This ornate mountain town sits atop a hillcrest at 3360m, surrounded by fertile hills and with guest appearances by the occasional snowcapped Cordillera peak. The charismatic main plaza is dominated by a brilliant church built by a religious nonprofit Italian aid organization, Don Bosco, based in Marcará and established by the pioneering Father Ugo de Censi, a priest of the Salesian order. As a result, the town has a strong Italian influence; since 2016, it has even had its own Italian consulate.
Chacas' architecture is very distinctive, its white-walled houses adorned with intricate wooden balconies and brightly colored doors and window shutters lovingly preserved by Don Bosco. Look out for the Andean women who sit meditatively spinning wool on every second corner. This is an excellent place to while away a few days enjoying what is possibly the most alluring small town in the Cordilleras.