Many of you have been asking: Abby, when are you going to be hosting groups of people on a Peru trip? When can I come and have you show me around all these amazing experiences you share with us online?
Well, the answer is: December 1-14, 2019! It’s been really exciting putting together this experience for 7, 10, or 14 days, so you can choose your Peru adventure!
If you’re coming December 1-7, all you need to do is get yourself to the Lima airport in time for an early morning flight to Cusco, and I’ll meet you there and accompany you to Cusco where we’ll be met at the airport and whisked away to my private retreat space, El Canchon in Ollantaytambo, where we’ll spend the day acclimating at lower altitude, eating lightly to help that process, and enjoying on-site demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and knitting. You’ll also get a spindle project to start, a weaving project to start, and a knitting project to start. We’ll see to it you’re well-fed and well-hydrated with plenty of low-pressure activities!
On day 2, we’ll have breakfast and talk about the portable projects you’ve got (spinning, weaving, and knitting), and stroll around the living Inca town of Ollantaytambo, tour the ruins of its impressive fortress, eat a big lunch, then pack our overnight bags because we’re taking the afternoon train to Machu Picchu! One of the great railway journeys of the world, we’ll follow the Vilcanota river all the way to Aguas Calientes, where we’ll check in to our hotel, then have a group dinner, followed by free time to rest, roam, or socialize.
Day 3 will start with breakfast and an an early morning bus ride up to the site and a guided tour of this marvel of the world. After our time at the site is up, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where we’ll have a generous buffet lunch, have a guided tour of the amazing orchid garden, and take the afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo for dinner and drinks at El Canchon.
Day 4, we’ll enjoy breakfast again and then head for the traditional weaving community of Accha Alta, where we’ll spend the day with the weaving association affiliated with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, eating lunch, spinning, weaving, knitting, and let us not forget shopping directly in the community with the weavers who will be demonstrating everything for us. We’ll return to Ollantaytambo for a group dinner at a fabulous restaurant, and relaxing evening at El Canchon.
Day 5 takes us on an amazing drive (after breakfast) from Ollantaytambo to Urubamba and up the switchbacks to the road to the salt mines at Maras, where people still make salt the way they have since time immemorial. This is one of the most remarkable landscapes in the world, on the way there, and on the way from Maras to Moray, the Inca agricultural lab where plant science of many kinds was conducted. We’ll then make our way to Chinchero for a traditional lunch, demonstrations of weaving, spinning, knitting, dyeing, and whatever else they’re working on at CTTC affiliate Away Riqcharicheq, and then head to Cusco for a group dinner followed by a night at a historic downtown hotel.
Day 6 we’ll eat well to fortify ourselves for a day of seeing Cusco sights — the major ruins up above town, the main cathedral, Qorikancha, and then a guided tour of the museum and shop at the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco on Avenida Sol. We’ll enjoy a generous box lunch and have dinner on our own.
Day 7 is a free day for you to explore Cusco on your own (with my advice) —- after a morning market tour where you’ll get to experience the real deal in terms of food, plus get to shop for anything you may have missed before you head home tomorrow. We can optionally include a cooking class for you after the market tour as well.
This 7 day exclusive experience runs $2195 including all hotels, most meals, all your transportation starting from when you arrive at the Lima airport, entrance tickets for ruins, sites, museums, and cathedrals, and a shared room to call home and keep your stuff secure so you only need to take what you need for every day. Plus, it includes your travel projects (spindle, weaving, and knitting), all tips, and the amazing experiences you’ll get to have with real Peruvian weavers. If you’d prefer a private room, we can arrange that for an additional $400.
If you’re coming December 1-10, you’ll experience everything the 7-day group does, of course, but after we say goodbye to the folks who are leaving, you’ll be whisked back to Ollantaytambo to get ready for Day 8, which will feature a full-day workshop in natural dyeing, where you’ll be provided with skeins to dye, oriented to the processes and materials you’ve already seen quickly demonstrated. Plus, we’ll continue to work on your portable projects.
Day 9, we’ll drive up to the amazing pass above the remote weaving town of Chahuaytire, where you can see and stroll around a landscape that feels like the ceiling of the world, looking down towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas and out across the valley through which the road to Paucartambo runs. Then we’ll head for the weaving association in Chahuaytire, where we’ll have lunch and you can compare their techniques and styles with the other communities you’ve visited so far, and again, shop direct! We’ll return to Ollantaytambo for dinner on your own and a free evening.
Day 10 will take us back to Cusco via the long route, visiting the artisan market at Pisac, along with the lesser-traveled and absolutely astonishing ruins of pre-Inca Pikillacta, and the water temple at Tipon, where you’ll marvel at the scope and scale of the engineering on display in a site that is still being excavated. We’ll have a group lunch, and dinner will be on your own in Cusco; you can fly out to Lima tonight, or else tomorrow morning.
The 10 day experience is all-inclusive as well, with the exception of meals listed as “on your own,” and runs $2995 based on a shared room. If you would prefer a single room, it’s available for an additional $550.
And if you’re coming for the whole grand experience, December 1-14, Day 11 will be a full-day weaving workshop in Cusco, where we’ll expand on the things you’ve learned throughout the trip so far. We’ll share breakfast and lunch, and dinner will be on your own at your choice of Cusco’s amazing gourmet restaurants.
Day 12, we’ll get up early and head for Pitumarca, a weaving community where they have preserved countless traditions once thought lost, including scaffold weaving, tapestry techniques, and some other structures that will simply blow your mind. You’ll also get to hang out with folks who have alpacas, who’ll bring alpacas to meet, and if we’re lucky, maybe we’ll even get to go see some vicuña. We’ll arrive back in Cusco late.
Day 13 is our farewell to Cusco! It’s a free day, but I’ll meet you for breakfast to talk about anything you maybe haven’t found yet or haven’t experienced yet, and give you advice on how to do it, then turn you loose. We’ll meet up for a farewell dinner, then take the late flight to Lima, spend the night, and in the morning for
Day 14, tour some of the Lima museums, eat a last big meal, and you’ll be on your way home.
The 14 day experience also includes all your transportation, entry fees, program fees, most meals, tips, and so forth, and runs $3995 for a shared room, but if you’d like a single room, it’s available for an additional $750/person.
ONLY 10 SPOTS are available, total! To reserve your spot, a deposit of $350 is required, with half of the remaining amount due by 15 September 2019 and the full balance due by 30 November 2019.
INCLUDED: All travel once you’re in Peru; you have to get yourself to Lima.
PLEASE NOTE: Most of Peru is not made up of flat surfaces! We will be walking outdoors, on surfaces that are not even.
If you would prefer for me to build you a custom itinerary outside these dates, you can email me to discuss options starting as soon as August 2019.