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Pisac a town built in the 1570’s by Viceroy Toledo and overruled by the Spanish during their conquest draws crowds in the modern day for its ancient city ruins on the hill and it’s large markets. Distance from Cusco: 33km East Distance via Bus: 1 hour Altitude: 2972m Tourist ticket needed for: Pisac Archaeological park

PISAC MARKET

The Market in Pisac draws many tourists as Sunday Morning half of the town is covered in bright and busy stalls. Not only tourists this is the place that the indigenous Quechuians from the community come to get there sell and buy their own produce. Among the food stalls and local produce, you will also find street food that is cooked in authentic clay ovens. You, however, will also find souvenirs including alpaca sourced gifts, weaving’s, jewelry, hats, clothing, and trinkets. The market center is located at the Plaza de Armas and is held Tuesday, Thursday and the most famous of all on Sunday. Its official opening hours are between 9 am and 4.30 pm but many stalls are up and running a lot earlier than that and then continue into the evening.

PISAC ARCHEOLOGICAL SIE

Preceding on at 3,347 meters above sea level, on a hill overlooking the modern town is the scattered site of the old Incan settlement, now known as the Pisac Archaeological site. The site clearly shows the separation in land by the Incan communities, the obvious divide of agriculture, religious and Urban areas typical of the civilization. It is a 3.5km and a one hour walk from the town center up the steep still which on a nice day makes for a pleasant and rewarding hike. However, if you have limited time or hiking is not on your to do list there are always taxis available at the official taxi office located next to the bridge on Av. Amazonas. Prices can be a bit expensive for this ride (Approx 25 /S) although if you are not wanting or able to walk this is your only other option unless you are booked in with a tour which includes transport. For entrance you must have purchased a Cusco Tourist Ticket, although, you do not need to be apart of a trip or have a guide to enter.

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