Second World Wheel
Andes of Ecuador

In 1999 Vijali began the second World Wheel, Global Peace Through the Arts, which circles the planet. Below is a description of one of the 12 sites from the second World Wheel circle. For more information about the second World Wheel project, see the Second World Wheel page.

In 1999, as work on the second World Wheel began, a Wisdom Center was started in the Andes of Ecuador. Visitors to the tiny Otavaleñan village of Peguche, high in the Andes, will find a two-story stone sculpture of “Achili Pachacamac,” their pre-Incan deity carved with the help of the village. Three new projects flourished; an indigenous women’s group called, “Hwari Marki (Women’s Hands)” that helps single women develop crafts to sell so they can be independent; a charming bed and breakfast inn; and a school for the Otavaleñan children to preserve their culture.





2007 Andes Newsletter


Photo by Vijali Hamilton — Woman Made of the Comos in Tinos, Greece
Photo by Vijali Hamiton — Spirit Within Matter III in Castle Valley, Utah

Photos by Edie Hartshorne 

Carving Achili Pachacamac with Chino from the village Peguche
Vijali with Otavaleñan children
Matico Lema founder of Hwari Maki women’s group for Otavaleñan women

Photos by Vijali Hamilton

Achili Pachacama carved by Vijali with the help of the Peguche community in the Andes of Ecuador