One of the most engaging sights in Peru was my stop at the Chinchero Weaving Cooperative, in Chinchero. There were around 25 women of varying ages, most working on some type of loom. The lady who greeted us gave us a fascinating presentation that explained how these women create such stunning, intricate pieces. She explained how the alpaca and llama wool are turned into yarn, how the yarns are dyed, and how some of the looms operate. I later learned that Chinchero means “Village of the Rainbow,” a perfect name and quite befitting of my experience.
Colin Roohan traveled to Peru courtesy of PromPeru, Travcoa, and LAN as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. Hear more about Colin’s journey on the USTOA blog.