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Humanitarian Photography Adventure

$5,630

Immerse yourself in the culture of Peru on this humanitarian photography adventure to Peru. Travel with famed travel photographer for social change, Michele Zousmer. Learn how she captures the essence of her subjects and their world as she travels on a mission to deepen our universal connection.

Highlights

Trek with llamas through rural communities.

Be inspired by everyday heroines who are making an extraordinary difference.

Learn the ancient art of weaving.

Enjoy a blessing to the earth on your return from Machu Picchu.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Historic Lima

Sample succulent fruit at the local market.

Walk from San Martin Square to the Plaza Mayor through Jiron de la Unión Street. This was the place to see and be seen from colonial times until the early nineteen hundreds.

Join locals for ceviche, a popular lunch special in Lima.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendants of its original owner.

Finish the day with a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Enjoy dinner at a chifa. Chifas reflect the food traditions of Lima’s surprisingly large Chinese immigrant community.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 3: Visit Pachacama & Surf With the Kids of Generación

Travel outside the city to explore the famed archeological site of Pachacamac. Pachacamac was not only an important Inca site, but served as a ceremonial center for about 1000 years before the Inca Empire.

Meet Lucy Borja, founder of Generación, and learn about her work to save the street children of Lima. Take surfing lessons from the kids.

Stop at a community of artisans who fled from Ayacucho during the terrorist reign of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Shop for unique items offered at excellent prices.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 4: Travel to Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Spend the evening visiting the archives of famous Peruvian photographer, Martín Chambi. His grandson, Teo, will be your host.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 5: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 6: Soak in the Lares Hot Springs & Hike to Huacahuasi

Stock up on supplies at the local market in Lares.

Take a soothing dip in the Lares Hot Springs.

Meet our llamas and horses.

Hike up the valley of the rushing Trapiche River to reach camp in the highland village of Huacahuasi.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Camping

Hiking Details: 7.5 miles; 3 to 4 hours; elevation gain of 2,297 feet; altitude of 10,170 to 12,467 at camp

Day 7: Hike from Huacahuasi to Patacancha

Start your day with a cup of steaming hot tea brought to the door of your tent.

Climb steadily over a treeless landscape of ground-hugging plants and flowers and through pastures where herds of alpacas and llamas graze.

Summit the Ipsaycocha pass at 13,996 feet and descend into the Patacancha watershed. Hike through the wetlands as you look for Andean geese and Punis Ibis.

Greet farmers and their families as you hike through various rural communities.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Camping

Hiking Details: 5.6 miles; 5 to 7 hours; elevation gain/loss of 1,804/2,132 feet; altitude of 12,467 to 14,271 over pass to 12,139 at camp

Day 8: Visit a Rural Weaving Community & Ollantaytambo

Spend the morning learning about life as a weaver in the rural community of Patacancha. Visit the Awamaki project and learn the ancient art of weaving.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 9: Experience Machu Picchu

Take the train and then the bus to Machu Picchu.

Tour Machu Picchu with your guide. Then, explore the ruins on your own before returning to Cusco via train.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 10: Discover the Sacred Valley

Walk through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Visit Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Stop by Moray. The Incas performed agricultural experiments in these terraced circles.

Enjoy a pachamanca and a blessing to the earth beside a beautiful lake on your way back to Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 11: Return to Lima

Return to Lima.

Experience the delights of Peruvian cuisine by participating in a cooking class.

Once the cooking is done, you’ll have plenty of time to savor the lunch you prepared.

Stretch your legs after lunch with a walk around Lima and enjoy a final pisco sour before heading back to the airport for your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Trip Rating

Moderate

Prices

Prices for 2017

6+ people = $5,630

Single room = $675*

*Tents are shared

Included In Price
  • Accommodations – double occupancy
  • Airport/hotel transfers
  • Carbon offsets
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees for scheduled tours
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation specified in the itinerary
Excluded From Price
  • Airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Baggage costs
  • Meals not specified by the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

August 18 – 28, 2017

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