The Sacred Valley of the Incas is a valley in the Southern Sierra in Peru that contains many famous and beautiful Inca ruins. It was called the Sacred Valley because it contains some of the best land in the region and was not a part of the Empire but the property of the Emperor or Inca himself. We got to do what few visitors to Cusco ever do – go out and really see and interact with the locals in this region. After a short introduction in the community center of the village, we were off to the fields to get dirty and learn about the village.
The kids go everywhere with them like a kangaroo and a pouch.
Quechuas uses natural dyes to color wool and alpaca fiber. The fiber is dyed by artisans using recipes that have been passed down through many generations. Cochineal is the most commonly used substance for the production of red dye. It is a scale insect (a relative of the aphid) found on the prickly pear cactus, which is common to the Sacred Valley.