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Chinchero is a district in the Urubamba province, 30 Kms. (19 miles) away through the paved road, northwest from Cuzco, Peru. Its altitude is 3780 mts. (12400 feet), over a plateau that is cold during the early mornings and at night time. It was one of the most important Inca towns in the region, where even today it is possible to see vestiges of its great past. The meaning of its original name is lost; although, today tradition knows it as the "land of the rainbow" because over here the rainbow is frequently seen in the rainy season.

Its people are the most conservative of the Inca traditions, wearing picturesque clothing. Every Sunday they carry out the "catu", exchange fair of agricultural products, in which the use of the currency is discarded and everything is made in exchange. Also outstanding the textile crafts (crafts as well as local produce).

Archaeological locations, Inca palaces, "andenerķas" (terraces), and a great fortress in the place that they attributed the appearance of the rainbow.

The town, has a beautiful colonial church, with famous paintings of the Escuela Cusquena. Beautiful Andean landscapes surround the town, outstanding the beauty of the snowy mountains Chicon and Veronica of the Mountain Range of Urubamba.

 

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