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Market Pisa or Chinchero

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Sedona, Arizona
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Market Pisa or Chinchero

Would you recommend Pisac or Chinchero on Sunday for the market- to buy goods, take pictures, and enjoy local culture? (To do both in one day doesn't seem to work- because if we did go to Pisac- we would probably stay and see the ruins that same day- and that makes the day full!)

Isn't it too much to do the Chinchero Sunday market in he am, then the Pisac market after that...and THEN the Pisac ruins?

Is the market in Chinchero on Tues or Thursday large enough to make a special trip there on those days?

Thank you!!

Sugar Land, Texas
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1. Re: Market Pisa or Chinchero

We visited Pisac (first the ruins - drive up, walk down, took about 2-3 hours -, then the market) on a tuesday. The market covers basically the whole small town and is touristy, but still pleasant.

The sunday after, we visited Chinchero, where the atmosphere was very different, much more authentic. Maybe because it was the local saint's festival, so there was a lot of music, dancing and chicha-drinking on the plaza right in front of the old church. We found that fascinating, and there were astonishingly few tourists around.

The Chinchero market is much smaller, more geared towards the locals, but there are some stalls selling local souvenirs.

I don't know if tuesday and/or thursday are also market days in Chinchero.

Lima, Peru
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2. Re: Market Pisa or Chinchero

Chinchero is only on Sundays, but you have to go to the market which is not in front of the church. You will find local handicraft as well as fruits and vegetables in a more authentic environment.

If you have a car with driver, you can do both in one day.

3. Re: Market Pisa or Chinchero

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