Located at a higher altitude than Cuzco, and reached on the high plains as you are crossing over into the Sacred Valley, this small town has a little of everything. An Inca archaeological site and a pretty colonial church provide a great feel for life in the past, but the real draw in town are the weavers. Chinchero is known for these artisans, and there are areas with dozens of women selling their work as they sit and weave more. Unlike many other places now, including Pisac, here you can buy directly from the artisan, often at better prices than when dealing with middlemen. On Sunday mornings, a traditional market draws people down from highland communities to sell and buy produce, meats, and other necessities.
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