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Address: Chincha Alta, Peru
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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 bubblesReviewed 7 July 2014
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Lima, Peru
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

If you want to buy some Chincha stuff, some handicraft this is the place, all it in the Grocio Prado main square

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

El Carmen is worth visiting because it is the center of Zapateo, an Afro-Andino music-dance genre. This is cotton and sugar cane country, so the "hacienda" plantations imported lots of African slaves, who were of course treated brutally. Among other things, drums were banned. Zapateo uses feet for percusion (and violin, brought from the Andes by indigenous workers) for melody.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 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.

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 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.

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1 Thank EGinocchio
Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 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 

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Lima, Peru
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 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 

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