Chinchero Town

23 de January de 2024

Discover the "Rainbow City," Chinchero, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This town is characterized by its picturesque streets, artisan fair, and vibrant culture that captivates every tourist. You can also explore the local market and savor traditional cuisine. Additionally, a visit to Lake Piuray, which offers breathtaking views, is highly recommended.

Chinchero, the Rainbow Town - What is it?

The district of Chinchero is known as the "Rainbow City," particularly because during the rainy months of January, February, and March, a natural phenomenon of rainbows occurs, adding a mystical touch to this town.

Who commissioned the construction of Chinchero?

Chinchero was chosen as the residence by Inca Tupac Yupanqui and simultaneously constructed for his panaca (Inca relatives). The archaeological site endured until the arrival of the Spanish, who destroyed it. However, it leaves us with a significant history, allowing us to connect with our past.

Some elements of Inca architecture, such as the remains of the palace, the esplanade, the extensive terraces, the chincanas, and more, can still be observed, highlighting the historical importance of this center that has endured through the centuries.

Location of Chinchero

Chinchero is situated 30 km northeast of the city of Cusco, at an altitude of 3700 meters above sea level.

What to See and Do in Chinchero?

Chinchero is a picturesque town rich in history and tradition. Here are some suggestions on what to see and do:

Witness the production of traditional textiles

Chinchero is renowned for its textile heritage. A stroll through the local market is essential to immerse oneself in the culture, observing unique craftsmanship and an impressive display of fabrics created using ancient Inca techniques.

Explore the Craft Market of Chinchero

Every Sunday, Chinchero hosts a craft market where locals showcase their handmade products, textiles, and food. It's an ideal place to purchase authentic souvenirs and delve into local culture.

Taste the cuy

Cuy is a traditional dish in the Cusco region, and trying it in Chinchero is a unique experience. Prepared with native herbs, the dish offers a distinctive flavor and is cooked in various ways, such as baked, fried, or on an open fire, accompanied by potatoes and other local ingredients.

Visit Piuray Lagoon

Chinchero was not only a resting place but also held the most important water reservoir of the empire: Lake Piuray, located a 50-minute walk from the square. This natural attraction offers panoramic views and water activities like kayaking, yoga, biking, and horseback riding.

Stay in a local home in Chinchero

For years, Illapa Culturas Andinas has been actively involved in the homestay project in the community of Patabamba-Chinchero. Many families have opened their doors to travelers, participating in the "Homestays in Chinchero-Patabamba" initiative promoted by Illapa Culturas Andinas. This unique experience allows tourists to stay in local homes, getting a close look at Andean rural life.

The rooms reflect the simplicity and liveliness of rural life in the Andes, offering an authentic and warm experience. Homes feature a courtyard and a small garden, providing perfect spots to relax and enjoy the scenery. However, the highlight is undoubtedly the hospitality of the people of Chinchero, making each visit truly unforgettable.

This initiative by Illapa Culturas Andinas in Patabamba and Chinchero not only provides travelers with a unique cultural immersion but also supports local communities, promoting sustainable tourism and genuine cultural exchange.

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