Peru, Pisac Guide (B): Machu Picchu Isn’t The Only Inca Ruin Worth Seeing

Machu Picchu Isn’t The Only Inca Ruin Worth Seeing
A view of “The Sacred Valley” in Peru.

Machu Picchu definitely lives up to the hype, don’t get me wrong, but there are so many other incredible Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley worth seeing as well. This post will cover a day spent seeing Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Consider this post “Part 1” of Inca Ruins worth seeing, and “Part 2” is here (didn’t want to do an Incan Ruins overload)!

But first, let me explain what exactly The Sacred Valley is. It’s a region in Peru near the city of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Macchu Picchu is obviously the most famous site to see in The Sacred Valley (for good reason), but let’s not forget about the rest of the Incan Empire!

Pisac Ruins

Inca Terraces in Pisac, Peru

The ruins in Pisac overlook the Urubamba River and are most known for their farming terraces. The site is also very well intact, especially religious buildings (pictured above).

To actually see all that this site has to offer, you need to set aside at least 4 or 5 hours to explore it. We, unfortunately, did not have that much time to do so. We spent all of an hour maybe an hour and a half. I’m glad we were able to see it, but if it’s possible, allow more time in your schedule to enjoy Pisac!

An ancient burial site in Pisac. Thousands of mummies were buried in the side of this mountain.

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Guide Name: Machu Picchu Isn’t The Only Inca Ruin Worth Seeing
Guide Location: Peru » Pisac
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Inca ruins  
Author: Lindsey Puls
Read it on author's website: http://have-clothes-will-travel.com/part-1-machu-picchu-isnt-the-only-inca-ruin-worth-seeing-in-the-sacred-valley/