The richness of Peru can be enjoyed in many ways: walking through its impressive archaeological sites, trying the tasty ingredients of its varied cuisine, and even sailing among the rivers that cross its mysterious Amazon. However, this wealth is also lived by sharing with communities and appreciating their traditions, creating unique and unforgettable memories.
At Lima Tours, we encourage you to put skills with your hands into practice, by participating in a class guided by a local master craftsman. During this activity, you will paint a ‘Pucara bull’ – a typical figure of Andean folk art, synonymous with good luck – and learn two art techniques: Cusco’s colonial glass ceramics and gold leafing.
Chinchero, a town near Cusco, is famous for its beautiful weavings. Made with sheep or alpaca wool, the details you can see in the weaver’s work has a meaning – every flower, every colour, every stitch. Immerse yourself in the magic of this tradition and understand the process of creating each piece of garment: see them dye the fabric using plants, and how they use implements inherited from their ancestors, such as the loom.
Connect with the Inca essence of Cusco in Huilloc, in the heart of the Sacred Valley. You will be greeted with joy by the members of the community and then learn about their way of life. Share with them the tasks in the field, cook using traditional techniques, participate in the ‘minka’ or community work or teach at school. Let them all leave a mark in your life!