Textile Trip to Cuzco: 

This  trip will be exclusively with students of the weaving workshop, so you will only travel with your fellow students that, at that point, you have been meeting for 2 weeks.

The Itinerary that we have planned is as follows:

Day 1: Flight Lima – Cusco

We begin the day with an early group meeting over breakfast and leave towards the airport in the morning. We will arrive to Cusco before lunch and upon arrival we will be taken to our hotel, the Novotel Cusco (hotel website), located only 2 blocks away from the Main Square, to freshen up and rest for a bit in order to get used to the altitude of the city. You will have time to rest and to have lunch at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant of your choosing.

In the afternoon we will meet again to visit the traditional neighborhood of San Blas, known for being the neighborhood of artisans of Cusco, where we will visit the galleries of our favorite local artisans, and then go for a walk down to the Main Square. The rest of the afternoon/evening is free to walk around the city a bit, dine, or have an early rest.

Day 2: City Tour

Since the narrow alleyways of Cusco were originally designed by the Incas for walking, we will explore the city through a walking tour. We will visit the Cathedral of Cusco and then head to Qoricancha, which is the “Sun Temple” of the Incas located in within the city. After lunch we will visit the Museo Maximo Laura (Maximo’s gallery/ museum in Cuzco, which is located only 2 blocks away from our hotel!) to see the private collection of tapestries that are being exhibited there and then we will head to the traditional market of Cusco, where you will have time to explore on your own (we will show you where to find beautiful fabric within the market).

Before ending the day, we will visit the gallery/museum of the CTTC (Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco), to see some of the most beautiful traditional textiles found in this area. They are a non-profit organization established to aid in the survival of traditional Andean textile traditions and to provide support to weaving communities. They have a gallery/museum in the city of Cusco, and another location in the town of Chinchero, an hour away from Cusco. We will visit their Cusco location first, and will go to their location in Chinchero to do our natural dyes workshop with them on Day 6. We have added this visit, even if we are visiting them in Chinchero, because in Cusco you will find a variety of quality of textiles, so we want to show you this very high quality work early on.

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Pisaq

We will leave the city of Cusco for 4 days and 3 nights, to first sleep in the quietness of the Sacred Valley, then to sleep in Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, and then for one last night in the Sacred Valley.

We will first head to the Pisaq Market, a traditional market where many locals sell and barter their homegrown fruits, vegetables, and which has also expanded to include, textiles, ceramic, jewelry, musical instruments and much more! On our way to Pisaq we will stop at a weaving center to get some insight into the entire textile process, we will see alpacas, llamas and vicuñas and explore the textile process in the Andes.

After having time to explore the Pisaq Market, we will have lunch at a local restaurant in the market, and then meet back to go to the Pisaq Archeological Site, where we will spend the rest of the afternoon. After Pisaq we will head to our hotel in the Sacred Vally, the Sonesta Posadas Del Inca (hotel website), a remodeled eighteenth-century monastery that retains its original colonial charm. 

Day 4: Sacred Valley & Aguas Calientes Town

After breakfast, we will visit two archeological sites in the Sacred Valley: Moray and the salt mines of Maras. We will go to lunch at a delicious buffet restaurant located at the foot of the Urubamba river, with many traditional and international cuisine options (this meal is included in the tour). After lunch we will visit the Archeological Site in the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. In the late afternoon you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, the city that is just before Machu Picchu, where you will be able to have diner and rest for a very beautiful next day! The citadel of Machu Picchu is located only 23 minute away from Aguas Calientes.

Day 5: Machu Picchu!

After an early breakfast, you will visit Machu Picchu for the entire morning, after the visit you will go back to Aguas Calientes for lunch, and then catch the train back. We will spend the night in the Sacred Valley, at the Sonesta Posadas Del Inca (hotel website).

 

Day 6: Natural Dyes Workshop

We will have a late breakfast to recover all of the energy and be ready for a beautiful day in Chinchero, where we will have a hands-on natural dyes workshop. We will spend the morning with weavers from the CTTC, who will teach you the long traditional of natural dyes in the Andes, using insects, flowers and leaves to create a rainbow of colors. At the end of the workshop you will be able to take the yarn that you have dyed. After the workshop we will head back to the city of Cusco for a free afternoon.

Day 7: Flight Cusco – Lima

We will have a late breakfast and catch our flight to Lima, arriving at around 1:00 pm. The bus that will pick us up from the airport will take us back to our hotel in Miraflores.

Summary

 

Day 0:
– Overnight in Lima (Casa Andina Hotel)

Day 1:
– Flight Lima – Cusco
– Overnight at the city of Cusco (Novotel Hotel)

Day 2:
– City Tour
– Overnight at the city of Cusco (Novotel Hotel)

Day 3:
– Pisaq Market and Archeological Site
– Overnight at the Sacred Valley (Posada del Inka Hotel)

 

Day 4:
– Sacred Valley Arqueological Sites
– Train ride to Aguas Calientes
– Overnight at Aguas Calientes

Day 5:
– Visit to Machu Picchu
– Train ride back
– Overnight at the Sacred Valley (Posada del Inka Hotel)

Day 6:
– Natural Dyes Workshop in Chinchero
– Overnight at the city of Cusco (Novotel Hotel)

Day 7:
– Flight Cusco – Lima