The hats of the Colca

Posted 05/03/13 by & filed under Alive cultures, Blog.

In the Colca Valley can be found two nationalities clearly identified by their hats. The Collaguas, natives of origin Aymara, live in the high parts of the valley dedicated to raise camels and sheep, their hats are white decorated with colored sequins and made of a hard material.

Community of Sibayo

Posted 02/08/12 by & filed under Alive cultures, Blog.

Sibayo is one of the most beautiful villages in the Colca Valley. Located on the upper part of Colca Valley, about 3850 meters over sea level and 40 minutes away from Chivay. It is also known as Rumillacta, or stone village. This name was given due to the construction features of their homes. Made of… Read more »

At the foot of Ausangate

Posted 21/05/12 by & filed under Alive cultures, Blog.

Apu Ausangate, with it 6.372 meters is the highest mountain of Cusco and the most important in the andean world. It is the origin of the waters that irrigate the valleys below. In its plains and hillsides there are small herder communities of llamas and alpacas, such as Pacchanta. Pacchanta is located in the upper parts of Tinke and It can only be reached by a dirt road from which you can get beautiful views of the holy apu. Pacchanta has several families of weavers who use natural dyes, alpaca… Read more »

Working with Clay

Posted 03/05/12 by & filed under Alive cultures, Blog.

Although folk art in Cusco is recognized in its textiles; There are master craftsmen who perform very well on clay. Using Inca expressions and symbols into modern and utility designs. Many of these teachers provide workshops in the techniques of pottery. From the early stages of labor, use of natural dyes,  designs, the use of… Read more »

Patacancha, at Ollantaytambo´s heights.

Posted 27/04/12 by & filed under Alive cultures, Blog.

45 Minutes from Ollantaytambo is the community of Patacancha, after passing by the community of Huilloc. Both communities offer experiences of rural tourism and its members are mostly involved as porters on the Inca Trail. The inhabitants of Huilloc are known as ‘huayruros’ by the characteristic red poncho and that is associated with the seed… Read more »