Like in any touristy site, the locals are present to sell you everything you ever wanted: Jewellery, weaved articles, clothing, pottery and everything in between. Bartering is the rule and approach them only if interested, otherwise they will be after you even from your bus seat!!!more
There was amusician there selling flutes and pan pipes. He can drum up his El Condor Pasa. He offered me to put pn his costume also, I regret passing up the opportunity. But his marketing skill is as good as his musicianship, we ended up buying this instrument and a pan pipe from him.more
The "boleto turistico" allows you to visit the church, but it's Chinchero's market that you have to come to visit, actually. A very typical one...Le "boleto turistico" vous permet de visiter l'eglise, mais c'est le marche que vous etes en realite venu voir... Il est des plus typiques...more
There is really no need to take a taxi or a tour to Chincheros. There are plenty of buses making the routes to and from Cusco or Urubamba several times per day. Just flag one down and expect to pay under $1 USD per hour. The ride from Cusco to Chincheros takes under 1 hour.more
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...more
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...more
This boy is among those local 'professional' photo models, that means, you should politely ask him if you coudl take a photo of him (if you do speak Spanish or even their village language) and then pay, usually 1 sole per photo. He will never forget to remind you 'tip' in Spanish if you did not pay. Many people suggested not to pay the children...more
more and more tourists,even whole coaches,giving an impression of invasion!
sometimes....more tourists than indians!
Unique Suggestions: go and visit rather early....be the first!
You're not far away from the Salinas de Maras, when you are in Chinchero... It would be a shame to miss them. Ask a cab to bring you there.Vous n'etes pas tres loin des Salinas de Maras, quand vuos vous trouvez a Chinchero. Ce serait dommage de les louper. Demandez a un taxi de vous y emmener.more
Calla lillies are expensive in USA, from flower stores, about $5 per stem where I live. However, in Cusco area, you can see calla lillies growing happily around adobe houses in the beautiful countryside. This girl is selling them in the Sunday market, not just for tourists but for locals. I do not know the price.more