2009 AVALANCHE MEGA - March 28th and 29th  


Machu Picchu
Location Information


Pisaq is a picturesque town known by its colonial and Indian architecture. It is also known for its typical Sunday Market and its colorful textiles and ceramics. Every Sunday, at the local church, mass is given in the original Quechua language with the presence of the Varayocs or local authorities.

The archeological zone of Pisaq is located above of what is now the colonial town. This zone comprises several important areas such as Qanturaqay, Amaru, Punku, Intihuatana and Tanqanamanka considered the biggest pre-columbine cemetery of Latin America.

Pisaq excelled for its agriculture and for the largest andenes of the Inca Empire.

Historians believe the word Pisaq possible came for the name of a local bird called P’isaga. Others believe that name derived from Cristobal Pisaq Topo a person that lived in this area.

Pisaq is located 32 Km or 51 miles southeast from Cusco on both sides of the Vilcanota River.

Altitude: 3,400 m above sea level