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Located 28 kilometers (17.4 mi) northwest of Cusco, the sleepy Andean town of Chinchero is one of the best places in the valley for Andean textiles and basic goods like hats, gloves, and shawls. With commanding sweeping views of the Salcantay and Vilcabamba mountain ranges, this traditional Andean village will captivate visitors with its natural beauty and cultural integrity. In the main square, which is dominated by a formidable Inca wall composed of huge stones and 10 trapezoidal niches, you’ll find the famous Chinchero market. Here you’ll be greeted by bustling artisan sellers, dressed in traditional clothing, eager to win your attention-and secure a purchase. The market is divided into two sections, one focusing on handicrafts and the other on produce. Even on Sunday, the busiest day, the Chinchero’s market seems more authentic than the Pisac market. For the best bargaining chances, visit the market on Tuesday or Thursday, when there are fewer crowds. If you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, you may want to check out Pisac market, which is bigger and more flamboyant. From Cusco, buses (45 mins, $1) leave when full from Avenida Grau (by Puente Grau).

Altitude: 3762m (12,343 ft) Phone code: 84


Other places nearby Chinchero: Urubamba, Cusco: South of the Plaza de Armas, Yucay, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Andahuaylillas and San Pedro, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail and Pisac.

27 Mar 2012

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I stayed with a family for two days in Chicheros. They taught me how to weave, I played with the kids and saw what life was like in small Andean town. They took me to their potato patch, too. The ...
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