Is it real or not?
When you are out in the market in Pisac, you will find that many of the merchants try to sell you clothing made of "baby alpaca". However, often times these goods are mainly acryllic or llama with a tiny amount of alpaca in them. Be very careful to not buy goods made out of llama if you plan on getting the clothing wet. Llama, when wet, spells something quite awful. If the clothing truly is baby alpaca, it should have a tag on it saying so.
Go to the upper ruins
If you take a taxi in Pisac to visit the ruins, drivers will normally take you to the lower entrance and wait you there till you finish.
BUT if you wanna visit ALL the ruins you will have to climb up to the top part and then return to the same entrance where the taxi is. Instead, you can tell the driver to take you to the upper entrance, and wait for you in the lower one. This way you will only have to walk DOWN the ruins, and this helps a lot, believe me!
Maybe you have to bargain a little for the price though...
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
visit the WHOLE site!
a lot of tours operators visit ONLY the main sanctuary avoiding the upper ruins,highly interesting too!
AVOID visiting ruins on SUNDAY,mainly during high season (because market!)
Unique Suggestions: take a taxi or a small van to go to the upper part of the ruins...and from the top ,walk down peacefully through the WHOLE site to pisac main square!
- Historical Travel
avoid sunday morning market!
during HIGH SEASON,ABOMINABLY touristic!....most of handicrafts come from cusco,32km from here...to receive up to 30 coaches!
Unique Suggestions: go early,between 8 and 9 am!
Fun Alternatives: prefer CHINCHEROS sunday market,a truer ethnic market....SEE MY CHINCHEROS PAGE!
- Arts and Culture
- Adventure Travel
Stay away from the souvenir stands
On the main square, you'll find mostly items for locals to buy, such as vegetables, fruits, spices, etc... however, as you venture the little streets you'll find yourself surrounded by stands with typical peruvian souvenirs for tourists to buy. My tip to you is not to buy anything here. The prices are much higher than in Cuzco and other smaller towns in the Sacred Valley, and the variety not as big either. Look all you want, but I would not buy here.
Unique Suggestions: Look all you want, but I would not buy here. The only thing worth buying are the vegetables, fruits, and all other items on the main square. And if you really really really fall in love with a typical souvenir, bargain a lot, more than usual.