Half Day Tour

The TIPON, PIKILLAQTA, ANDAHUAYLILLAS TOUR explores three beautiful sites south of Cusco.

It is a wonderful way to begin acclimatizing to the high altitude of Cusco and get ready for a trek if you have booked one. This tour is south of Cusco and off the beaten path so you won’t run into many tourists on this one. TIPON has numerous impressive terraces that are still being cultivated today. Amazingly the irrigation system that the Inca’s built is still serving agricultural areas nearby. It consists of carved stone channels, precisely calculated, constituting a hydraulic engineering masterpiece.  PIKILLAQTA is a massive pre-Inca ruin site that consists of more than 700 structures: 200 Kanchas (departments), 504 qolqas (storage rooms) and multiple other buildings that could have housed about ten thousand people. The city was displayed in a harmonious and symmetric way, in blocks with straight streets. The walls were made of mud and stones, wide at the bottom and tapering towards the top. In the early 1990’s, these walls were covered with mud 9cm thick, that were then painted with plaster. The floors were also made with a kind of thick plaster which would have displayed the appearance of a white city. ANDAHUAYLILLAS has a stunning church called San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, also known as “The Sistine Chapel of America” due to the quality of its art pieces. Built at the beginning of VII century, the interior of the temple is decorated with murals by Luis Riaño (XVII century). Additionally the church houses a majestic piano, numerous canvases by the Academy of Cusco, silver work and baroque altars.

The Nitty Gritty Tour Details


Tipon, Pikillaqta, Andahuayllillas, Pre-Inca & Inca ruins, colonial church, beautiful scenery


Gentle trails, dirt paths, grassy fields, pavement


A great way to acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude in prep for a trek


1/2 Day tour


Short walk at each site


3150m/10,335ft to 3600m/11,811ft

Adventure Rating

★★☆☆☆ easy, gentle walk

Solitude Rating

★★★★☆ Off the beaten path tour

When to Go

Year round


Daily departures with 2 or more people

Prices USD

6-10 guests: 100, 3-5 guests: 110, 2 guests: 125 (per person)


Yes! Private, custom, add-ons all available. Can add this on to any trek or tour

You will be collected from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) at 8:30am and driven with your guide to Tipon where you will explore the beautiful terraces still in use today. Your guide will explain the incredible mastery the Incas had over irrigation and construction and the history, architecture and local traditions of each site visited. Next we drive to Pikillaqta where you can explore this massive, geometric city, the use of which is still speculated about today. Finally we drive to Andahuaylillas where we will see beautiful colonial architecture and the main attraction, San Pedro de Andahuaylillas Church (aka Sistine Chapel of America), with all of its incredible art. After exploring this area we return via private transport to your hotel in Cusco.

  • Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
  • Tour departure: 8:30am
  • Tour finish time: around 1:00pm
  • Daily departures with 2+ people
  • Price in USD: 100/person for 6-10 guests, 110/person for 3-5 guests, and 125/person for 2 guests, solo price upon request
  • Pick-up from your hotel or Plaza Regocijo (your choice) if you’re already out and about.
  • Private Transport to Tipon, Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas and back to Cusco
Professional English-speaking guide

 who will provide the guided tour
  • 1 Day Tourist Ticket for sites included in this tour
  • Bottle of water and snacks
  • Lunch (we find that most people prefer to eat at a restaurant of their choosing due to culinary and budgetary preferences)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for your guide
The Cusco City tourist ticket included on this tour is for one day and includes the sites seen on this tour only. If you plan to stay in Cusco for several days and/or plan to do several tours you can upgrade to the 10 day tourist ticket when you book your tour. The 10 day tourist ticket includes the following sites:
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enko
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisac Ruins
  • Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Chinchero
  • Tipon
  • Pikillacta
  • Moray
  • Cusco Center of Native Art (Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo)
  • Inca Pachacuteq Monument/Museum (Monumento Pachacuteq)
  • Qoricancha Museum (Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha)
  • Contemporary art museum (Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo)
  • Popular Art Museum (Museo de Arte Popular)
  • Regional History Museum (Museo Historico Regional)

Note that this ticket does not include:

  • Qoricancha aka the Santo Domingo Complex (10 soles entry fee)
  • Main Cathedral (25 soles entry fee)
  • Maras (10 soles entry fee)
  • Andahuaylillas (10 soles entry fee)
  • Salineras aka Salt Mines (10 soles entry fee)

Typically people visit these sites in specific groupings, for example:

  • Daypack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • ISIC card if you are a student
  • Rain gear and warm jacket in the event of inclement weather
  • Good shoes for walking over pavement and dirt paths
  • Money for souvenirs, tipping, extra snacks (Note: foreign money must be in perfect condition with no rips, tears, or marks, as no one in Peru will accept less than pristine bills)

Cusco often experiences all seasons in one day so it is a good idea to take a warm hat and gloves as well as a sun hat when you leave in the morning in order to be prepared for all weather.  

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