Knitting – Argentina

Model wearing handknit Andean-style cap.Knitting and Culinary Tour of Argentina and Uruguay

August 24 – September 6, 2021 

(Fly home Sept. 7)  14 nights

Join Cynthia LeCount Samaké and Gerardo Guzmán in safe and friendly South America for an exciting adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two yarn mill tours in Montevideo – Malabrigo and more!
  • Exciting Buenos Aires restaurants and museums
  • Relaxing four-day knitting retreat at an idyllic country hacienda
  • Learn new techniques typical of South American knitting
  • Special knitting project with your favorite motifs – Andean or design your own.
  • Take the ferry to the UNESCO site Colonia del Sacramento
  • Street art and graffiti tour in Buenos Aires
  • Artisan crafts and antiques fair at the San Telmo weekend market
  • Flamboyant Tango dance performance

Cynthia literally wrote the book on Andean Folk Knitting! She’ll bring contemporary knitted caps for you to exclaim over, and present Powerpoint slides of historic/museum examples. In the Argentine countryside, we’ll have a private workshop where she’ll teach us traditional stranded/circular knitting techniques typical of Peru and Bolivia. You’ll go home with a beautiful cap with motifs that you have created with Cynthia’s easy graphing technique – something like the one above, depending on your design and creativity. This project will be done with Malabrigo’s stunning merino yarns from Uruguay.

Three skeins of hand-dyed yarn.

Skeins of hand-dyed Malabrigo sock yarn, ready for a gorgeous project.

Details of flexible itinerary

We land in Buenos Aires at the EZE airport where you’ll be met by Cynthia and/or Gerardo for the taxi drive into the city. If you arrive after midnight, we will send a taxi driver who will have a sign with your name. Check into our charming hotel in Buenos Aires. In the next few days, discover typical foods and settle into the Argentine rhythm of life as we explore the city. With a local guide, we’ll see the best of the amazing street art and graffiti. This display of pubic art is encouraged by officials and building owners, so artists can work in the open and set up scaffolding for enormous projects covering the sides of multi-story buildings.

From Buenos Aires we’ll cross the Rio de la Plata on a modern ferry, to arrive in the tiny but mighty country of Uruguay. We’ll land in Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, it’s one of the oldest towns in Uruguay. Lonely Planet calls this town “irresistibly picturesque.” Our van and driver will pick us up at the ferry port and we’ll continue to the capital, Montevideo, and check into our hotel. To thoroughly enjoy this historical city, we’ll stay for three ‘knitting- and yarn-related’ days in this pretty town.

Purple and gold hand-dyed yarns dry at the Malabrigo mill.

Dyed yarn drying at Malabrigo Yarn mill, Montevideo.

Uruguayan Yarn Mill

Highlights of our time in Uruguay will be a tour of yarn dyeing facilities. We’ll see how they make some of their exquisite hues. We’ll also visit a sheep ranch where the ranch chef will make an Asado or traditonal BBQ  lunch for us (no sheep eaten!). My favorite part of lunch is the little cast iron pans filled with Provolone that melts on the grill–yum! We’ll also meet the Merino and Corriedale sheep and learn about the soft fiber used for the famous yarn.

Another highlight may be devouring a succulent Chivito! This is a the national dish of Uruguay. Basically it’s a huge sandwich composed of a slice of steak, with ham, mozzarella, tomatoes, and black olives. Some people add bacon, and a fried egg! French fries usually accompany a towering, messy-to-eat Chivito. A cheese/egg/tomato version can be ordered for non-meat-eaters. (Both Argentina and Uruguay are not vegetarian territory, but you’ll always find something good to eat, because of the huge Italian influence.)

Colorful knitted hat from Peru.

Festive hand-knit cap worn by teen-aged girls in southern Peru.

Returning to Colonia after our days in Montevideo, we’ll learn about its colorful history on a walking tour over ancient cobblestone streets. Later there is free time to stroll the streets marveling at the colorful old homes and shady plazas. You can take photos, visit the cool shops and art galleries.  Lunch and dinner on your own in Colonia; it will be fun to choose some interesting places near the hotel. After a couple of nights at a welcoming boutique hotel, we take the ferry back to Buenos Aires.

The Knitting Retreat at the Estancia

Next we drive two hours south of Buenos Aires to a traditional Estancia (ranch), my idea of Heaven! We’ll spend four nights here at the peaceful, woodsy ranch. Our meals are served in the sunny breakfast room or the elegant dining room, so we’ll have no cares and can immerse ourselves in knitting. The estancia house has roaring fireplaces in the library and living room so it is very cozy for sitting around knitting and relaxing.

In addition to the knitted hat/cap workshop, Cynthia will present an Update to Andean Knitting Powerpoint showing examples of some of the new innovations and techniques done in nearby Bolivia and Peru. As a break to your knitting, there will be plenty of time to walk around the estancia’s 250 wooded acres and visit the horses, chat with new friends, or read a book – between breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner. We’ll relax, knit, eat, then drink some wine and relax some more!

View of the Estancia’s main house amidst 250 acres of agricultural land.

Food at the Estancia is plentiful and delicious; we will savor the famous Argentine asado or BBQ of meats and sausages; vegetarians will have other options. The estancia cook will make some of Argentina’s most classic dishes and typical desserts. And one day we will make our own lunch of yummy empanadas with your favorite fillings! People from last year’s trip are still craving the rich homemade caramel topping called dulce de leche. Every day we will have tea and cookies in the afternoon, then dinner later, as is the custom.

Back to Buenos Aires

After four delightful days of knitting and sharing with new friends, we’ll head back to BA, as locals call it. Much of the city is reminiscent of Paris back in the day; the architecture and ambiance, down to the huge sycamore trees, are so similar!

Traditional empanada Cuisine of argentina

Cynthia’s fancy Empanada (Llamapanada) for lunch.

One morning, we’ll take taxis to the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery which contains hundreds of huge and elaborate mausoleums, decorated with marble statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. Many Argentine presidents are buried here, as well as Eva Peron and other famous people.

On our last Sunday, we’ll enjoy the scene at the lively San Telmo weekend art and antique market and we’ll have lunch with Argentine friends at a popular spot. At some point we’ll wander along the “Yarn Street,” within walking distance of our hotel. We found that the shops sell mostly synthetic yarns, but there are a couple that carry other fibers. And some of the synthetic is quite unusual and appealing, especially for children’s garments.

The next and final day is at leisure: shop some more, relax and wander around the neighborhood, then pack up your suitcases for the trip home! Lunch on your own this free day. Fabulous Tango Show and Farewell Dinner on last night.

(Arrive August 24, depart for home September 7.)

Plan your plane departure time for September 7, but not too early in the morning, so you can enjoy the TANGO SHOW with Dinner and wine at Angelito’s the night before.

TOUR COST:  $5150.
(Single supplement available for $760.)
Includes 14 nights total: Accommodation in double/twin rooms in comfortable boutique hotels with private bath, and 4 nights at the idyllic historic hacienda with shared bathroom. Limited number of singles at the estancia.

Also includes all meals except a few lunches and dinners on free days when the group is not together, all soft drinks and water during meals, knitting workshop, taxi from Buenos Aires airport (EZE) on group arrival date, all interior transportation by private Mercedes Sprinter van with professional driver, city taxis, and modern ferry boats (BuqueBus) round-trip across the river between Argentina and Uruguay; guided Street Art Tour of Buenos Aires on foot and by private van, Tango Show/Farewell Dinner, Malabrigo yarn of your choice for workshop project, and a special cap pattern template designed by Cynthia, for you to personalize.

We all bought lots of Malabrigo yarn!

Street art guide explains the murals by prominent artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine flows quite freely in Argentina and Uruguay! It is included with some meals: with all meals at the estancia, at the sheep ranch BBQ, and at the Tango dinner show.

BTSA Latin American assistant Gerardo Guzmán will also accompany us on the tour, to help translate menus, find taxis, make dinner reservations, etc. He even KNITS!

Not included: International air fare, airport departure transportation, alcoholic beverages except wine as noted, personal items such as luggage porter tips. We will have bottled water in the van for road trips.

We will arrange your airport departure transportation for you, but the fare is not included because everyone departs at different times/flights.

Please make your plane reservations to arrive at EZE, the main Buenos Aires airport. If you arrive at EZE airport on a different date from the group arrival date, you’ll pay the taxi into town, but we will arrange your pickup at the airport and meet you – if we have already arrived.

Street art Colonia 2016

Large-scale columnar street art near the riverside in Colonia.

For more images, see the Argentine and Uruguay trip Photo Gallery.

 

 

Knitting – Nancy Marchant-Argentina

Gorgeous shaded rust and orange Malabrigo hand-dyed yarn; Montevideo.

Knitting and Culinary Tour in Argentina and Uruguay

Portrait of Nancy Marchant, knitting teacher

Nancy models a pretty brioche scarf.

August 24 – September 6, 2021 

(Fly home Sept. 7)  14 nights hotel.

Join Nancy Marchant, Queen of Brioche and Cynthia LeCount Samake in Argentina and Uruguay for a knitting adventure!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malbrigo yarn mill tour in Montevideo
  • Nancy Marchant will travel with us during the trip!
  • Relaxing four-day knitting retreat at a traditional country hacienda
  • Buenos Aires restaurants and museums
  • Special knitting project designed by Nancy for BTSA knitters
  • Ferry across to Uruguay and UNESCO site Colonia del Sacramento
  • Street art and graffiti tour in Buenos Aires
  • Artisan crafts and antiques at the San Telmo weekend market
  • Flamboyant Tango dance performance

Nancy Marchant

On this trip, American author and knitwear designer Nancy Marchant, dubbed ‘Queen of Brioche,’ will be joining us from the Netherlands where she lives. In the Argentine countryside, we’ll have a private workshop with Nancy to learn about her brioche stitch specialty. She’ll show us some of the hundreds of different brioche patterns she has created.  And during the workshop, we’ll work on a beautiful brioche project designed by Nancy. Fortunately she will be at your elbow to help with any complexities. This is a technique I have not tried and I’m anxious to start a project with Malabrigo’s stunning merino yarn from Uruguay!

Three skeins of hand-dyed yarn.

Skeins of hand-dyed Malabrigo sock yarn, ready for a gorgeous project.

Details of flexible itinerary

We land in Buenos Aires at the EZE airport where you’ll be met by Cynthia and/or Gerardo for the taxi drive into the city. If you arrive after midnight, we will send a taxi driver who will have a sign with your name. Check into our charming hotel in Buenos Aires. In the next few days, discover typical foods and settle into the Argentine rhythm of life as we explore the city. A van will take us around the city on a tour to see the best of the amazing street art and graffiti. This display of pubic art is encouraged by officials and building owners, so artists can work in the open and set up scaffolding for enormous projects covering the sides of multi-story buildings.

From Buenos Aires we’ll cross the Rio de la Plata on a modern ferry, to arrive in the tiny but mighty country of Uruguay. We’ll land in Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Founded by the Portuguese in 1680, it’s one of the oldest towns in Uruguay. Lonely Planet calls this town “irresistibly picturesque.” Our van and driver will pick us up at the ferry port and we’ll continue to the capital, Montevideo, and check into our hotel. To thoroughly enjoy this historical city, we’ll stay for three ‘knitting- and yarn-related’ days in this pretty town.

Uruguayan Yarn Mill

Highlights of our time in Uruguay will be a tour of yarn dyeing facilities. We’ll see how they make some of their exquisite hues. We’ll also visit a sheep ranch where the ranch chef will make an Asado or traditonal BBQ  lunch for us (no sheep eaten!). My favorite part of lunch is the little cast iron pans filled with Provolone that melts on the grill–yum! We’ll also meet the Merino and Corriedale sheep and learn about the soft fiber used for the famous yarn.

Another highlight may be devouring a succulent Chivito! This is a the national dish of Uruguay. Basically it’s a huge sandwich composed of a slice of steak, with ham, mozzarella, tomatoes, and black olives. Some people add bacon, and a fried egg! French fries usually accompany a towering, messy-to-eat Chivito. A cheese/egg/tomato version can be ordered for non-meat-eaters. (Both Argentina and Uruguay are not vegetarian territory, but you’ll always find something good to eat, because of the huge Italian influence.)

View of the Estancia’s main house amidst 250 acres of agricultural land.

Returning to Colonia after our days in Montevideo, we’ll learn about its colorful history on a walking tour over ancient cobblestone streets. Later there is free time to stroll the streets marveling at the colorful old homes and shady plazas. You can take photos, visit the cool shops and art galleries.  Lunch and dinner on your own in Colonia; it will be fun to choose some interesting places near the hotel. After a couple of nights at a charming and welcoming Posada, we take the ferry back to Buenos Aires.

 

The Knitting Retreat at the Estancia

Next we drive south of Buenos Aires to a traditional Estancia (ranch). We’ll spend four nights here at the peaceful, woodsy ranch. We’ll immerse ourselves in knitting, making a gorgeous Brioche project created by Nancy, using our hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn. There will be plenty of time to share stories, relax, knit, eat and walk over the Estancia’s 250 acres, then drink some wine and relax some more!

Traditional empanada Cuisine of argentina

Cynthia’s fancy Empanada (Llamapanada) for lunch!

In addition to Nancy’s workshop and brioche lesson, Cynthia will present an Update to Andean Knitting Powerpoint showing examples of some of the new innovations and techniques done in nearby Bolivia and Peru. The estancia house has roaring fireplaces in the library and living room so it is very cozy for hanging out in the evenings. As a break to your knitting, you can walk around the ranch and visit the horses, chat with new friends, or read a good book, between breakfast, lunch, tea time, and dinner.

Food at the Estancia is plentiful and delicious; we will savor the famous Argentine asado or BBQ of meats and sausages; vegetarians will have other options. The estancia cook will make some of Argentina’s most classic dishes and typical desserts. And one day we will make our own lunch of yummy empanadas with your favorite fillings! People from last year’s trip are still craving the rich homemade caramel topping called dulce de leche. Every day we will have tea and cookies in the afternoon, then dinner later, as is the custom.

Back to Buenos Aires

After four delightful days of knitting and sharing with new friends, we’ll head back to BA, as locals call it. Much of the city is reminiscent of Paris back in the day; the architecture and ambiance, down to the huge sycamore trees, are so similar!

One morning, we’ll take taxis to the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery which contains hundreds of huge and elaborate mausoleums, decorated with marble statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. Many Argentine presidents are buried here, as well as Eva Peron and other famous people.

On our last Sunday, we’ll enjoy the scene at the lively San Telmo weekend art and antique market and we’ll have lunch with Argentine friends at a popular spot. At some point we’ll wander along the “Yarn Street,” within walking distance of our hotel. We found that the shops sell mostly synthetic yarns, but there are a couple that carry other fibers. And some of the synthetic is quite unusual and appealing, especially for children’s garments.

The next and final day is at leisure: shop some more, relax and wander around the neighborhood, then pack up your suitcases for the trip home! Lunch on your own this free day. Fabulous Tango Show and Farewell Dinner on last night.

Street art guide explains the murals.

(Arrive August 24, depart for home September 7.)

Plan your plane departure time for September 7, but not too early in the morning, so you can enjoy the TANGO SHOW with Dinner and wine at Angelito’s the night before.

TOUR COST:  $4950.
(Single supplement available for $760.)
Includes 14 nights total: Accommodation in double/twin rooms in comfortable boutique hotels with private bath, and 4 nights at the historic hacienda with shared bathroom. Limited number of singles at the estancia.

Also includes all meals except a few lunches and dinners on free days when the group is not together, all soft drinks and water during meals, three days of knitting workshop with Nancy Marchant, taxi from Buenos Aires airport (EZE) on group arrival date, all interior transportation by private Mercedes Sprinter van with professional driver, city taxis, and modern ferry boats (BuqueBus) round-trip across the river between Argentina and Uruguay; guided Street Art Tour of Buenos Aires on foot and by private van, Tango Show/Farewell Dinner, Malabrigo yarn of your choice for Nancy’s workshop project, and a special pattern/project designed by Nancy.

We all bought lots of Malabrigo yarn!

Wine flows quite freely in Argentina and Uruguay! It is included with some meals: at the estancia, at the sheep ranch BBQ, and at the Tango dinner show.

BTSA Latin American assistant Gerardo Guzmán will also accompany us, with Nancy and Cynthia on the tour, to help translate menus, run for taxis, make dinner reservations, etc.

Not included: International air fare, airport departure transportation, alcoholic beverages except wine as noted, personal items such as luggage porter tips. We will have bottled water in the van for road trips.

We will arrange your airport departure transportation for you, but it is not included because everyone departs at different times/flights.

Please make your plane reservations to arrive at EZE, the main Buenos Aires airport. If you arrive at either Buenos Aires airport on a different date from the group arrival date, you’ll pay the taxi into town, but the hotel will arrange your pickup at the airport.

Street art Colonia 2016

Columnar street art near the riverside in Colonia.

For more images, see the Argentine and Uruguay trip Photo Gallery.

 

Previous Travelers!

Is YOUR group’s photo here?

Here are 75 photos of groups of previous travelers from the past twenty+ years, all the best digital shots we could find so far. See if your group is here.
Not in chronological order, sorry! Let me know if any dates are incorrect. We feel very lucky to have known all these wonderful people.

Textile tour visits renowned kente strip cloth weaver.

GHANA 2020: Susan just bought a big kente cloth from a renowned weaver on this textile tour; leader Barou Samake.

 

PERU 2019: Textile tour takes a break to admire Inka stonework at Sacsahuayman, archeological site above Cuzco.

 

BHUTAN 2019:  Five of us knitting at 14,000 foot pass, briefly, because of the cold-! Prayer flags flutter to bless departed family members. Tej, our excellent driver, at far left.

 

Morocco textile tour travelers with friend who makes trim for clothing.

MOROCCO 2019: Textile tour group shares a laugh with Bouchra who came to the hotel to teach us plaited trims; Fes.

 

ARGENTINA 2018: Knitters at the countryside estancia near Buenos Aires where we had a private knitting retreat and relaxing time on 200 acres.

 

BHUTAN 2020:  Hardy hikers who ascended to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro; other people decided to relax at the hotel for the day! Complete group below.

 

Cooking class in Bhutan hotel in Bumthang Valley.

BHUTAN 2020:  In the Bumthang hotel kitchen, we made buckwheat noodles and garlic potatoes for dinner. BTSA team’s guide Sonam at center and driver Tej on far right.

 

Lush garden by Niger River, Mali.

MALI 2011: Taking a break from painting mudcloth to crunch on fresh carrots in Papou’s riverside garden.

Previous travelers on Argentina Knitting tour with Cynthia Samake.

URUGUAY 2018   Happy knitters with big bags of yarn from the Malabrigo mill. Montevideo. I’m sure we all needed yarn….

 

Past group of knitters in Buenos Aires, knitting tour.

ARGENTINA 2016: Dressed up on our last night in Buenos Aires for the Tango Dinner and Show.

 

MOROCCO 2019: Taking a break from climbing around the Roman ruins of Volubilis, near Meknes.

 

Southern LAOS 2006: With Wat Phu Champasak in the background, UREP group relaxes before climbing to the top.

 

Ikat weavers, India.

INDIA 2018: Renowned family of master silk ikat weavers explains the complex technique of making double ikat on a slanted loom.

 

Group on steps in Chefchaouen Morocco.

MOROCCO 2018: We’re headed to a cooking class in the blue city of Chefchaouen. Great driver Abdul at right.

 

 

Cambodian cooking class group.

CAMBODIA 2018: We’re learning the basics of Cambodia cuisine while we make our delicious lunch; mangoes and sticky rice are for dessert!

 

LAOS 2009: Textile tour travelers rest on the hike up to see spectacular Wat Phu, in the southern part of the country.

 

Archeological sites are included on most of Behind the Scenes textile tours of Turkey.

TURKEY 2005:  On the steps of ancient amphitheatre in Selcuk. Some of these loyal previous travelers have gone on many trips with us since this long-ago adventure!

 

INDIA 2015: Visiting a tea plantation and meeting the workers before a tea-tasting.

 

Group of textile tour people, India

INDIA 2018: Happy day at the salty lakes of northern Gujarat state; we had just seen a herd of wild asses!

 

Group of hikers on Turkey coast.

TURKEY 2014: Hiking trip on the woodsy Mediterranean coast with our wonderful guide Zeynep in purple and trekking guide Ozgur at left.

 

Knitting and weaving tour to the Andes. Group at hotel in Cuzco

PERU 2018: Textile Tour group with Nilda Callañaupa at center, heading out for a great natural dye workshop in Nilda’s hometown. Cuzco.

 

Group with bead artist, Cedi in Ghana

GHANA 2018: Barou and BTSA group, ready to start a bead-making workshop with Cedi, famous glass bead artist, at center.

 

Previous travelers with silk scarves made in dye workshop with Master Ali M. Katri

INDIA 2018: We just made the most beautiful tie-dyed scarves, with Master Bandhini artist and his sons.

 

group from the past Morocco textile tour

MOROCCO 2016: Argan tree with goats (above Ali’s head) who eat the nuts. The rest are made into argan oil.

 

Ghana textile tour previous travelers learn making adinkra printing ink.

GHANA 2018:  Peter shows the textile tour group how to make ink for the Adinkra printing workshop. Photo: Tour leader Barou Samake.

 

Group at Machu Picchu with Inca stones.

PERU 2009: We’ve climbed to the top of Machu Picchu and the Inca stonework is amazing!

 

Behind the Scenes group on textile tour sit on reed Urus islands in Peru.

PERU 2007   Previous travelers with Cynthia’s 2-year old god-daughter Anita. Her parents let the group participate in her first hair-cutting ceremony, and little Anita let a bunch of strangers snip at her hair! Urus Islands, Lake Titicaca.

 

group from the past in Turkey with Cynthia Samake

TURKEY 2012: BTSA textile/culture tour group among the columns of the Athena Temple, Assos-Behramkale.

 

Northeast India textile tour group rests on the steps of the Nunnery in Tawang.

NORTHEAST INDIA 2016: At Tawang Nunnery with drivers Daniel, Manoj and Nomo. Littlest nun on my lap; not visible are the dark red sheepskin boots I brought for her. Miraculously they fit her cold little feet!

 

Oaxaca Mexico textile tour group of previous travelers, at farewell dinner.

MEXICO 2010: Farewell dinner, previous travelers from our textile tour in Oaxaca; with Chloe Sayer in blue/black huipil.

 

 

INDIA 2009: To enter a New Delhi mosque, we donned colorful but very modest bag dresses that they have available at the entrance!

 

Group sitting on steps of old building in Bolivia.

BOLIVIA 2017  Carnival and textiles tour group. With Liz Rojas, top left, at her Candelaria Hacienda outside of Tarabuco.

 

Lunch in Oaxaca Mexico

MEXICO 2010: Lunch with a UREP research group of previous travelers. They are headed afterwards to the Assumption Festival with Chloe Sayer.

 

Group from the past, travelers to Peru in Lima

PERU 2015: We visited the little-known Museo del Andres Castillo, with its good collection of ancient artifacts, Lima.

 

TURKEY 2005:  Knitters hit the huge Yarn Market near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

 

PERU 2015: Textile group in patio of Hotel Los Marqueses, Cuzco. Cuzco’s Center for Traditional Textiles president Nilda Callañaupa in middle.

 

PERU 2006: Study Abroad UC DAVIS World Textiles class: Wonderful student group at Sacsahuayman, Cuzco!

 

MEXICO 2013: Visiting the municipal art museum near Oaxaca city, with Chloe Sayer, far right.

 

Group of friends in Guatemala at Ixchel Museo Museum.

GUATEMALA 2015: Friends in front of the Ixchel Textile Museum in Guatemala City.

 

MALI 2011: Our Tuareg friend Halis showed us around his Sahara Desert town of Timbuktu; yes, it’s real!

 

GUATEMALA 2014: Ready for the ride across Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan, to see embroidered huipiles.

 

TURKEY 2005: Learning how rugs are knotted and woven – and how to judge quality – in a little carpet shop in Cappadocia.

 

PERU and BOLIVIA 2006:  Private tour ladies relaxing with our knitting before dinner, at lakeside Titicaca hotel.

 

Relaxed group from the past, long ago in Thailand!

LAOS 2006:  University Research Expedition Program: Weaving group at dinner break by the Mekong River.

 

Athena Temple- Steve Chun

TURKEY 2013: Amidst the columns of Athena Temple at Assos; guide Zeynep bottom right. (Steve Chun photo)

 

Peru travel group in Lima.

PERU 2010: After a morning of seeing ancient textiles in Lima museums, we had lunch at El Bolivariano.

 

CAMBODIA 2018: Excited to be heading out to the fabulous Angkor Wat temple complexes.

 

Private tour at Tikal, Guatemala.

GUATEMALA Private tour with friends at Tikal National Park.

 

TURKEY 2013:  At the UNESCO World Heritage site of Divrigi, beautiful and historical hospital-mosque.

 

TURKEY 2005: Exploring Cappadocia’s eroded sandstone formations; next we’ll visit the Byzantine-era painted cave churches.

 

MEXICO:  Waiting for the embroiderer to come back so we can see his work! Juchitan. Chloe Sayer, far left.

 

MEXICO 2010: Lunch before we visit the rug weavers, in Teotitlan del Valle, famous textile center, outside of Oaxaca.

 

TURKEY: Friends on a Textile and Cuisine Tour, at the famous and exquisite Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

 

LAOS 2009: We donated school supplies and met the teachers and girls at a rural elementary school.

 

TURKEY: We have just spent the night in a village homestay; super guide Fatih and best driver Ahmet at left!

 

Showing off our beautiful scarves! Turkey

TURKEY 2012: Showing off our hand block-printed scarves in Tokat. Many friends from Alaska on this trip.

 

INDIA 2013:  Happy with our hand-dyed and tied silk scarves made with the help of a Master Dyer!

 

ARGENTINA 2016: Knitters gather at the Estancia; fabulous cooks Rebecca and Maria on either side of Cynthia.

 

PERU 2006: UC Davis Summer School Abroad camps out in Paucartambo for the Virgin of Carmen Festival.

 

MALI 2011    Headed out to the mudcloth (bogolan fini) village, to try mud painting, with Barou Samake.

 

INDIA 2017   We’re proud of the scarves we stamped with hand-carved blocks at  friend Deepak’s studio.

 

MALI 2012  Nighttime celebration before friend Papou’s wedding festival, in Barou’s hometown of Segou.

 

BOLIVIA 2005: My super group from UC Davis Summer School Abroad ‘World Textiles’ class, at Tiwanaku.

 

BOLIVIA 2006   At the Benito Cruz mask-maker studio before heading to Oruro for Carnival; La Paz

 

GUATEMALA 2016: Dear friend Tomasa with us at a restaurant outside of Patzun. She embroidered my huipil.

 

ARGENTINA 2016:  Taking a break during our Street Art Tour in Buenos Aires. It’s everywhere and all legal!

 

Group of women with white masks wait to tour a hat factory in Sucre.

BOLIVIA 2017: We’re here to tour the SUCRE Hat Factory, not to stage a hold-up! Masks ostensibly will protect us from flying fleece.

 

GUATEMALA 2014: Leaving the hotel for the airport, to fly to the Tikal Mayan ruins in the jungle.

 

MOROCCO 2008: Travelers at Volubilis Roman ruins; 32-day private tour. Mali and Ghana were next….

 

N.E. INDIA 2015  Ladies play dress-up in Saris at the Good-bye Party on the the last day: Brahmaputra River beach!

 

INDIA 2017   Checking out the organic cotton fields. The guide sews his own exquisite handspun cotton clothes!

 

CAMBODIA 2015  Finally we are at the famous Angkor Thom, Ancient Khmer temple with strangler fig roots.

 

GHANA 2011:  At Jamestown fishing port with school director Mark, who has just shown us the boat building processes.

 

 

ARGENTINA 2015  Knitters with Joji Locatelli and Alejandra Pont; we’re happy because we just dyed some pretty yarn.

 

Group which climbed pyramids of Tikal National Park.

Guatemala 2014: Textile group in the jungle of Tikal National Park, with guide/friend Roxie (right), and Claudia Avila, center.

 

PERU 2011 Visiting friends on the totora reed Urus Islands, floating in Lake Titicaca.

 

INDIA 2011: New Delhi visit to the tall brick minaret, Qu’tub Minar, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Our great guide Manish stands at right.

 

Knitters in Cuzco hotel courtyard.

PERU 2008:  Knitters and two of my wonderful cousins. BTSA knitting and weaving tour group, in Cuzco hotel courtyard.

 

INDIA 2011: Showing off our hand-tied and dyed silk scarves with the master bandhini artist.

Argentina & Uruguay

July 24 -August 5,  2018
(Arrive July 24, depart for home August 6.)

Knitting and Culinary Tour in Argentina and Uruguay
Knitting & Dyeing Retreat
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Main house of the Estancia.

Highlights of this summer’s trip include a visit to the Malabrigo yarn dyeing facility in Uruguay, five days in exciting Buenos Aires, a fascinating Street Art/Graffiti Tour, four nights and relaxing days at a traditional ranch (right) with an exclusive retreat/workshop with Joji Locatelli, well-known Argentinian knitwear designer (below), and a dye workshop with expert dyer Alejandra Pont. We will also go to the Malabrigo sheep ranch and meet the Merino and Corriedale sheep that produce the famously soft Malabrigo fiber! Of course we will visit charming Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO Heritage site across the river from Buenos Aires in Uruguay, and peek into the many shops on the “Yarn Street” of beautiful Buenos Aires. There in the capital city, we’ll also have some amazing typical meals and we’ll enjoy a flamboyant Tango Show with our Farewell Dinner.

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Joji with beginnings of our lace shawls.

Details of flexible itinerary:
We land in Buenos Aires at the EZE airport where you’ll be met by Cynthia or her assistant for the taxi drive into the city. Check into our charming hotel in the peaceful and pretty Palermo section of Buenos Aires. Spend time settling into the Argentine rhythm of life and discovering typical foods. We’ll take a ferry north across the Rio de la Plata to Montevideo, Uruguay, and there we’ll tour the Malabrigo yarn dyeing mill where we will each dye a skein of the most lovely fiber; photo below.

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Cynthia and Gerardo dye merino at Malabrigo.

 

 

We can’t miss the UNESCO Heritage site of historic Colonia del Sacramento, founded by the Portuguese in 1680, and one of the oldest towns in Uruguay. Lonely Planet calls this town “irresistibly picturesque.” We’ll check out the main sights, then stroll the streets marveling at the colorful old homes and pretty plazas. You can take photos, visit the cool shops and art galleries. We will meet up with some delightful Uruguayan women who have a knitting group, and see what they are working on! Lunch and dinner on your own in Colonia; it will be fun to choose some interesting places near the hotel.

After a couple of nights in this charming and colorful town, we take the ferry back to Buenos Aires to relax and see more of the city. Then we drive south to the most gorgeous traditional Estancia (ranch). During four tranquil days here, we’ll immerse ourselves in knitting, making the pattern created especially for BTSA knitters by Joji, using our own hand-dyed Malabrigo yarn. She has designed a pattern that uses the yardage in the weight of Malabrigo yarn that they will let us dye!

La Sererna sheepThere will be plenty of time to relax, knit, eat and walk over the Estancia’s 250 acres, then drink some wine and relax some more! In addition to Joji’s workshop and Alejandra’s dye lesson, Cynthia will present an Update to Andean Knitting, Powerpoint showing examples of some of the new innovations and techniques done in nearby Bolivia and Peru. The estancia house has roaring fireplaces in the library and living room so it is very cozy for hanging out in the evenings. During the days, we can walk outdoors or knit or read a good book, between cold drinks!

Food at the Estancia is plentiful and delicious; we will savor the famous Argentine BBQ meats and sausages called asado; vegetarians will have other options. At the Estancia, we will enjoy some of Argentina’s most classic dishes and typical desserts. And one day we will make our own lunch of empanadas! People from last year’s trip are still craving the rich homemade caramel topping called dulce de leche! Every day we will have tea and cookies in the afternoon, then dinner later, as is the custom.

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BBQ (asado) and Picnic at the sheep ranch.

After we return to the capital, we’ll enjoy the scene at the lively weekend art and antique market, then we’ll see the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery which contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. Many Argentine presidents are buried here, as well as Eva Peron and other famous people. Then you can wander along the “Yarn Street,” within walking distance of our hotel; we found that the shops sold mostly synthetic yarns, but there are a couple that carry other fibers, and some of the synthetic is quite unusual and appealing. Dinner on your own tonight.

The next and final day is at leisure: shop some more, relax and wander around the neighborhood, then pack up your suitcases for the trip home! Lunch on your own this free day. Fabulous Tango Show and Farewell Dinner on last night.

Plan your plane departure time for the next day, August 6, but don’t leave too early in the  morning so you can enjoy the TANGO SHOW and Dinner and wine at Angelito’s the night before.

Street art Colonia 2016TOUR PRICE: $4350.
(Single supplement available for $825.)
Includes 13 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms in comfortable hotels with private bath, and at the historic estancia (hacienda) with some shared bathrooms; all meals except a few lunches and dinners on free days when the group is not together, soft drinks and water during all meals, dye and knitting workshops by >>>>>>, taxi transportation into city from Buenos Aires airports on group arrival date, all interior transportation by private Mercedes Sprinter van and professional driver, city taxis, and modern ferry boats (BuqueBus) across the river between Argentina and Uruguay; Street Art Tour around Buenos Aires, Tango Show and dinner, skein of Malabrigo yarn to dye for workshop project, new unpublished knitting pattern by >>>>>, just for us.

Happy Knitters with Joji in blue, center; Cynthia and Alejandra at far right. 2015

Not included: International air fare, airport departure transportation, alcoholic beverages, personal items such as luggage porter tips, and between-meal snacks and drinks (if you haven’t eaten enough at our bountiful meals!).

We will arrange your airport departure transportation for you, but it is not included because everyone departs at different times/flights.

If you arrive at either Buenos Aires airport on a different date from the group arrival date, you’ll pay the taxi into town, but the hotel will arrange your pickup at the airport.

For more images, see the Argentine and Uruguay trip Photo Gallery.

Textiles and Machu Picchu

Postponed to 2021. 

Knitting, Weaving, Machu Picchu, and Lord of the Earthquakes Procession in Cuzco.

(Arrive on March 28, fly home on April 8) This exciting 11-night textiles and Machu Picchu adventure goes from the superb museums and gourmet restaurants of Lima the capital city, to the Andean highland villages – with the jungles of Inca Machu Picchu, and beautiful colonial Cuzco in between!

Trip Details

Either Cynthia, or the hotel driver if after 10 pm, will meet you at the Lima airport upon arrival, on March 28. Check into the Hotel El Patio, below, for a good night’s sleep in this charming and cozy place that is overflowing with flowers and greenery, in the upscale Miraflores neighborhood.

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El Patio Hotel in Miraflores, Lima.

In the morning, after breakfast in the hotel’s downstairs breakfast room, we will have a brief orientation about seeing textiles and Machu Picchu logistics. A friendly money-changer will come to the hotel lobby to change our crispy clean, new dollar bills to soles, the Peruvian currency. Cynthia will hand out currency conversion charts to use until you get used to the money exchange. The van driver will pick us up at the hotel to begin our adventure in Lima, Peru’s bustling and prosperous capital city.

Lima has world-class museums, flowery parks, interesting architecture, a fabulous crafts market, and great restaurants where we will sample typical Peruvian cuisine. We’ll spend a very full day in Lima, first seeing the wonderful ceramic and textile collections of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, housed in a beautiful old mansion with flowery gardens. It has just been renovated and the presentations are superb, but we still love the storage section with the floor-to-ceiling glass shelves of mostly Moche ceramics, like a huge library of pots, all carefully arranged and grouped by subject, crab pots, squash-shaped pots, llama pots, etc.

Cynthia at Machu Picchu

After lunch, we’ll go to the recently revamped Amano Museum which has one of the world’s best Andean textile collections! Our Welcome Dinner will be at one of Lima’s many excellent restaurants.

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Machu Picchu from the back left side.

Next day we fly over the Andes to Cuzco, and from the airport, drive to lower altitude. We’ll spend the night in a pretty hotel in Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley. In the little shops and the handicraft market there, we can look for interesting textile finds or you can climb to the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Early next morning, we’ll take the train to the incredible, mystical site of Machu Picchu. The ‘Sanctuary’ site was overgrown by trees and brush but known by the local people, when American Hiram Bingham re-discovered it in 1911.

An expert local guide will accompany you as you walk around the site, and will explain the Inkas and their culture. Machu Picchu (now a National Park) and Cuzco town itself are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Machu Picchu is lower than Cuzco and the environment is very different. Rock cliff faces bristle with bromeliads; orchids and begonias line the sinuous road to the site. That night we’ll sleep to the roar of the Urubamba River and visit the Inka sanctuary again the next day, if you wish.

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Patio of our heritage hotel in Cuzco.

Our return train journey to Cuzco will be in the afternoon on the second day. Upon arriving in town, we’ll check into our historical hotel, a beautiful stone Colonial mansion built in the 17th century, and restored in 2004. The hotel is in the perfect location, on a quiet side street two blocks from the central Plaza de Armas, and close to many other historical sights.

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Weaver picking up warp patterns with llama bone.

Cuzco was the center of the Inka Empire and you’ll see Inka stonework at every turn around the central Plaza de Armas. We’ll take it easy the first day in the altitude, walking nearby to have lunch. Then we’ll visit the good exhibition at the small museum of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cuzco (CTTC), founded and managed by dynamic Peruvian weaver Nilda Callañaupa [English-speaking]. Cuzco is safe and easy to walk around in, mostly flat cobblestone streets, with some hilly areas. From Cuzco, we will drive to several remote Andean communities on day trips (coming back to our wonderful hotel, above, to sleep).

Sacred Valley of the Inkas with terraced hillsides.

In the villages, you’ll meet textile artists and will be welcomed to learn some new weaving or knitting techniques from these masters. One day, we will have a dye workshop in a village with the  women there. You’ll buy white alpaca yarn at the Michell Alpaca store, close to the hotel, and we’ll dye it with natural dyestuff such as cochineal, yellow flowers, green leaves, and more. (You can buy/dye as much yarn or as little as you want.) This day is market day in the village too, so you can check out the little local market, now as full of tourist souvenir textiles as local produce. We will also visit Nilda’s brother’s studio; Angel paints charming watercolors depicting various animals from local myths and legends, such as foxes and mice. These sweet and original souvenirs are for sale at his studio.

Causa, typical yellow potato cold dish with crab, peppers, avocado.

Festival of the Earthquakes!

Monday afternoon is time for the fabulous procession of the black statue of Christ on the cross. We will have good seats in a restaurant above the plaza to look down on the celebration, take photos, and to toss the symbolic red flowers onto the statue as it passes below (for blessings and luck).

Feeding some very hairy creatures!

The procession includes several priests, deacons, and perhaps a cardinal, military marching men in uniform and brass bands, city dignitaries, school children, and college students. By the end of the long celebration, the participants are all sprinkled with red flowers thrown from balconies along the route. We’ll have our Farewell Dinner in Cuzco the last night, then next morning after breakfast (April 8), we fly to Lima. You can either connect onward to home that afternoon/evening, or go to the Hotel El Patio to relax. You may want to shop in the neighborhood until time to go to the airport. We will suggest convenient flights for arrival and departure.

Typical Chinchero hand-knit cap.

 

 

 

Price:  $3650   

Single Supplement: $440 

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Included in the Textiles and Machu Picchu tour:

  • All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner– except two lunches and one dinner on free days, when group is scattered.
  • 11 nights accommodation (March 28- April 7) in beautiful, small boutique or heritage hotels, all locally-owned, safe, and friendly. Private bath, double or twin occupancy.
  • Two interior flights (Lima to Cuzco round-trip) one hour each.
  • Day Room on April 8 until you depart for the airport which may be in the wee hours of April 9.
  • Explanations by Cynthia, on woven ancient/pre-Hispanic and contemporary knit/woven textiles.
  • Knitting workshop to learn ingenious knitting techniques; yarn provided.
  • Dye workshop with Nilda, and natural vegetal dyes, cochineal, etc. (Fiber not included; you’ll decide how many skeins you want to dye and we’ll go together to Mitchell alpaca store near hotel to buy yarn for dyeing.)
  • Peruvian Master Weaver, Nilda Callanaupa to accompany group for Andean village visit.
  • All interior transportation by private van with professional, known driver.
  • Bottled water on van rides (please bring a refillable bottle for personal use, or re-use one there).
  • Visits to typical, remote Andean highland villages to meet the textile artists; picnic lunch in a village.
  • Entrances to all museums on itinerary of Textiles and Machu Picchu tour.
  • Licensed, professional English-speaking local guide and guide tips for Machu Picchu.
  • Airport arrival and transportation on group arrival date
  • One-day Machu Picchu entrance, and shuttle to the site—(2nd day about $75 optional)
  • Andean textile expert Cynthia LeCount Samaké and a Spanish-English-speaking assistant to lead tour and accompany entire itinerary.

Cynthia and Claudia in a kiwicha field, Chinchero highlands.

Claudia dyes alpaca yarn with rock lichen. Chinchero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peru: Textiles & Festival

March 10 – 23, 2016 (Arrive March 10; depart for home March 24)

El Senõr de los Temblores LOWThis trip includes the Cuzco Festival of ‘Lord of the Earthquakes,’ Andean highland textile villages, exquisite cuisine, Machu Picchu, and beautiful, colonial Cuzco.

Trip Highlights:
•  See the spectacular ‘Lord of the Earthquakes’ festival in Cuzco.
•  Visit textile villages to meet the knitters and weavers, dyers and spinners.
•  Dine in some of Peru’s most celebrated restaurants.
•  Cooking class and Pisco-tasting in a private home in Miraflores.
•  Thrill to Machu Picchu’s Inca engineering marvels.
•  Savor a traditional village lunch with a local family.
•  Learn about ancient Peru at excellent museums.
•  Remember your fabulous experience with a custom Recipe
and Photo BOOK documenting the trip.

This adventure is organized and led by Cynthia LeCount Samaké (Andean knitting/textile expert with over 30 years travel experience in Peru) and Peruvian, Veronica Samanez from Miraflores, Lima.

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Andrea and Little Cynthia!

TRIP DETAILS:
Cynthia (or the hotel driver if after 10 pm.) will meet you at the Lima airport, upon arrival, on March 10. Check into the Hotel El Patio, below, for a good night’s sleep in this charming and cozy place that is overflowing with flowers and greenery, in the upscale Miraflores neighborhood.

In the morning, we’ll all meet at breakfast in the hotel’s downstairs breakfast room. A friendly money-changer will come to the hotel lobby to change our dollar bills to soles, the Peruvian currency. Cynthia will hand out currency conversion charts to use until you get used to the money exchange. The van driver will pick us up at the hotel to begin our adventure in Lima, Peru’s bustling and prosperous capital city.

EL PATIO-LIMALima has world-class museums, flowery parks, and interesting architecture. We’ll spend a very full first day in Lima, seeing the wonderful ceramic and textile collections of the fabulous Rafael Larco Herrera Museum, housed in a beautiful old mansion with flowery gardens. It has been renovated recently, and the presentations are superb, but we still love the old storage section with the floor to ceiling glass shelves of Moche ceramics, like a huge library of pots, all carefully arranged and grouped by subject, crab pots, squash-shaped pots, llama pots, etc. After lunch, we’ll go to the private Amano Museum which has some of the world’s best textile collections–drawers and drawers of amazing pieces. Our Welcome Dinner will be tonight at one of Lima’s many excellent restaurants.

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Cynthia and Veronica toast over a plate of causa.

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Next few days in Lima we’ll see the fascinating adobe pre-Inca ruins south of town called Pachacamac, and the huge pyramid right in downtown called Huaca Pucllana. We’ll visit overflowing local produce and food markets where  Limeños shop for everything from purple potatoes and cocoa pods to exotic cheeses and meats.

_DSC3061In Lima, we’ll have a Pisco-tasting and cooking class at a private home in Miraflores. And in our restaurant forays, you will be able to decide what dishes to order. Adventurous meat eaters can try new and surprisingly delicious dishes such as herb-stuffed guinea pig or grilled alpaca, or old favorites like Pollo a la Brasa, grilled chicken.

Peru has a lively restaurant scene with internationally known chefs. In both Lima and Cuzco, we will dine in some of the oldest and most famous, as well as some of the newest and hippest places. Seafood lovers flock to Lima for the tender lime-drenched ceviche, paired with a savory yellow potato causa layered with a mixture of crab or tuna; below. The list is endless! Cuisine differs markedly from Trujillo in the north, to Arequipa in the south, and from dry coastal Lima to the verdant Amazon region– with many fusion elements in between. We’ll sample foods from the jungle to the highlands, and from the desert to the coast.

Best Causa LOW useNext we will fly over the Andes to beautiful Cuzco, 1 hour flight. Then we will drive directly down to the Sacred Valley at lower altitude which will help us to acclimate. Relax at the hotel and the next day we’ll board the train for a ride through beautiful scenery to Machu Picchu National Park (UNESCO Cultural Heritage site). We’ll visit the magical place with a professional English-speaking guide, then have free time in the ruins; overnight in Machu Picchu Village.

Time next morning to visit Machu Picchu site again. The first shuttle bus departs for the site around 5:30 am. People talk of the ‘sunrise’ at MP, but in reality, it is most often clouded over. Maybe you’ll be lucky! Note that you now need a separate ticket to climb Huayna Picchu (the peak in back of MP with a fabulous view of the site) and they are limited. (If you are interested, let me know as soon as possible; so I can get the details to you.)

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Hotel Los Marqueses in Cuzco

The climb to Huayna Picchu is easier than it looks, because there are steps the whole way, and even a firmly attached chain to hang onto, on the steepest part. I have climbed it 3-4 times, and the view is absolutely spectacular from the top! Climbing up to the Gate of the Sun gives a similar breathtaking view. Take the VistaDome train back to Cuzco in the afternoon and check in to our centrally-located and heritage building hotel, right. Eat lunch then stroll around city to acclimate. We’ll stroll downhill to visit Nilda Callanaupa’s excellent Museum at Center for Traditional Textiles of Cuzco, CTTC. Buy white alpaca yarn from the Michell alpaca shop, around the corner from the hotel, for dyeing later in our workshop.

Ocongate-KARIIn the next few days we will drive through beautiful rolling hills of quinua and potato fields, into the highlands to several Andean villages to meet good friends who are amazing knitters and weavers. Picnic lunch in the Pitumarka weaving compound one day, and visit the famous little Andahuaylilas church with its ornate painted ceiling and altar from the 16th C.

In another village high above Cuzco, we will watch other knitters and weavers (every village uses different techniques and motifs for their textiles), then share a traditional lunch of soup and boiled corn with indigenous Quechua speaking friends living there. We will also see traditional Andean foods growing in the fields, such as red amaranth, quinua and quiwicha, native potato varieties, fava and lupine beans, and we’ll try various dishes incorporating them at our village lunch.

We will have a half-day natural dye workshop with the ladies in one village. Color your white alpaca yarn with cochineal, one of their favorite dyes, or another choice from their supply of flowers, leaves and lichen that make their rich colors.

Cuzco cathedralIn Cuzco we’ll peek into the Cathedral to see the famous ‘Last Supper with Guinea Pig’ tableau, continue across the Plaza de Armas, to the street of the 12-angled stone, one fabulous stone in a whole foundation of amazing stonework walls. Walk back down and have American food for lunch at Jack’s, just in case anyone is feeling homesick! Later, walk down Triunfo Street, visiting favorite jewelers, and the suede/textile bootmaker.

Before the festival, there will be time to see Sacsahuayman, the spectacular Inka fortress /ceremonial site above Cuzco. Sacsahuayman is known for amazingly huge stones fitted into zigzag walls, set around a grassy central area. We eat lunch in a restaurant (a friendly place where we go annually) overlooking the main Plaza de Armas, where the statue passes below, and we will have a basket of the traditional red flowers to toss down from the balconies onto the passing statue in the procession–for good luck! You can get some amazing photos by shooting from the restaurant vantage point on the balcony. Once the statue passes below the restaurant, the procession continues to 3 or 4 other churches where the statue’s loincloth is changed in each. The festival is very exciting because of the large numbers of people participating, and the huge and very heavy black Christ statue being carried by over 40 men, who change off every 1/2 block or so to allow another group the honor. The Lord of the Earthquakes is an important religious event for the people of Cuzco.

At the end of the trip, we fly back to Lima and connect with flights for home.  Details on suggested flights to come.

Llama+babyTRIP COST:  $3850
Single Supplement  $450

INCLUDED:
• 14 nights accommodation in boutique or heritage hotels
• All meals, soft drinks and water with meals (except 3 meals on your own in Cuzco/Machu Picchu)
• LIMA – CUZCO round-trip flights
• All transportation within Peru by private van
• All group airport arrival and departure transport on designated arrival day
• All entrance fees to the museums, archaeological sites and group events on the itinerary
• Visits to Andean highland textile villages to meet knitters and weavers
• Natural dye workshop in village (you purchase the white alpaca yarn)
• Spanish- and English-speaking tour leaders/textile expert to accompany the tour
• Private professional, licensed guide at Machu Picchu.
• Pisco-tasting and cooking class in private home in Miraflores.
• Photo and recipe book documenting your cooking class and journey!

NOT INCLUDED:

International airfare, alcoholic beverages, personal items such as laundry and internet costs (most hotels now have free wi-fi), second day entrance and shuttle to Machu Picchu, entrance fee to climb Huayna Picchu.