Chinchero is a small, picturesque town located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) northwest of Cusco, Peru. Situated at an altitude of around 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level, Chinchero is often referred to as the "Land of the Rainbow" because of the frequent appearance of rainbows in the area due to its geographical and atmospheric conditions.


Chinchero is a culturally rich town with a strong connection to the Inca civilization, as well as to the contemporary Andean culture. The town is known for its well-preserved Inca ruins, terraces, and an impressive colonial-era church, the Church of Our Lady of Monserrat, built on an Inca palace's foundations. The church is adorned with beautiful frescoes and artwork that combine indigenous and Catholic elements.

The town is also renowned for its vibrant traditional market, where local artisans sell handmade textiles, pottery, and other crafts. Chinchero is particularly famous for its high-quality, handwoven textiles made from alpaca and llama wool, which showcase intricate patterns and traditional Andean motifs. Visitors can observe the traditional weaving process and learn about the ancient techniques that are still in use today.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Chinchero offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean mountains, valleys, and agricultural terraces. The town is often included as a stop on tours of the Sacred Valley, along with other significant sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray.

Chinchero, the Land of the Rainbow, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the living history and culture of the Andean region, while enjoying the breathtaking landscapes and the warm hospitality of the local people.