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WEAVE A TAPESTRY Puchka Peru's biannual Peru Textiles/Folk Art/Market Tour (October 13–November 3, 2006; October 12–November 2, 2007) takes travelers from the coastal capital of Lima to the "White City" of Arequipa and the Colca Valley Canyon and finally up to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Participants not only take in the otherworldly landscape and Incan archaeological sites but also study Peru's justly famous textiles in detail. Classes and demonstrations by indigenous weavers, braiders, knitters, spinners, and tapestry makers constitute up to nine days of the 22-day trip. This is a fair-trade tour; teachers are paid the same fees earned by similar crafts experts in the United States and Canada. Participants often return home with such Peruvian textile-working tools as backstrap looms and knitting needles fashioned out of bicycle spokes.

Puchka Peru; 250/360-1898; www.puchkaperu.com; packages from $3,900, not including international airfare.

TAKE A PERFECT PHOTO Several times a year, New York's School of the International Center of Photography offers destination workshops led by acclaimed professional shutterbugs—Joel Meyerowitz and Sally Gall have been on the faculty. ICP's Mongolia travel program (July 5–20, 2007) will center on the annual Nadaam Festival, in which nomads compete in the Three Manly Sports—wrestling, horseback riding, and archery; photogenic parades and ceremonies honor their efforts. Past ICP tours have gone to New Mexico, the Italian Lake District, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, Holland, India, and Vietnam. Study methods—such as lectures, hands-on classes, and critiques—are determined by the instructors.

School of the International Center of Photography; 212/857-0001; www.icp.org. Call the center for a complete 2007 program schedule. Most trips are limited to 15 or so participants.

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