This small Andean village is located 30 km. northwest of Cusco in the province of Urubamba, at 3,762 mt. overlooking the snow capes of Veronica, Salkantay and Soray. The town mainly contains mud brick houses, and the constructions still remain like in ancient times. Conde travel has a full day biking excursion for this area.
Historians say that Chinchero was founded by the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, probably as a resting place. In the area it is possible to see platforms, irrigation systems, terraces and big stone walls in form of trapezoidal niches.
In the main square you can find the adobe(a combination of sand, clay, water and straw) colonial church of Montserrat, which has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. The church is open on Sundays for mass.
A 30 min. walk from the village leads you to Piuri Lake surrounded by small picturesque communities.
The sunday market, allows travelers to see the native people in their colorful costumes. Originally the market held to exchange goods and nowadays it’s possible to see the women wearing skirts and vests, black with red and green decorations. The men wear wool ponchos, trousers of cotton and colorful chullos. Walking and dancing on bear feet or typical sandals of rubber.
These people have great skills to make beautiful textiles. The garments are made with sheep and alpaca wool, they use plants to give color to all their products.
Chinchero is an ideal place to learn the techniques of spinning, dyeing and weaving.
Another great experience is to taste the local gastronomy like Stuffed Chili, guinea pig pepian, olluco with meat, cheese kapiches, chuñocola, kapchi and Iawa.