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.