Stepping up, stepping down in the Sacred Valley

Still acclimatizing for Machu Picchu, we spent the day exploring the so-called "Sacred Valley," so-called because according to our guide this is a recent name,¬†created¬†for touristic purposes. Nonetheless a lovely, extraordinary place and once the centre of the Inca Empire. First stop was Awana Kancha Living Museum of the Andes which features llamas and alpacas … Continue reading Stepping up, stepping down in the Sacred Valley

Peruvian textiles

Handmade textiles are a big part of Peruvian life. Alpacas and llamas provide the fibre which is often hand-dyed using traditional methods and is spun, woven, embroidered and knit into all kinds of products with both traditional and modern designs. Mummies are still clad in their 2,000-year-old shrouds and museums display some amazing examples of similarly-ancient … Continue reading Peruvian textiles