I just returned from Peru, a beautiful country that was home to the Inca culture.
Lima is the largest city in Peru, but Cuzco was the center of the world for the Incas, and remains the cultural capital of the country. Just north of Cuzco is a beautiful area known as the Sacred Valley. The Incas revered this land, recognizing that it is some of the most fertile land in the region.
Tucked in the foothills of the dramatic landscape in this Sacred Valley, is the Chinchero district. The people here are mainly indigenous people who speak Quechua, an ancient language that dates before the Incas. They believe the mountains and Pachamama (Mother Earth) are their protectors. Among the rich culture in this area, I found the inherited tradition of weaving.