Pampa Galeras – Barbara D'Achille

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Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille
IUCN category II (national park)
Location Ayacucho, Peru
Area 65 km²[1]

Pampa Galeras – Barbara D’Achille is located in the Lucanas Province of the Ayacucho Region in Peru. Its main purpose is to protect the habitat of the vicuña.[1]

Chaku festival[edit]

Every June 24 at the Chaku festival (Quechua chaku hunt) hundreds of people trap the vicuñas with a big fence and a long rope. The vicuñas are driven into a corner where they can be sheared after the performance of a dance called Supaypa wasin tusuq (Quechua for "dancer of the devil's house", also known as danza de tijeras (Spanish for scissors dance)) and an Inca ceremony. The dance and the ceremony are probably performed as a pledge to the gods that the gods will agree with taking the crop. Vicuñas give the most precious wool.

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Coordinates: 14°41′35″S 74°22′08″W / 14.693°S 74.369°W / -14.693; -74.369