Piquillacta Tours

At 3,250 meters above sea level, and just 30 km (18 miles) from the highland Peruvian city of Cuzco, best known for being the jumping-off point for visiting Machu Picchu, Piquillacta makes a great day trip. It is a mainly adobe pre-Incan ruin that was in use by the Wari people as an administrative center from 550 to 1100 AD. The site is extensive, spread out over 13 square miles, and is part of an archaeological park that also includes the Rumicolca Ruins. The center of the area is the remains of a lake, the Laguna de Huacarpay, where birdwatching is popular, though everyone, birdwatcher and non- will enjoy the expansive views over the valley below. 

The ruins are interesting in that they are multi-storied, and in many areas there are remains of the plaster used to cover the walls. There are many areas where human remains were found, possibly as offerings, though many items have been removed from the area. The civilization surrounding Piquillacta was agrarian in nature, and there are remains of maize and beans, and it is believed that the Wari ate llama and cuy (guinea pig) as part of their diet. The remains of aqueducts and irrigation ditches can also be seen.

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An hour or two guided tour is probably enough time for the average visitor, and travelers can easily combine this tour with one that visits the areas of Tipon, Pisac and Andahuaylillas for a full-day excursion.
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Address: Piquillacta, Peru
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Half-Day Tour of Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas from Cusco

The greater Cusco region is known for its vast historical and archeological sites. Set out on a half-day tour to explore them. You'll visit Tipon, home to an ancient Inca agricultural system, and tour the ruins of Piquillacta, once inhabited by the Wari people.  Your trip also includes a visit to the church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, filled with colorful murals. 
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas in One Day from Cusco

Tick off three of Peru’s alternative ancient wonders on a full-day tour of Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas from Cusco. Designed for history buffs, this tour covers the elaborate agricultural terraces at the Inca ruins of Tipon; the pre-Inca site of Pikillacta, which dates back to AD 900; and San Pedro de Andahuaylillas (Sistine Chapel of the Americas), set in the central square of a tiny Andean village. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Tourist Ticket of Cusco

Book your Cusco tourist ticket to get access to 14 attractions within 10 consecutive days. Skip the lines at various attractions and enjoy an easy and convenient way to visit popular Cusco and Sacred Valley sites. This tourist ticket includes access to Sacsayhuaman, PukaPukara, Koricancha Museum, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray and many more.
  • Duration: 10 days
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  • Duration: 10 days
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Shared Southern Valley tour

Cusco’s Southern Valley is home to ancient archaeological sites dating back to the lost civilization of the Incas and beyond, but exploring without a guide means missing out on the region’s hidden history. On this tour, visit top Southern Valley attractions including Andahuaylillas, Pikillaqta, and Tipon. With your guide bringing the sites’ history to life and round-trip travel from central Cusco included, see the best of the Southern Valley in one day.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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