You have to visit Tipón and Andahuaylillas!


You have to visit Tipón and Andahuaylillas!, someone told me this once, and they were right.

When we got to Cusco, after visiting the main tourist spots such as the Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, the Pisac Market, and Ollantaytambo, we had a day to ourselves before returning to Lima. This day was meant for us to rest, stroll through the square or buy any last minute souvenirs for our family, but we really wanted to continue exploring all of our surroundings. So we followed some wise, expert advice and took the half-day tour to Tipón and Andahuaylillas.

We departed Cusco at 8:30 a.m. and in only 30 minutes we were in Tipón. We were mesmerized by the terraces, the canals carved out in rock, and the waterfalls, some of which are almost perfectly vertical. There are also some fountains which most likely were built for ceremonial purposes. The site is a veritable masterpiece of hydraulic engineering.

We then arrived at our next destination. “If you thought Tipón was incredible, the church of Andahuaylillas will surprise you even more”, our guide said. We entered the Church of St. Peter the Apostle of Andahuaylillas, and I didn’t know where to start. It was captivating from the beginning. The paintings are impressive, as well as the gold-leaf frames, the Baroque altars, and the ceiling painted with geometric and floral figures. Every corner of the church has been painstakingly decorated. Photography is not permitted inside the church, so I only took a picture of the facade of the church, which is very modest on the outside, but a true and unique jewel on the inside. This was an unforgettable, invaluable experience.

We returned to our hotel for lunch, glad that we had made the most of our last morning in Cusco.

Now I also say the same thing: If you’re going to Cusco, you have to visit Tipón and Andahuaylillas!

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