Live Virtual Tour: Creating Inca Textiles in Chinchero, Peru with Michael Gamarra

Live Virtual Tour: Creating Inca Textiles in Chinchero, Peru with Michael Gamarra


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Join a local Peruvian expert, live from the mountains of the Andes, on this special live virtual tour of the picturesque Chinchero, Peru about 12,500ft (3,800m) above sea level. In this local artisan community, close to the ancient Inca capital of Cuzco, people still live according to the Inca traditions and way of life passed down from generation to generation. It is controversially also this small village where the new international airport is planned to be built in the next few years so that travelers wanting to visit Machu Picchu can skip going through Lima. 

Broadcasting live, together we will visit the last remaining traditional Inca village in Peru to see its surviving Inca living culture that is being threatened by the construction of an international airport. We'll get a live demonstration from the skillful ladies in the local community of how they make traditional Peruvian textiles by hand - from the natural dyeing of the Alpaca wool to the traditional weaving patterns passed down from generation to generation.

Traditional Peruvian textiles are vibrant in color and to this day made by hand by the skillful ladies in the community. They will give a demonstration of every step of the traditional textile making process, from cleaning and dyeing alpaca and sheep wool using only natural ingredients to the traditional Inca techniques and fine handwoven patterns. Participants will surely be amazed at the skill, dedication, and hard work going into the creation of these textiles. Opinions are divided, but we can decide for ourselves after our virtual visit if the planned construction of the international airport in this area is a good idea. 

Led by a professional guide with over 20 years of experience and a degree in both tourism and archaeology, Michael Lazo Gamarra, this Conversation will be a live virtual tour of the welcoming local community of Chinchero. Participants will see interactively how these local artisans make traditional Peruvian textiles by hand including the natural dyeing process and still live according to the Inca traditions. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will emerge with a better understanding of the rich Inca history and traditional living culture still surviving today in Chinchero, Peru.

Born and raised in Cuzco, Peru, Michael Lazo Gamarra has been working in tourism since 2003 and has been a professional hiker since 2007. As an officially licensed Tour Guide for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, he has hiked the Inca Trail more than 500 times and leads private and group tours in Peru and across South America. He received his degrees in Tourism and Archaeology from the Universidad Andina del Cusco in 2001. Extremely passionate about his culture and his country’s history, he is fascinated by the Inca philosophy and enjoys traveling, hiking, and meeting people from different backgrounds. He loves questions, especially difficult ones, so come prepared.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Textiles, Community, Culture—and More

This was an extraordinary and intimate experience with Michael and an extended family who warmly welcomed us into their home and textile workshop. It was a true privilege to spend some time with this joyful, creative, and industrious family. And I learned a great deal not only about the production of traditional Peruvian textiles, but also about contemporary community and culture in this village. Not to be missed if repeated.

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This was an extraordinary and intimate experience with Michael and an extended family who warmly welcomed us into their home and textile workshop. It was a true privilege to spend some time with this joyful, creative, and industrious family. And I learned a great deal not only about the production of traditional Peruvian textiles, but also about contemporary community and culture in this village. Not to be missed if repeated.