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The South ValleyPeru

The South Valley is little known to foreign tourists, but very popular with locals. It’s a brilliant place to visit lakes, wetlands, mad churches, and ruins, and on weekends, enjoy a variety of specialty local food.


Cusco, Peru


Cusco, Peru

Maximum group size:

12 Guests


3 1 day


US$ 195


oCulture & Food pFamily zOutdoors


The trip in detail

We'll pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco at 9am. Our first stop, half an hour out of town, is Oropesa, Peru’s bread capital. Here we’ll meet local bakers and try their famous chuta bread. One food speciality per town is the rule in the South Valley, which is also home to Tipón (cuy – guinea pig), Saylla (chicharrones – pork with mint) and Lucre (pato – duck).

The church of Andahuaylillas is so elaborate it’s known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, and has to be seen to be believed, as do the deliberately-deformed skulls of departed Inca nobles displayed in the museum next door.

We’ll also visit fascinating pre-Inca ruins and the tiny village of Huasao, locally known for its
brujos (witches), who can read your future in coca leaves before we head back to Cusco.

How much does this trip cost?

US $



in a group of four to 12 people

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  • Lunch
  • Drinking water with lunch
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned
  • Aspiring Adventures guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel


  • Tip for your guide and driver

Katy, Aspiring's co-founder, says

I can’t understand why other tour companies don’t get into the South Valley more. It’s got scenery, different ecosystems, awesome ruins, witches, weavers, dyers, and importantly, the best cake shop in the whole area! This is absolutely where it’s at for seeing real life in Cusco.

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