Perched atop a ridge, with plummeting cliffs on either side, Pisac and the landscape surrounding them transport visitors to another time. Built in the 15th century, the once-great citadel served a triple purpose, with evidence of religious, military, and agricultural structures. Local residents still use the brilliantly designed, tiered plots of land for farming purposes. Allow two hours to climb up to the ruined citadel, a few hours for exploration while you're there, and one hour to get back down to town. Bring water and snacks for the trek. Take a look at our Pisac family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Pisac and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Our first site on the sacred valley, on the first day. So our steps were small and slow, but it was worth it. Beautiful views, a special place. Worth the effort to hike up. more »
Si vas a visitar a Machu Picchu y estás en Cusco, te recomiendo hacer nada parada en Pisac, es un pueblo encantador, el mercado tiene de todo y los precios son favorables. Entre más cerca estés de agu... more »If you're visiting Machu Picchu and Cusco, I recommend doing nothing stop in Pisac, is a charming village, the market has it all and prices are favorable. More about you are hot water more expensive it is becoming everything. However tells me that in Urubamba is cheaper yet let not of a. They should also go the ruins in Pisac, they are beautiful.
Este sitio es visita obligada en la ciudad del Cuzco, te permite entender como los incas dominaron las montañas , construyeron terrazas (andenes) orar poder sembrar al borde de las montañas sacando el... more »This site is a must-see in the city of Cuzco, allows you to understand how the incas dominated the mountains, built terraces (andenes) pray power plant on the edge of the mountains taking advantage of its geography, the explanation on how it were built to take advantage of the water, works of high technology without harming the environment
Pisac is a village in southern Peru’s Sacred Valley region. It's known for its lively handicrafts market in the main square. A path winds from the square past agricultural terraces up to Pisac Archaeological Park, a hilltop Incan citadel with ancient temples, plazas and the Intihuatana, a stone structure thought to have been a sundial. Views from the top stretch across the Quitamayo gorge and surrounding valley.
Where: Cusco, Peru What: Pisac, archeological site How was it: This place is great and from our understanding, really close to Cusco. We combined this place in the Sacred Valley tour, but we didn't do the bus thing, we went with a taxi driver. We finished at this place when in reality we should have scheduled a half day here. It pretty big that you can spend a couple of hours. The tours won't tell you that though. Also, make sure to arrive earlier, in our case it was 4:30pm when the park actually closed at 6pm. They stop you at the gate and you won't be able to get in. Doing it over again, we would inquire about a drive there in the morning and do activities in Cusco in the afternoon. Also, try to make sure you are acclimatized because it's high up there... Just a suggestion. Consider the Sacred Valley tour if you are short for time. This place is pretty big, you can consider a guide here if you want. Keep in mind, there are plenty of guides everywhere, so it can get repetitive and expensive. Our thoughts shared with you ! ;-) Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yes, it's part of the 'boleto touristico' and totally worth it!
It's no Machu Picchu, but much fewer tourists to compete with for clean photos.
Lovely ruins with great views. Nice hike to the top
There's a nice uphill hike when you follow the river next to the Royal Inka Hotel. It's only for the fit and bring lots of water, but you'll be awarded. Just follow the river on the right side for 20-30 minutes until you see trees over the river. Cross the river and go uphill. Beautiful!
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