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The Capital of Traditional Weaving

Karen leads a weaving demonstration in Chinchero.

Chinchero is most famous for highly skilled weavers and the way they make fine textiles using natural fibers and dyes. A visit to Chinchero invariably includes a weaving demonstration. These are fascinating and well worth your time. Knitters will especially love Chinchero.

Erlinda demonstrates spinning yarn in Chinchero.

There is also a famous church built on top of Inca ruins. On weekend mornings, the market near the church has a wide variety of food and artisanal products. Walk through the ruins and down to the stream to find a trail that leads to Poc Poc Waterfall.

Chinchero Traditional Textile Center

The best place to buy weavings and to see a weaving demonstration is the non-profit Traditional Textile Center of Cusco. The main location is in Chinchero and a second location is in Cusco on Avenida del Sol.

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The Sacred Valley & Around

Sacred Valley In-A-Day 1

The Sacred Valley & Textiles

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper