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The Ruins of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

One of the architectural jewels of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, it is the archaeological site of Pisac, located on the slopes of a mountain, above the beautiful village of Pisac. If you visit the Sacred Valley, be sure to include the ruins of Pisac in your itinerary. The ruins are located 25 minutes from the village, following the path along the mountainside. Remember that you need the Tourist Ticket of Cusco, to enter the ruins of Pisac; You can purchase it complete or partial.

Archaeological Park of Pisac
Archaeological Park of Pisac

Where is Pisac?

Pisac is at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour from the city of Cusco. The ruins of Pisac are one of the best Inca archaeological complexes in Peru, and are found following the path up the mountainside, just behind the village. It is one of the best places to visit on your trip to Machu Picchu.

What does Pisac mean?

Historians agree that the name Pisac, derives from the Quechua word “Pisaca”, which means partridge; And that it is possible that the andeneria present in the archaeological site of Pisac, give form to the wings of the partridge.

Archaeological complex of Pisac

In this enclosure, in addition to overlapping terraces, you will find ceremonial baths, a residential settlement, and the largest known Incan cemetery, the oldest in South America. Mountain below you will find the complex of temples, exquisitely carved in pink granite; Here you will find ceremonial altars, water wells, and the beautiful temple of the sun. The ruins are surrounded by extensive agricultural terraces that melt harmoniously with the curvature of the mountain.

Attractions in Pisac

Acchapata Andenes Group
Towers or Pucaras
Neighborhood of Intiwatana
Neighborhood of Tianayuc
Neighborhood of K’alla Q’asa
Neighborhood of Pisaq’a
Neighborhood of Qanchis Raqay

Group of platforms of Acchapata

This beautiful set of terraces, rises just 200 meters from the town square of Pisac; Is formed by 40 platforms that form an inverted triangle, that is, you will see the smaller platform, when it starts to ascend.   TOP ▲

Platforms Pisac
Platforms of Acchapata

Towers or Pucaras

Pisac has more than 20 turrets, they are of two types; Towers turrets and watchtowers; The former are conical in shape and are connected to water channels constructed of carved and assembled parts; Seen from a distance, appear to be pulpits attached to the mountain. The watchtowers are not enclosures, they are elevations of compact mass with conical tendency; The most important one is in the sector of Qoriwayrachina.  TOP ▲

Intiwatana neighborhood

It is the main district, it houses temples and finely constructed palaces; Its enclosures are larger in comparison to those of other neighborhoods. It has 3 levels and its buildings are directed towards the valley. Here you can see the “Intiwatana”, the altar carved in a volcanic rift, liturgical fountains, alleys and courtyards.  TOP ▲

intihuatana pisac
Sacred Sector Intiwatana Pisac

Neighborhood of Tianayuc

Tianayuc is translated “that has a seat”, and is known thus, by a kind of sofa for 2 people made of stone, with back and elbows. It was a small neighborhood, the doors of their rooms overlook a central courtyard.   TOP ▲

K’alla Q’asa neighborhood

Built on the top of the mountain and at a higher altitude than other enclosures, its buildings are built on an inclined plane; Here you will see rooms, turrets, and a tunnel 3 meters long; This neighborhood is built next to impressive ravines.   TOP ▲

View of the neighborhood of K'alla Q'asa
View of the neighborhood of K’alla Q’asa

Pisaq’a neighborhood

At 200 meters and less height than the neighborhood Intiwatana; Was built by lowering the original level of the land, to achieve a small plain. This neighborhood has semicircular shape, in harmony with the circumference.  TOP ▲

pisaqa pisac
Neighborhood of Pisaca Pisac

Qanchis Raqay neighborhood

This neighborhood has many buildings made of medium and small stones, is built on an inclined plane, as far as the Chongo Creek. This neighborhood is a kind of checkpoint, guarding the northeastern side of the city of Pisac.  TOP ▲

Opening Hours

From 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Serves every day of the week.

How to buy the Tourist Ticket to enter Pisac?

You can buy the Tourist Ticket of Cusco, in its offices located in the Av. El Sol, or in the Plaza de Armas del Cusco. You can buy the Full Ticket or a partial ticket, choosing a specific group of places to visit. Buying tickets separately for each site represents a major expense.

Recommendations Tips and things to know

Take a small bottle of water with you before you start climbing.
As far as possible, if you are going to make a trek through the Inca ruins of the mountains, it is advisable to use hiking shoes, that way you will avoid accidents.


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