Posted by: travelrat | April 26, 2018

The Peruvian Hat

Chullo 2

Just about everywhere you go in Peru, you’ll find a stall selling knitwear. It’s good quality stuff, too, usually handmade, from alpaca wool, and dyed in bright colours. The item that most visitors by to take home is the chullo, that woollen hat with earflaps, which is great for keeping the cold out, especially in the heights of the Andes.

No, I didn’t buy one. I have plenty of watch caps, woolly hats, toques or Benny hats … call them what you will … even a fake-fur Russian style hat for when it gets really cold. Also, I suspect I’d look a bit of a plonker in one.

But, I did come away with one. While we were waiting for our flight home at Lima Airport, a lady approached with a clipboard, and asked us if we minded answering a few questions for a survey collecting visitors’ impressions of Peru.

Well, we didn’t have much else to do, and, at the end of it, she rewarded us with a keyring with a miniature chullo on the fob. And, as a reminder of our stay in Peru, this now hangs on my backpack.

Chullo 1


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