People

The Survial Highway travel experience is also the experience of sharing and discovering the people living along it. These people, over the centuries, have responded to ecological and geographical conditions of the corridor, with their work in the fields, their childhood, their celebrations and religious traditions, their folk art.


In this sense, Survial is a human route, in which we can see weavers in Cusco or in the higher parts of Chalhuanca, desert potters who have inherited centuries of traditions from Nasca, farmers using ancient terraces like in Caraybamba or Andamarca, where they celebrate the Water Festival which attracts dozens of scissors dancers who will keep dancing day and night


Perhaps the greatest diversity of folk art and festivales is to be found in Cusco and some of which of much renown in Peru, such as the pilgrimages to the Lord of Huanca or the Qoyllurriti. Celebrations fusing ancient myths and beliefs with Christian religion, nature and food of each place, a cuisine, which in the case of Abancay, is inherited of Italian immigrants who settled in this department.


Nature, diverse as its people, determines production and organization systems, and, in the highland plateaus where small communities are scattered, dwellers are mostly shepherds herding sheeps and camelids, organizing chaccus where vicuñas are shorn for their precious wool . The valleys, however, are farmlands, like Curahuasi where flaxseed and anise are grown, the best in Peru, besides Andean maize and grains.