusco where we will arrive around 15:30
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