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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.

Practical Info

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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Tourist Ticket of Cusco, Cusco, null
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Tourist Ticket of Cusco

Book your ticket for cusco's Archeological sites and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. This admission ticket is valid 10 days in included 14 ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Half-Day Tour of Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas from Cusco, Cusco, Sightseeing Packages
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Half-Day Tour of Tipon, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas from Cusco

Discover different historic sites near Cusco on this half-day tour. See the terraces and aqueducts built over 500 years ago in Tipon and explore the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.50
Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas in One Day from Cusco, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Tipon, Pikillacta, and Andahuaylillas in One Day from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This tour will be combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre-Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.00
Shared Southern Valley tour, Cusco, Day Trips
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Shared Southern Valley tour

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

The Southern Valley of Cusco is full of curious myths and great archaeological sites from the times of the Incas. Visit the beautiful temple of Tipon and its ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.77

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