Archaeological site of Pisac

The archaeological site of Pisac was one of the most important citadels and religious centers of the Inca empire. The entire area of ​​this archaeological park has an area of ​​9,063 hectares and has the protection of the Peruvian State. It is made up of temples, squares, neighborhoods, platforms, terraces, major and minor areas, and even a cemetery. Most visitors arrive there as part of their tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.


The archaeological site of Pisac is an area protected by the Peruvian State that consists of 9,063 hectares, the majority belonging to vast mountains with difficult access. Like most Inca citadels, its temples and buildings are located on the top of a mountain controlling the entire environment of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Most of this area was dedicated to agriculture. This is demonstrated by its large terraces and platforms, which served to supply the entire citadel. The archaeological site also has enclosures, neighborhoods, squares, temples and other finely carved stone structures that would serve as the Inca's royal hacienda, a sacred cult center, and farmland.

Where is?

The archaeological site of Pisac is located in the town of the same name, a wide mountainous valley on the Vilcanota river, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

How to go there?

You get there after a 42-kilometer road trip from the city of Cusco. All tours to the Sacred Valley of the Incas include transportation to the site. If you go on your own, you will need to take public transport from 'Puputi' street in the historic center of the city of Cuzco. Once in the town of Pisac, you will need to request a taxi to the archaeological site (8 kilometers away).


This is the archaeological site

How much is admission?

The entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Pisac is achieved with the purchase of the 'Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket 3', which, together with Pisac, allows the visit to the archaeological sites of Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Moray. The cost of this ticket is 70 Peruvian soles (22 US dollars, approximately).

Another way to visit Pisac is through the famous 'Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for 1 day'. This tour has an approximate cost of 70 US dollars. Includes a visit to Pisac as well as Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. It offers complete transportation, tour guide service, entrance to all sites and buffet lunch. You can get the tour through a tourism agency, either online or in the city of Cusco.

Visiting hours

The archaeological site of Pisac is open to the public every day of the year, from 7 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon.

Photos of the Inca site of Pisac

Andenes incas en el sitio arqueológico de Pisac en un día nublado
Sitio arqueológico de Pisac
Vista del sitio arqueológico de Pisac
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Additional Information

Pisac comes from the Quechua word 'Pisaqaq' which means 'Partridge'. This is probably due to the fact that, from a prudent height, the shape of this mountain bird can be seen in Pisac.

Pisac is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. However, it is not the only one. Also noteworthy are: the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo (Inca fortress and temple), the Inca ruins of Chinchero (palace of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui), Moray (circular platforms) and Maras (hundreds of natural salt wells).

Some advices

Pisac is made up of a citadel with stairways, neighborhoods, terraces and dozens of enclosures that require good shoes to be able to walk through it completely. Also, don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes, a rain poncho, snacks, rehydration drinks, cash and your documents.

Pisac is not only the archaeological site. Also famous are its warm and traditional town, its artisan market (especially on Sundays), its mountainous landscapes, the Vilcanota river, its colonial church and its population. It is the town of the Sacred Valley of the Incas closest to the city of Cusco (only 34 kilometers by road).