- Hands-on weaving and dyeing experience with Andean communities
- Learn about Peruvian folklore and traditions through textiles
- Explore various Inca ruins including Machu Picchu
- Discover Peruvian history through two well curated museums
Discover more about the Peruvian culture through the eyes of textile tradition. This group trip visits the highlights of southern Peru including Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, but at the same time allows for a deep immersion in the traditions, folklore and way of life of the Andean communities.
Meet with Accha Alta, Chinchero and Pitumarca communities, each with their own weaving designs, techniques and stories. Also participate in hands on workshops of dyeing and weaving. These experiences complement each other, so will allow the group to have a full picture of Andean traditional textiles and the Andean world.
Contrary to the countries in the "Old World" which were influenced by the Chinese and Indian civilizations amongst others, and have had constant commerce among them since the old times, the "New World" was completely isolated from the rest of the world, thus the fact that Peru had such a developed textile industry is a marvel even to this day.
The trip also includes special touches such as meals in charming private venues and stylish catered picnic lunches in the outdoors, combined with simple traditional lunches such as the ones in Pitumarca and Chinchero.
WHY TRAVEL TO PERU WITH STEPPES?
Our travel consultants, Paul and James have between them visited every corner of Peru by plane, train, car, bike, donkey or on foot. They have sampled most of the food, stayed in hotels which range from the gorgeous to the very simple, and have visited all the important places and most of the less important. Great people to help you with your holiday to Peru.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO PERU?
There is a direct flight with British Airways to Lima with a flying time of 12.5 hours, this is not daily at present. There are daily flights via Amsterdam or Madrid to Lima which takes approximately 16.5 hours, with the longest sector of the journey being Europe to Lima at just over 12 hours. This is longer via the US as you need to allow sufficient time to clear immigration.
WILL I NEED A VISA TO TRAVEL TO PERU?
Visas are not required for British Nationals to Peru for a stay up to six months.
Other nationals please check with the respective embassies or representatives.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMODATION LIKE IN PERU?
During this journey, expect a combination of comfortable and charming superior category hotels at each destination. You may be surprised at the character and history behind a couple of them.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TRAVELLING IN PERU?
Travelling involves moving around quite frequently with a number of early starts and long days, but you will be rewarded with fantastic food, culture and incredible scenery.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN OCTOBER IN PERU?
October is part of the Peruvian spring, where you can expect mild temperatures throughout. Once you gain altitude in the Sacred Valley, Cusco and especially Lake Titicaca, you will notice that although temperatures should be warm during the day, the pass of a cloud will make it colder. In the Andes, temperatures will drop down dramatically during the evenings and dawn.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL FOOD AND DRINK IN PERU?
The love for good food is a distinctive characteristic of an average Peruvian. Combine this with the huge variety of local ingredients, pre-Columbian and Spanish culinary traditions mixed with influences from all over the world and the creativity of local chefs, and the result is fantastic local cuisine. During your tour, be prepared to enjoy a wide variety of delicious dishes, way beyond the "Lomo Saltado".
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO JOIN THIS TOUR?
All you need to join this tour is be in good health with the ability to walk short to medium distances and on uneven terrain. The distance you cover in a day shouldn´t be longer than one or two miles. The geography of the Andes mean walks are often up or downhill.
WHAT ABOUT ALTITUDE IN PERU?
We purposefully begin the Andes part of the trip in the Sacred Valley which has an elevation of 2,700 metres, lower than Cusco at 3,400 metres and Lake Titicaca at 3,800 metres, and time has been factored into the itinerary to acclimatise. Symptoms of altitude sickness usually occur within the first 24 hours at altitude, including shortness of breath, headache, nausea, lethargy and loss of appetite and with rest usually pass quickly. Some people suffer, whilst others feel no symptoms at all and we advise visiting or contacting your GP before travel if you have any concerns. All guides and hoteliers are very aware of the signs and bottled oxygen is found in most hotels.
CAN I EXTEND MY STAY IN PERU?
We have created a perfect extension to this tour, visiting the Mallkini Alpaca Ranch, the largest private Alpaca ranch in the Andes. Moises, the ranch manager, will share his vast knowledge about Alpaca breeding in their natural environment. For this, or other options, speak to Paul or James.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.