We headed south along the coast in the fog. It’s not particularly attractive, as it’s in the Atacama desert, a 600-mile strip of desert along the coast of Peru and Chile, but people still pay a lot of money for a vacation spot along the coast.
We stopped at a town called Chincha where black slaves settled earlier in history. The town specializes in basketry and these immense figures made of a sturdy tall grass standing in the main square.
The wooden drum called the Cajon originated here in Chincha. I saw a drummer playing one at the Whistlestock festival the day before coming to Peru.
These fibers are dyed with the same colors used in India for Diwali, the festival of colors.