Chinchero

Rainbow City

It is a district in the Urubamba province, 30 Kms. (19 miles) away through the paved road, northwest from Qosqo. Its altitude is 3780 mts. (12400 feet). It was one of the most important Inkan towns in the region, where even today it is possible to see vestiges of its great past. The meaning of its original name is lost; although, today tradition knows it as the “land of the rainbow” because over here the K’uychi (rainbow) is frequently seen in the rainy season. Alfonsina Barrionuevo, about the behavior of people in front of a rainbow says, “… It is not possible to watch the rainbow, they say superstitiously, without covering the mouth because it rots the teeth. Neither it is possible to point it with the finger because it undermines the bones. Maidens run away from it because if it catches them in the countryside, it has children with them”.

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