Small souvenir shop near Ollantaytambo in Peru
Visit the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, Cuzco
If you like your culture with a dose of retail therapy, this is the trip for you. You’ll kick start your action-packed day at the colourful Pisac market, one of the most famous markets in the whole of the Cuzco region.
Located in the main square, you’d be hard pressed to miss this bustling and bright occasion. It’s particularly worth a visit on Sunday, when the indigenous highland communities come into town to sell their produce and stock up their weekly supplies while they’re at it.
If you’re here on any other day though, it’s always a visual treat and the stands are always packed with locals selling their produce and crafts. On an average day you’ll be able to browse Alpaca textiles, musical instruments, paintings, carvings, necklaces and replicas of ancient Inca pieces.
Once you’ve had your fill of shopping, it’s time to head back in time at the Ollantaytambo citadel. Here you’ll be able to see Inca urban planning in action complete with a fortress built by Inca Pachacútec. Wander the ruins and see how the fort is preserved in time with homes and streets dating back to the Tahuantinsuyo period. The terraces that guard these mesmerising ruins are one of the few places where the Spanish conquerors lost a major battle.
Explore the ancient ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress
Shop for colourful textiles at Pisac Market