November 21st, 2010


Visit to a farm near Cusco

On our first day in Cusco; while still attempting to adjust to the altitude (11,200 feet) we went on a bus trip into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. One of the things we did was to visit a farm near Cusco where they had alpacas, vicuñas, and llamas. They sheared them, spun and died the resulting wool and native weavers were there as well. Even in this rural setting the light bulbs were CFLs; energy conservation is big in Peru. They explained about the dying process and we got to feel all the lovely wool they had hanging there. The camelids were mostly just grazing around but there was a bit of activity as seen in this amusing scene (~45 secs):

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In addition to all the woolwork there were other things as this: