Weaving Exploration

Overview

  • The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Peruvian weaving is one of the oldest and greatest contributions to world civilization, and it continues to evolve and flourish, as does the music and cuisine of Peru. Celebrate the essence of Andean culture through the wealth of its legendary textile art. Become intrigued by the looms, techniques and natural plant dyes. Astounding hues of purples and reds from prized cochinilla. Rare tones of blue. Explore the intrinsic patterns, symbols and designs through a native perspective—a journey to the heart of andean world view.“Traditional textile patterns honor Pachamama, Mother Universe, and express thankfulness for growth, regeneration and the idea of being related the natural world.”

This is a singular opportunity to directly engage in a personal encounter with master weavers of the Apu Weaving Society who will share their ancestral weaving knowledge. Enjoy hands on back strap weaving combined with seeing all of the sites in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu., tied to a profound cultural immersion and exploration of andean culture.

Collaborate with concerned individuals around the world who value textiles and the diversity of world cultures and who are facing the possibility that the 2000-year-old Peruvian textile tradition could be lost in this generation. Joining efforts to prevent this loss, we will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles started by Nilda Callañaupa, an internationally known Peruvian weaver. We celebrate her successful efforts to preserve and revive Peruvian textile arts, and honor Nilda’s creative solutions that have rapidly expanded.

Trip highlights:

  • Participate in a rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation while visiting rural Peru.
  • Live this exceptional opportunity to meet in person the weavers still practicing their knowledge in the Andes today.
  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine at every meal.
  • Stay at Pisac Inn ~ settle into your room in the quaint town of Pisac for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking allows true interaction to evolve.
  • Enjoy the traditional music and dance of Peru.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday ~ a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders.
  • Visit Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world.
  • Join our commitment in the diffusion, protection and celebration of the endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with us directly supports our cultural work.
  • Delve into the depths of weaving, affording direct encounters with local Andean specialists.
  • Enrich your life. Expand your horizons.

A treasury of techniques, forms, layouts, and symbolic meanings unique in the world are found in the textile systems developed in Peru over the millennia. In the Andes weaving contains many layers of meaning and serves ritual as well as utilitarian functions. Peruvian textiles honor Pachamama, Mother Universe. When asked why they make such colorful textiles, one Quechua man responded that they see themselves as walking flowers, bringing joy and beauty to Pachamama. Peruvian weavers express appreciation for the process of growth and generation, concepts of space, time, and relatedness to other species and the natural world. In the Andes, weavers pass on their knowledge, not by writing, but by the process of person-to-person communication, watching and practicing. You will be welcomed into this world and learn in this way.

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Itinerary

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Arrival at Cusco airport. Be greteed by your Peru Cultural Journeys guide, and begin a 45 minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley and Pisac Inn. Lunch at Pisac Inn. Settle into your lovely room at Pisac Inn, meet the staff and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. Enjoy your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu so you may explore the diversity and richness of Peruvian Cuisine. Take the afternoon to rest, acclimate and explore the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Gather for an early evening orientation with a welcoming Pisco Sour followed by a fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

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After breakfast enjoy a leisurely 30-minute scenic drive to explore pre-Columbian sites outside of Cusco including the sacred spring of Tambomachay, the lunar and solar observatories of Kenko, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman. You will be captivated by the introduction to Andean astronomy and sacred geometry, the foundation of Andean culture that will be expanded on each day of your journey. Enjoy lunch at one of Cusco’s fine restaurants, or a local spot recommended by your guide. Upon return to Pisac Inn meet master weavers from the Apu weaving Society of Amaru., who will be your local Andean specialists. Hear their story and immerse yourself in their context as you spend the afternoon visiting with them while relaxing in meditative spinning. Before dinner enjoy some time to rest and contemplate, or indulge in an herbal bath and massage at Unucha Spa. Dinner followed by festive traditional music and dance with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to preserving their Andean culture.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included) (spa treatments not included) Weaving event: Pisac

Day Three

Admire the patchwork highlands with awe inspiring vistas during your one hour drive to Chincheros. Vist the town, museum and archeological site. Continue on the Center for Traditional Textiles started by Nilda Callañaupa, and admire the beaitufil works of art in progress. Celebrate Nilda’s important vision to revive the traditional textiles. After a full day of exploring, your return to Pisac Inn feels like coming home. Spend the afternoon setting up your back strap loom with weavers from Amaru while confirming how Nilda’s initiative has inspired weavers of the entire region. As evening falls, wander through Pisac as the daily market is broken down, enjoy a sunset stroll along the corn fields or simply relax with a Pisco Sour as you people watch either at the sidewalk café or on the balcony before another memorable meal in Peru.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D Weaving event: Pisac

Day Four

Drive to Pisac archeological site where the staggering agricultural terrace work is among the most extensive in the area, following the shape of the mountainsides in entrancing concave and convex forms. The central astronomic and ceremonial area is widely acclaimed as some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. This expansive site provides an ideal setting for a picnic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Embark upon a breathtaking walk down to Pisac and enjoy Pisac’s colorful Traditional Indian Market. Admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac on Sunday, and don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to buy woven goods, sweaters and jewelry. Spend the afternoon beginning to weave in preparation for the full day of weaving up in the community.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D Weaving event: Pisac

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Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and walk through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where a genuinely authentic way of life is still practiced to this day. First you will learn about the plants, minerals used to naturally dye the wool, and see a dying demonstration as they share stories and methods. You will then set up your back-strap loom, and enjoy a full day of weaving in open air, side by side with the participants of the Apu weaving association who will share there ancestral weaving skills. The magical setting combined with a beautiful cultural exchange allows you to step back in time and appreciate a quality of life with an admirable simplicity that is strikingly moving and profound. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with their prized agrarian products. Continue weaving into the afternoon, and allow the peace to settle into your being. This wonderful opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the weavers is not to be missed. Return to Pisac for some relaxation and contemplation before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D Weaving event: Amaru

Day Six

Begin your day with a nutritious breakfast of rainforest fruits and Andean grains to start a breathtaking one-hour drive through the heart of the Sacred Valley to the Inca town Ollantaytambo. Visit Ollantaytambo’s magnificent archeological site, learn about the Llama constellation and explore the town that was built in the shape of a corncob. After lunch enjoy a spectacular two hour train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in preparation for an early start to Machu Picchu the following morning.

Hotel: La Cabaña Boutique Hotel Meals: B, L (dinner not included)

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Get an early start to take the 20 min bus ride up to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival participate in a guided tour of the most important sectors of Machu Picchu, and following a picnic lunch surrounded by natural beauty and ancient ruins, spend a few hours to sit and reflect on your own. Take bus down to Aguas Calientes, catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Pisac. A light dinner awaits upon your return to Pisac Inn.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)

Day Eight

Enjoy a city day in Cusco. Stroll through the streets of Cusco, admire the Inca walls, visit the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple Coricancha. Visit the Center for Traditional Textiles started by Nilda Callañaupa in Cusco, and enjoy a private presentation with the head of the project. Have a relaxing lunch out on the town in a fine restaurant recommended by your guide. Enjoy shopping at boutiques that feature high quality alpaca in contemporary designs. Upon return to Pisac enjoy some relaxation before your festive farewell dinner with the Amaru weavers. Take this opportunity to review or ask questions so you may continue weaving at home.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)

Day Nine

Early breakfast before leaving for the Cusco airport.
Meals: B

*The order of your itinerary will change according to the day you arrive.

Useful Information

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Destinations: The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Description: High altitude, mountainous terrain. Easy driving tours and day hikes.

Altitudes: Cusco 11,200 ft, Pisac 10,000 ft, Machu Picchu 7,500 ft, Amaru 10,500 ft

Length: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Difficulty: Easygoing / Moderate

Category: Boutiuque (3 star level)

Journey Series: Andean Immersion Series

Available: Small group or private

Season: All year

Pace: Moderate, with time for relaxation

Special interest events: Four hands on weaving classes, including on ein the tradiotional community of Amaru, two visits to the Centro de textiles. Textile vision and storytelling will be highlighted throughout the entire trip.

Interests: Cultural & Culinary, Andean heritage, spirituality & world view, Sacred geomotry, astronomy & agronomy

Accommodations: This profound travel experience is hosted out of quaint Pisac Inn in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Small and comfortable, this boutique hotel is charming, full of artistic detials and old world flair that celebrate the depth richness of local Andean heritage.
A hotel upgrade is possible for part of the trip or for the whole trip.

Meals: This trip includes meals with exclusive daily set menus that are creatively spun by our chef. All of the meals are prepared using the finest local products with the clear intention of exploring the richness of Peruvian cuisine. The diversity of legendary and nutritious ingredients used in our meal preprations are fresh, organic and native of Peru.
Sitting down for a lovely meal, including a soup or salad, main course, dessert and beverage, is one of our trip highlights, with no dish repeated. We love food, and invite you to savor Peru’s culinary explosion.

  • Vegetarian and special diet menu available.
  • Beer, wine and cocktails are available, but are not included in tour price.
  • Don’t miss the famous Pisco Sour! It is delightful.

The few meals not included in your program will be eaten out at restaurants recomemnded by your guide.

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Prices

Prices

  • Starting from $2,100 per person
  • Private and customized prices upon request

Included:

  • All ground transportation upon arrival to Cusco airport in a private tourist level vehical
  • Private, specialized, professional English speaking native guides who accompanies you for your whole stay
  • Entrance fees to all historical sites on daily excursions
  • Machu Picchu: Touriust class train (Ollantaytambo Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo), bus (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes), entrance fee to Machu Picchu, overnight in Aguas Calientes
  • Fresh, organic meals celebrating Peruvian cuisine in daily set menus especially planned (vegetarian available)
  • Charming accommodations
  • Four hand on cooking events and two local marektplace shopping events
  • Special events with local andean specialists

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Any tips or donations
  • Meals eaten out as indicated in program
  • Any snacks or beverages not included at mealtime

* The cost of our tour is in U.S. dollars per person
* Group sizes: minimum 3, maximum 12 passengers
* Prices per person based on double occupancy – single supplement available
* Taxes may apply
* Programs and prices are subject to change and availability
* Not applicable on some dates/holiday season

We specialize in weaving our journeys for travelers, therefore we do not have set dates. Please contact us directly to check availability.