7 Days in Peru: Day 2: Pisac- the Pisac Ruins

Trip to Peru Day 2
Location: The Sacred Valley, Pisac Ruins 
Cost: Use your Boleto Turistico, which will run you about $43 U.S. Dollars (130 Peruvian Soles). It is a one-time expense that will get you into most locations in The Sacred Valley, not including Machu Picchu. 
Time: Plan 4-5 Hours for the taxi up, the visiting, and the hike down to Pisac.
Tips: Make sure you bring your own map! Our taxi driver loaned us his and showed us how to avoid the trek down the mountain- it took us straight there. The signs aren’t excellent, so if you can plan your route before you go that’s helpful! Also wear hiking shoes, and brace yourself if you’re afraid of heights- there are several steep drop-offs with small paths.
Our second day in Peru was filled with adventure as we headed to Pisac!
Pisac Peru

I am going to be totally honest here, because we looked at so many other travel sites and blogging posts and didn’t find much about these ruins. So here it goes, spilling my guts.

Pisac Peru, Sacred Valley
You need to take a taxi to get there, so prep yourself for an additional 20-30 minutes to get up to the top. We thought the top was going to yield a few buildings and a lot of agriculture- based off what the Internet and travel books said.
When we saw the tiered farming land seen in the picture below, that’s about what we expected!
Pisac Incan Ruins
But we learned pretty quickly that there was much more to the Pisac Ruins, and we decided to take the path to the temple.
Incan Village- Pisac

I had been told by a friend that had seen some but not all ruins that wearing toms or ballet flats was totally fine. We expected these to be a mellow hike, so my worn down Toms it was! Jacob wore some loafers. Oh boy, if only we knew what we were in for!

Incan Ruins- Pisac

The path was narrow, the rocks were smoothed from time and visitors, and the hiking path I would not put in the easy category. It was beautiful, and it was worth it, but I wish somewhere someone would have said, “Wear hiking shoes, and if you’re even a little afraid of heights- brace yourself!”

Pisac Ruins Hike

I am a little afraid of heights. We’re talking steep cliffs without handrails make me nervous. Mountain paths that can’t fit two cars but need to definitely creep me out, and zero traction shoes on slippery surfaces at 7,000 ft. altitude with steep dropoffs definitely can do me in!

Luckily, there were moments of breaks, and very few moments of handrails.

Pisac Ruins Heights

At first glance you see Jacob, looking great and happy. and then if you look behind him you think- ah a bit of a hill. But if you look closely you realize there’s an entire valley, and beyond that little hill there is nothing. This was a STEEP drop-off with a very narrow path, and I have to admit, shortly after this picture the fear of heights got the best of me.

Pisac Ruins- off the cliff

Jacob was so patient and let me stand near the walls while he explored and enjoyed. He also sat by me, hugged me, and listened to me as I shared how much I think he should play a rap song at my funeral- no one will expect it and it will ease the tension of my young, tragic death falling off a mountain while vacationing.

Incan Ruins- Pisac Peru

Don’t look too close at my swollen eyes in this pic, I had just calmed down post panic attack.

Incan Ruins- Pisac Peru

And when we got to the top and saw the temple, it really was so breathtaking and beautiful I was so glad I made it, even with trauma!

Pisac Ruins

How else would I have snuck a picture touching the sacrificial alter?

Incan Temple- Pisac


Incan Temple- Alter

Or witnessed the ingenuity of the sun dial inside the temple.

Pisac Sun Dial Temple

Or found the mild looking agricultural site we had seen in pictures, and watched this boy get excited about it?

Isac Incan Village


Pisac Agriculture

The Pisac ruins are beautiful, and they are very high up on very steep ledges, and if you’re terrified of heights I’d say skip it. If you’re mildly afraid you may have a panic attack, but the right shoes and some mental preparation can go a long way!
But this steep cliff and high location only makes the surrounding area all the more beautiful.

Pisac mountains


Pisac villages


Ruins in the Sacred Valley- Pisac

It’s also in those moments when you literally plan your funeral and see death around every literal corner that you realize what a patient soul you married, and how supportive they are. I can’t get over how slow he was willing to walk, how good he was at tricking me into taking picture and looking up instead of down, and how much he cared that I was struggling. I’ll always remember Pisac for the trauma and beauty, but also the beauty I saw in my husband that day.

Incan Temple- Pisac Peru


The Sacred Valley- Pisac


Peru- The Pisac Ruins

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  1. This is such a lovely piece and the place looks stunning! I think it would be me comforting my boyfriend though. We did the mediterranean steps on Gibraltar last year, and he was terrified!

    Katie <3

  2. Wow! Amazing! I'm the same way about heights if I am in a car. I just imagine it plummeting down the mountain and freak out. Same about planes. Boils down to anything that I am not in control of. On my feet, I'm more confident, but I totally get your fears 🙂

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