Valle del Sur

The Río Urubamba runs northwest and southeast from Cusco. The northwest sector of the river basin is the romantically named Sacred Valley of the Inca, but along the highway that runs southeast of Cusco to Sicuani, the region that locals call the Valle del Sur is just as interesting. The area abounds with opportunities for off-the-beaten-path exploration. Detour to the tiny town of Oropesa and get to know this self-proclaimed capital of brick-oven bread making, a tradition that has sustained local families for more than 90 years. Or you can side-trip to more pre-Inca and Inca sites. Apart from Andahuayillas, you’ll have the ruins almost to yourself. Only admission to Tipón and Pikillacta is included in the Boleto Turístico. A common tour offers an excursion to all three sites.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Andahuaylillas

The main attraction of the small town of Andahuaylillas, 8 km (5 miles) southeast of Pikillacta, is a small 17th-century…

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Rumicolca

An enormous 12-meter- (39-foot-) high gate dating from the Wari period stands at Rumicolca, sitting a healthy walk uphill from…

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Pikillacta

For a reminder that civilizations existed in this region before the Incas, head to Pikillacta, a vast city of 700…

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