Pisac Indian Market
This atmospheric village, snug inside the Sacred Valley of the Incas, was once a lofty citadel protecting the Inca Empire from invaders. These days, the only invaders are shoppers looking for beautiful handicrafts and housewares from talented local artisans.
Visit independently or explore the Pisac Indian Market as part of a private or group half-day, full-day or multi-day tour that incorporates other attractions inside the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the archeological sites on the way to Machu Picchu.
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Things to Know Before You Go
Bargaining for prices is expected; however, take into account the skill and time that goes into making the wares.
Wear comfortable shoes, as you'll be walking on uneven stone pathways.
Because of the high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated and take it slow—chewing on coca leaves or drinking coca tea helps alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
Many tours include ground transportation, transfers, entrance fees, camping and hotel accommodations, and guides.
Tours operate in all weather conditions, so remember to dress appropriately—sweaters and rain ponchos are always a good idea.
How to Get There
The Pisac Indian Market is in the mountain town of Pisac, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Cusco in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Minibuses run from Cusco and take about an hour; hire a cab or join a market tour. Tours include round-trip transport from your hotel.
When to Get There
The Pisac Indian Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, but nothing compares to Sundays when the market expands exponentially. Arrive in the morning so you can catch a mass (conducted in both Quechua and Spanish) attended by artisans in vibrant garb. The market is open from the mid-morning until the late-afternoon on Sundays.
Visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins
Combine a market visit with a tour of the nearby Ollantaytambo ruins, the Inca Temple of the Sun, and a fortress made of gigantic stones, mysteriously placed to perfection. It's about an hour's hike from Pisac to the ruins, which are perched dramatically on a magnificent mountain top.
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