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Pisac is an important archaeological center that encompasses the mystical Incan constructions, in contrast to the natural richness of the Urubamba Valley. It is approximately 32 km to the northeast of the city of Cuzco, situated at an altitude of  9,678 feet (2,950 meters) above sea level.

Although it is very difficult to know the autochthonous names of Cuzco's ancient cities, Pisac is one of the few examples of original names that are known. It derives from the Quechua word "pisaq", which means partridge (a gallinacean type that abounds in this area). According to the traditional Incan architecture, the cities were built based on figurative designs of animals. Pisac was partridge-shaped, as we can tell from its name.

 

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Last updated: March 26, 2007