After you’ve visited Machu Picchu, most other ruins might not seem as impressive. Sort of like having the best meal ever and then going for a PB&J….
We leave Cusco after a few lazy days and decide to head into the Sacred Valley to visit Pisac on our way south. It’s a bit of a detour….but it’s definitely worth it. And Pisac proves it’s stunning in its own right and doesn’t dwell in the shadow of Machu Picchu.
We catch a cab up the winding valley above the town of Pisac and decide to walk the ruins out to the point of the mountain and then descend via the terraces into town.
There’s a beautiful trail, and it should take us only 2-3 hours but we spend 4 even though it sprinkles off and on and threatens real rain.
What looks like a giant amphitheater is actually terraces that the Incas used for crops.
The complex of buildings winds along the upper edge of the mountain from where it connects with the ridge above all the way out to the point overlooking the valley, Urubamba River and town of Pisac below.
In the face of the mountain there are small windows/ventanillas cut from the red rock which was like a mausoleum for the community.
Lots of Incan engineering amazes me…
There are channels for running water through the complexes which helped to cool, provided convenient water and must have helped with the dry air.
The views from the ruins are incredible.