"The trip was very well organised, up to tiny details, excellent food with a lot of extras, they would have done everything for us :) I didn't like getting up very early much, but it was necessary I think."
- Leni, Germany

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Weaving in peru

Andean Culture Tour 14d

This tour is a cultural adventure, which has been designed to give you a greater insight into Peru and the world of the high Andes people.

This trip will take you from Lima, to the islands of Lake Titicaca, to remote mountain villages where weavers still tend their own flocks, shear the animals and spin the wool by hand. You will culminate your trip by visiting the ruins of the ancient city, Machu Picchu. It’s a fun and thought provoking trip, with an emphasis on understanding the different facets of Andean culture, especially, but not exclusively  weaving. You may find yourself exploring Peru on foot, in a car, on a train, boat, airplane, and even on a bicycle.

You will be accompanied by an Andean specialist as your Tour Leader for your trip, ensuring that all those little bumps and hassles of international travel are smoothed over and made easier for you.

Andean Culture Tour- 14 days

Philanthropic Tour: Take this tour and directly support the people of the Andes! 10% of your tour price is donated to Threads of Peru. (www.threadsofperu.com)

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Highlight: this is a tour specially designed for the thinking traveller, who would like to delve deeper into the wonderful Andean cultures.

Location: Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu,

Duration: 14 Days / 13 nights

Departure dates: Easy - any day with two people.

Combos: Can be extended with longer stays or a visit to the Amazon jungle.

 




PRICES 2017 - Standard

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$4804
$4089
$3843
 $3691
 $3452

 

PRICES 2017 - Comfort

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$5468
$4768
$4507
 $4355
 $4116

 

PRICES 2017 - Upscale chic

# of People

2
3
4
 5-6
 7-8+

Price USD (per person)

$5807
$5018
$4846
 $4693
 $4455

 

PRICES 2017 - Luxury

For luxury pricing, please contact your travel consultant for a personalised quote.

 

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Andean Culture Tour 14d - Departure Dates

As this tour includes a special festival each month, it has specific departure dates that have been carefully picked to include a Peruvian cultural highlight or festival.

January 8th – 21st

Features Festival of San Sebastian in Cusco, January 20th .

January 30th – February 12th

2nd February  – Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno   

  • 25th December – Virgen de Natividad in Chincheros

The Semana Santa tour

2013 Tour Dates

Departs Lima 20th March - Finishes 2nd April

Dates change each year - please enquire
Features

  • Lord of the Tremors 25th March
  • Good Friday -29th March

*should be booked well in advance as Cusco’s accommodation books out well in advance around Easter. *
* the dates of this tour change annually, depending on the Easter Dates.

June 12th – June 25th

Features

  • 24th June – Inti Raymi

*should be booked well in advance as Cusco’s accommodation books out well in advance around Inti Raymi. *

July 4th – 17th

Features  festival of Virgen de Carmen, in Paucartambo July 16th

September 2nd – 15th

Features Lord of Huanca, in Cusco on September 14th

October 7th – 20th

Features

  • 13th October – Virgen of Natividad in Chincheros
  • 18th October – Lord of the Miracles in Cusco

December 13th – 26th

Features

  • 24th December – Santuranticuy in Cusco  
  • 25th December – Christmas

 

Andean Culture Tour 14d - Itinerary

** Note, each month has a different itinerary - and the itinerary varies according to the Cultural Activity on offer. If you are even considering doing this tour, please contact us with your departure dates and we will send you the exact itinerary. **

Example tour from September

September – Virgin of Nativity / Lord of Huanca

Day 1. September 2 - Lima
Arrival in Lima, transfer to hotel. Your activities on this day will be dictated by the arrival time of your
flight. Many flights from North America arrive late in the day so we don’t have any formal activities organized. The Fair Trade organisation Bridge of Hope has their shop in the Hotel Antigua Miraflores and a range of background information on artisans, as well as a range of different products. A great place to start getting a feel for Peruvian artistry, fair trade, and the scope of this field. www.fairtradeperu.com
If you arrive earlier than the rest of your tour companions, it is possible to visit some Fair Trade artesan groups in Lima’s outskirts. You will need to pay the cost of this tour yourself. This is an eye-opening excursion into some poor parts of Lima.  This tour needs to be reserved at the time of booking.
Included: Airport transfers, accommodation
Not included: Meals,

Lima Hotel
Standard:  Hotel Antigua Miraflores / Casa Inca
Comfort Plus: Casa Andina Select /  Second Home Barranco
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Miraflores Park Hotel.

 

Day 2. September 3 - Lima to Puno
After a group meeting in our Lima hotel where we get to know each other, we will go over the itinerary (8:00am -9.00am). From here, we will check out of our hotel and start on our tour of Lima. We will take a city tour including a visit to the Plaza de Armas, the San Francisco catacombs and the famous Lima Gold Museum. 

We will have a box lunch on the go and  head straight to the airport in order to take our afternoon flight. Flight LP 2111, is currently scheduled to depart at 14.35 with stop in Cusco, landing at the Juliaca airport, and arriving in Puno around 17.30 (transferred directly to our hotel). *This is our preferred flight but it depends on availability. Booking well in advance is a must to get on this flight *

Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner Lima City Tour, Entry fee to San Francisco, all transport and transfers, flights to Juliaca. 
Not included:  Airport taxes, if applicable.

Puno Hotel
Standard:  Intiqa Hotel 
Comfort Plus:  Casa Andina Tikarani/ Tierra Viva Puno Plaza
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Libertador Esteves.

Health note
When you fly into the Juliaca airport and then are transferred to the city of Puno, you are going from sea level to an altitude of 3,827 meters (12,628 feet). Most likely, you will feel some symptoms of altitude sickness, ranging from shortness of breath, or headaches to dizziness. As our itinerary is fast paced, we elected for you to spend night two in Puno in a comfortable hotel, acclimatizing a little before heading off to Lake Titicaca on Day 3.
We highly recommend that you speak to your doctor about taking an altitude sickness medication to assist you in your acclimatization. 

Day 3. September 4 - Lake Titicaca / Taquile
This morning we will have an early start as we get picked up at 6:30am from our hotel in Puno and brought to Puno’s harbour to board our boat and to buy any last minute supplies that we may need. From here we depart for the floating Islands of Uros to appreciate their interesting way of life and their skill at working with the few materials at their disposition.  After spending half an hour on the islands we will continue on to Taquile Island a UNESCO cultural heritage site renowned for their history of textiles.

We will arrive to the northern dock of the Island at approximately 11:00am and will hike along a gently-inclined path to the island’s main community.  Upon arrival we will have approximately 45 minutes to visit the main square and the village’s communal textile shops.  We will savour a delicious lunch made with local ingredients before our local guide from the island takes us to the remote and non-touristy side where we will meet our host family for the night.

This afternoon we will visit the community and return home for dinner with the family.  There is the option to share a bonfire with some of the community members before going to bed for the night in our local family’s home.

Included: transport, breakfast, dinner, lunch and accommodation in a family homestay.
Not included: Tips, Souvenirs

Your two day Taquile tour will be operated by Allways Travel, an established Puno company with a social conscience. For more information on this tour, please see: www.titicacaperu.com

Hotel
Local family Homestay on Taquile island.   Conditions are rustic.

Day 4. September 5 - Taquile to Puno

Wake up to spectacular views of the surrounding lake and enjoy breakfast with our host families.  At 9:00am our local guide will give us an overview of weaving on Taquile, the dying traditions, and iconography. This will be your first introduction to Peruvian weaving arts, and in a sensational setting. If there is time after the demonstration, the guides will be able to guide you in finding paths leading to beautiful remote parts of the island. These include the pristine hide-away of the whitesand beach located on the island’s southern side.

We will have our last meal with our families at noon before we start the return towards the main dock of Taquile Island.  After a quick walk we will reach a high point of the island from where we will be able to take pictures of both sides of the islands before walking for another hour and a quarter downhill to arrive to the main dock.  At 2:00pm  we will be picked up and be brought back to the city of Puno arriving around 5:00pm to the main dock before transferring back to our hotel.

Included: Pick-up from hotels, *English-Spanish speaking guide for the first day until 13:00pm and a local guide for the rest of our visit to Taquile Island, entrance fees, boat transportation and lodging in homestay . 
Not included: Tips

Puno Hotel
Standard:  Intiqa Hotel 
Comfort Plus:  Casa Andina Tikarani/ Tierra Viva Puno Plaza
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Libertador Esteves.

 Background information on Taquile. The island of Taquile is located 22 miles (36 km.) away from the city of Puno. It takes a 3 hour boat ride to arrive in the island’s main dock. The island’s highest elevation is 853 feet (4,000 m); it has a length of 3.35 miles (5 km) and a width of 0.8 miles (1.5 km). The 535 stairs that take the visitors to the main village have become very popular among those tourists who like to take over the challenge of exercising at such high altitude. However, we also offer other options following enjoyable paths that gradually take you to the main village or more remote sectors of Taquile. These other options allow you to catch spectacular views of Lake Titicaca.
Taquile has approximately 1,200 inhabitants. The people from this island have a Quechua origin and they are mostly small-scalel farmers. However, since the mid-70s they have also become well known for their firm entrepreneurial spirit. Since the beginning of the tourism flow to the island, some “Taquilenos” have been participating directly with tourism activities. Some of them have organized themselves to provide tourism services such as home stays, restaurants and aquatic transportation.
This tour will take you on an enlightening discovery of the essence of the local culture that includes encounters with local families of non-touristy sectors of Taquile.
Local guides will interpret the textile designs of Taquile, traditional clothing, and their way of life

Recommended Reading Prior to Lake Titicaca: Weaving a Future - Elayne Zorn  

Day 5. September 6 - Puno to Cusco 

Today we will leave Puno for Cusco at approximately 8am in our private vehicle, stopping en route at La Raya, the highest point of the trip, and other points of interest. We will stop for a buffet lunch, in the town of Sicuani.  This site is included in the Standard trip
• A visit the beautiful early colonial church of Andahuaylillas
• A visit to the famous weaving villages of Ocongate/Ccatca which offer beautiful views of Ausangate mountain as well as great weavings.

Should you wish to do one of the following activities, it needs to be requested at the time of booking and will incur a higher charge and a possible change to the itinerary
• A visit to the weavers of Pitumarca as they weave with discontinuous-warp scaffolding, a technique dating back to the third century.
• A visit to the village of Sallac, one of the newer weaving communities revitalizing their tradition of ikat.

This is a long day, about 10 hours due to the visits to Ocongate/Ccatca and so when we arrive in Cusco we will have a quick meal close to the hotel so you can get to  bed early!

Included:
Breakfast, Private Transport from Puno to Cusco, Lunch en route, entry fees, dinner. 
Not included: Visit to remote village

Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Casa Cartagena or Inkaterra La Casona.

Day 6. September 7 - Cusco 
Today will provide an opportunity for people to have a sleep in, do their laundry, visit a market, rest a little and also assimilate the information that they have already gathered.
In the morning (departing approx. 11.30am) you will have a City tour that points out major landmarks – the Cathedral, the Koricancha and also visit the San Blas artisan’s district. En route we will have lunch in the socially conscious restaurant aldeayanapay.org (or another similar) or a local picanteria.
The tour will also visit key weaving enterprises in the city:,Manos Amigos (Centro Bartoleme de las Casas), ending with a visit to world famous Centre of Tradtional Textiles of Cusco. We will end the tour around 5pm, and your evening is free. 

Included: guide service, breakfast, lunch, entry fees.
Not included: Dinner

Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Casa Cartagena or Inkaterra La Casona.

 

Day 7. September 8 - Cusco & Chincheros / Virgin of Nativity 
Made famous by Nilda Callanaupa of the CTTC, the high altiplano village of Chincheros  is famous for the quality of its weavings. We will travel for approximately 45 minutes to Chincheros and visit an “Awana Wasi” (a weaving house).

After learning about weaving techniques from this area we will have lunch with local families and those that are interested in making a small weaving will spend the rest of the day in Chincheros, working with the local weavers.*

Virgen de Navidad is celebrated in many small rural towns and villages, but in the Cusco region the festival of the Virgen of the Nativity is particularly big in Chincheros. where it is the  most important festival .  Mass is held for the Virgen, whose image is carried by a procession of colorfully dressed musicians and dancers.  In the evening, attendees celebrate with music, dancing and fireworks. 
Those that do not wish to weave can participate in the festivities and those who do weave will join up with the group later to take in some of the celebration before returning to Cusco.

Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Casa Cartagena or Inkaterra La Casona.

*Tour participants need to advise your tour leader of your choice for Day 7 by Day 5 of the tour.  The activity is not included in the price of the tour and the cost of each option depends on the number of people who sign up for the activity.

Day 8. September 9 - Chayhuatire & Pisac - The Sacred Valley
On this trip we visit rural communities to learn a little about their weaving and farming techniques.  Though in the Sacred Valley, this is a far cry from the relatively touristed Pisac and Urubamba.
We will depart Cusco at 8:00am in our private vehicle and travel to the Sacred Valley village of Pisac, which is famous for its Sunday market which has now evolved into a daily tourist market. Here we will have an hour to wander the market and to see the wide range of souvenirs (including handmade textiles) that are on sale to the “average” visitor to Peru.  From Pisac we will head up into the mountains (by car) to the famous weaving village of Chayhuatire. Supported by the CTTC (Centre of Traditional Textiles of Cusco), Chayhuatire has been developing and improving their weavings for the past 30 years.
Before visiting the village we continue from the village uphill to visit some pre-Inca rock drawings. Chayhuatire weavers will give us a dying and weaving demonstration and you will have the opportunity to buy some of these spectacularly woven items. The quality of the products offered is superb, so you cannot expect to get a “bargain” though you will meet the person who made your souvenir!
From Chayhuatire we will mount our bicycles for a gentle downhill cycling experience (approx. 2 hours) to the ruins of Pisac. By bicycle, you will have time to appreciate the scenery and take in a little of the relaxed lifestyle above the Sacred Valley, having time to see farmers at work and people at their daily business.  In the Pisac ruins we will have a short guided tour before descending to the Sacred Valley.

NOTE: If you are uncomfortable riding a bicycle downhill you can ride in the car, which will be going at a slow pace, so you can also appreciate the scenery along the way.   If you do not wish to include biking in the tour, please advise at the time of booking.
We will be transferred to our accommodation in Urubamba, an example of rural tourism. 
Included:  Mountain bike, visit to Chayhuatire, Box Lunch, visit to Pisac ruins, Entry fees
Not included: Souvenirs and tips

Sacred Valley Hotel:
Standard: El Huerto Paraiso, Chichubamba or El Albergue, Ollantaytambo
Comfort Plus: Casa Colibri, Urubamba or El Albergue, Ollantaytambo
Deluxe: Tambo del Inka or Sol y Luna

Day 9. September 10 - Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley) – Inca Fortresses
This morning we will drive into the town of Ollantaytambo and will continue approximately 1 hour more up the hill deep into the mountains above the Sacred Valley. We will visit the village of Rumira Sondormayo, which is one of three villages that the NGO Threads of Peru works with on weaving revitalization with the women. See also http://www.threadsofperu.com/weaving-culture/communities/
The women will prepare a weaving demonstration and also give you the chance to buy their weavings.
We will then have a box lunch, before heading downhill, turning off the road to visit the little known ruins of Puma Marca. The exact purpose of Puma Marca is unknown, but it may have been a fortress or control point for access into the Sacred Valley.
The pretty walk has us stumbling upon Inca ruins, and with only us and the locals, you feel as if you have discovered them for the first time! We pass by acres of terraces and can appreciate the massive scale of the Inca Empire more than ever before!  Most of these Inca terraces are under cultivation today, and we pass by fields of maize, beans, and other crops.
The exact purpose of Puma Marca is unknown, but it may have been a fortress or control point for access into the Sacred Valley. After our descent through farmland we have time to visit the wholly impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo, which share common mysteries with the ruins of Puma Marca.
Your meal will be included tonight at the atmospheric Café Mayu at your El Albergue hotel.
Included:English/Spanish/ Quechua Speaking Guide, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, activities, private transport
Ollantaytambo Hotel:
Standard: El Albergue, Ollantaytambo
Comfort Plus: Hotel Pakaritampu
Deluxe: Casa Andina Private Collection  Yanahuara (not in Ollantaytambo village)

Day 10. September 11 - Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes 
You will spend the morning having an opportunity to relax, and do some washing. It’s also time to reflect on your time in Peru so far, and perhaps indulge in a massage or if you feel so inclined take a short hike up into the mountains around Ollantaytambo.  Your tour leader can suggest a range of different activities you might like to indulge in…

We recommend  you  havea a meal at the heartily tasty  wholefoods Hearts Café. (own cost)  www.heartscafe.org

Or, depending on availability we will have talks & visits with representatives of the following organizations. (There is also an opportunity to talk to have talks with these people on different days, in different locations, ie Cusco.)
Living Heart - www.livingheartperu.org
Awamaki  - www.awamaki.org
Mosqoy / Q’ente  - www.mosqoy.org
Please advise if one of these organisations interests you and we can try to organize this before your arrival in Peru.

In the early afternoon, (between 12 & 3pm – depending on your style of travel) we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the “service” town for Machu Picchu. After checking into your accommodation, we will have the opportunity to relax at the hot springs and prepare for Machu Picchu.
Included: train ticket, Breakfast, dinner accommodation, transfers.
Not included: Lunch, entry ticket to hot springs (optional),

Hotel Aguas Calientes
Standard: Gringo Bills, RupaWasi or La Cabaña    
Comfort Plus: Taypikala, El Mapi
Deluxe: Inkaterra Machu Pueblo Hotel, Hotel Sumaq, Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (The only hotel at Machu Picchu ruins)

Day 11. September 12 - Machu Picchu to Cusco 
Early in the morning (before dawn) we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu so that you can appreciate this famous city in the dawn light and before the crowds arrive. You will then have a 2.5 hour guided tour of Machu Picchu with your guide. After your tour you can further explore the ruins by yourself or climb Huayna (Wayna) Picchu* for that classic photo of Machu Picchu.
*It is now required that you purchase your entry for Huayna Picchu at the same time as your Machu Picchu entrance for a fee of $15US.  If you are interested in climbing Huayna Picchu you must let us know at time of booking.

We highly recommend walking down from Machu Picchu to get a feeling for the vegetation and also the audacity of its builders. It’s a 1.5 hour walk back to the village of Aguas Calientes. We return to Cusco in the afternoon by the Vistadome train (approx. 4pm) and are met by a driver at Ollantaytambo who will transfer you directly back to your hotel. You will arrive in Cusco approximately 4 hours after your train’s departure from Aguas Calientes.

Included: Train tickets (service depends on your style of travel), Machu Picchu entries, bus up and down, Boxed Lunch, guide service, Accommodation (Cusco) 
Not included: Dinner

Day 12. September 13 - Cusco 
This day is completely yours.  Cusco is a cosmopolitan city that offers a wide range of dining, shopping and historical activities and you will find plenty to occupy your time.  Spend your day wandering the cobblestone streets of the city, shopping for souvenirs, enjoy a drink from one of the ornately-carved colonial balconies or visiting the city’s many markets.  If you would prefer to get out of the city, you can go horseback riding just outside of the city or perhaps visit the Inca site of Moray and the salt mines of Maras You can organize this via Apus Peru.

Alternatively you can opt for one of the full day extra weaving courses (full details at end of itinerary)

  • Hat knitting (Tejido de Chullu a Palitos)
  • Backstrap loom weaving  (Telar de Cintura, Basico)
  • Tubular edgings of  Patabamba and Chinchero

Included: Breakfast, Accomodation
Not included: Lunch, Dinner or activities.
Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Casa Cartagena or Inkaterra La Casona.

Day 13. September 14 - Cusco 
This pilgrimage is normally done overnight from Cusco to the shrine of Lord of Huanca, where the image of Christ has appeared to different believers over the centuries since the Spanish conquest.  We will leave very early from our hotel to witness this very interesting opportunity to see a combination of catholicism and local traditions.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch,  Accommodation, Guided explanation of Lord of the Miracles.
Not included: Dinner
Cusco Hotel
Standard: Andenes al Cielo/ Andariego
Comfort Plus: Casa San Blas/Tierra Viva/Tambo del Arriero/Casa Andina Classic
Deluxe: Your choice! We recommend Casa Cartagena or Inkaterra La Casona

Day 14. September 15 - Cusco - Lima
Today is free to spend soaking up the ancient atmosphere on our last morning. We will have a final “celebratory” lunch at an exclusive Cusqueno restaurant that specalises in Novo Andino cuisine.  (This meal can be included the previous night if your flight times do not allow a leisurely  lunch). You will fly back to Lima unaccompanied on an early afternoon flight, so there’s enough time to connect to your international flight home.
Included: Flights, transfers, breakfast. Not included: Lunch, dinner, airport departure taxes or activities in Lima while waiting for connecting flight.

NOTE: for those with more time, who wish to extend their itinerary, we can organize an extra day for you in Cusco. (at your own cost).  You need to advise us when booking that you would like an extra day in Cusco. 

Overall inclusions & Important information.
Tour leader - Your Peruvian or Peruvian resident tour leader will meet you at Juliaca airport on Day 2 of your journey.  They will be with you from Day 2, until they farewell you at Cusco airport.   Fully trained to guide in Peru, including being a Machu Picchu and Cusco region expert, Apus Peru’s guides are passionate about their country, the Inca history and have received special background training about Threads of Peru, and with Quechuan heritage enjoy sharing with clients their knowledge of their culture
Having a tour leader with you helps iron out those hassles and inconveniences of international travel, especially in a country where another language is spoken. Our tour leaders are part of the Apus Peru family and wish to uphold its name and reputation. To do this they will tirelessly work behind the scenes to ensure all aspects of your tour run like clockwork and any unexpected problems are anticipated and dealt with before they happen.
For Day 1 in Lima, you will be accompanied by an English speaking Apus Peru representative in Lima.

Flights – Your flights are not included in this package, however, should you require help booking your flights, please contact us for a quote.   We charge a $30 administrative fee per flight  booking made.  For this itinerary Flight LP 2111  from Lima to Juliaca needs to be booked.

Optional parts of the itinerary
All optional parts of the itinerary need to be discussed with and booked with your travel consultant at the time of booking. 
For example -
Day 5 – visit to special villages Pitumarca OR Sallac
Day 7 – half day weaving class, to make a simple belt
Day 8 – Downhill bike ride
Day 10 (or other day) Talks from NGO representatives.
Free Day (there is a ‘floating’ free day in the itinerary which moves depending on the festival schedule) - Full day Weaving Class as described below.

Additional weaving classes available
Optional activities available. Please enquire about pricing.

Hat knitting (Tejido de Chullu a Palitos)
The distinctive hats of the Cusco region are characterized by fine multi-color patterning and unusual decorative cast-ons. Participants in this workshop in Chinchero will learn one cast-on edge and work with three colors on five needles in the traditional Andean style of knitting from the back of the fabric. Included: transportaion to and from Chinchero, one small knitting bag in process, yarn for a second project, five knitting sticks, and a picnic lunch. Cost: extra, depending on the number of participants in this workshop

Backstrap loom weaving  (Telar de Cintura, Basico)
Participants in this workshop will learn the ancient technique of pattern pick-up on a backstrap loom in the same way Peruvian girls have been learning for centuries: by weaving a narrow band, called cinta or jakima. Skills will include learning to manage the heddle, maintain good edges, pick up patterns, and finish the piece. Included: transportation to and from Chinchero, materials and loom set-up for two or more cintas, and a picnic lunch.
Cost: extra, depending on the number of participants in this workshop

Tubular edgings of  Patabamba and Chinchero
Handsome tubular edgings that are considered both decorative and protective are found on some of the finest textiles in the Andes. Participants will learn the Patabamba technique of weaving and attaching a band to the edge of a cloth. Participants will then learn to set up and weave the “eye” band (ñawi awapa) used on Chinchero textiles. This edging is a fascinating combination of crossing warps and pattern pick-up. Included: transportation to and from Chinchero, all materials, and a picnic lunch.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?
• For full inclusions, please contact us directly.

AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS
(these discounts are not cumulative)
• Students: US$ 20.00
(students require a valid International Student Identity Card and must be below 26 years of age. Please beware that Youth Travel Cards are not valid)
•Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

• Children: US$ 45.00 (up to 10 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)

TO MAKE A BOOKINGPlease visit our Make a Booking page.

You will need to email us to check availability, receive booking forms and then make your deposit. For our payment conditions and booking please refer to our Make a Booking page.

TO MAKE A BOOKING
Please visit our Make a Booking page. You will need to email us to check availability, receive booking forms and then make your deposit. For our payment conditions and booking please refer to our Make a Booking page.