Chinchero is a city in the Southern Sierras of Peru.
Chinchero is one of the few towns in the region that is higher than Cusco (it's located at 12,500 feet) and so make sure you are acclimated before walking around.
Many buses pass through Chinchero on their way to either Urubamba or Cusco. The ride should cost about S/3 either way.
A boleto turistico is required for access to some of the sights in and around Cuzco. It can be bought at the Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC), Av Sol 103, Cuzco, ☎ +51 84 227037.
There are three different kind of tickets:
- A full ticket (valid for ten days and for all sites) for PEN130;
- A student ticket (ISIC sudentcard required as proof) for PEN70;
- A partial ticket (only valid for one day and a limited number of sites)
Tickets give access to the following sites in Cuzco: Santa Cataline Monastery,
Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo Historico Regional, Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, Museo de Arte Popular, Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folklórico
and Monumento Pachacuteq.
They also allow access to other sites around Cuzco: Sacsayhuamán, Qénqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Tipon and Pikillacta.
The ruins at Chinchero consist of a series of nested terraces rising up to a plateau upon which sits a church built in the early 1600's.
There are several hikes that can be done from Chinchero. If you walk through the ruins, down into the valley, and follow the path along a riverbed, you will eventually emerge, after a few hours, at a small town (name forgotten) where there are frequent combis to Urubamba. The path goes along the side of a verdant steep-sided valley offering beautiful views.