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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
situated at an altitude of 9,678 feet (2,950 meters) above sea
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.