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A fundamental feature of Pisac Modern Town is that, just like other Andean towns, it stands out due to its colonial church and its traditional Sunday fair.
The main square is full of centenary trees and small stone streets that welcome the spontaneous fairs carried out every Tuesday and Thursday. These activities highlight the inhabitants' Hispanic descent and structure.
Pisac Modern Town pays a tribute to an illustrious personage that, in some occasion, had the chance to be an exemplary governor. This is the case of the monument in honor of Bernardo Tambohuacso, a remarkable cacique of Pisac and one of the most famous neighbors.
The exploit of this cacique was to oppose the Bourbon reformations and the abuse of the colonial power in 1780. Tambohuacso planned a rebellion together with other creoles and mestizos. Unfortunately, the conspiracy was discovered and the cacique was executed only a few days after the initiation of the rebellion of Túpac Amaru, on November 17th 1780.
Pisac offers a series of attractions for its visitors. Not only has it the peace and quietness that characterize the countryside, but it also has amazing ruins and constant fairs that transform the nature of the place. From Monday to Sunday, the visitors go to the city very early so as to acquire the fair's products.
The Sunday market of Pisac has become a real tourist magnet and a cultural meeting point. Peasants and craftsmen from neighbor communities come here to offer their fabrics, pots, Pucará little bulls and silver jewels, which attract a multitude of tourists.
Likewise, the inhabitants of the twelve communities of Pisac cohabit with the customs of the modern market and the ancestral traditions of exchange and reciprocity. And, above all, we can experience that festive environment that is so characteristic of Andean fairs.
For those who love traditions it would be a fascinating experience to spend the night before the fair in Pisac and get up early so as to witness the awakening of the town and the sellers' arrival.
The works start approximately at 5:30 in the morning. The square starts to become filled of men and women that arrive on foot carrying their products: fresh onions, small corn from Urubamba, fruit from Quillabamba as well as the huge variety of potatoes of the zone.
Before starting the sales and exchanges, the merchants pray so as to have a profitable sale during the day. You will be able to see that the food sale is located at the right corner, facing the square. There, the sellers offer their merchandises on the floor. Everybody seems to have their own location in the middle of the market improvisation, the craftsmen and even the vivanderas.
The particularity of the Pisac market is that its tradesmen not only sell, but they also exchange their products. For instance, those who live in the high lands supply themselves with the products originating from warm lands and vice versa.
You can really enjoy a pleasant view very early in the morning, even before dawn, it is agreeable to bump into the aroma of recently baked bread. However, the bread made in Pisac has special features. According to some experts, this is due to the famous Pisac oven, made of mud and which is relatively big.
On the other hand, the onion and cheese turnover appear as of eleven in the morning, when it is almost impossible to walk through the streets. Leaving without tasting these simple delights is almost a capital sin.
Going up to the ruins
If you had decided to go up to the ruins on foot, you should take into account that once you get to the top there is still a long way to go. Therefore, you should be in a good physical condition.
The adventure on foot lasts two hours, and it is necessary to start from the left side of the main church. You must bear in mind that the road is full of intersections, so it is advisable to follow the route directly in order to avoid getting lost.
One of the most common recommendations, if you are going to make a route like this, is to take water and appropriate clothes, besides being very careful with the road because it is not duly signposted. Once in the ruins, you will find seller offering different products for the exhausted travelers.
You will also find the "little models" that are nothing but inhabitants dressed with the typical clothes waiting to be photographed so as to get a tip.
The shortest visit to the city can last two hours and a half approximately. Therefore, we recommend you to go up by car and descend on foot so as to enjoy peacefully the beautiful and historical places that the city offers.
Taxis are positioned in the town entrance, after the bridge. The ascent price amounts to S/.10, and you and the taxi driver can agree upon the hour when you wan to descend so he would pick you up.
We recommend you to take the road up to the slope, which starts in the town of Chongo and has an extension of 10 km. During the way you will go through cultivation terraces and small communities that can be photographed.
The trucks or vans will take you to the ruins for a much lower price.
Buses set out from Pisac to Yucay or Urubamba.
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