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Knitting Traditions and Cultures of Peru

15 days from £6,895pp

Knitting

Your Tour Includes

  • International flights from London to Lima (with 1 stop) with 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima
  • Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours of Lima (including Manos del Peru knitwear company), Arequipca (including Alpaca Centre), Floating islands tour on Lake Titicaca, Cusco city tour (including visit to Traditional Textile Centre), Sacred Valley tour (including talk and demonstration of traditional textile techniques), Away Weaving Association and Machu Picchu
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Three half day workshops with our accompanying expert, kit and tea & coffee included

Experts

Holiday Overview

Peru has the longest continuous history of textile production in the world, going back almost 10,000 years. Invented long before pottery and just as humans started agriculture, Peruvian fibre manipulation began with simple spun fibres but by 500 AD this rudimentary craft had developed into complex techniques. On our travels we’ll explore the processes involved in the production of textiles, including the most characteristic garment, the chullo, a knitted hat with an earflap and a calendar waistband that depicts the annual cycles of ritual and agricultural life, and we'll meet local artisans whose traditions have been passed down through the centuries.

Jane Crowfoot will be your expert on 18th July departure, and Carol Meldrum on 3rd September departure.

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