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Chinchero: Birthplace of the Rainbow

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Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow.

All colors are made from certain natural elements, all naturally dyed alpaca fur made into yarn. 

Chinchero is a small Andean town located high up on the plains of Anta at 12,343 ft elevation (3762 m) about 30km from Cusco. Chinchero is known for its Sunday market and naturally dyed yarns and goods made by family communities in the village.

The "courtyard" you see pictured here is shared by 15 families and they make and sell everything from sweaters, textiles, Andean Silver jewelry, rugs, and it's home to a few llamas and guinea pigs.

This young girl spoke very good English and had a wicked sense of humor while telling us about the dying processes. Some of the color are fixed by using baby urine.

Jessica in-joying a warm cup of Muña tea (Andean Mint) as we all listen to the women explain the entire process of making yarn from Llama & alpaca wool and the dying process.

The color purple is made from maíz morado, or purple corn.  Since I have been in Peru, I have been in-joying Chicha Morada a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, cinnamon, clove, lime juice, and really fancy versions add pineapple juice.

Below, shades of green are made from Chilq’ua leaves, a weedy bush that literally grows everywhere in Peru. Used primarily to obtain a light green, can also be combined with the Mordant cupric sulfate to create a much darker green.

Cochinilla or Cochineal a parasite that lives on prickly tunas (or cactus) is used for carmine red dye.

Ok! So this blew me away, red my most favorite color of all or crimson color, deep red, and orange red are all made from a parasite that grows on cactus! Add lime juice and the color turns bright orangish red, add alkaline and it turns purplish red.

ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING!!!

The parasite called cochinilla or cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a bug parasite of plants belonging to the family Dactylopidae , whose host is the prickly tunas (Opuntia ). The bug is also known as cochineal carmine, cochineal, nocheztli and "Wheel of Death".

The cochineal is an insect that plays in the cactus leaves, and that an extract of natural red or crimson, which when mixed with acid (such as lemon juice) gives other shades of red is obtained, but the combined with alkaline changes to purple.

The stove where they boil water and create the mixtures for the dying process.

Another of our young hosts showing us how they make the textiles.

About a thousand different kinds of potatoes, grains, and maize.

Did you know there are over 2000 varieties of potatoes in Peru?

Guinea pigs are considered a delicacy food, specially prepared on Saturdays in Chinchero.

However on this day, we were served a brothy whole chicken soup with cassava root also known as tapioca, and chuño, a freeze-dried potato product traditionally made by Quechua communities of Peru.

With "spiked" tea, a tradition that I am very much enjoying while in Peru. smile...

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Sacsayhuamán : Mystic Places & the Mysteries of Life

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On the morning of September 11th, Jessica, Peter, and Estrella—the doggie, and I left early in the morning to be up with the sunrise at Sacsayhuamán : one of the world's greatest mysteries.  

The picture of me, a top a 75ft tall several thousand year old slide? Not sure how it was used in ancient times, but these days, children and playful tourists, like myself, crawl to the top, overlooking a beautiful view of the ancient stone walls all around, and slide down on ours butts and feel the childlike joy.

There are no other walls like these. They are different from Stonehenge, different from the Pyramids of the Egyptians and the Maya, different from any of the other ancient monolithic stone-works.

The Serpent, or “Amaru”. The Serpent due to its nature is in contact with the soil, caves and inner or enclosed spaces, relates to our subconscious state of mind. The Andean Yachac, or Wise man, defined the realm or kingdom represented by the Serpent as Ucku Pacha.

I did a couple of Sun salutations in the dewy grass, saluting the mountains surrounding us covered in fog. Later, Jessica and I sent out three prayers from the center of the stone circle. A beautiful way to honor and start the day.

If you'd like to join me on this year's pilgrimage to Peru, please check out the details of the itinerary (click the button below) and let me know you're interested.

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Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!