Paz Y Luz in Pisac, Peru is a healing retreat located near the Urumbamba River and surrounded by mountains. It is close to town and also relatively close to the Incan ruins on the mountainside, overlooking Pisac and the whole valley.
At about 9,000 feet, Pisac is a good place to acclimatize before heading up to Cusco (11,000+ feet). We came straight here from the airport to explore the “Sacred Valley” and its culture.
Pisac’s ruins are a good first glance of the sacred valleys’ treasure – you begin to see the astronomical placement of sacred sites and the incredible stonework of the Incan’s. You can take a taxi up and walk down, or you can hike both ways if you’re up for it. Keep in mind that the ruins are at a significant 2,000 feet above town, and breathing for many sea-level dwellers can be labored.
Pisac is a great little town with relaxed restaurants and cafes surrounding a main square. It has a fantastic market where there are many authentic Peruvian items to purchase – from Incan styled jewelry and instruments to the intricate woven textiles Peru is famous for. The Sunday market is known throughout the region, but the smaller Tues and Thurs markets are also good as was strolling the small shops on non-market days. When they are closing down the market it is a real spectacle to see all that merchandise transformed onto a little cart and pushed away down the stone streets. We bought more things here than anywhere else in Peru – unfortunately this was our first stop so we had to carry everything for the next 2 ½ weeks (so perhaps it’s good to come back here at the end of your journey). We also found that we were offered the best prices in Peru.
Paz Y Luz is a relaxing respite with comfortable rooms and Incan designs, nice gardens, and a fireplace in the common room to relax by. We stayed just a couple nights, but there are also retreats held here on subjects like shamanic healing. Even if you’re just passing through, there is an opportunity to partake in massage and various other healing modalities depending on which practitioners happen to be staying there at the time.