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The Traditional Market of Pisac


The traditional market of Pisac is characterized not only by its cultural diversity but also by the products that are handcrafted in their communities and that are usually shared with visitors and interested people in fairs or markets; such is the case of the Pisac Market or Pisaq, a market of constant opening that is located in the district of Pisac in Calca-Cusco.

The Traditional Market of Pisac
The Traditional Market of Pisac

The Traditional Market of Pisac, which is also called Pisaq Fair is a traditional event in the town that takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays when artisans and vendors set up their stalls in the main square of the district.

Whoever visits the Pisac Artisan Market will be surprised by the pieces that are offered for sale in the market; among these are recognized necklaces; the necklaces of Pisac are interesting and emblematic pieces of this neighborhood, same that is conformed by polychrome beads that are elaborated by the same residents. In addition to necklaces, there are also interesting pieces that can be found at the fair, different ceramics that stand out for the iconographic representations they have.

Pisac Market
Pisac Market

Along with ceramic pieces, a variety of textiles can also be found in the Pisac handicraft market.

The textiles produced in the district of Pisac come from the communities of Amaru, Paru Paru, Sacaca, Pampallacta, and Chahuaytire and are distinguished from other pieces made in Cusco because of the themes they represent in their final products, which focus both on their daily lives and their festivities; a distinctive feature of Pisac textiles is also observed in the constant colors of their looms, which are Indian red, brown and green.

Pisac Peru Market
Pisac Peru Market

Among the products made by the weavers and seamstresses of Pisac are pieces such as garments, purses, bags, and wallets, among many others.

In addition to the ceramic and textile pieces, Pisac are also unmissable pieces to acquire during your visit, the silverware that is made in the place and that is considered one of the main incomes of the community. The silver pieces that are made in Pisac are of different qualities, and among these are pieces of Inca themes to more contemporary objects.

Those who want to visit the town of Pisac and enjoy its varied handicraft market should visit this district on the dates indicated. The market is open from 7 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon.

Pisac Market Peru Cusco
Pisac Market Peru Cusco

If you go on Sunday, you can also enjoy the Andean traditions of the town, which begin with the Sunday mass where you can recognize the presence of the Varayoc who are the highest authorities of the communities of the town.

To get to the traditional town of Pisac the visitor has to travel from the town of Calca to Pisac, the trip from Calca to Pisac is approximately 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the transportation chosen. The entrance to the market is free, and the pieces of that one can be acquired by means of the monetary exchange, or perhaps it is possible to appeal to the barter.

Pisac Cusco market
Pisac Cusco market

What is the Pisac market?

The traditional market of Pisac is the most famous and crowded food center of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its fame is mainly due to the colorful stalls where all kinds of products are offered, from fruits, vegetables, sophisticated alpaca garments or silver jewelry. On Sundays, people arrive from different places offering their products, which makes the market much bigger and more colorful.

Where is the Pisac Traditional Market located?

The market is located in one of the corners of the main square of the town of Pisac, a few steps from the main road leading to the city of Cusco.

How to get to the Pisac Market?

To get to the traditional market of Pisac, you must take a vehicle from the city of Cusco, located 34 kilometers away.

The price of the public transportation minivans is 5 Peruvian soles (approximately US$2). These transports can be taken in the street ‘Puputi’, a few steps from the Historic Center of the city. The trip takes an average of 50 minutes.

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