Peruvian culture, cuisine, custom tour

Affinities Travel tours will meet weavers like this woman from Peru’s Sacred Valley. Affinities Travel tours will meet weavers like this woman from Peru’s Sacred Valley. (Janis Owens)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / December 26, 2010

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South Shore residents Bonnie Jernigan and Janis Owens have launched Affinities Travel, a tour company that offers customized trips to Peru. The writer-artist team is running Savor Peru, an 8-day, 7-night adventure March 19-26 that focuses on culture and cuisine. It features trips to local markets and remote Andean farms, cooking classes and demonstrations, visits to artists’ studios, and an excursion to the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu. The $3,200 rate (based on double occupancy) includes domestic flights in Peru, airport transfers, first-class accommodations, most meals, local guides, drivers, train fare to Machu Picchu, activities, and admission fees; it does not include international airfare. 781-319-0429,

Pack your magazines with a new app

Keep yourself entertained as you travel with Zinio’s latest app, which lets you download your favorite magazines using Wi-Fi. You have access to more than 2,500 full-color, interactive magazines, from Cosmopolitan and Men’s Journal to Rolling Stone. The app works with Apple and Android devices and on your computer, and is free, but there is a charge for downloading magazines. Zinio has also created versions of the app for use in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in the local languages and currencies. Available through the App Store on your Apple device (and Android Market next month) or through iTunes and

A tasteful family package

Check into the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel anytime between now and Feb. 28 and you get warm gingerbread cookies delivered to your room and a do-it-yourself cookie-decorating kit. The hotel’s Great Cookie Caper package also includes four tickets (for two adults and two children) to the Boston Children’s Museum, a free in-room family movie per night, complimentary use of the health club and indoor pool, and deluxe accommodations. The package starts at $169 per night, based on availability, and must be booked 72 hours in advance, mentioning promotional code FML or “Great Cookie Caper package.’’ 800-468-3571,