Chinchero, Peru
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Discover the rich traditions of Andean culture, food and weaving during this full-day excursion to the village of Chinchero and the surrounding area. Learn about the art of Andean textiles at the Kantu Interpretation Center, and enjoy some local hospitality in the village of Ocutuan. You’ll finish the day back at the center for an introductory weaving class, lunch, and shopping in the city center.
  • Explore Andean culture during a visit to a local village and to the Kantu Weaving Center
  • Learn the traditions of Andean textile design and weaving during an introductory class
  • Visit the community of Ocutuan to sample native Andean species of potatoes
  • Chew on coca leaves and drink 'chicha de jora' with your hosts
  • Shop for one-of-a-kind textiles and artisan crafts in Chinchero's city center
  • Includes a typical three-course Andean lunch
Get picked up in the morning from your accommodations in Cusco, traveling for 40 minutes through the Andean countryside to the town of Chinchero, where you’ll head to the Kantu Interpretation Center.
Enjoy some hospitality from the center’s resident weavers, including a welcome cup of tea made with herbs, coca, or muña (a special Peruvian herb). You’ll then depart for an excursion to the nearby village of Ocutuan, located along the shore of Lake Piuray Lake.
A group of local host families will greet you upon arrival, celebrating your new friendship with the traditional chewing of coca leaves and by consuming “chica de jora,” a typical drink consumed by the village ancestors. You’ll get to sample several native species of potato like the “Mashua” (Tropaeolum tuberosum), and the “Oca” (Oxalis tuberosa) plus some Fava Beans, a local favorite. Then learn about typical Andean traditions like the breeding and cultivation of guinea pigs.
Around midday you’ll return to the Kantu Interpretation Center, where you’ll sit down for an included Andean lunch featuring an entrée, soup, and drink. Following lunch, learn more about Andean weaving traditions, following the entire textile production process from the collection of alpaca or sheep wool to the wool spinning, dying, and hand-weaving process.
Finish the day by exploring some of the merchant stands set up in Chinchero, allowing you the opportunity to purchase crafts and textiles produced by the local artisans. You’ll then receive a ride back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
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