The destinations we visit are perfect for the practicing artist: sketch, paint, photograph or jot notes in your journal as you explore the multiple layers of diverse culture and beautiful scenery in the various communities. Ecuador and Peru are enriched by a diversity of peoples, many still following in the traditional lifestyles and dress of their indigenous heritage.
Luz Maria spinning sheep wool as all girls used to do.
Model in the Ortega Hat Making Factory modeling the traditional weaving – that is done in homes. Hats are brought to the factory to be accepted – one by one – for dying, molding and finally selling.
Woman in Cuenca wearing a blue felt hat and traditional full skirt with lace border.
Miguel carding the wool in his new weaving studio. His family no longer work all day at this, but now come here on weekends to continue the tradition of back strap weaving.