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  • Day6

    Chinchero, Pérou

    December 10, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Début de la visite de la vallée sacrée des Incas 👍 Nous commençons par visiter Chinchero, petit village andin aux paysages magnifiques. La nature est d'un vert éclatant ! Avec notre groupe nous nous sommes arrêtés dans une petite ferme afin de comprendre le processus de fabrication du textile. Tout est naturel chez eux, pas de produits chimiques qui tuent notre nature à petit feu ! Après la tonte soit d'un lama soit d'un alpaga (beaucoup plus doux !), le poil est colorés grâce à des plantes, des roches ou à de petits insectes comme la cochenille , mit en bobine grâce à un coup de main ancestrale, puis tricoté afin de réaliser de beaux habits qui tiennent bien chaud.
    De plus, c'est la première fois qu'on a l'occasion de voir des alpagas, ces animaux sont sublimes, on dirait de grosses peluches 🦙
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  • Day4

    Chinchero, Vallée sacrée, Pérou

    May 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Les Incas étaient passionnés par l'astronomie. 

    Leurs constellations étaient différentes des nôtres. Elles étaient faites de nébuleuses et non d'étoiles. Elles avaient des noms comme le lama, le serpent...

    Ils observaient les éclipses en étudiant le reflet du soleil dans l'eau. Ils faisaient des grandes fêtes au moment des équinoxes et des solstices. 

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  • Day72

    Drago D26 Wild Andes Trek

    May 1, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    An early start our first stop was Saquesay Huaman (Pronounced near enough Sexywoman) a temple that sits high abobe Cusco. Pierro explained its likely meaning was sastisfied head, as Cusco was shaped like a Puma, the temple is placed where the head if the Puma would be. The site was used to study asrtonomy. It had stairs that aligned with the summer solstice, across from an alter with a llama shape in the wall. Gigantic stones formed its walls which must have taken hundreds of people to move. Most temples were built around natural stone formations, making them closer to Pacchamama.

    Next stop half an hour outside Cusco was Chinchero where we were first shown into a weaving demonstration. The girls in traditional dress showed us how they treated alpaca and llama wool and then dyed it using natural compunds found around the village. Tying the threads to a frame it could take them 4 months to create a table runner, the pattern they created all from memory. I bought a lovely alpaca wool scarf here and they enjoyed dressing us up for a photo!

    Continuing through the village we came to a temple. The temple itself was replaced by a church but its terraces still remained, and its thought it was used to experiment with plants, a massive Incan labaratory. Each terrace was 5 degrees temperature diffrence from the last. Here on the steps you could see old Inca symbols and swirls etched into rock.

    The church built by the spanish in the 16th century was covered in beautiful art. A virgin Mary was surrounded by mountains, a tribute to Pachamamma. On the way back to the bus we grabbed a local snack choclo con queso, corn on the cob with cheese which was delicious.

    We soon arrived in Zurite our room for the night in a homestay. Set within a quiet white courtyard we set our stuff in the dorms before sittting for lunch. It was a grand affair with three courses each as delicious as the last. The chef they revieled would be coming with us as we camped - amazing!

    Fuelled up we were dropped two hour away to see an area with four natural temples that people still use today from the offerings we saw there. A cave opening was the temple of Pachamama, a rock shaoed like a condor another. A altar perfectly cut from the stone was temple of the moon and a waterfall with a frog shaped rock by the water was the temple of fertility. Our warm up walk back was gentle through andean flat roads arriving back in Zurite in good time. Another amazing meal from the chef including a vegetable soup and pudding made from purple corn and a local cocktail of Macho Te (herbal tea and pisco- we had a looot of Pisco) we headed for bed before the big trek the next day.
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  • Day41

    Chinchero Inca textile town

    November 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    For today, we had booked a half day tour to Chinchero (Inca textile village), Moray (Inca agriculture laboratory) and Maras (salt fields). The tour cost is us /S 30 per person and began at 8:30 am. We had our breakfast at the hostel and arrived on time to catch our tour van.
    The 1st stop was at the village of Chinchero about 1.5 hrs from Cusco. This village is one of the very few that has retained the techniques of spinning and weaving clothes from the Inca times. They still use the same tools, colors and fibers and everything is done manually by hand with no machines.
    We stopped over at one of the artisan centers for the demonstration of the methodology.
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  • Day41

    Chinchero textile techniques

    November 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    At the artisan center, we got a demonstration of the full process that goes into the making of the textile.

    First, they use the root of a plant called Sakhta. This plant is also called the Inca shampoo since it was used on the hair as well to clean and to keep it black.
    The root is grated and then added to luke warm water. This mixture is then stirred to get a foam.

    Then the wool from the alpaca or the sheep is washed in this mixture.

    After the cleaning, the wool is spun into a yarn by a single spinning wheel.

    After this, comes the dyeing of the yarn with different colors. Only naturally available sources were used for the colors and the binding agents.
    Leaves of Chilka plant for green color plus copper sulphate from the volcanoes as the binding agent.
    Spanish moss for red color.
    Three corner plant twigs for blue color. This is a medicinal plant as well that can be uses for liver and kidney ailments.
    Chicha morada (purple corn) for purple color. Only the husk is used for the coloring. Kids' urine is used as the binding agent.
    Cochin, a white parasite on the cactus become maroon when crushed in the hand with a little water. With lime, the color becomes orange. This is used for tattoos and as a lip color.
    Koli flowers are used for the yellow color.

    Each has a separate binding agent and different quantity of water and different amount of time for heating, for preparing the dyes.
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  • Day41

    The weaving

    November 9, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    After preparing the dyes and dyeing the yarn, the next step is to weave. For this, a primitive form of a hand loom is used. Different patterns and icons that are relevant to the Inca like are woven into the cloth.
    After the weaving, the cloth is wahed and is ready to be used.
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  • Day42


    November 10, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We reached Ollantaytambo by 6:15 pm. It is a small town living totally on tourism. The train to Macchu Picchu starts from here. Its a collection of few narrow streets and street vendors selling local products. This was the scene of the last battle between the Incas and the Spanish.Read more

  • Day42


    November 10, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We arrived at Chinchero after the sunset at around 6:30 pm. It was again a stop at the textile shops in the village. Since we had already seen the process one day before, we didn't gain much in this stop. It was an exact repeat of the day before, even the jokes they were cracking were the same as in the other shop a day before.Read more

  • Day32


    December 24, 2018 in Peru ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Incan village known for textiles. The first 2 pics are of a textiles demonstration by local descendants of the Incas. Then a village street and some of the ruins uncovered.

    Finally is a picture taken between Chinchero and Maras of an archaeological site. You can see the Incan terraces for agriculture. The buildings to the left are granaries. The Inca understood well local microclimates, and located all facilities to rake advantage of the gifts Pachamama gave, including using clinate to optimize storage.Read more

  • Day11

    Women's Weaving Cooperative in Chinchero

    June 26, 2015 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    The Women's Weaving Cooperative in Chinchero has been around for forty years preserving the traditions of Andean women in Peru. Fellows received quite a chemistry lesson in dying wool and thread. Art meets science through weaving!Read more

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