The Inca ruins at Pisac start just above the small town. Everyone’s recommendation was to take a taxi to the top and hike down through the ruins and back into town. However, we discovered when we arrived, that officials had closed a zone in the middle of the ruins a few months ago due to a tragic accident and unsafe conditions. Our group of four decided to hike up from town and see the lower half. If time allowed, we could take a taxi to the top of the ruins and see the upper half later.
We stopped at an overlook on the way up and shared the benches with other tourists – who came all the way from Hong Kong! They graciously shared some candied ginger. Back on the trail, we found ourselves on a narrow path with breathtaking views of the valley.
We had reached the upper limit of what we could see in the lower part of the ruins. All paths up were blocked off. The truth is that we were very tired after the strenuous climb up and the hours spent exploring and we knew the hike back would not be easy.
Five and a half hours (and 1,750’ in elevation gained and lost) later we walked back into town. Pisac turned out to be one of our favorite Inca ruins but required the most time and energy.