The Chaccu, a Millenary Andean Tradition All About Fine Vicuña Wool

Every year, Peru carries out the chaccu, when vicuñas (wild relatives of the llama) are sheared for their wool. It happens in the final week of June at Pampa Galeras-Bárbara d'Achille Natural Reserve, in Ayacucho. This traditional hunt for the vicuna dates back to pre-Hispanic times.

With the cry of “¡Chacutay jayaycusa!” (Let's start chaccu!), followed by the answer “Chaccu!” this annual event starts.