You watched the inspiring journey unfold for our initial tour, and you’ve been wondering when the next one is so you can participate, and now here it is:
MARCH 14-28, 2020!
Just like the 2019 version, many things on this exclusive trip are configurable to fit your budget and desires, so read on! You can come for 8 days (14 March to 21 March 2020) or 15 days (14 March to 28 March 2020), and you can add up to 3 days of early unscheduled time to acclimate before the tour, from 11 March to 13 March 2020.
HOW IT WORKS
Get yourself to the airport in Lima by 7 am on Saturday, 14 March 2020, and we’ll take care of the rest! Your all-inclusive trip includes your Lima-Cusco-Lima airfare, transportation, lodging, tour activities, most meals, and tips for all our adventure partners. You’ll move into my historic home, El Canchon, in a shared room with shared bath, where you can unpack and settle in for the duration of your stay, with no need to pack and move every day. Enjoy our cooked to order meal plan, chef-prepared box lunches, selected group meals at fine restaurants, authentic Quechua meals in weaving communities, and always-available snacks, drinking water, and soft drinks. You’ll experience exclusive demonstrations and workshops in spindle spinning, backstrap weaving, dyeing, finishing techniques, and knitting, as well as coffee roasting, cacao roasting, and traditional cooking. And of course, you’ll travel in comfort to remote communities for onsite demonstrations, workshops, and shopping directly with the producers of artisan textile goods and more.
BASE ADVENTURE – 8 DAYS
Day 1 (14 March 2020): we meet you in Lima and fly to Cusco together, where we’ll be met and transported directly to lower altitude at 8500 feet above sea level in the ancient citadel and vacation town of Ollantaytambo, where we’ll be based for the duration. We’ll serve light lunch, herbal teas, soft drinks, and dinner, while you begin to acclimate and enjoy a welcome presentation introducing our team.
Day 2 (15 March 2020): Enjoy breakfast in our stunning garden, followed by a workshop in traditional Andean spindle spinning with your pushka, or genuine Andean spindle. Following a group lunch, experience demonstrations in roasting coffee, cacao, local corn, and habas (fava beans). After group dinner, relax in the garden or our onsite lounge.
Day 3 (16 March 2020): Choose between a free day with walking tour around the town of Ollantaytambo, group meals at home at El Canchon, and onsite weaving demonstrations, or take an optional all inclusive guided tour of Machu Picchu for an additional $500.
Day 4 (17 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, followed by an onsite workshop in backstrap weaving featuring the youth program of the Asociacion de Tejedoras Away Riqcharicheq of Chinchero. We’ll break for lunch, continue in the afternoon, and enjoy group dinner at one of Ollantaytambo’s fine dining establishments.
Day 5 (18 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, followed by a drive to Chinchero at 12,500 feet above sea level for demonstrations and a workshop in ñawi awapa, Chinchero’s signature tubular edging technique, at the Asociacion de Tejedoras Away Riqcharicheq of Chinchero, the longest-standing community working with the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. We’ll eat a traditional meal in Chinchero, have time for exclusive shopping, and journey home to Ollantaytambo with a detour to view the salt mines at Maras. After group dinner, relax in the garden or onsite lounge.
Day 6 (19 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, followed by an excursion to the town of Chahuaytire for demonstrations, technique workshop, shopping, and traditional lunch. In the afternoon, weather permitting, we’ll take a driving tour of the surroundings, then return to Ollantaytambo for pizza night at one of Ollantaytambo’s best eateries.
Day 7 (20 March 2020): Driving tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas, famous Cusco archaeological sites at Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, Q’enko, and Sacsayhuaman. We’ll check into our Cusco hotel, and I’ll take you on a guided tour of Cusco’s central market followed by a visit to the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco’s museum and shop on Avenida Sol. Dinner on your own (we’ll make suggestions).
Day 8 (21 March 2020): Free Day in Cusco to explore on your own, group lunch at one of Cusco’s most exclusive restaurants, and an afternoon departure for Lima in time to catch your late night or overnight flight home.
BASE PRICE: $1700
MACHU PICCHU ADD-ON: $500
Total for 8 days including Machu Picchu: $2200
Features all of the above, plus 7 additional days. You can still choose to add Machu Picchu or skip it, and you can add a group lunch and trip to the Amano Museum of precolumbian textiles in Lima.
Day 9 (22 March 2020): We’ll get on the road early to tour the traditional Sunday market in Urcos, then travel to the weaving community of Pitumarca at about 12,000 feet, where you’ll see live demonstrations in weaving techniques not practiced anywhere else, such as discontinuous warp, scaffold weaving, and tapestry weaving on the backstrap loom. We’ll eat a traditional lunch, enjoy exclusive shopping, and return to Ollantaytambo for a group dinner.
Day 10 (23 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, tour Ollantaytambo’s archaeological sites at your leisure, and learn how a traditional pachamanca is cooked in a stone oven. Then, of course, eat the pachamanca feast, and in the afternoon, tour Destilería Andina, where our neighbors produce award-winning cañazo, Cusco’s distilled sugar cane spirit. Dinner on your own — if you’re hungry.
Day 11 (24 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, followed by an excursion to Patacancha for demonstrations in weaving, spinning, dyeing, music, dancing, and traditional agriculture. Late lunch in the archaeological site of Pumamarca, followed by dinner on your own in Ollantaytambo.
Day 12 (25 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, then a trip to Accha Alta, our highest altitude community at about 13,000 feet. Time and weather permitting, we’ll take a driving tour to the high altitude pass nearby at 14,500 feet. Chef-prepared box lunch, group dinner at home. We’ll do workshops in khumpay, the embroidered edging and seaming technique featured on the “Ice Maiden” mummy’s clothing and restored to general practice by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.
Day 13 (26 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, explore on your own, group lunch, packing, and last-minute shopping advice. Spindle plying and yarn management workshop onsite. Farewell dinner.
Day 14 (27 March 2020): Breakfast in the garden, followed by a return to Chinchero to catch up on any final questions and say goodbye, then into Cusco where we’ll check into the hotel, and I’ll help you sort out any last-minute shopping or sights you want to see on your own. Dinner on your own.
Day 15 (28 March 2020): Breakfast at the hotel, followed by our flight to Lima. OPTIONAL: buffet brunch and tour of the Amano Museum in Lima, $150 including transportation, lunch, and museum fees.
FULL 15 DAYS:
Baseline adventure: $3500
With Amano Museum: $3650
With Machu Picchu: $4000
With Machu Picchu and Amano Museum: $4150
You can arrive early as well! If you want to spend some extra time ahead of the tour relaxing at El Canchon, taking longer to acclimate to altitude before the adventures begin, you can! Contact me to discuss this option, which is available for $125/person per day, including transport, lodging, and meals, for up to 3 days (the 11, 12, and 13 of March).
If you prefer not to share a room, a limited number of single rooms are available for an additional $75 per day. If you would like to do this, please contact us directly after registration for customized invoicing of your final balance.
ONLY 10 SPOTS ARE AVAILABLE!
To reserve your spot, a deposit of 25% is required. You will be billed in 4 installments: the initial deposit, another 25% each the first week in January, first week in February, and first week in March. If registering after 7 January, your deposit and initial payment will be combined. If registering after 7 February, your deposit, initial payment, and second payment will be combined. If registering between 7-10 March, payment in full will be required. Registration closes when the tour is full, or on 10 March.
INCLUDED: All travel once you’re in Peru; you have to get yourself to Lima. Almost all meals. All hotels. All activities. Tips.
PLEASE NOTE: Most of Peru is not made up of flat surfaces! We will be walking outdoors, on surfaces that are not even. Stairs are unavoidable.
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 January 2020.