Chinchero Information, Inka Sites and Prices

The town of Chinchero is located 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba, at 3,762 m.s.n.m. With view to the snow Mountain Salkantay, Veronica and Soray.

The inhabitants of Chinchero inhabit the Inca constructions that they have inherited from their ancestors which remain almost intact. Typical constructions can be seen as the doors and windows with greater width underneath and narrower from above.

Archeology in Chinchero is another of its attractions, you can see platforms, a warehouse and an irrigation system, which suggests that it was an area of ​​agricultural production.

It is one of the few places in Cusco that conspicuously preserves the Inca urban trait. Chinchero was founded by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui in the middle of the most beautiful countryside with the purpose of serving as a place of rest.

The Inca ordered to erect shrines, baths, platforms and the great royal palace in 1480.

Among the main attractions of Chinchero we find the church of Our Lady of Monserrat (1607), located in the main square. It was built on Inca walls of the palace of Tupac Yupanqui. These walls are part of the foundation of colonial construction that can be seen today. Its decoration with paintings and murals of religious figures, demonstrate the great importance that religion has for the inhabitants of Chinchero, devotees of the Lady of Monserrat, today virgin of the Nativity to which they dedicate an altar to him.

If you wish to participate in the Mass in Chinchero, you should approach any Sunday morning, the only day that the church opens its doors.

Another tourist attraction that presents chinchero is the house of Mateo Pumacahua, chief Inca during the XVIII century. In one of the revolutions under the indigenous cause, he was captured, tried and decapitated, his remains being dismantled and exhibited in Arequipa, Cusco and other regions. You can also visit Piuray Lagoon, located 28 kilometers from Cusco, which supplies water to the city of Cusco from Tahuantinsuyo times thanks to the great work and knowledge of the Inca empire who through underground aqueducts transported their waters to the imperial city.

The market of Chinchero takes place on Sundays in the main square, are made present the native settlers with their colorful typical clothes.

Originally the market was to exchange products among the settlers of the town (economy based on barter). At the moment they maintain this custom and in turn they sell their crafts and fabrics of pre-Columbian style to the people that approaches the city exclusively to know and to obtain these majestic products in the Market of Chinchero.

One of the typical characteristics of the inhabitants of Chinchero is their dressing, since many of them continue to wear the type of garments that their ancestors wore.
The women wear polleras and vests of dark color, mainly black, with red and green decorations. Her hairstyle consists of fine braids.

The men wear sheepskin ponchos, vests, bayeta pants and colorful chullos. On their feet they wear the typical leather or rubber sandals

The inhabitants of Chinchero are characterized by their textile ability. The whole process of textiles, from the washing of wool to the final product, is produced in the workshops of the associations of artisans. The garments are made from sheep wool and little alpaca.

To achieve the striking colors in their garments, villagers use cochineal and plants that grow in the same district.

Chinchero is an ideal place to learn the techniques of spinning, dyeing and weaving; Also to taste their dishes: tasty stuffed rocotos, puchero, rabbit or guinea fowl, olluco with meat, kapiches cheese, chuñocola, lawa and kapchi; And beverages such as artisanal beers, chicha, fiery water, among others.

Entrance cost:

  • The visit to the tourist site of Chinchero is included in the tourist ticket.
  • Partial Entry: S / 10 Nuevos Soles.
  • Schedule:
  • Every day from 7.00 to 17.30hs.

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