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Textile and Yarns of Peru

9 Days/ 8 Nights

Package Overview

Learn about Peruvian textiles through ancient history. Enjoy a weaving demonstration in Chinchero, and learn to spin and dye wool thread in Misminay. Visit Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train and the Centro Textil of Cusco. Tour Titicaca Lake and visit a local family.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $2915.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Peru! After a late arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Lima hotel.

Overnight in Lima.

Day 2

Today you will learn about Peruvian textiles through ancient history, visiting one of the best museums with original textile pieces of pre-Incan and Incan influence which have been perfectly preserved.

You will visit one of Latin America’s most complete museums, the Larco Museum, with its unequaled private collection, called the Treasures of Ancient Peru. It inspires its visitors to discover, learn about, and enjoy the more than five thousand years of the history of ancient Peru. There are more than 45,000 ceramic artifacts on display, mostly from the Mochicas, which were compiled by Rafael Larco Hoyle, an important Peruvian archeologist and major collector. One of its most remarkable sections is the collection of so-called “erotic” pottery.

Overnight in Lima.

Breakfast buffet is included.

Day 3

In the morning, you will transfer to the airport in Lima for your flight to Cusco.

After arriving in Cusco, you will be met at the airport, and will begin your tour of the Sacred Valley. The day starts in the small town of Pisac, in the Urubamba Valley, where you will visit its traditional market. Here artisans sell their textile goods made from alpaca wool, silver, and ceramics, as well as other products from around the region. These textiles demonstrate the talents of the people of Cusco. Afterwards, you set off for Chinchero, a charming valley town. There you will attend a program demonstrating how the townspeople spin and weave using traditional Andean techniques that they have preserved. You can also try your hand at what you have seen, making your very own cloth to take home with you. The last destination of the day is Ollantaytambo, a distinctive town because of its architectural design, typically Incan, with narrow streets and canals that bring fresh water. There is an incredible archeological site, as well, with terraced slopes and finely worked stone walls that show the Incas’ advanced workmanship. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Breakfast buffet and lunch are included.

Day 4

Today you will visit Misminay, a Sacred Valley community.

Upon arriving in Misminay (elevation 3700 meters), you will be greeted by the townspeople. You will be able to join with the families as they perform their daily tasks, like plowing or harvesting, depending on the time of year. You can also participate in an offering to the earth (a rite that honors the earth mother) and enjoy a traditional lunch made by the community women from ingredients organically grown in their fields. In addition, you will learn to spin and dye wool thread using natural dyes as well as learning to weave fabric following their ancient techniques.

Overnight in Sacred Valley.

Breakfast buffet and lunch are included.

Day 5

Today you will enjoy one of the high points in world tourism: Machu Picchu.

Your adventure starts on a train ride to the city of Aguas Calientes, where you disembark and then board a bus that drives you to the actual Machu Picchu archeological site. Here you will have an experience you will never forget. Your tour includes every part of this New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Afterwards, there is some free time for you to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to contemplate this amazing place. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch at a local restaurant and, later on, check in at your hotel.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 6

You will have the morning at leisure to explore the town of Cusco.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Centro Textil of Cusco (www.textilescusco.org) where you will learn about this cooperative, financing and supporting the artists and the development of textiles in Cusco.

You will have an opportunity for a second entrance to Machu Picchu. (This is optional and not included in the price of your package.) This tour includes your round trip bus ride, but does not include a guide or lunch.

Overnight in Cusco.

Breakfast buffet is included.

Day 7

Transfer to the train station for your train transport to Puno. This spectacular train trip starts in the historical city of Cusco and goes south, to Puno, by the side of Lake Titicaca. The glass windows on the Andean Explorer train will allow you to observe the beautiful landscape. The train slowly ascends to very high and cold places, around the magníficent Andes mountain range, over the deep Huatanay River valleys. Then the train travels through the Andean plains, where you can see vicunas and alpacas grazing among the small villages along the road. The trip includes a stop at La Raya, the highest spot of the route, to observe the spectacular landscape at 4,300 meters above sea level. The trip includes a three course lunch on board. Upon arrival, you will transfer to your Puno hotel.

Overnight in Puno.

Breakfast buffet and lunch are included.

Day 8

Today you will have a full day tour of Lake Titicaca, Taquile and Uros Island, with a private guide. The tour will begin with at Huayllano, a port of Taquile Island, where the community welcomes tourists very kindly. This community keeps their old traditions and customs. You will be invited to visit the house of a local family to engage in some of their activities with them, like weaving. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch made from fresh local products. Next, you will have the chance to walk to the town square, board the boat and sail to the Uros Islands. These islands are built out of layers of totora (a reed which grows in the lake) and are used as housing and trade centers for the native Uros. The natives travel on handcrafted rafts and wear colorful clothing. They are skilled craftspeople, and in each piece of their work, they express astonishing techiniques developed by their ancestors for centuries.

Overnight in Puno.

Breakfast buffet and lunch are included.

Day 9

You will be transferred to the airport, visiting Sillustani on the way. The appeal of the Sillustani archeological site is the tall, stone burial towers, some of which stand 12 meters in height and are 7.5 meters in diameter. With lovely Lake Umayo in the background, it’s an experience you will never forget. After this visit, you will be dropped off at the airport to board your flight back to Lima.

Breakfast buffet is included.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • All services, lodging, food and beverages mentioned in the trip desciption.
  • Taxes, tourist tickets and entrance fees
  • All excursions come with an English speaking guide

 Package Does Not Include

  • Domestic and international airfare
  • Tips for guides, drivers and servers
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional second visit to Machu Picchu. Only bus tickets and permits are included. USD 131.00 per person

 Package Notes

  • Prices subject to change
  • All hotels are subject to change and availability.
  • Seasonal rate changes may apply
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel protection is recommended.
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General Information

  • Capital: Lima
  • Government: Constitutional Republic
  • Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)
  • Area: 1,285,216 km2
  • Population: 29,496,000 (2010 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Quechua , Aymara
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified or none 2.9%
  • Electricity: Mostly 220V/60Hz (Type A and C North American and Euro plug)
  • Calling Code: +51
  • Time Zone: UTC -5

Points of Interest

  • Lima- Larco Museum, National Museum of Anthropology Archeology
  • Cusco, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo
  • Misminay (Sacred Valley Community)
  • Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train
  • Andean Exployer Train from Cusco to Puno
  • Titicaca Lake- Taquile and Uros Island