The children are everywhere, usually mingling with the group as the guide talks about the Inca site. Then if you show interest to them, and to what they have to sell, they will be after you until you buy... So if you want no hassles, as harsh as it sounds, pay no attention to them. And if they ask why you are not buying, give a very good reason. I mentioned I didn't have change, and all of a sudden, this little girl that might have been 8 said she had change for a 100... The kids here speak English, French and Spanish and I bet they could also speak German. (They learn the key phrases to seal the deal.
What to buy: Crafts of all sorts are sold here, and it's about the same than in Cusco, So which one are you going to support, that is the question... Blankets, purses, finger puppets, chess boards, jewelry, coin purses, t-shirts.
What to pay: Barter barter barter. You can also ask to take a picture as part of the deal.
Felicitas small shop is right off the plaza near the staircase leading to the church. She has a working loom in the doorway. On the walls are many beautiful fabrics and wall hangings. There are rugs, table clothes, sweaters all in beautiful colors. Felicitas is the owner and is just a very very special lady.
I have been to her store many times over the years and she has always provided good materials at decent prices
What to buy: The blankets, the table clothes, the rugs, the gloves, and any of the items in the shop are real special and deserve a good look.
What to pay: Felicitas prices are comparable to most in the market square and her quality of item is always better.
At the very begining, when I first spotted these bueautiful weaving pieces, I thought they would be good for frame them and hang on the walls. Only was told later, obviously to everyone else but me, they are place mats.
They are wool with very interesting designs, usually Andea motifs, Inca themes, geometric designs, abstract animals etc.
The one at the lower middle has two braids at the women's back, adding a bit of 3-D flavor.
The workmanship of the dolls are fine and to the detail. The tiniest doll (5 soles- US$1.50! - from aforementioned woman) has outerskirt, and under-skirt, and this doll is the only one with sandals on!
All dolls carry a baby at back, sometimes even one or two also in front.
Sometimes it is heavy-heart feeling to see such fine work sells at an unbelievable price.
Fabric made in the area are very colorful, striking colors as seen in the photo. Although not the most commonly bought souvenir to tourists, they could be used for any purpose, use your imagination and creativity!
The two pair of adult-size wool gloves I bought from Chinchero Sunday Market from lady in previous photo. I am not a good bargainer, but the gloves ended up 15 soles for 2 pairs (total of less than US$3).
The small weaving piece usually ask for 20 soles. It is about 15-20 inches on either side.
Behind this women, are beautifully designed weaving pieces.
This lady was one of my 'professional' photo models, instead of paying her, I ended up buying two pair of wool gloves. Since I did not have the exact change, she sold me a small doll as a change.
Just look at the things surrounded ladies: brilliant color fabrics, ceramic vases, weaving pieces etc.
These women sitting on the road side, a look out place on the way to Chinchero.
Tourbuses stop here for a pre-shopping before reaching Chinchero Sunday market.
For those of you who love folk music instrument, you can buy them here.
I like the shoal this man wears, of course, I paid for the photo, so he is also on my local 'professional model' list.