In addition to the beautiful sweeping landscape and strong Incan heritage and archaeology of the Sacred Valley region, this is also a good place to enjoy colourful indigenous markets.

Ollie and Kate B are here to help give you the inside track.

Key Stats

Flight from London London

12:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -5 hrs

The picturesque Andean town of Pisac, about twenty miles northeast of Cusco, has one of the best markets; ideal for stocking up on alpaca woollen clothes if you're doing any hiking and camping around Machu Picchu, and a fantastic photo and people-watching opportunity.

The town is worth visiting every day of the week, although the market is at its best on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Produce includes handicrafts made for the tourists - woven clothing, ceramics and beads, as well as food and everyday items for local people, who can be seen bartering prices down. Give it a go too - this used to be a cheaper place than Cusco to buy your souvenirs and presents, but increasingly there is little difference.


Original Highlight

Image of Saskia Wilson

Pisac also has a beautiful colonial church well worth visiting, where masses in Quechua are held every Sunday.

Saskia, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Housed in a former palace and convent, Palacio Nazarenas exudes the history and culture of Cusco with original features such as Inca stones still very much in tact.

Mountain Lodges of Peru

Mountain Lodges of Peru

The idea behind these lodges is to offer trekkers the opportunity to experience the essence of adventure without compromising on creature comforts.

La Casona

La Casona

Surrounded by the stunning Andes mountains, La Casona is a small luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Cusco.

Sol y Luna, Premium Casita

Sol y Luna

Set in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa is surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees, beautiful rural valleys and mountainous scenery and offers the perfect base for exploring one of the most intriguing parts of the Andes.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Set in the middle of tropical vegetation, The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a mini village of luxurious whitewashed and terracotta casitas nestling into terraced hills.

Urubamba Villas

Urubamba Villas

An Andean home from home, these villas are beautifully decorated in keeping with their rural location.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Originally built in 1592 on the site of the Inca Amaru Kuala Palace, the building was a monastery up until 1995, when it was converted into a hotel.

Start creating your tailored trip today

Ollie and Kate B are our Machu Picchu experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7978 7333

Or enquire online