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Ruins at Písac P'isac  Peru
Pretty Pisac P'isac  Peru
An irresistible sales pro P'isac  Peru
The Traveler P'isac  Peru
Sundown Catch Up P'isac  Peru
Hiking in Pisac P'isac  Peru
Pisac local market  P'isac  Peru
Ruins at Písac P'isac  Peru
Pretty Pisac P'isac  Peru
An irresistible sales pro P'isac  Peru
The Traveler P'isac  Peru
Sundown Catch Up P'isac  Peru
Hiking in Pisac P'isac  Peru
Pisac local market  P'isac  Peru
Ruins at Písac
One of the top Incan sites in the Sacred Valley is set high above the town of Písac and offers views spectacular enough to inspire any photographer, amateur or professional. The ruin’s temple area is well worth the visit, and the walk up to the site from the village, past terraced fields along a well-marked path, is a satisfying challenge. Písac’s sprawling and colorful market used to be the Peruvian market to visit, but its popularity has meant higher prices and fewer artisans selling their own work. That said, the market, especially on Sundays, is something to behold.
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Pretty Pisac
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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Pretty Pisac P'isac  Peru

An irresistible sales pro
The alpaca weaving that this young girl is coyly displaying for me, and the camera, lays on the back of the sofa in my family room. It's a standout in the room, but it wasn't so extraordinary when up against the hundreds of beautiful textile exhibited in booth after booth, row after row, market after market. This one was irresistible to me because of the salesgirl. Very young --her mother was in the back of the booth giving her full rein--she convinced us with her beautiful eyes that this one was a keeper. Every time I see the deep greens and warm reds against the couch, I recall with fondness wandering around the bustling markets in Peru, especially the market in Pisac, where we were lucky enough to spend a few moments with this charming, engaging salesgirl.
An irresistible sales pro P'isac  Peru

Sundown Catch Up
When you make the trek to Peru, you go to Cuzco, and then you go to Machu Picchu. But there are many more places to explore in this ancient land. Prior to heading off to the more traditional destination, we decided to head out to Pisaq, a bus ride outside of Cuzco. Our driver delivered us to our destination, and the whole time he was also taking kids home from school. To this day we are still not sure if we got on the correct bus or not, but it sure beat the dull bus rides home I had as a kid. Upon arrival, it seemed liked a pretty easy 5K hike, but with the change in altitude, and having only been in town for 24 hours, we quickly learned that breathing less air does, in fact, hinder your energy levels. No matter, we still hiked an old Inca Fortress, and at one point I ran through the ruins humming the theme song from The Last of the Mohicans movie, thinking I was actually Daniel Day-Lewis. Note: I do realize how incredibly historically flawed the aforementioned comment is, but seriously, I just rode a school bus and hadn't adjusted to the the altitude yet, so please humor me. As I was panting with my head down, I looked up and saw my younger brother had reached the edge just as the light was beginning to fade. It was just the inspiration I needed: the sun going down allowed me to catch up.
Sundown Catch Up P'isac  Peru

The Traveler
It is in all of us. That inner drive, that dream, the need to keep exploring that which we do not yet know. We all have something from which we draw inspiration, that well of energy and passion that makes us constantly travel and explore the globe. For me, it is simply an overwhelming curiosity about anything that is foreign to me. This can be a far off place with unique customs and traditions, or simply the yoga studio down the street that I recently set foot in for the first time, scared out of my mind, foreign to me. But it is the precious moment where the excitement, the fear, the joy and the wonder join together perfectly to quell the curiosity. And for that perfect moment, you realize that you finally know that place for the very first time. The photo above captures that feeling for me, because at that exact moment The Traveler 'knows.' He is immersed in the moment in its entirety, and yet he gazes off into the distance thinking: Where to next?
The Traveler P'isac  Peru

Hiking in Pisac
Everyone stops in Cuzco on their way to the well-known Machu Picchu. But not everyone takes in some of the surrounding visual riches of nearby towns that are a mere bus ride away. Take this view for example, which isn't far from Cuzco at all. Find a bus station, and ask them to take you to (and from) the tiny town of Pisac. It's not big at all, but you will find a quaint little village, and a wonderful local market where you can purchase trinkets and small handmade crafts from local artisans. Any local can then point you in the direction of the nearby ruins (read: walk up the mountain), at which point you will see the photo above. The entire trip and hike can be done in about half a day, and it's a nice change from the hustle and bustle of MP.
Hiking in Pisac P'isac  Peru

Pisac local market
While on a trip to Peru, and on the way to Machu Picchu, we stopped in Pisac to visit the local market. Tucked in behind the more tourist market, you'll find the local market. Here, villagers from all around bring their goods to barter with each other. Very little money is used; mostly they trade with each other with the surplus they have for what they need.
Pisac local market  P'isac  Peru

Pisac, Peru