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Knitting Traditions and Cultures of Peru

31 August 2023

15 days from £6,395pp

This adventure begins in Peru's capital city, Lima, and ends at the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu. Embrace knitting traditions, gaze out on Colca Canyon and take in the majestic views at Aguas Calientes.
  • Travel on the Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco, one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world 
  • 3 knitting workshops by expert Jane Crowfoot
  • 2 visits to incredible Machu Picchu included
  • Look out on the stunning Sacred Valley

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.

I am really excited by the prospect of this incredible trip to Peru, a country that has a rich history of intricate knitting traditions. When we think of Peru we imagine bright colours of lush vegetation, foliage and flowers and the incredible surface pattern of costumes, jewellery and artwork as well as the breathtaking scenery and archaeological sites. I am sure this will be a truly inspirational trip and I am really looking forward to all that we will see and experience on this journey of a lifetime.

Tour expert, Jane Crowfoot

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Jose Antonio Hotel, Lima

★★★★

This 4-star hotel is located in Miraflores, very close to the main shopping streets and tourist centre of the city.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Restaurant serving both local and international cuisine
  • Cafeteria
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Bar
  • Lift
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Television
  • Safe 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Refrigerator 

Hotel El Conquistador, Arequipa

★★★

Located in the historic centre of Arequipa this 3-star hotel is built using a unique material: sillar, a stone made of porous volcanic lava. This colonial style house, built in the early 18th century, retains its ornate façade and magnificent interior arches.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Hairdryers available on request 
  • Safe at reception  
  • Laundry service 
  • WiFi  
  • Laundry 
  • Restaurants 
  • WiFi
  • Library 
  • Bar 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Spa 
  • Games room 
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
Overlooking the garden or central patio, rooms are equipped with television and telephone.

Colca Lodge, Colca

★★★

Colca Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Colca River surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca platforms declared "Cultural Heritage of the Nation".

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Thermal Pools 
  • Spa 
  • Restaurant  
  • Bar 
  • Laundry service 
 
Finishing Touches
Colca Lodge has 45 rustic-style rooms with parquet floors, rugs, stencilled walls and decorated wood panelling each. Each room has a safety deposit box, WiFi, and a private balcony with views of the valley and the hotel's gardens and squares.

Jose Antonio Hotel, Puno

★★★★

An oasis of peace and relaxation, this 4-star hotel is located on the banks of Lake Titicaca but just 8 minutes from the city. 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Restaurant with Peruvian organic cuisine and fusion and international dishes  
  • Massage 
  • Pier 
  • Garden terrace 
  • Bar 
  • Lounge 
  • Free WiFi  
  • Gift shop  
  • Lift  
  • Café 
  • Laundry  
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
The 106 bedrooms offer a modern ambiance with stunning views of the lake and an exceptional level of comfort. Each room offers luxurious decoration, creating a relaxing environment. 

Facilities include television, terrace/balcony, safe, refrigerator and free WiFi.

Jose Antonio Hotel, Cusco

★★★★

This modern 4-star hotel is ideally located to access all the treasures awaiting you in the city.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Spa with jacuzzi and massage  
  • Restaurant 
  • Bar 
  • Free WiFi  
  • Laundry  
  • Lift 
  • Gift shop 
  • Café 
  • Garden 
  • Solarium   
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Free WiFi
  • Sound-proof windows
  • Minibar
  • Radio alarm
  • Television 
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe

San Agustin Monasterio de la Recoleta, Urubamba

★★★★

This former Catholic monastery, built in the 17th century, is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Large terrace 
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant with regional and international delicacies  
  • Bar
 
Room Facilities & Amenities
Each spacious room is influenced by colonial art and tradition combined with modern technologies. Facilities include:
  • Heating 
  • Air conditioning  
  • Television 
  • Minibar 
  • Telephone  
  • Safe 
  • Kettle  
  • Hairdryer
 

Hatun Inti Boutique Hotel, Machu Picchu

★★

Hatun Inti Boutique Machu Picchu offers a very relaxing environment, where tranquillity, beauty and wonder are all part of the experience.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Lift
  • WiFi
Finishing Touches
  • Safe 
  • Minibar
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