Visiting the Market at Pisac – A Photo Essay

Visiting the Market at Pisac – A Photo Essay
June 20, 2012 Lainie Liberti
Pisac Market

The markets of Pisac

The many shades of Peru’s rich culture my artistic appetite completely satisfied. One of my favorite thing to do is visiting the local markets to get a sense of the culture from the inside out. Visually the markets tell a story about each community and the Pisac market is no exception. Similar to the market we visited in the mountain town of Huaraz, the Pisac market is also filled with crafts and interesting foods.

Pisac is situated in the sacred valley. The market itself attracts  has many tourists each week, providing a perfect opportunity for the valley’s crafts people to share it’s creative wares. The market has a duel purpose, providing souvenirs for  tourists and  functioning as a local market for the residents of Pisac.

The best day to visit Pisac market is on a Sunday where the market is packed and all the vendors bring their goods. Not to worry if you miss the market on Sunday as there are smaller markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays which are still as busy.


The market offers handicrafts for tourists and since it is a market it provides a wide range of fruit vegetables and food. If you are visiting Cusco and the Sacred Valley, please make time for this special market. Do yourself a favor, don’t give yourself a lime limit and get lost in the creativity, smells and colors of this magical place.  Enjoy all that Pisac market has to offer, I know we did.




  1. Martin Pietrzak 12 years ago

    Great pictures. Peru is certainly on our list. The mountains, people and amazing colour! Can’t wait, but I think we will wait until Niko is a bit older. We are a bit concerned with the altitude related issues.

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      Don’t wait, the altitude is dealt with as long as you don’t over do your activities. I love the Sacred Valley and all the wonderful markets! Let us know if you change your mind, we’re relocating to Cusco in a month. 

  2. Molly 12 years ago

    Love the photo of you – adorable (tell me those clothes are from the U.S. or where you get such cute stuff in SA!) – and the others are cool as well.  One of the sweetest markets I’d been to and getting there was half the fun, driving by all the ruins, etc.  Love Pisac!

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      Ah, thanks Molly! My sweat shirt is from the states, but the other stuff is from our travels. 🙂 We loved Pisac for sure! Can’t wait to go back.

  3. What a wonderful market!  I would love to come here the next time I plan to cook something…imagine what great dish you could make…so fresh! lol Love it.

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      ilainie 12 years ago

      Thanks Ron! We loved it! In fact, we loved it so much, we’ve decided to relocate to Cusco so we’ll be shopping there again for sure! Will keep you posted on the cooking front, for sure.

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