Chincheros Travel Guide

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Chincheros Things to Do

  • Shop till you drop!

    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!!!

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  • Take a look around!

    You can walk around the square and the locals are waiting for you to pass by with their crafts for sale. There is views over the surrounding mountains, views on the Inca religious site and take a peek on the surrounding streets.

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  • amazing maize

    Their corn has giant kernels! But don't expect them to taste like the juicy sweat corn that we're used to. They tasted a little bit dry, chewy and starchy. Somtimes they also give you a slice of cheese and some sauce with it.

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  • small roadside market on way to...

    Our first experience with local market. The local offered us complimentary papas con queso to showed their hospitality.

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  • White washed housed

    There is a church and a small museum with white-washed walls and red tiled roofs. I like the insde of the church. It was dark inside and photo was not allowed.

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  • The Musician and his ware

    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.

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  • the market

    We didn't go on the market day, but some of the vendors were there. It was more intimate than Pisac.

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  • Picture with llama

    You'll have chances elsewhere also, but this is our first opportunity to take picture with the llama. This one was not very cooperative, but we managed to take a few good picture. We gave the woman s/2 for the photo-op.

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  • The market, of course... Le marche bien...

    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...

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Chincheros Transportation

  • Road condition to Chinchero

    The road condition is very good from Cusco to Chinchero. For the Sunday we went there, besides beautiful landscape, local people, occassionally cars/tour buses, bikes(!), there was hardly any traffic at all.

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  • Buses

    Most tourists come to this town for its Sunday market, and most of the tourists coming to town by tourist buses (seen in the background, outside of the wall of the market place). One can also hire a taxi from Cusco to get here.Others may inform you how to take a bus from Cusco.

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  • Getting there and around

    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.

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Chincheros Shopping

  • Buying from the children

    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...

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  • Felicitas' Small Shop at Chincheros

    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...

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  • Andean music instrument - flute

    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.

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Chincheros Local Customs

  • Local 'professional' photo model

    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...

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  • Typical local woman

    Women in Cusco area always carry a big belt behind them, what inside sometimes hard to tell, being them either babies, young children or stuff.Local people are very deligent, they constantly making yarns with their never-leave-hand spool.More later

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Chincheros Tourist Traps

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    indians and tourist

    by cbeaujean Written May 17, 2003

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    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!

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Chincheros Off The Beaten Path

  • Las Salinas de Maras

    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.

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  • have a look,not very far from main...

    you'll find here and there,remains of inca traditional walls with typically well built and set lumps.

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Chincheros Favorites

  • Calla lillies

    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.

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  • Sunday Market atmosphere

    One has to experience the market atmosphere-regardless you would buy anything. You simply cannot miss the striking colors, the vibrance of local life.More later.

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  • at 3762m high,lost in a cirque of...

    and overlooking the sacred valley of the incas a village which succeeds in keeping its soul....and way of life prehispanic as exchanges in kind....

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