The people who have learned to live in this hostile and beautiful high country have a rich cultural heritage that has long been the sourcebook for archaeologists. These are people with a great respect for nature, who live in harmony with the cosmos, and who have constructed communities built on solidarity and reciprocity. Cultures have existed for 10,000 years in the area. Traditional lifestyles in the outlying villages reflect the people's close connection with the earth.
A wonderful museum in the village captures the cultures of the Lican Antay, as well as the Twanaku and Inka people, in a collection amassed during the 20th century by the Belgian Jesuit priest, Father LePaige. We will show you archaeological sites such as the Pukara of Quitor and traditional adobe churches. Festivals and religious ceremonies occur throughout the year and reflect the continuity between then and now.
Crafts, textiles, and other folk arts are still practiced and can be found at the local market.