Visit Peru from Your Couch: A Cusco Trip through “Wiñaypacha” on Netflix

Imagine having the opportunity to embark on a Cusco trip and marvel at its breathtaking views—all from the comfort of your own couch. Well, now you can with “Wiñaypacha,” a captivating Andean film streaming on Netflix. Directed by Oscar Catacora, this cinematic gem follows the lives of Willka and Phaxsi, an octogenarian Aymara-speaking couple, as they navigate the challenges of life in the remote Andean village of Q’eros, near Cusco, while experiencing the heartache of their long-absent son. Against the backdrop of stunning landscapes and vibrant traditions, “Wiñaypacha” also delves deep into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

This acclaimed film has received numerous awards, including:

  • Best First Feature Film at the 2018 Lima Latin American Film Festival
  • Best Debut Film and Best Cinematography at The Guadalajara Film Festival
  • Mayahuel for Best Cinematography in the category of Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film.

Additionally, it holds the distinction of being the first Peruvian film entirely recorded in the Aymara language, selected as Peru’s official entry for consideration in the Oscar and Goya Awards. However, amidst all the success, there’s a touch of sadness as director Oscar Catacora passed away in 2021 after the film’s release, leaving behind a lasting legacy through his remarkable work.

While “Wiñaypacha” primarily explores Aymara culture, it also offers glimpses of Quechua, another indigenous language spoken in the Andes. This linguistic diversity reflects the rich tapestry of cultures that make the Andes mountain region so unique. 

Also, in the film, we’re introduced to Q’eros, an indigenous Quechua-speaking community nestled in the majestic Andes, situated approximately 8 hours away from Cusco City by bus. Here, they share a profound connection with nature and the spiritual realm, practicing animism and honoring mountain deities through sacred rituals. But Q’eros isn’t the only Quechua community; places like Lares are also home to vibrant Quechua communities, known for their warm hospitality and breathtaking landscapes. Through the Lares Trek in Cusco, travelers have the fantastic opportunity to immerse themselves in the Quechua culture, which unlike the famous Inca Trail, allows you to take your time and gain a deeper appreciation for this incredible region.

In essence, “Wiñaypacha” is more than just a film—it’s an invitation to discover the timeless allure of Cusco. So grab your tissues, cozy up on the couch, and let the magic of the Andes whisk you away on an unforgettable and emotion-filled experience. 

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