Last Sunday, Jorge and I set out for Pisac.
It sits only a half hour to 45 minutes away from our house in Cusco, depending on what type of transportation you use, and yet it was our first time visiting the mystical getaway spot. At just a 5 sol ($1.50) ride from Cusco, it’s the easiest weekend trip in the area. It’s known as the doorway to the Sacred Valley, and the energy of the valley is truly felt here.
The town is bordered by the Willkanuta River, which you can see in the photo above. Pisac isn’t very big — I think we accidentally walked most of it during our two day trip. It seemed the artisan market in Pisac took up nearly half the town! Tons of tapestries, murals, alpaca figurines, semi-precious stones, and more were available for sale. Typical vibrant, Peruvian market with tons of things vying for your dollars and attention.
Another draw to Pisac is the Incan ruins here. Ruins are all around the Sacred Valley, but Pisac is especially impressive. We took a taxi up the mountain to reach the site, because in typical Incan fashion, the city has to be at the TOP of the highest peak around.
Instead of taxi’ing back down the mountain, we decided to follow a path back to Pisac. We joined up with some Peruvians who were making the trek as well, and wound our way down the mountainside. It was a pleasant, sunny hike that lasted about an hour and a half. The only down side: Major sun burn!
We bought a couple tapestries that represent the Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Incan cross, which will serve as a potent reminder for us down the road of our time spent in the Sacred Valley. The energy of Pisac was palpable; there’s a reason so many people flock to this area! It boasts tons of art galleries, shamanic stores, opportunities for ceremonies and more. Lots of ex-pats land here, completely captivated by the environs. Jorge and I could barely leave, either!
Yet, return to Cusco we must. I don’t know if we’ll make it back to Pisac before we leave Peru for good in early May. But I am so thankful that places like this are literally “right in our neighborhood”. Living in the Sacred Valley has been a true honor and blessing…an experience that we will cherish forever.