Pisac is a small market town located a short distance from Cusco in the Sacred Valley. From Pisac the road continues towards the Manu Biosphere and Paucartambo.



Sights and Activities

The main attraction of the town is the tourist market which is open during daylight hours, some days it is larger than others. The other main attraction are the Inca ruins, located above the town they are just visible on the saddle of the hills to the east. Entry is through the Cusco tourist ticket and you can walk up to the ruins, it is a pretty serious walk or you can taxi/bus it from the crossroads by the bridge.



Getting There

By Car

Via the tarmac road from Cusco or along the Sacred Valley. A dirt track to the east leads to Paucartambo and the Amazon.

By Bus

There are plenty of small buses from Cusco or Urubamba.



Getting Around

The town is pretty small and everywhere within it can easily be reached on foot, there are taxis if you'd prefer not to or the weather is inclement.




There are a few restaurants and bars around the market square.





The Hotel Royal Inca has a campsite with wash facilities.


Hotel Royal Inca on the Sacred Valley road, heading south a short distance out of the town, offers a range of rooms, a bar and a pool (which can be pretty cold). Tel 203064.



Keep Connected


More and more hotels, resorts, airports, cafes, and retailers are going Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity), becoming "hotspots" that offer free high-speed Wi-Fi access or charge a small fee for usage. In Peru, by far the easiest way to check your e-mail and surf the Web is to drop in at the Internet cabinas (booths) that can be found in virtually every city and even small towns. Connections are usually fast, and the service is as little as S/2 per hour.
Aside from formal cybercafes, most youth hostels and many hotels nowadays have at least one computer with Internet access.


See also International Telephone Calls

Peru's country code is +51. Emergency numbers include 105 (Police), 117 (Ambulance) and 116 (Fire).

In all towns and villages that are not too small, it is no problem to find public telephones for national and international calls. Many public phones can be expensive, and an attractive alternative is a Locutorio, or "call-center". Typical rates include .2 Nuevo Sol/minute for calls in the country, and .5 Nuevo Sol/minute for most international calls. Phone cards are cheap and easily available from shops or vendors who hang around pay phones. You'll often see people with a bundle of mobile phones who act as pay phones, they'll be shouting 'llamadas'. Telephone booths are primarily used for making local calls. Calling to other countries from Peru is expensive.

If you have an unlocked cell phone you can buy local SIM cards. Movistar and Claro are two of the phone companies in Peru. You can buy your sim card from these companies and buy a phone card also.

Your best, cheapest bet for making international calls from Peru is to head to any Internet cafe with an international calling option. These cafes have connections to Skype, Net2Phone, or some other VoIP service. International calls made this way can range anywhere from 5ยข to $1 per minute -- much cheaper than making direct international calls or using a phone card. If you have your own Skype or similar account, you just need to find an Internet cafe that provides a computer with a headset.


Check the Serpost website, the national postal service (a private company), for more information about prices and options regarding the sending of postcards, letters and parcels. The post service is relatively efficient and post offices can be found in most cities and (larger) towns. Post offices generally are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Saturday and some are open on Sundays from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Postcards are available from street vendors and shops at any touristy area, and stamps are generally available as well, though sometimes only at the post office itself. It takes at least 10 days to send a postcard to North America and prices start at S/5.5. To Europe it is S/7.8 and it takes even a bit longer, around 2 weeks. For little extra money, you can choose 'expresso' services. For large parcels and quantities, you can use both Serpost or companies like DHL, UPS, TNT or FedEx, which are faster and offers the same prices, though it is still relatively expensive.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -13.424130
  • Longitude: -71.857643


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