When visiting Peru’s Sacred Valley on the Urubamba River, you will not miss Pisac on your Power Places™ Tours pilgrimage. The highlight is an experience to the Hitching Post of the Sun, the Intihuatana, located in a ceremonial site high up in the mountain. The famous open-air market draws many tourists as well as locals, and is a feast for all the senses. Pisac is an important Incan site, originally serving mystical, defensive military and agricultural purposes. In modern day times it is a pretty village with many small handicraft shops, and a good place to find locally made ceramics which Pisac is know for, or an impressive selection of multi-colored beads.
A huge, spreading pisonary tree dominates the central square at Pisac, while once again, mountains loom with their terraced gardens above. Hundreds of vendor’s stalls crowd the central square and spill down the streets. Making this scene especially picturesque are the native sellers who travel here from many different villages, wearing their local dress. One can find bargains here while shopping for hand knit sweaters, tapestries and rugs, musical instruments and carvings. By all means, bring your camera, for there are both grand vistas and colorful intimate scenes to photograph. Pan pipes, street food and a riot of colors await…
Pisac’s Inca Citadel once controlled the route connecting the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, which borders the eastern jungles. It is located high above a valley floor, offering a view of patchwork fields and vast terracing. One can appreciate the fine stonework and vast panoramas, stone terraces, water ducts and steps cut from solid rock. The Temple of the Sun exhibits masonry work that is as marvelous as anything at Macchu Picchu. One can also explore the Temple of the Moon, with a connected ritual bathing complex fed by water canals.
Although it is only a short drive from Cusco, Pisca offers the ancient ruins to explore, local color for appreciative eyes, and a natural setting that is both dramatic and charming. During your Power Places™ Tours’ transformational journey, discover for yourself the potent energies at the Hitching Post of the Sun.