Many people fly through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the way to Ollantaytambo station to board their train to Machu Picchu, but get lost from one of the best places in the valley. The People of Pisac are part of an ancient history, with a culture and a cosmopolitan present, which is giving it a particular modernity. People who seek this town do so because of the experiences they can find, only in this vibrant and spiritual town; with a cultural development in constant change and movement; giving it a cosmic meaning, which it had since the territory belonged to the Incas until now, through the eyes of people from all over the world.
Why visit the Town of Pisac?
Pisac is one of the most beautiful villages in the Sacred Valley, has many things to do, and is one of the best places, as a base to visit the other villages and impressive places in the valley. Pisac has dozens of hotels, some are in the main square, others are in beautiful surroundings, some of them serve in 17th and 18th century old haciendas.
Most people spend only a few hours in the incredible town of Pisac; However, these people realized that a few hours is a very short time to visit a town like Pisac. That is why if you decide to stay in the town of Pisac, you will find people from all over the world, some who will only stay a few days, and others who decided to make Pisac your home; making it one of the most amazing cultural experiences of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
What does Pisac mean?
The word Písac (or Písaq) comes from the Quechua voices “pisaq or p’isaqa”, which means partridge; and like the Inca cities of Machu Picchu and Cusco, Pisac has the shape of an animal precisely from which it receives the name; Yes, the ancient Inca city of Pisac is shaped like a partridge, this is related to the spirituality and values that the Incas believed that every human being should develop.
What to expect from your visit to the town of Pisac?
Not only are the amazing Inca ruins, nor its world famous craft market; but Pisac has a peace and quiet typical of the remote areas of the cities, but with absolutely every comfort. The people of Pisac are committed to their culture and preserve it; This can be seen in an endless number of cultural activities inside and outside the town, which will give you a clear vision of the Andean culture. Pisac is a unique experience that is usually overlooked on a conventional tour.
Where is the town of Pisac?
Pisac is 33 km from the City of Cusco, it is a town whose archaeological site is among the most impressive of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is located on the east side of the Vilcabamba mountain range; and as you know, Pisac (partridge) is not only the name of the town, but the way in which the Inca city of this place was built.
Architecture of the People of Pisac (Pisaq)
The town has Inca and colonial structures; Its main square is one of the most entertaining places in the town, it is colorful and has many unique handmade items. Pisaq’s architecture is also mestizo; The colonial town was built on the remains of Inca constructions, by Viceroy Toledo. If you wake up in the town of Pisac, we recommend that you take the opportunity to attend a mass; these in most cases are performed in Quechua; In the language of the Incas, there are people from all over the town, the authorities, artisans, people from nearby communities and of course, many people from all over the world.
The Town Square of Pisac
The main square of the Town of Pisac is beautifully decorated with centuries-old trees; the narrow nearby streets are cobbled and pedestrian (most of the time); In addition, some days of the week function as a market. However, the Pisac Craft Market on Sunday is one of the best experiences you can have in Pisac and Cusco.
Legends of the town of Pisac
In Pisac there is a legend that has passed through many generations, reaching to this day. It is the legend of a princess named Inkill Chumpi (princess of the florid girdle); the only heiress of the territory of Pisac. His destiny was to marry the one who could build a bridge over the Wilkamayu River (Vilcanota) in a single day. When this was learned, many brave men offered to perform this feat. Asto Rimac owned the wooded lands to the east; He was the secret lover of the princess, and was chosen to try tremendous feat. When Asto Rimac was about to start such a difficult task, Inkill Chumpi went to invoke the Apus (mountain spirits) to help him, the spirits agreed to help him with the only condition that she did not see such a wonder until it was finished. Just before the bridge was over, the princess began to hear loud rumblings and yields to the temptation to see what happened and turns to observe; at that time the Urubamba River swallows its beloved, and she is turned into stone, standing, with the lost look in the valley of Pisac. In the place until today the stone figure can be seen.