PERU TRAVELER'S PAGE
Here you will find everything you'll need to plan for your upcoming trip.
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The remaining balance for your trip is due January 16, 2021
Please submit your Credit Card Authorization Form below so that we can safely automate your final payment on the date listed above.
If you book your trip past the January 16th deadline, we require your payment in full. Please read through our booking terms for more details.
Installment plans are only available with adequate time before the payment deadline. If you are eligible, and interested, contact us directly.
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Our trip date is April 17-24 2021
Please make sure to arrive in Cusco by at least 12 pm on Saturday, April 17th.
Search for flights using the Cusco Airport code: CUZ
Transportation will be arranged for you both to and from the airport only. Due to Covid-19 related travel risks, we request that each of our travelers aims to fly as direct as possible. If you plan to travel outside of our scheduled Peru itinerary, we ask that you add your additional travel to the backend of your trip.
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In order to attend any trip, trip participants must purchase Travel Health Insurance. Your plan must include the following:
Overseas Medical Insurance Must Cover:
Out-patient treatment for medical emergencies
Prescribed medicines, X-rays, and laboratory tests
Being brought home, if medically necessary
Medical Evacuation & Repatriation Must Cover:
Air ambulance or Medevac flights
Sea level aircraft
Trip Participants are required to submit proof of insurance a minimum of 1 week prior to the scheduled trip start date. Arrow Retreats reserves the rights to forfeit guest reservations if proof of insurance is not provided.
We also highly recommend purchasing Trip Insurance to protect your investment.
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There are 2 optional excursions you can participate in that are NOT included in the total trip cost. If you want to join in on these excursions, please book by purchasing your spot below. (Cut off date to book is 30 days before trip start date)
AWAMAKI WEAVING TOUR ($125 USD)
Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Take a journey into the heart of a Quechua community through our impactful and intimate community visit to learn more about the Pre-Incan weaving tradition and Andean indigenous culture. The trip begins with a beautiful drive, ascending nearly 1,000m, to the upper Andean community of Patacancha or Huilloc. Upon arrival we will visit the cooperative's weaving center to learn about weaving and its significance in Andean culture. The trip includes a demonstration of the entire process, beginning with how alpaca or sheep wool is hand spun into yarn, how local plants are used as natural dyes, and finally how the yarn is woven into the final product. After the demonstration, you will have the chance to try weaving yourself! After your weaving lesson, enjoy a home-cooked meal in a weaver’s home including soup and main course. The day will end with a chance to purchase items from the women you met during your tour, providing you a change to bring home a hand-woven memory from your trip.
Please Note: Because we are a small non-profit, we are not able to guarantee a private tour. There may be other visitors in your tour group. However, most of our tours are very small, between 2 and 6 people.
Picturesque drive from Ollantaytambo to a rural Quechua community (Patacancha or Huilloc)
A warm welcome from some representatives of our local cooperative upon arrival at their weaving center
Discussion of Andean backstrap weaving as it relates to Andean culture and history
Demonstration and explanation of the traditional weaving process by female weavers in the Awamaki Weaving Cooperative
One-on-one weaving lesson with women in our cooperative
Visit to a traditional Quechua home
Home-cooked local lunch
Opportunity to buy our weavers' hand-made textiles
Return to Ollantaytambo
Things to Bring
Warm clothing (layers)
Rain jacket (just in case!)
Local currency (5 - 500 soles) in small bills in case you would like to buy textiles from the weavers. We recommend small bills because the women can't typically make change.
PERUVIAN COOKING CLASS ($110 USD)
Immerse Your Senses in an Exquisite Culinary Experience While Enjoying Breathtaking Views of Downtown Cusco from the Beautiful Rooftop Kitchen
Our cooking class will provide a unique culinary experience in a beautiful kitchen with individual cooking stations where guests can prepare their own creations with the freshest regional ingredients and experience a new way of learning, sharing and enjoying Peruvian cuisine.
We'll experience a:
• Guided culinary tour of the traditional San Pedro market
• Preparation of a delicious appetizer and main course (vegetarian option available)
• Preparation of a pisco sour
MINI SHOOT WITH ANNA
30 MINUTE MINI SHOOT ($150)
Book a mini shoot with our photographer Anna Meyer. You'll have access to hundreds of photos through out the week, but if you're interested in being in the spot light, book a sesh! Women on our trips value this opportunity to get photographs with loved ones, build content for their work, and to feel seen and special. While on the trip, you'll meet with Anna to discuss where you'd like to shoot and what your vision is.
Learn more about what you'll be up to in Morocco. Print the itinerary for reference if you'd like. You can also find a detailed itinerary here, listed on the trip home page.
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Know exactly what to pack for your trip abroad.
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All major credit cards will be accepted for when you eat out/ book activities, however, it is encouraged to have Peruvian sol with you for when you are shopping in the local markets and on our weaving tour. There are ATM machines in the Sacred Valley that you can easily access.
Cusco and the SV in April are typically range from the mid 60's during the day, where as temps at night fall to about 39-43 degrees F.
Cusco sits 11, 152 ft above sea level, the SV's elevation is roughly 8,000 ft, and Machu Picchu is 7,972 ft. We intentionally chose to start our trip in Ollantaytambo for this reason, to give you time to acclimate to the elevation.
Ways to prevent altitude sickness are to take it easy upon arrival, stay hydrated, drink the coca tea that is available ( a natural remedy for altitude sickness). Please purchase traveler's health insurance to ensure that you have adequate coverage while abroad.
Read here on how to prevent altitude sickness.
Must have at least six months of validity at time of entry
No VISA is required
Read through the CDC recommendations for vaccinations for your trip.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO SAVE
105 - police
116 - fire brigade
106 - ambulance
WHERE WE'RE STAYING
Originally opened in 1925 under the name of hotel Santa Rosa, El Albergue is a historic and romantic hotel, located in the Ollantaytambo train station little more than an hour away from Machu Picchu and the city of Cusco.At El Albergue our gardens are visited by hummingbirds and engulfed by the aroma of fuchsia, passionflower, peaches and avocado trees. During your stay, you may spend days visiting the archeological sites of Ollantaytambo, Pisaq and Moray; river rafting; biking; horseback riding and enjoying the beauty, cuisine and culture of the Andes - or simply relaxing in our hammocks and sauna.
Over 40 years El Albergue Ollantaytambo has grown and has gone from being a historical hotel inside the train station to being a place where our clients breathe history and tradition, while immersing themselves in a unique and unforgettable culinary experience . At present, El Albergue has a farm and organic garden that supply products to our restaurant, the Pachamanca lunch, its own coffee roasting and the Andean Distillery. Beautiful gardens full of flowers and fruits welcome our guests to participate in the experience of El Albergue.
We are pleased to invite you and your clients to fully participate in this adventure, not only as a place to spend the night but as a world in which you can discover the flavors of our contemporary Andean culture.
The Pachamanca lunch, an opportunity to savor the roots of the Andean agricultural culture, our guests will be able to participate in the burial of this millenary lunch in our underground stone oven. During the cooking, you will be given a tour of our organic garden, the coffee roasting and the distillery, to then witness the unearthing of the food and later go to the country dining room of our organic farm, which is located on an Inca terrace with a wonderful view of the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo.
El Balcón is the beautiful sister hotel to El Albergue. Located only three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the city of Cusco, El Balcon has a commanding view of the entire city, cathedrals, churches, mountains and the Ausangate glacier. El Balcon is a renovated colonial Casona that dates back to the 1630s built atop the preceding Inca terraces. Inca stone work and colonial balustrades mesh harmoniously around terraced gardens creating an atmosphere that is beautiful, historic and authentically Peruvian. Some of our amenities and services include free airport transportation, complimentary hot breakfast and buffet, laundry, and free yoga classes. We are happy to help with any travel arrangements so that our guests can experience the best that Cusco and the Sacred Valley has to offer. At El Balcon we strive to provide our guests with the highest level of hospitality so that they have all they need to feel comfortable at our family establishment.
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