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Mercado de Pisac

Bright Andean Mantas and Monteras
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!
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The Market at Pisac
A great place to find local goods.
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Peruvian Street Children
During market day in Pisac (Sacred Valley), Peru, this youngster appeared at my elbow, seeking attention from the gringa photographer. Market Day in Pisac can normally bring in hundreds of tourists but due the rains recent torrential rains in the Sacred Valley, many roads were impassable. On this day, only a handful of gringos attended the market and children eagerly waited the arrival of each one.
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Pisac Market
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.
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Market Curiosity
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.
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Colorful Flowers, Colorful Woman
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.
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Onions For Sale
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.
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Pisac Farmer's Market
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.
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Pisac Produce for Sale
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.
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Beautiful Flowers In the Pisac Farmer's Market
One of the best day trips from Cuzco, Peru, is a visit to the Sunday farmer's market held in nearby Pisac. Local farmers and merchants from all over the region gather at the market to sell and trade their goods, ranging from fresh-picked produce to handmade textiles and dyes to creamy cheeses. The easiest way to get to Pisac, if you don't have a rental car of your own, is to hire a taxi in Cuzco for an affordable $15 each way. Even more affordable - an amazingly-low $2 local bus trip to Pisac. The road to Pisac winds through the Andes and offers amazing views of the bucolic Urubamba Valley below. Make sure to stop along the way for a birdseye view of the region's fertile farmlands surrounded by the towering Andes mountains. I loved the beautiful hats and shawls the women at the market wore. This hat in particular, with its cheerful purple flowers, caught my eye. The Pisac Sunday farmer's market is a perfect feast for the senses and not to be missed on any trip to Cuzco.
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Fresh and Pipin' Hot
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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Unlikely Art
On the side of the road in the Pisac Market were this pile of crushed ice cream cones. It looked like an abstract painting.
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Pisac Market
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.
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Pisac Market
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.
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Bright Dyes For Sale
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.
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Give locals some Sole to take thier picture
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!
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Shopping at the Pisac Market
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
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