Many tours offer the “off-the-beaten path” experience but the Andean Textile Arts textile tour to the Peruvian Highlands delivers. Whether you’re a textile enthusiast, an adventure traveler, or along for the journey, this one aligns with the ClothRoads mission like none other: for you to meet the artisans, hear their stories, and learn about their traditions directly from them. It’s certainly the reason I return almost yearly and why I have written so many blogs about the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.
Judy Murray went on this tour a few years back. In fact, she’s gone to Peru four times now so I asked her “why”? Here’s her recommendation:
“While I’m not big on tours, there is so much to recommend this one that the general public would never see. First and foremost, you will meet Nilda Callañuapa, an incredible woman who rescued Andean textiles from the brink of extinction. She is certainly a hero of mine. I was thrilled to meet her.”
You’ll get to visit the high-altitude weaving villages of Chinchero, Chahuaytire, Accha Alta, and Pitumarca while gaining exposure to their spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting techniques—each particular to their village–and buy treasures directly from the weavers, an experience no shop can replicate. Regular tourists would never get to these villages, except for Chinchero.
You’ll get a private tour of Machu Picchu and the opportunity to return there the next morning. Plus a stay at the awesome Inka Terra Machu Picchu Hotel with its orchid garden. You’ll visit the private Amano Museum in Lima, with Pre-Columbian textiles and ceramics that left me breathless. The general public does not have access without an appointment.
Plus, you’ll have a free day in Cusco, and if you wanted to extend your trip on your own, it can be done.”
Come along with Andean Textile Arts on its next tour to the Peruvian Highlands and scratch that textile travel itch to Peru off your bucket list. Then we can travel somewhere else along the cloth road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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