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Tipon

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Tipon

The Basics

Tipón’s location in Cusco’s Southern Valley means that most visitors choose to visit the site as part of a guided tour, in order to avoid the stress of car rental and navigation. Travelers can choose between an express half-day or full-day tour, many of which also stop at Pikillacta to see its pre-Inca ruins and at Andahuaylillas, home of the church known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas.

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Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas South Valley Day Tour from Cusco
Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas South Valley Day Tour from Cusco
$62.94 per adult
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A must.
Everyone should add this tour to a trip to Peru. Pikillacta is almost as impressive as Machupicchu and if and when it is completely excavated may rival it - see it before the crowds move in. Tipon and San Pedro Apostol de Andahuaylillas are both beautiful and peaceful. Our guide (Michael) is well-informed and entertaining and our driver (Franklin) is competent and friendly. Please do not miss.
Thomas_E, Oct 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Tipón is a great alternative to Machu Picchu for visitors looking to escape the crowds.

  • The journey through the Southern Valley from Cusco is incredibly scenic, and private tours allow you to make stops whenever you choose.

  • The uneven surfaces and terraced landscapes of Tipón make it inaccessible to wheelchairs.

  • A lack of information panels means that Tipón is best explored with a guide.

  • Admission to Tipón is included in the Cusco Tourist Ticket.

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How to Get There

From central Cusco, Tipón is a 30-minute drive. If you’re visiting Tipón independently, you can catch acolectivo (shared taxi) from Plaza San Francisco and embark on a steep 45-minute hike up to the ruins. Taxis are sometimes waiting to take visitors to the top, but tours that include round-trip transport let you skip the hard uphill hike.

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When to Get There

The archaeological site of Tipón is open daily from 7am to 6pm. Unlike the world-famous Machu Picchu, Tipón rarely receives many visitors, so you’re likely to have the 500-acre (200-hectare) site to yourself no matter when you visit.

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The Spiritual Significance of Tipón

Although archaeologists are still puzzling over the exact function of Tipón, the majority agree on its spiritual significance. Considered more of a ritual garden, Tipón’s terraces are said to be built to channel natural energy, and the site, which also features fountains and water channels, is reputed to be a place where Inca people worshipped water.

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