by Rachel Chaikof
This is the third destination that I visited in the Sacred Valley last Sunday:
Perched several feet above sea level overlooking the beautiful sunset by the Andes Mountain, Chinchero is another fascinating village in the Sacred Valley. Streetlights shine on the town like sparkling golden jewels. There were rows of Peruvian vendors selling Peruvian specialties by the adobe church. The adobe church is actually built above the Inca foundations. Apparently, the Spanish conquistador, Pizarro, burned the village during the 16th century by cutting off his Spanish pursers’ supply lines. A few decades after the village being burnt, the adobe church was built along with establishing a plantation.
Besides visiting the church, I also visited a weaving site where I had the opportunity to see how Peruvians create magnificent weavings, such as scarves, tapestries, and sweaters. They showed us every step including how to create strings, dying the strings into different colors, and creating different illustrations on the weaving. What amazed me the most is that people can create dyes simply from nature, such as leaves, flowers, and soil!