Andean woman weaves rug, Cordillera Urubamba, Peru, South America.
On a hand loom, an Andean woman weaves for a month on a rug which she sells for just $35 US. Her village is too far in the mountains for government to extend electric lines. She wears a felt hat and subsists on raising alpacas much as did her Inca ancesters. The moderately strenuous trek from Lares to Patacancha (near Ollantaytambo) traverses rugged, little-visited country in the Cordillera Urubamba across passes at 13,800 and 14,200 feet elevation. A five hour bus ride from Cuzco reaches Lares, where you can soak in developed hot spring pools. Llamas and horses carried our loads for two nights of camping at 12,500 feet elevation.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download