Visitors to Machu Picchu inevitably transfer between Cuzco and the Rio Sagrado to access the archaeological site. It’s easy to build in a short visit to the small Awanacancha Textile center en-route. The friendly women there will demonstrate the weaving and dyeing process, showing you the local plants they use to create the characteristic and colorful clothing of Peru. Afterwards, you can mingle among and even feed all kinds of “camelidae”. Check out the resident llamas, the vicunas, and the alpacas who so graciously lend their wool to the local weavers. These unusual-looking beasts are quite gentle and will happily munch on grasses from your hands. An unusual rest stop!