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El Carmen District

Chincha Alta, Peru
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Waste of time, don't bother. Cute plaza nothing more

I was so looking forward to visiting el Carmen but bitterly disappointed. Murals on the main road... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
via mobile

Briefly stopped by the plaza de armas, and bought some souvenirs on a recent trip. I wanted more... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2016
Meredith S
Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was so looking forward to visiting el Carmen but bitterly disappointed. Murals on the main road look inviting but when you get there there is nothing more than a cute sleepy and quiet plaza and church. We asked some locals for advice but they...More

Thank hobbit3111
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Briefly stopped by the plaza de armas, and bought some souvenirs on a recent trip. I wanted more time here to learn about the culture, because the history is so rich! (This is where freed slaves came and brought their traditions and foods all those...More

1  Thank Meredith S
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

Thank Jorge S
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...More

2  Thank Rik214
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.

Thank nicole j
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.

1  Thank EGinocchio
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...More

7  Thank Michelle L
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.

4  Thank payomiLima_Peru
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...More

4  Thank Sukurlie
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...More

14  Thank BillSmith510
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