Pisac and its Archaeological Park

Písac village is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is most known for its Incan ruins and large market every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, an event which attracts heavy tourist traffic from nearby Cusco. Pisac Archaelogical Park lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley. The ruins are separated along the

ridge into four groups: P'isaqa, Inti Watana, Qalla Q'asa, and Kinchiraqay. The Inca constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside, which are still in use today. They created the terraces by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands. The terraces enabled the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site served at least a triple purpose. The sanctuary of Huanca, site of a sacred shrine, is also near the village. Pilgrims travel to the shrine every September. One of its more notable features was a large pisonay tree, which dominated the central plaza (it was destroyed by a 2013 thunderstorm). Francisco Pizarro and the Spanish conquerors destroyed Inca Písac in the early 1530s. The modern town of Písac was built in the valley by Viceroy Toledo during the 1570s.

Cusco 112 , Písac, 08106, Περού
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