The Ruins Of Tipon In Cusco
The ruins of Tipón in Cusco is one of the most beautiful and closest archaeological centers of the City of Cusco. The archaeological complex is made up of different enclosures, Andean terraces, platforms, irrigation works, and much more. If you are looking for a different and new way to explore the Imperial City, the tour that includes the ruins of Tipón may be the one for you. It is one of the least visited and most underrated sites in the entire Sacred Valley. In Tipón, they have a private kitchen where cuy is the delicacy of choice, so you will find many things to discover and enjoy in addition to the beautiful ruins. For this reason, together with the travel experts of Cusco Journeys, we have prepared a short article about the ruins of Tipón.
The Ruins of Tipón is an immense archaeological park where water was formerly worshiped. They are unfortunately located far from other relevant points of the Sacred Valley, so this impressive place usually goes unnoticed. But as an advantage, is that it is usually a very quiet, private tour and away from the crowds. This Inca citadel is usually well hidden among the mountains above the Valley. Still, this park has a beautiful view of well-preserved Inca terraces, finely designed fountains and water channels that continue to operate to this day. It is clear that its terraces and water channels had a purely agricultural purpose, although it was also supposed to be a place of water worship. This park and its ruins are not usually as extensive as other archaeological sites, but its stone finishes and architecture are very verbose. If you are looking to visit the Cusco top attractions, this is a must to understand the ingenuity of the ancient Incas.
What Can You See in It?
The ruins of Tipón have a space of 240 hectares and are part of the Inca road network (Qhapac Ñam). The beautiful park is a hidden gem of Cusco due to its many Inca terraces and other enclosures. According to the chronicler Garcilaso de la Vega, the park was built by the Inca Wiiracocha as a residence for his father. It is one of the best Cusco archaeological sites, and within it, you can find:
- The royal enclosures: It is presumed that these enclosures were the Royal House of the father of the Inca Huiracocha, known as Huaqaj. It is one of the most extensive and attractive places in the ruins. In the gardens, you will find numerous Inca terraces to observe and water sources as well.
- Terraces and channels: These Inca constructions are so neatly made that they still stand to this day. It is believed that in addition to serving as the Royal House, it could also have been a center for agricultural experimentation due to the well-designed channels and terraces.
- Intihuatana: The altar of the Sun is located a few meters from the royal enclosures. These rooms are built with trapezoidal windows so that you can appreciate the entire park. Due to its location in the midst of a mountainous elevation, it is believed that it was intended to worship the Sun.
- Cruzmoqo viewpoint: The Cruzmoqo or “summit where there is a cross” is in the north of the Park. From its location, you can appreciate most of the Cusco city.
- Minor enclosures: They are named that way because fewer connotation characters lived in them.
How To Get There?
To get to the ruins of Tipón, you must have a complete or partial Tourist Ticket of Cusco, but that includes the attractions of the South Valley of Cusco. This ticket is included in any private tour organized together with your agency or tour operator. But if you decide to do it independently, you have 2 available ways to get to the ruins. You can go by bus, which is the cheapest option or by taxi. If you decide to go by bus, it can take approximately 1.5 hours to get there, although it is usually the cheapest option of all. But if you choose the taxi, you will reach the ruins in approximately 37 minutes from Cusco, but it can cost from 40 to 70 Peruvian soles. The ruins are usually one of the best things to do around Cusco, and you can tour them with us on a totally personalized and private tour for your comfort.
Tour At The Ruins
To make the most of the ruins of Tipón, it is possible to hire a guide at the ruins, although there is also the possibility to explore them by yourself at your own pace. If you take the time to tour the ruins, you will be able to know them in more depth. Keep in mind that the ruins are an uphill walk, although transportation can drop you off at the top without any problem. In general, you will need a Cusco Tourist Ticket to explore this and most of the attractions of the Cusco tourist map.
One of the biggest attractions of the Tipón region is not only its ruins but also its quality for the dish known as Cuy. Tipón is said to be the capital of Cuy in Peru, so after an afternoon touring the ruins you can take the opportunity to try this delicious and traditional dish. Just a few minutes from the Park, you will find numerous restaurants where the typical food of the area abounds. Dare to try one of the most nationally recognized dishes and enjoy the local flavor of baked Cuy or Chicharrón. You can also take advantage to continue gastronomic tourism in any city tour in Cusco, where you can experience the good local flavor.