we take a tour (part three, more yarn and bigot talk)




We ended the Sacred Valley tour with a presentation on the alpaca yarn-making process. Because of our time in Huancayo, we already had some idea on how it works. The young lady (left) gave a hilarious presentation full of wisecracks. At the end of it, she asked the tour group to buy some Alpaca goods (ostensibly) made in her village. A blond American tourist in her ’70s thought she would compliment the young girl by saying, “Oh my dear, how can I buy you instead?” Lady, it’s 2010. America doesn’t do that anymore!

A fitting way to end this particular tour where the tourists act like they are colonial-era landowners and Peruvians behave like the tourists are walking wallets. I certainly hope this is not indicative of how all tours can be.

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