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For eats in Pisac, there are several good restaurants right on the plaza, most with similar menus. Check out funky little corner cafe Blue Llama ★ (tel. 084/203-135), decorated like a children’s book, with excellent breakfasts like fluffy waffles or French toast, plus juices and sandwiches. Ulrike’s Café ★, Plaza de Armas 828 (tel. 084/203-195), run by a German expat, has breakfast to hearty lunches and vegetarian options, such as homemade lasagna, omelets, salads, and great desserts (like Ulrike’s famous strudel or any number of cheesecakes). Mullu Café ★ (www.mullu.pe; tel. 084/203-073) is the most interesting, serving local ingredients like Ayaviri lamb, alpaca, and quinoa with a touch of Asian fusion. For a snack or lunch on the run, check out the excellent hornos coloniales (colonial bakeries), which use traditional, wood-fired ovens; one, called Horno Colonial Santa Lucía, is near the southwest corner of the main square next to Hotel Pisaq, while another (unnamed) is on Mariscal Castilla 372, a short walk from the plaza. Both serve excellent empanadas and breads, and are especially popular on market days (often selling out of empanadas by the afternoon). Another good lunch or dinner option is Ayahuasca, Bolognesi s/n (tel. 084/797-625), a cute little cafe a couple of blocks from the plaza, on the way to the bus stops. You can get a simply prepared but very good-value menu (lomo saltado [beef and potato stir-fry] and other classic Peruvian highlander dishes) for just S/10. Pick up chocolate at the Choco Museo (www.chocomuseo.com; tel. 084/203-020), as well as chocolate drinks or cakes. Inquire within about chocolate-making workshops.

If either of the two places below is full or beyond your budget, check out these inexpensive basic inns in town: Chaska Wasi, Av. Amazonas 124 (tel. 957/593-387), centrally located at the entrance to town on the river, with a nice garden and communal kitchen, offering private rooms and shared backpacker dorms; or Hostal Varayoq, Mariscal Castilla 380 (www.varayoqinn.com; tel. 084/634-390), a basic inn near the plaza with good Wi-Fi and free breakfast.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.