What to do and see in Pisac, Peru: The Best Places and Tips

April 2, 2018 Nobuko Falco

Písac or Pisac (possibly from Quechua for Nothoprocta, also spelled p'isaqa) is a Peruvian village in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is situated on the Vilcanota River. Pisac is most known for its Incan ruins and large market every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an event which attracts heavy tourist traffic from nearby Cusco.
Restaurants in Pisac

1. Pisac

Pisac, Peru
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Pisac

Reviewed By WPLandry - Fairfax, Virginia

This ancient village is amazing. This large, sprawling village is breathtaking. There are spectacular views of the valley below. The crumbling buildings of ancient times really help you to envision what this place once looked like nestled in the hills. The Terrace farms are tremendous and beautiful. I am so happy we decided to do a day trip from Cusco to this lovely ancient village.

2. Pisac Market

Central Plaza, Pisac, Peru
Excellent
34%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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Poor
3%
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4 based on 816 reviews

Pisac Market

The sleepy town of Pisac comes alive every Sunday when people from the surrounding communities come together to sell and buy produce, crafts and other supplies in the town's central square.

Reviewed By Travelingwriter31 - Michigan

Pisac market is a must-do activity for any visitor to Peru. Lots of textiles are offered, along with original paintings (quite good), ceramics and clothing. We really enjoyed strolling through the market, chatting with friendly vendors, enjoying the colors. Opportunities abound to bargain - always ask for a lower price, and don’t be afraid to walk away as there will likely be something similar a few booths up. Practice saying, “No, gracias” a lot or you will walk out of the market with bags of goods as they can be quite persuasive. :) Also, don’t forget to ask for the empanada place that has a Guinea pig palace ... it is a sight to behold.

3. Hacienda Sarapampa

Carretera Taray - Paullo, Km 1.3, Calca, Pisac 08055, Peru +51 922 810 220
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 26 reviews

Hacienda Sarapampa

Hacienda Sarapampa: Situated in a privileged location in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the property is just 45 minutes from the city of Cusco and 5 minutes from the town of Pisac. Hacienda Sarapampa offers visitors the opportunity to have a unique cultural experience around traditions associated with corn production practices in an authentic and natural environment. On a tour with the owner, the visitor will appreciate how the development of the haciendas in the Sacred Valley was predominantly for agricultural use, focusing on the production of corn, potatoes and other crops. The farms conditioned the social and political life in Cusco in the 16th century. During the 18th century, large estates or haciendas were formed until their dismemberment during the Agrarian Reform in the 20th century. Hacienda Sarapampa has over 3,000m2 of green areas and spaces for exclusive events in perfect communion with agricultural traditions, creating a unique experience in an unforgettable setting. Dedicated to agricultural production for three generations, Hacienda Sarapampa is a family business that focuses primarily on the production of Giant White Corn. This is a unique corn variety characterized by its extraordinary size that grows only inside the boundaries of the Sacred Valley of Cusco. It was adapted to its specific conditions after an outstanding job of varietal selection during the Inca Empire. Little is known about the origins of this variety; however, it is a silent witness of the immense knowledge on agriculture reached by the ancient Peruvians.

Reviewed By packedandready2go - California

As the name indicates this restaurant is located in a hacienda in the Sacred Valley whose primary purpose is growing corn. The grounds are beautiful. Upon arriving my small group was shown a demonstration of traditional horseback riding and dancing. Afterwards we were seated at an outside table where we were the only guests.Maria, the co-owner of the Hacienda is a delightful host. The food was all farm to table fresh and featured an entree of quinoa. I had a chicken and corn dish for my main course and a custard apple for desert. All 3 dishes were delicious. Afterwards Maria's husband gave us a talk about the white corn they grow on the farm, how they grow it and the traditional tools and methods that have been used to do so.
We thought we were going for a simple lunch at a tourist trap and instead we had a delicious lunch in a beautiful setting and learned a lot about the history of corn in the region. The whole experience from start to finish merits 6 stars.
This is not a casual drop in sort of place and one needs to make Reservations in advance.

4. Mullu

Plaza de Armas 352, Pisac 00, Peru +51 84 203073
Excellent
73%
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Mullu

Reviewed By Villain69

As you enter Mullu you are greeted with a feeling of welcome and warmth. This place is real. You have a choice to sit either at a table and chairs, beanbags with a table at an appropriate height or outside overlooking the main square. After feeling at home on a beanbag we were approached by the owner who instantly made us feel we were in the right place. He recommended an amazing wine and explained his passion for his food. A friend and I ordered the Inka Curry which was the best curry I had in Peru. Presented with care and made with love. This place is a must if you are in Pisac.

5. Potato Park

is only 3 kilometers from the archeological site of Pisaq, Pisac, Peru
Excellent
49%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 17 reviews

Potato Park

Reviewed By Catzie E

This is not just a place to visit, people here make an important job, they preserve native potatoes, I tried this native potatoes, it was wonderful to try so many varieties, some of them have purple pigments, that are antioxidants, also there is a beautiful lake, if you want you can spend a night at a local's house, it's not luxurious, but it's a nice adventure

6. La Tierra de los Yachaqs - Day Tours

Museo Comunitario de Pisac s/n, Pisac 08471, Peru
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

La Tierra de los Yachaqs - Day Tours

Reviewed By S T - Chicago, Illinois

A day visit to the Yachaqs was a great experience for me. However, not everyone in our group was up for it. The ride is a bit long to get there. When you arrive you are greeted by the local members of the community in their traditional dress. They then offered to dress us in their traditional clothes and we proceeded to spend the morning with the. We went to the fields to pick berries and vegetables, roots and leaves. They demonstrated how they make their textiles and they served us lunch. If you are comfortable socializing and being with them, the time will be fun and interesting. If it makes you uncomfortable to be in that type of situation, you're not going to like it.
Lunch was pleasant, the food was tasty and interesting. You felt you were eating as they might eat and with the poverty in the area, you might feel that you were eating as they might eat when they have the means to prepare a full meal as they did for us.
It was really interesting to see how they used their surroundings to make natural dyes for their clothes and how they combined what they have to make the different vibrant natural colors for their fabrics.
We bought some textiles from them at the end of the day.
My recommendation is that if you are into seeing how people live and want to interact with them, go for it. If that isn't your cup of tea, skip it.
However, there are less and less places where you can see and experience this king of interaction. The Yachaqs have only recently started to have these tours. They are still working on it and it's nice to see them trying to make a living by getting tourists to come up to where they live.
The people we met were lovely people. Their small kids walked around with us and were playful. It was a lovely and unique experience for us.
They showed us how they pick the coca leaf, other herbs and vegetables.

7. Joyeria Pisac Pachamama

Av. Federico Zamalloa S/N, Pisac, Peru +51 990 203 046
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4 based on 1 reviews

Joyeria Pisac Pachamama

Reviewed By Viviane R - Dourados, MS

Paradinha rápida em Pisac, é interessante para ver como são feitas as tão famosas joias de prata tradicionais do Peru.
Uma visita guiada curtinhas, mas muito interessante, que, claro, termina na lojinha onde vc pode levar suas pratas como lembrança.

8. Museo De Chakitajlla

Comunidad de Cuyo Chico, Pisac, Peru +51 937 362 071

In the chakitajlla museum, you will meet the last qhipucamayoc, who will teach you about incas books, archives, incas computer. oll about incas and preincas science, this is a diferent museum, come and enyoy with us the incas agriculture and architecture.

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