Nestled down in-between the Peruvian Andes you will find the Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to many Incan archaeological sites and home to modern-day Cusqueños who still work the soil, planting potatoes and choclo (corn).
One of the most stunning villages in the Sacred Valley is Pisac, host of the world famous Pisac Artisan Market. A trip to Cusco would be incomplete without taking a moment to barter for an alpaca tapestry (or any other artisan item) at the Pisac Market.
If you’re lucky, one of the local Quechan women will have a pot of fresh corn for sale (usually around 3 soles / $1). Don’t worry, you won’t get sick (it has been boiled, after all) unless you go for the unpasteurized cheese that is often served on the side.
About 1,000 feet above the market lays one of the most beautiful Incan cities in the area. Most tours offer this as part of their package. From the top of the ancient city you can observe hundreds of circular terraces, an Incan cemetery built into a cliff, and one of the best views that the Sacred Valley has to offer.
Pisac is a 45-minute drive away from Cusco proper. You can get there via private taxi (Approx. $60 round-trip), public bus (Approx. $5 round-trip, but no seat belt and no guarantee of well-showered travel partners), or as part of a tour package. We’re obviously biased and recommend the tour package: click here.
However you arrive to Pisac, be sure to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the side streets around the market. You are sure to find a couple of photo opportunities and probably a peaceful moment to reflect on the beautiful scenery.