Pisac Travel Guide

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Pisac Things to Do

  • "To Market, to Market ......."

    I did not do much shopping while in Peru, but that is not because there weren't quality items to buy. It was mostly due to the lack of time to shop, the lack of knowledge when it came to judging the alpaca content of woolens which were unmarked, and the lack of willingness to do hard bargaining over more expensive items.However, the market at Pisac...

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  • The Sacred Valley's Inca Ruins of Pisac

    National Geographic has listed Pisac as one of the top 10 Inca ruins to see "beyond Machu Picchu." By most accounts, Pisac, sometimes spelled P'isaq, is quite spectacular with much of its excellent stonework, terraces, and engineering feats still remaining. As visiting these ruins was not on our itinerary, I consider this omission yet another good...

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  • Explore the markets

    Písac is a village located on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. It is a popular place to stop on the way to Ollantaytambo and is famous for its markets which are held each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.There is plenty of Peruvian craft for sale but the local market is fascinating and some lovely fresh fruit can be bought for a few Sol. It is...

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  • Pacing the Pisac Market

    The Pisac Market in Cusco is a classic open air tourist market consisting of fifty or so booths owned by local merchants. All manner of T-shirts, woolen sweaters, hats, and gloves, alpaca blankets, tapestries, toys, belts, postcards, arts and crafts, and other goods can be purchased here. Merchants are accustomed to bargaining and prices can often...

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  • Famous Market

    Definitely go to the famous Pisac market to find great bargains on local handicrafts, pottery, jewelry, textiles, alpaca scarves and sweaters. This is the place to haggle away until you get to a mutually acceptable price. Although the alpaca scarves and sweaters here are mostly synthetic and not 100% genuine, it is still worth the purchase for me...

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  • Visit the Inca city in Pisac

    Here, you're in for a real treat. The panoramas from here are outstanding, and you won't believe your eyes! It is beautiful!!! Make sure you take your time walking if you are not yet acclimatized, since there is lots of steps to climb and it will make you out of breath. Totally worth the effort!

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  • Be curious and explore

    This little church was found behind the craft market. Just a nice find trying to get away from the sales people.

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  • Visit the Pisac craft market

    The Pisac craft markets are well known in the Sacred Valley. There is booths after booths of stuff, for all your souvenir needs for your family and friends waiting for you at the airport when you go back home. Remember to barter as hard as the locals want to sell their stuff. As I have been around, the articles are all the same between the cities,...

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  • Check out the llamas and alpacas

    Right before entering Pisac, there is a llama and alpacas farm. If you are lucky, your bus driver will stop for you to take a look and your guide will explain the differences between the species.

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Pisac Hotels

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  • Royal Inca Pisac

    Carretera Picas Ruinas,Sacred Valley, Sacred Valle

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Pisac Inn

    The town of Pisac is situated just 45 minutes from Cusco and even closer to other attractions in the...

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Pisac Restaurants

  • Fun and Functional

    On the Plaza Constitución (a.k.a Plaza Prinicipal Pisac) where Pisac Market is held, tucked into one corner you'll find the Blue Llama Cafe -- a place which is both fun and functional. On the morning of our visit to Pisac Market, we realized we were both low on local currency and also much in need of a second cup of morning coffee. The Blue Llama...

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  • Yummy Empanadas

    There is an "empanaderia" in Pisac market. We bought cheese and chicken empanadas. Both selections were quite tasty. It's a quick order to-go type of place and so you can bring it with you and eat it on the way if time is limited. various selection of empanadas

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  • The Trout is Awesome

    Semani Wasi Restaurant has the best trout I have ever had in my life. The restaurant is located on the end of the market with the produce. It houses a hostel as well and you basically eat in the courtyard of the hostel which is quite nice. The owner must have a fondness for birds because there are many in cages around the courtyard. Also you will...

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  • Barbecue cuy

    In the Pisac market, before you get to the main square, there is this courtyard with a huge stove which they serve cuy (guinea pig) from. I didn't have time to try it.

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  • Choclo

    You will find many street vendors selling bolied corn. It is delicious and sooo big! And so cheap, just 40 cents for each. You can have it with or without cheese.I tried the plain one, and I highly reccomend it, so fresh and warm...

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  • Terraces around the market

    Apart from wandering around the market stalls, one of my best experiences there was sitting at a terrace by the main square and watching the people go by. I did so because I wanted to paint some watercolors and this was a perfect observation place. I had a coca leaf tea, recommended for altitude sickness.

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Pisac Transportation

  • Start at the top of the ruins

    Make sure you start at the top of the ruins. Our taxi driver missed on turn-off so we started around mid-level. He later figured it out an dtook us to the very top.

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  • How to get there

    Most tourits come here in groups from Cuzco, the nearest big town. They come for a half day trip, a visit to the market, a visit to the ruins and back to Cuzco. You can do that for about 6 USD.But there is a cheaper way. Many minibuses (colectivos) go to Pisac on sunday, as it's market day. They leave from the south part of Cuzco, and take you...

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  • Getting there and around

    There are plenty of small buses and micro-buses that ply the roads within the Sacred Valley. This are usually short rides (couple of hours tops). Although it may not be the most comfortable experiece, it sure beats hiring a cab or a tour. The cost per hour travelled is usually under $1 USD. Pisac lies about one hour from Cusco by bus.To get to the...

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Pisac Shopping

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  • The Market

    Pisac is rather small and ,with the exception of a few historical attractions, there is not a lot to see. It's best to go to Pisac on TUE, THU, or SUN which are the days that the market is open. Take your time and browse at the market. Each stand carries similar items but sometimes it takes a little patience to find the right color, the right...

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  • Wool items

    In sunday market there are a lot of stalls selling souvenirs, and wool items made of alpaca generally: pullovers, scarfs, gloves... They are basically the same price as in Cuzco, but you might find some more variety here, and you can even bargain a little more here than in Cuzco stores.

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Pisac Local Customs

  • Chicha Beer, Music or Pan Chuta Bread...

    While traveling through small towns and villages in the Sacred Valley, we would often see lots of doors with a bamboo pole attached and with a red crepe-paper "flower"/red plastic bag attached at the end of the pole. Sometimes there would also be a blue flower or blue plastic bag too. I wondered about them momentarily but really thought no more...

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  • Cuy

    In Peru, guinea pig or cuy is a common dish. My husband had fried cuy in a restaurant and he said it tastes a lot like pork. Literally its served splayed out like a chicken on a skewer, still complete with its little hooves. This is not for the squeemish to eat because you have to chew it off of the bone like fried chicken. My husband also said for...

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  • Hats

    If you wander around the sunday market you will find people from many different ethnic groups. Women use to wear distinctive hats, different depending on which group they come from. Most of them are colourful and very nice to look at.

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Pisac Warnings and Dangers

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    by starship Updated Aug 5, 2014

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    As you enter the plaza where Pisac Market is held, you will undoubtedly be met by women and children dressed in Andean costume hoping to convince you to have your photo taken with them for a sol or two --- sometimes it is a mother with a young child or baby, sometimes it is an older woman, and sometimes a child or adult carrying a very, very young animal wrapped in a cloth slung over their shoulder or tightly wrapped and held. It is extremely tempting to oblige these people and I normally would have, BUT.....

    Just before leaving our tour bus to walk to the market, our Peruvian guide advised us that the animals that these people have with them are taken from their mothers shortly after birth. He went on to say that these little animals, while unbelievably cute and always tug at the heart strings, often die because they are not weaned, they are too young and need their mothers, and are handled and cramped all day. If the animal dies, they are just tossed aside and the person who is making a living off of them just gets another baby animal.

    With this knowledge I could not force myself to give them money and have a photo taken. If I had just given them money and had no photo taken, it would still encourage the practice to use young animals in this way. You may say the same is true of those people who use babies and young children for the same purpose, but I would assume they don't abuse the children and do feed and care for them during the day.

    There is no doubt that this practice takes place in other countries around the world and not just in Peru. I probably would have felt differently if the animals had been adults and looked well cared for. I would also have no guilt about helping the adults dressed in costume and not having animals as part of the equation by having a photo taken with them.

    That being said, the accompanying photo of mother, baby and son was taken by my tour group friend, Stephanie S. in Pisac Market. I did not come across this family while in the market.

    At this point, it was certainly a good time for a coffee break.

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Pisac Tourist Traps

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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!) 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!

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Pisac Off The Beaten Path

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    by vanessadb Updated Dec 4, 2002

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    If you stand back to the church, as I am standing in the picture, and go to your left (thus leaving the main square and walking down a little pedestrian street), approximately 300 meters on your left side, you will see an open arch which takes you to a small patio. In front of you, you'll see a brick oven. Ask the man standing in front of it for an empanada coming out from the oven, you won't regret it!

    The brick oven

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Pisac Favorites

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  • Shoe shine

    You will find many kids around asking you for "shoe-shine, 1 sol". They don't really bother and are nice and friendly, so if your shoes are dusty go for it!

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  • Terraces

    If you go up to the ruins you will see many terraces around. They were made by the incas to grow corn and other plants. Doing terraces was the only way to develop agriculture in this mountanious regions.

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  • Not only sundays

    Pisac is famous for its sunday markets, but even if you don't come on sunday the little village deserves a visit for its narrow white streets, beautiful central square and marvellous ruins. Many agencies include it in tours around the Sacred Valley. On weekdays there is no market, but you will find a few souvenir shops around too.

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Stop at the lookouts
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The sacred valley
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Boleto Turístico
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The ruins
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a breathtaking inca site
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(9)zoom on sun's temple and terraces
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avoid sunday morning market!
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A mass in Quechua
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Pisac Ruinas
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Buying a flute
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