We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Carmen District

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Chincha Alta, Peru
Website
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 54 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great food

You have to try sopa seca y mancha pecho the principal dish of the local cuisine. The typical restaurants are country type but very nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2014
EGinocchio
,
Lima, Peru
Add Photo Write a Review

54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

On the way from Paracas to Lima, this place is totally different from the rest of Peru, with Afro-Peruvian culture. Nice square , relax atmosphere, best food at Afrika Restaurant on the square, gentle people. Do not miss if you are in the area.

Helpful?
Thank nicole j
Lima, Peru
Level Contributor
26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

You have to try sopa seca y mancha pecho the principal dish of the local cuisine. The typical restaurants are country type but very nice.

Helpful?
1 Thank EGinocchio
Lima, Peru
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I headed to El Carmen (with a combi, not a taxi, from Chincha Alta - simply S/6 or less) with no plans, but simply the intention to understand the Afro - Peruvian culture, much of which - music, dance, and food is hardly catalogued online or in any touristic institution in Lima, in spite of its heavy influence on Peruvian... More 

Helpful?
6 Thank Michelle L
Lima, Peru
Level Contributor
33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

The black people from Peru live here and Amador Ballumbrosio was an important musician for afroamerican music. His sons are also famous musicians in Europe as well.

Helpful?
3 Thank payomiLima_Peru
Bucharest, Romania
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

El Carmen is a hidden gem. Few foreigners know about this town that is known as the soul of Afro-Peruvian music. They have beautiful people and lively traditional festivals within a 2 hour car ride from Lima. Definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately, the lodging is very lacking.

Helpful?
3 Thank Sukurlie
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

I've been visiting the District of El Carmen in Chincha, Perú almost annually since 2005 to immerse myself in the Spanish language and to explore the black cultural experience. I stayed with a prominent family of the late, great maestro, Amador Ballumbrosio, master of Afro-Peruvian music and dance. Today, his adult children are carrying on his legacy. Inside the Ballumbrosio... More 

Helpful?
12 Thank BillSmith510

Travelers who viewed El Carmen District also viewed

Chincha Alta, Ica Region
Chincha Alta, Ica Region
 
Paracas, Ica Region
Ica, Ica Region
 

Been to El Carmen District? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from El Carmen District staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?