The women and men of the high Andean communities have specialized as llama and alpaca herders and traders for centuries, transporting foods and goods between the mountain and the valleys in the rainforests of Cusco.
They have also developed a beautiful tradition of textile crafts , using expert techniques, with deep symbolic significance.
Currently, these traditional activities are at risk of disappearing, due to the introduction of new forms of transport and trade, as well as continued migration to cities, and introduction of new technologies. Therefore, at Andean Lodges , we work under the guidelines of sustainable, inclusive and fair tourism with the local communities and their natural resources, preserving the natural and cultural heritage of those communities, and offering the local people opportunities for sustainable development that is in harmony with their traditional ways of life.
By traveling with us, you help us meet these goals, contributing to the pride of the future generations in their culture and identity, and to maintaining their living practices and ancestral knowledge.
Llama and alpaca herding
For centuries, the use of Andean camelids as a mode of transport has been traditional in the communities surrounding Ausangate. However, because of migration to cities and introduction of new modes of transportation, this activity has diminished considerably, and runs the risk of disappearing.
The joint work of the members of these communities and Andean Lodges has allowed for the renewal and rescue of this livelihood, by utilizing llama caravans for transporting baggage and equipment on our treks, making the journey easier and more comfortable for our travelers, and offering work opportunities to those who have carried out this labor for generations.
Andean textile crafts
The weavers of Chillca and Osefina have inherited an ancient and rich textile tradition of advanced techniques, unique for its deeply symbolic designs and captivating colors, obtained from natural dyes using plants, herbs and minerals from the area.
In the past few decades the practice of textile weaving has diminished , resulting in a gradual loss of this knowledge. At Andean Lodges, we work to recover those skills, and we offer you the opportunity to experience them directly from the weavers, who share their knowledge, techniques and the history behind each weaving with our travelers.
You’ll also be able to acquire unique handmade weavings from these talented artists, thus contributing to the development, preservation and sustainability of our Andean textile arts.