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More than 3,000 tourists witness vicuña shearing in Ayacucho
July 11, 2011
Staging of the traditional chaccu at Pampa Galeras Barbara D'Achille National Reserve.
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<p><strong>Originally Published June 29, 2011</strong></p>rn<p>More than 3,000 domestic and foreign tourists witnessed the shearing of some 400 vicuñas, during the traditional chaccu, which took place at Pampa Galeras Barbara D’Achille National Reserve, located in the province of Lucanas, Ayacucho.<br />rn<br />rnEven though one of the main attractions was the exhibitions of flora and fauna species from this region at the on-site museum, the shearing ceremony was the most anticipated event.<br />rn<br />rnRoughly 1,600 vicuñas were caught, from which approximately 400 were sheared, for a production of almost 80 kilograms of vicuña fiber in just one day.<br />rn<br />rnThe Peruvian government oversees this activity held in different parts of the Lucanas farming community that is carried out according to the official production calendar. <br />rn<br />rnThe 19th edition of the traditional vicuña shearing, known as chaccu, and the 18th international vicuña festival took place frome June 22 to June 25 and was organized by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State, the Ministry of Culture, the regional government of Ayacucho and the municipality of Lucanas.</p>
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