Information of the Town of Pisac

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    Pisac villag

    Many people fly through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on their way to Ollantaytambo station to board their train to Machu Picchu, but they miss one of the best places in the valley. The Town of Pisac is part of an ancient history, with a culture and a cosmopolitan present, which is giving it a particular modernity. People looking for 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.

    pueblo de pisac
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    Reasons to Visit the Town of Pisac

    Pisac is one of the most beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley, it has many things to do, and is one of the best places, as a base to visit the other towns and impressive places in the valley. Pisac has dozens of hotels, some are in the main square, others are in beautiful places in the surroundings, some of them tend to old haciendas from the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Most people spend only a few hours in the amazing 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 their home; making it one of the most amazing cultural experiences in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

    pueblo de pisac
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    The Meaning of "Pisac"

    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 has a partridge shape, this is related to spirituality and the values ​​that the Incas believed that every human being should develop.

    pueblo de pisac
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    Where is the town of Pisac

    Pisac is located 33 km from the City of Cusco, it is a town whose archaeological site is among the most impressive in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is located on the east side of the Vilcabamba mountain range; and as you already know, Pisac (partridge) is not only the name of the town, but the way in which the Inca city of this place was built.

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    Architecture of the Town of Pisac

    The town has Inca and colonial structures; Its main square is one of the most entertaining places in town, it is colorful and has many unique handicrafts. Pisaq's architecture is also mestizo; the colonial town was built on the remains of Inca buildings, by the 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 done in Quechua; the language of the Incas, people from all over the town go, the authorities, artisans, people from the nearby communities and of course, many people from all over the world.

    pisac arquetectura
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    The Main Square of the People of Pisac

    The main square of the Town of Pisac is beautifully decorated with ancient trees; the narrow streets nearby are cobbled and pedestrian (most of the time); In addition, some days of the week they function as a market. However, the Pisac Artisan Market on Sunday is one of the best experiences you can have in Pisac and in Cusco.

    plaza de armas de pisac
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    Legends of the people of Pisac

    In Pisac there is a legend that has passed down through many generations, reaching our days. It is the legend of a princess named Inkill Chumpi (princess of the florid girdle); the sole heir to the territory of Pisac. Her destiny was to marry someone who could build a bridge over the Wilkamayu River (Vilcanota) in a single day. When this became known, many brave men offered to perform this feat. Asto Rimac owned the wooded land to the east; He was the secret lover of the princess, and was chosen to attempt a tremendous feat. When Asto Rimac was about to begin such a difficult task, Inkill Chumpi went to invoke the Apus (spirits of the mountains) to help him, the spirits agreed to help him on the only condition that she did not see such a prodigy until it was finished. Just before the bridge was finished, the princess began to hear loud roars and gave in to the temptation to see what was happening and turned to watch; At that moment, the Urubamba River swallows her beloved, and she is turned to stone, standing with her gaze lost in the Pisac valley. In the place until today the stone figure can be seen.

    leyenda de pisac

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