Lima to the Sacred Valley
This morning you will catch a morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driver for your private transfer to the Sacred Valley, with lunch and visits en route.
You will travel through a spectacular panorama of patchwork fields en route to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas.” The route includes picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and archaeological sites. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warm and comfortable environment to begin your exploration of the region.
Near the Pisac Citadel, you will arrive at Amaru, where your hosts, the locals from the Association of Traditional Laraypas Weavers of Amaru, will welcome you and explain their daily life, traditions, and the work that the Association does on behalf of the traditional culture. After a short briefing, you will begin the weaving workshop. Hike through a native forest and visit the association’s nursery, where you will choose the plants that you will use to dye your fibers. Along the way, you will discover the medicinal and culinary properties of some of these plants. After your walk, you will be shown the entire handmade weaving process, from shearing and hand-spinning the wool, dyeing the fibers and designing the patterns with warp and wefts, to weaving the final product using the traditional telar de cintura, or waist loom. Community artists or children from the school will share some local music with you as you work.
After your tour, you will head out to your next uniquely Peruvian adventure: an overnight at the Skylodge Adventure Suites. This is a stay you will boast about to your friends at home! Tonight’s accommodation will have you sleeping in a completely transparent “hanging bedroom” – 1,312 feet above the ground!
Each module has four beds, a dining area and private bathroom, and measures 24 ft. in length and 8 ft. in height and width. The dome also has curtains for privacy from the curious gaze of passing condors, who are your only sky neighbors. There are two ways to get to the Skylodge: by way of a hanging bridge, or, for more intrepid travelers, a series of zip lines will deliver you to your room. Choose your preference!
Your security is paramount at the Skylodge, and your stay will start with a safety briefing, where you will be fitted with the appropriate equipment. Ascend to your suite to enjoy a welcome drink before settling in to your room. Dinner will be served at 8:00pm and then the night is yours to enjoy the stars and views from your perch along the cliff.
Skylodge Adventure Suites Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner