An easy drive (or even taxi ride) northeast of Cusco, the charming village of Pisac has long-been a convenient stopping point for visitors venturing into the Sacred Valley. In recent years, though, it's become a popular destination in its own right. Notable historic attractions include the ruins of an Inca citadel set high on the cliffs above the town, framed by dramatic gorges. The bustling market, open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday (the latter is the most crowded), has all the take-home gifts you'll want on one side (think artwork, textiles, alpaca wool blankets, handmade jewelry, and more), and a local farmers market and street food vendors on the other. Colorful and lively, the market already draws the tourist bus crowd, but it's still worth a visit—if only for the photos (though you'll almost surely leave with at least a trinket or two).
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