A great place to find local goods.
On any trip to Cuzco, one of the most fun things to do on a Sunday morning is to hire a taxi or take the local bus to the picturesque Andean village of Pisac to visit their weekly farmer's market. Villagers come from miles around to sell their products - fruits, vegetables, cheeses, spices, handmade alpaca goods - or barter with the other villagers for the things they want or need. This little girl looked like she was tired of shopping and ready for a nap, although I got the sense that her mom was just getting started at the market. Don't miss a visit to the Sunday Pisac farmer's market if you find yourself in Cuzco - it's a great place to experience what life would be like as a Peruvian farmer working hard to make a living in the midst of the beautiful Peruvian Andes.
No trip to Cuzco is complete without a trip to the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean village of Pisac. Villagers gather at the market from miles around to sell their produce and barter with other villagers for the things they want and need. One of the things that struck me about Peru is how everywhere we went the people were some of the friendliest I've ever met. This woman, selling her produce at the Pisac Sunday market, greeted us with a warm smile and welcoming, "Buenas dias." You can get to the Pisac Sunday market in a couple of ways. If you want to spend a little more you can rent a taxi for about $15 each way, which allows you to stop just outside Pisac for a glorious birdseye view of the picturesque Urubamba Valley below surrounded by the towering green Andes Mountains. For a cheaper alternative, take the local bus to the Pisac market for only $2, but doing so unfortunately doesn't allow for sightseeing stops. Whichever way you choose to get there, make sure to take time on a Sunday morning to visit the Pisac farmer's market, where you'll feel as welcomed by the local villagers as if you'd grown up there yourself.
One of the best things to do while in Cuzco is to visit the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby Andean town of Pisac, taking either a taxi or a more economical bus to get there. The villagers surrounding Pisac come from miles around to sell their products - vegetables, fruits, cheeses, handmade alpaca products, colorful dyes - or barter with other villagers for the things they need. I was struck by the beautiful colors of the clothing that the villagers wore, like these bright "mantas" worn around the shoulders and ornate "monteras" decorated with intricate embroidery patterns. Interestingly, the style and colors of an Andean woman's montera indicate the specific village from which she comes. No trip to Cuzco is complete without taking time to visit the fascinating Sunday farmer's market in picturesque Pisac!
While exploring the grounds of the Royal Inka Hotel, I came across an odd glass pyramid/hut. In the center was a large rock covered with bright fading flowers and candlewax. Ritual.
The legendary Pisac Marketplace on Sundays. Just a short taxi ride from Cusco, this place is filled with everything you can imagine. It is split into two areas, one being the art, textiles & souvenirs, and the other side being a food market where the locals bring their produce to sell/trade. There are vendors who serve boiled or fried corn with seasoning, which is excellent! Don't be surprised to see a cow head sitting next to a bowl full of fresh fish. You can easily walk away from this place with all of the gifts you would want to bring home for your loved ones. After visiting the market, check out the ruins of the old fortress & terraces which overlook the town.
This little girl was the family potato inspector this day. The legendary Pisac Marketplace on Sundays. Just a short taxi ride from Cusco, this place is filled with everything you can imagine. It is split into two areas, one being the art, textiles & souvenirs, and the other side being a food market where the locals bring their produce to sell/trade. There are vendors who serve boiled or fried corn with seasoning, which is excellent! Don't be surprised to see a cow head sitting next to a bowl full of fresh fish. You can easily walk away from this place with all of the gifts you would want to bring home for your loved ones. After visiting the market, check out the ruins of the old fortress & terraces which overlook the town.
When you're in Cuzco, one of the best ways to spend a day is to visit the picturesque Andean village of Pisac, especially on a Sunday when the town holds its weekly farmer's market. Villagers from miles around travel to the Sunday market to barter and sell their produce and handmade goods, everything from fresh vegetables and pungent cheeses to colorful dyes and handmade alpaca goods. You can also enjoy delicious snacks like this freshly-baked bread that's so hot it burns your fingers, and it tastes even better than it looks. The easiest way to get to the Pisac Sunday market is to hire a taxi in Cuzco, which costs around $15 each way; those on a budget can take the local bus for only $2 each way. The road to Pisac travels through the Andes and looks out over the beautiful Urubamba Valley, so make sure to stop along the way for a birdseye view of the region's fertile farmlands surrounded by the glorious Andes mountains.
While visiting Peru last year, my husband and I were lucky enough to be in Pisac for the weekly farmer's market held every Sunday. During the market, local Peruvians meet to buy and barter produce, bread, and other supplies they need for the week. The market also caters to tourists as well, offering handmade crafts, food, and drinks that are fun to try. I was struck by the variety of products for sale, probably the most surprising of which was this powdered dye. I loved the bright colors, which I thought perfectly summed up the color and liveliness of the Pisac market and Peru generally.
One of the most fun things to do on any trip to Cuzco, Peru, is to visit the weekly Sunday farmer's market held in nearby Pisac. Aside from getting a stunning view of the lush Urubamba Valey on the drive from Cuzco to Pisac, the weekly market itself is a feast for the senses. The locals around Pisac gather at the market every Sunday to buy and barter for the things they need or want - from breads to vegetables to bright clothing dyes. This particular woman caught my attention because of her colorful traditional clothing set against the equally colorful purple flowers she was picking out. When in Cuzco, make sure to take some time to visit the wonderful Pisac farmer's market to get a real sense of what life is like for rural Peruvians living in the Urubamba Valley. While there are smaller markets in Pisac various days of the week, the Sunday market is the largest and most interesting.
While visiting Cuzco, make sure to take a day trip to the Sunday farmer's market in nearby Pisac. Aside from enjoying a beautiful drive from Cuzco to Pisac with a stunning view of the lush Urubamba Valley along the way, the Pisac market itself is an interesting look what life is like for those living in the Urubamba Valley. The market itself is a feast for the senses, with locals setting out their offerings for other locals to buy or barter for, like this woman displaying what looked to be delicious homegrown onions. When in the Cuzco area, I highly recommend taking a day trip to nearby Pisac to take in the Sunday farmer's market - you won't be disappointed.
One of the best day trips from Cuzco, Peru, is a visit to the Sunday farmer's market held in nearby Pisac. Locals from all over the region gather at the weekly market to sell and trade their goods, ranging from fresh-picked produce to handmade textiles and dyes to creamy cheeses. Hiring a taxi in Cuzco at a cost of around $15 each way is the easiest way to get to the Pisac Sunday market, but if you're on a tight budget you can take a local bus to Pisac for only $2 each way. The winding road to Pisac travels through the Andes and looks out over the stunning Urubamba Valley - make sure to stop along the way for a birdseye view of the region's fertile farmlands surrounded by the towering Andes mountains. At the Pisac farmer's market, this vendor was selling pieces of small bread, freshly baked that morning and still warm from the oven. My husband and I happily nibbled on the delicious bread while wandering through the market, taking in its sights and sounds. A true feast for the sense.
My husband and I took one of our favorite day trips from Cuzco, Peru, when we visited the Sunday farmer's market in the nearby town of Pisac, nestled in the Andes about 19 miles outside Cuzco. Merchants from all over the region gather at the Sunday market to sell and trade their goods - everything from cheeses and cured meats to colorful flowers to handmade textiles and dyes. One of the most common offerings at the Pisac farmer's market is fresh produce, grown in the rich, fertile soil of the surrounding Urubamba Valley and likely picked very early that same morning. The easiest way to get to the Pisac farmer's market is to hire a taxi in Cuzco for about $15 each way, but for those on a tight budget a local bus runs to Pisac for about $2 each way. The road to Pisac winds through the Andes and overlooks the stunning Urubamba Valley below, so make sure to stop along the way for a birdseye view of the region's fertile farmlands that produced the fruits and vegetables you'll see for sale at the market.
My advice to you is find the corn. Pisaq, a small, bustling town in Peru's Sacred Valley, holds a famous Sunday market every week, filled with local fashion, jewelry, bedding, and knick-knacks that will probably end up under your bed, never to be seen again. I loved exploring the market but you must try the corn, with bigger kernels than I've ever seen, and a faintly sweet taste. It's sold in mini stands around the market.
Pisac is full of colors, fruits, textiles, and beautiful locals in traditional dress ready for your best shot! Don't be surprised if they ask you for money after you get your photo, its how the family makes a living. A couple of Sole will do!
Today being Monday the reknowned Pisac Market in Peru's Sacred Valley is practically mine alone to explore (it's most busy on Sundays). The vendors are not overly aggressive and their merchandise is fairly high quality — if a little too colorful for my tastes — so strolling the aisles is not the exercise in chaos and harassment I had feared. AND they take Visa. I am now the proud owner of three new alpaca sweaters. Incredible Trip to Peru: http://bit.ly/11IZdBX
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). Photo by Jan Beck/Flickr.
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