We are back from Machu Picchu and have made it to our final destination of our trip: Cusco. Cusco was the capital of the Incan Empire, and served as both the religious and political center. Throughout the city, we’ve seen amazing examples of Inca architecture, overlaid in many cases by Spanish colonial buildings and structures.
On our way to Cusco, we stopped by the Center for Traditional Textiles in Chinchero.
We began by learning about the process in which alpaca wool is dyed with various natural plants and bugs and subsequently spun into yarn.
After, we wove our own bracelets, the first practice that young weavers complete. Then we had a delicious lunch prepared by one of the Chinchero women, consisting of many types of food including guinea pig and tortillas.