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.
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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.
A typical sight at the Pisac marketplace on Sundays. Either you come as a tourist to buy souvenirs such as wool hats, purses, belts, artwork & jewelry, or, you come to buy food. Pictured here is the food market with the goods area in the background. This woman was butchering a cow behind the table and selling every last piece. All around her are vendors selling vegetables, fruits, grains, meat & fish.
The Pisac market is a fascinating place to visit, and really gives you a sense of how Peruvians live. It is a short taxi ride from Cusco, and most taxi drivers will stay until you are finished walking through the market.