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Discovering the sacred valley of the Incas: Chinchero

Posted on : 07 April 2021

Discovering Chinchero

Chinchero is a traditional town in Cusco. It is located 28 kilometers from the city of Cusco. The first inhabitants of Chinchero were the Ayarmacas, who inhabited this territory until the arrival of the Incas. The Inca Túpac Inca Yupanqui established his residence in Chinchero and he ordered the construction of beautiful palaces for his personal use.

In 1536, the Inca Manco Capac started his legendary rebellion by setting fire to the town of Chinchero (where the Spanish kept their food supplies) so that the Spanish would stop pursuing him, as he retreated to Vilcabamba.

The Viceroy Toledo visited Cusco and ordered the construction of the current church that can be seen in the main square of the town. Later, during the revolution of Túpac Amaru II, the curaca of Chinchero, Mateo Pumacahua, rose up in favor of the King of Spain to fight the rebel. The triumph of Pumacahua was eternalized in a mural in which today a cougar appears defeating a snake (Amaru).

Currently, Chinchero is a town with tradition. In addition to the fact that in its streets and in its main square you can see the traditional weavers of Chinchero who use the ancestral techniques of the Incas to dye and weave their typical clothes. Besides that, there are loom workshops and souvenir shops where you can see and touch the traditional looms and threads of Chinchero.

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