The Imperial City and its beautiful Sacred Valley are two of the highlights to enjoy within the many destinations in Peru. In general, the Valley and Cusco are usually mandatory stops for those who want to visit the amazing Wonder of the World. But the Valley has many attractions of great historical and anthropological value. And among those few ruins, Pisac is one of the most iconic and representative of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is usually one of the most important attractions within the tours and tours that take part in the Valley. Therefore, together with the travel experts of Cusco Peru Travel, we want to tell you all about the archaeological site of Pisac and how to start organizing your trip to these incredible ruins.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PISAC
- WHAT IS PISAC?
- WHERE IS PISAC?
- HOW TO GET TO THE PISAC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE?
- DESCRIPTION OF THE RUINS OF PISAC
- HIKE TO PISAC
- PISAC TOUR
WHAT IS PISAC?
Pisac is one of the towns that make up the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The small town of Pisac is well known for hosting the Inca ruins of the same name. These ruins attract thousands of tourists who enjoy the well-known tours of the Sacred Valley. These ruins are well known for their platform system and carved stone enclosures. The small town is also a great center of attractions where you can enjoy local tourism. Even the walk to the ruins begins in the picturesque town. Don’t miss out on one of the most important destinations in the Sacred Valley.
WHERE IS PISAC?
Pisac is located at the eastern end of the Valley, just 1 hour’s drive from the beautiful Imperial City. The archaeological complex is located on the road, along the side of the mountain, just behind the town. To be specific it is located about 34 kilometers from Cusco and there are numerous ways to get there. It is reached by the road that leads to the beautiful ruins of Sacsayhuaman, another of the best places to visit in Peru. Like Cusco and the different towns in the Valley, The Pisac Ruins are located at 3,300 meters above sea level, while the town is only 2,974 meters above sea level. The town is relatively lower than Cusco, so it is also an excellent destination to acclimatize to the altitude.
HOW TO GET TO THE PISAC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE?
To get to the amazing archaeological site of Pisac there are a few ways to get there. One of the best ways to know the archaeological site is through a hike from the small town. Although you can also take a taxi from anywhere in town. On the main road of Urubamba, you will find several taxis specialized in taking tourists to the site. Make sure you agree with the taxi driver to take you to the entrance and not the checkpoint, as well as arriving at an affordable price. The different luxury Peru tours already include transportation and the entrance to the site, so you will not have to worry about absolutely anything more than enjoying the landscapes and attractions.
DESCRIPTION OF THE RUINS OF PISAC
The astonishing ruins are located high above the valley floor and the modern colonial town of Pisac. The Inca archaeological site is considered one of the best-preserved in Peru, for this reason, its recognition and popularity. The entire site is spread out over a vast and large green area, so exploring the complex may take time. Within the site, you can find a residential settlement, ceremonial baths, and the largest known Inca cemetery. You can also explore the finely carved pink granite temple complex further down the mountain, with different water channels, wells, a temple of the Sun, and much more. The entire archaeological site is surrounded by numerous agricultural terraces that harmoniously blend in with the landscape. Some historians suggest that the word Pisac derives from the word “Pisaca” which means partridge. They even suggest that the numerous agricultural terraces represent the wings of the partridge. On a Sacred Valley tour from Cusco, you will be able to explore this magnificent archaeological complex.
HIKE TO PISAC
The walk to the Pisac ruins is one of the best ways to start your tour. Although you can get there by taxi, the walk offers unprecedented different views. From the small town, you can follow the path that leads to the back of the town and slowly climbs up the mountain towards the ruins. When you reach the top you will have to make your way through the different buses and taxis stuck in the parking lot. You will be able to appreciate the different terraces that descend the side of the mountain. One of the best ways to enjoy your vacations in Peru is to take advantage of the different walks and trails that lead to little-known areas of these wonderful places.
You can visit Pisac and its ruins in various ways. You can buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket at their respective offices and enjoy various wonders including Ollantaytambo. You can hire a private tour with us or any other tour operator or simply go on your own and buy your ticket in the same archaeological complex. Whichever way you choose, you can enjoy one of the best Inca sites along the Sacred Valley.
“I TRAVEL NOT TO GO ANYWHERE, BUT TO GO. I TRAVEL FOR TRAVEL’S SAKE. THE GREAT AFFAIR IS TO MOVE.”
We hope together with Cusco Peru Travel to have helped you regarding your next trip to the ruins of Pisac. If you have any questions or want to start organizing your trip, you can consult with our distinguished advisers. They can advise and guide you in everything you need. Don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the Sacred Valley.