Textile community located at 3,800 above sea level at the road connecting Cusco to the Urubamba valley. Their textile work is one of the best in the region. There is also a huge archaeological site that includes walls, squares and terraces near the Chinchero church, a temple made of stone and adobe, rich in murals and paintings from the Cusco School. The church plaza has ten trapezoidal niches. On Sundays there is a community fair or market that gathers lots of communities and artisans.
Location: about 30 kilometers from Cusco.
Entrance: the cost is 40 soles and can be purchased at the site. It is also included in the Boleto Turístico, which is a ticket that includes several sites and costs around 130 soles.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday, from 7:30 am to 6 pm
Recommendations: near Chinchero you can have a picnic or kayaking adventure at the Piuray Lagoon.
Text & Photos by Iñigo Maneiro.