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The South Valley Circuit

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The South Valley Circuit (Tipon, Piquillaqta and Andahuaylillas)

The South Valley Circuit (Tipon, Piquillaqta and Andahuaylillas)We will pick you up at your hotel at 9:00am. First we will visit the archeological site of Tipón. A great place to observe several royal chambers of the Inca Wiraqocha. This type of architecture is well known for its imperial style and impressive hydraulic engineering in magnificent mountain scenery. Despite the years, the construction style of the channels and the liturgical sources are still intact in honor of the goddess of the water. After this we will continue to the old village of Pikillacta. This was one of the more impressive regional centers of the Wari culture, seated in Ayacucho, and was occupied by the Incas through the years. Today it is a national archeological park of great importance.

The word Pikillaqta is a made up Quechua word, meaning lousy town (piki = lousy, llaqta = town), although it is also called “City of the Fleas”. The constructions of Pikillacta consists of more than 200 kanchas (apartments), 504 golgas (warehouses) and other structures. The city has a population of approximately 10,000 people. Some investigators suggest that in the Inca times, Pikillacta was a city for “mitimaes” (groups of people or tribes who were being transferred from place to place).

The next tourist attraction will be Andahuaylillas, a small village at 3198 m (10490 feet), which has a nice climate due to the surrounding montáis. It is located 35 km (22 miles) southeast of Cusco on the road that leads to the Puno region. Formerly, the name of this village was Antawaylla, (anta: barrel maker; waylla: prairie; both words united mean “coppery prairie”). Finally we will return to Cusco at about 3.00pm.

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