Indiana Jones and the Trail to Parobamba

Indiana Jones

The Trail to Parobamba

The Trail to Parobamba

I feel like the lovechild of Indiana Jones and a reclusive South American botanist, sweet mountain wind whipping my hair and gravel flying as I clutch the back of master weaver Daniel Sonqo’s moto…

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16.07.14

Threads of Peru

Threads of Peru’s mission is to connect indigenous weavers to a global economy, allowing them to continue with traditional practices and lifestyles while earning sustainable incomes at fair trade prices. They’re a non-profit seeking to support Andean communities through increased knowledge available to them, as well as educating the world about Andean peoples and traditions.

Interviewing weavers from Chaullacocha.

Field work in a…

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14.07.14

The Bad Luck Broke Travelers Club Learns to Weave

Learning to Weave

Making the magic happen!

Making the magic happen!

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09.07.14

The Day the Weavers Stole My Heart

The Day the Weavers Stole My Heart

The Andes are incredible.

The Andes are incredible.

From an anthropological perspective, it is amazing to see how Peruvians mesh cultural tradition with modern technology. They are suspended between the old and the new, clinging to ancient practices while adapting to a rapidly globalizing world. Cusco, despite being a culturally and historically rich world heritage site, has become somewhat of a waypoint for tourists on…

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08.07.14
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Cusco, cradled between mountain peaks and blanketed in misty light. No wonder the Inca made this place the center of their expansive empire.

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Cusco, cradled between mountain peaks and blanketed in misty light. No wonder the Inca made this place the center of their expansive empire.

06.07.14

Life begins after coffee.

Buenos Dias, Cusco

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Unfortunately, I’ve come down with a  pretty nasty cold, so there won’t be much exploring going on this weekend… but hopefully next weekend I’ll be able to go up to the villages!

From Cusco with love xx

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28.06.14

Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun

Inti Raymi

intiraymi-panoramaInti Raymi, the Incan Festival of the Sun on Winter Solstice. The festivities begin at Qorikancha around sunrise when the Incan king calls for the sun’s blessings, then everyone travels through Plaza de Armas all the way up to Sacsayhuaman, the ancient Incan ruins above the hills of Cusco.

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26.06.14

Qorikancha

Qoricancha

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Qorikancha was the main sun temple of the Incan empire, which was centered in Cusco. In Quechua it means “golden enclosure,” due to all the gold and riches inside. After the Spanish conquest in 1532, Qorikancha was donated to the Dominican order and became the Convento de Santo Domingo, the first Dominican convent in Peru. You can see the original Incan walls with perfectly cut and fitted stones…

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25.06.14

Fireworks and Fiestas

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I spent the night watching fireworks over the Plaza de Armas and listening to some jazz bands with Enivander and my new Brazilian friends :) There was a huge festival in the Plaza, I think it’s an extension of Corpus Christi. Next week is the celebration for Inti Raymi, the Incan festival of the sun! It seems like there’s a fiesta every other day…

From Cusco with love xx

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21.06.14

San Blas

View from San Blas

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Yesterday I hiked up to San Blas, one of the neighborhoods that extends into the mountains. It was well worth the hundreds of stairs! I found a cafe with an open balcony and the most amazing views, so I stayed for a coffee. While I was sitting there, a Brazilian guy asked me to take a picture for him, then we started talking and agreed to meet up later to watch the fireworks. He introduced me to…

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21.06.14