Pisaq
Pisaq

Is the first town included in the Sacred Valley of Cusco package tour you will visit. This town is best known for the colorful and lively Indian market every Sunday. Due to its popularity this market is now open every day of the week, with its biggest day being Sunday.  Crammed into the main square of this small town is a bustling market comprised of two parts: the local market for and by the Indians, taking place in the streets around the plaza, a constant scene of comings and goings. And secondly the handicraft market, located in the plaza itself, with a wide variety of textiles, carvings, jewelry, ceramics, pots and other items. This is a great place to find a bargain and pick up that special gift or souvenir from Cusco you are looking for.

The Pisaq ruins are situated high above the city and the market, and are believed to have served a variety of purposes, from astronomical to ceremonial and military. There are large terrace platforms leading from the market up to the hilltop where the ruins are situated. These large and magnificent terraces were once cultivated by the Incas, as a way to increase crop productivity at such high altitudes, with Pisaq found at 2,790 meters above sea level (9,270 ft).