Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Cusco

Pisac, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas close to Cusco, makes for a wonderful half- or full-day trip. It is also a great place to relax on a longer visit. Inca Pisac, high above the modern town, contains stunning views and ruins to explore.

Getting from Cusco to Pisac is straightforward, with frequent buses from Avenida Tullumayo and collectivos from Puputi Street travelling there every day. From the modern town to Inca Pisac, one can hike or take a taxi.

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Beautiful mountains, valleys and Incan terraces from Inca Pisac

In August 2016 Xindi, a German backpacker and I took a collectivo from Cusco to Pisac. In the town we met Lina and a French guy and the five of us shared a taxi to the ruins up top.

Entry to the ruins requires purchase of a Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket). The complete Boleto Turistico costs S/.130 (~US$40), is valid for 10 days and allows entrance to several sights in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Tickets can be purchased at the Inca Pisac entrance. There are discounts for students and other, cheaper options gaining entrance to fewer sights.

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Likely constructed in the 15th century, Incan Pisac was destroyed by the conquering Spanish in the 1530s

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Skeletons of Incan mummies visible in hillside caves

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

The Incas cleverly incorporated original rock in their fortifications

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Standing high above the valley

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

A Peruvian family asked Lina for photos

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

An Incan Pisac wall containing rocks carved to go around corners

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Incan terrace walls strategically incorporate steps

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Christian crosses carved into Incan walls reflected dominance by the Spanish

At the top, a guide allowed us to tag along with his group, providing fascinating insight into Incan construction methods. The guide also pointed out a safe route to hike back down, passing a small cemetery. In the valley we caught a passing bus the remaining distance to Pisac.

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Pisac town is famous for its souvenir and food market, particularly on Sundays

Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Cusco

Oven-cooked empanadas, chicken and guinea pig (cuy) in central Pisac

After enjoying lunch and the market stalls, Xindi, Lina, the Frenchman and I left Pisac for our second destination, Ollantaytambo.

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