The Quechua people of the Andean highlands predate the famous Inca empire and still hold a strong sense of identity, evident from their characteristic dress and the survival of their ancient language, Quechua. While the Quechua people differ depending on region and dialect, they are most predominantly found in Peru, particularly in the Sacred Valley. Quechua people are enticingly unique. Their textiles, made from natural dyes and often the wool of their trusty companion, the alpaca, are famous throughout the world for their quality and beauty. The Quechua have even been studied for their adaption to the high altitudes of the Andes, a lifestyle that has influenced their cuisine – corn, cuy (guinea pig), and Pachamanca, a traditional cooking method involving volcanic stones and an earthen pit used as an oven.
When you first visit Peru, you absolutely cannot miss out Machu Picchu. Our tour of the ancient sky city includes a meeting with Quechua weavers, where you’ll learn about their ancient textile traditions.