The ecogreensustainableresponsible tourist? ~ Peru Adventure ~ Part I / by JD Andrews

Eco, Green, Sustainable, responsible, community-based ~ these are all the “newish” phrases in the travel industry but what does it mean???  On our recent trip to Peru, we found out…..

Eco, Green, Sustainable, responsible, community-based ~ these are all the “newish” phrases in the travel industry but what does it mean???  On our recent trip to Peru, we found out…..

There is a small village located about half way between Cusco and Pisac (Sacred Valley) called Ccaccacollo (pronounced kah-kah-koh-yo)

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home to the Planeterra Project, “Women’s Weaving Co-op.”

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This project focuses on supporting and promoting the traditional weaving arts in this small village, where most of the men work as Porters for tourists hiking the Inca Trail.

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The Women’s Weaving Co-op encourages the women of Ccaccacollo to continue spinning, dying, and weaving wool from Llamas and Alpacas as they have done for many generations – completely by hand using only natural materials and dyes.

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They also try to cultivate an interest in weaving among the girls of the village in order to retain and nurture this cultural tradition.

We had a unique opportunity to visit the village on two separate occasions.

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The first day, we were invited to the Children’s Christmas Party hosted by Planeterra.  The children of Ccaccacollo and surrounding towns are treated to hot chocolate, special bread, music, dancing, and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus as well as other guests (yep, even Barney was there).

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Our favorite part was definitely watching the precious children beaming with excitement and true joy as the Christmas Party activities commenced. 

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Our second visit provided more time to meet and observe the weavers and learn about the process of spinning, dying and weaving wool into amazing items such as hats, table linens, sweaters, dolls, and scarves.

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Here at Ccaccacollo the women weavers have an opportunity to sell their exquisite woven crafts and earn additional income to support their families and the community.

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Naturally, we left with a few purchased items that we are now enjoying at home – our daughter is especially fond of her Peruvian hat!

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Visiting Ccaccacollo infused our Peru experience with a little dose of heart and understanding.

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Safe Travels ~jd

“Live the adventure!”