Pisac Inca citadel
An Inca citadel and terraces on the hills
Pisac Inca citadel
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Pisac Inca citadel
Pisac is one of the most important and visited archeological parks of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Together with Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, it forms the archaeological circuit of Cuzco. It is located in the city of Pisac, to the east of the cordillera of Vilcabamba between 2.900 and 3.500 meters above sea level, it is 30 km from the city of Cusco, province of Calca, Peru.
Its official denomination is National Archaeological Park of Pisac. It is constituted by groups of archaeological remains among which stand out platforms, aqueducts, roads associated with walls and portals, water canals, cemeteries, bridges, etc. Pisac Archaeological Park encompasses an area of 4 square kilometers.
The attractions that stand out are: Acchapata and its 40 platforms in the shape of a triangle with its vortex downwards, where it can be verified how the Inca agronomists solved the problem of planting on the slopes of the hills; the pucaras of Pisac citadel with more than 20 big towers for defense, of which the most important one is Qoriwayrachina; the neighborhood of Intiwatana to the center of the Park with temples and palaces; the Tianayuc neighborhood; the district of K'allaQ'asa, the largest of all built on top of a mountain with impressive ravines; the Pisaq'a neighborhood over the Chongo’s ravine; and, the QanchisRaqay neighborhood.
The archaeological Pisac has the form of a partridge of puna (a species of bird), according to its original toponymy and to the custom of the Inca architecture that constructed settlements based on animal figures. It has a Site Museum. The current town of Pisac lays on a valley and its main square is an entertaining place where handicrafts are sold. The architecture of the modern Pisac is mestizo, built on indigenous remains.
ADDRESS OR VENUE
OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)
The National Archaeological Park of Pisac is located at Km 30 of Cusco–Urubamba road, Perú
Monday to sunday, from 07h00 to 18h00
DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY
Cusco city - 30km - 18 miles
DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Cusco city´s airport - 30km - 18miles
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Attending folkloric events.
Attending artistic events.
Wild life watching.
Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.
Cultural National Heritage.
With the Tourist Ticket (B.T.C. or Boleto Turístico Cusco) you enter 16 places of interest that are in the city of Cusco, adjacent places and nearby valleys like the South Valley and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is managed by the Committee of Integrated Cultural Tourism Services-Cusco (COSITUC)
B.T.C. Is classified in:
• Cusco Integral Touristic Ticket (BTCI) included Pisac S / 130 peruvian soles
• Cusco Integral Tourist Ticket for foreign students (BEE) S / 70 peruvian soles
• Cusco Touristic Ticket for national tourists (BIN) S / 70 peruvian soles
• Cusco Integral Tourist Ticket for national students (BEN) S / 70 peruvian soles
• Partial Tourist Tickets S / 70 peruvian soles.
The address of Cosituc to buy tickets is: Av. El Sol 103, Galerías Turísticas, Of. 101, in the city of Cusco, Peru. Telefax: (51) 084-261465 / Telephone: (51) 084-227037, www.cosituc.gob.pe. Opening hours: monday to saturday 08h00 - 18h00; sundays and holidays 08h00 - 13h00.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
Confortable walk shoes,
A hat or a cap,
A video camera.