On this guided tour of Pikillacta and Tipon archaeological sites, you’ll visit pre-Inca ruins, as well as some of the most architecturally impressive and artful structures of the Inca Empire. Explore these sites with an experienced guide and expert in indigenous and Inca civilizations.
Cusco is a breathtaking and historic city, but it is particularly significant as the oldest living city in the Americas. For over 3,000 years Cusco has been home to small villages, early civilizations, and empires. On this 5-hour Tipon and Pikillaqta guided tour, you’ll encounter pre-Inca ruins, as well as some of the most architecturally impressive structures of the Inca Empire.
Although its purpose is unknown, Tipon is an architectural masterpiece of the Sacred Valley. This system of waterfalls and fountains is a stunning testament to the artful sophistication and advanced capabilities of the Inca Empire. Here, you’ll see complex stonework, stunning fountains, and sprawling green terraced lawns.
Pikillaqta is a pre-Inca archaeological site build around 1100 CE by the Wari indigenous people. In this ancient village, the Wari people lived in two-story stone homes strategically built and providing breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley below.
Experience these two archaeological sites with a local guide and expert in indigenous and Inca cultures.
Depending on your preference, your Tipon and Pikillaqta guided tour will begin at either 8:00 am or 12:00. You will ride 45 minutes in a private car to the Tipon fountains. Though the purpose of the site is unknown, it may have been used for ceremonial or sacrificial purposes. Some archaeologists believe that the site was used to sacrifice llamas or alpacas in hopes of a strong harvest. Explore the grounds, marvel at the stunning aqueducts and fountain systems, and capture stunning panoramas of the site.
After leaving Tipon, you’ll travel onward to Pikillaqta. Here, you’ll see signs of the people who lived here before the Inca empire expanded into the region. The sturdy two-story stone buildings face towards the Sacred Valley and look out over a protected lake abundant with wildlife. Here, you’ll see fish, Andean reeds, and bird-life living and thriving in the water.
After exploring the site and learning about the Wari people who once lived here, you’ll return to Cusco by private car.
On the route, you will pass traditional restaurants and small artisan shops. If you’d like to purchase a souvenir or meal, your guide will be happy to stop.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.