We went to visit a local animal charity, and had a great time there.
Native Peruvian Hairless Dog
What’s Spanish for “Pieces of eight”?
The mighty Condor. We will see these in the wild in Colca Canyon next week.
Macaw from the Peruvian Amazon- clearly a little off course in the Andes
Er… I forget
To raise funding, alpaca garments are made on the premises. The processes are interesting:
Freshly shorn Alpaca wool
Various natural products are then used to dye the wool. These include small parasites that feed on cacti.When squished, the parasite is a deep shade of purple. Incidentally this parasite is a major component in lipsticks that you buy in the Western world. Eughhhhh!
- The hand dyeing process
- Drying out, nearly the finished article
Almost the finished product. The most expensive garments are baby alpaca as they are much softer. Baby alpaca is less than 1 year of age.