Peru: GirlFriends, Culture & Machu Picchu

 

June 6 – 15, 2018 + Optional Amazon Excursion June 15 - 18, 2018

 

TravelCircles With GirlfriendCircles:

Every trip we lead is focused on two things: the best sight-seeing in the country and connecting with women.

Our sight-seeing, designed by Altruviustas, plans an itinerary that is as intimate, fun, and experiential as we can get. We want to see everything that is well known in that country, if we can; and we also want to make sure there are some small and special experiences that leave us touched and connected with that country in surprising ways!  Plus, we want all of our travel to live up to the highest standards of sustainability and ethical travel so we place special emphasis on meeting the locals, supporting their causes, and making sure we frequent their businesses/hotels/restaurants to ensure our money is reinvested back to those who live wherever we visit.

And when it comes to connecting with women, we go to a country with the special desire of saying "We want to learn what causes are effecting our sisters in this part of the world and we want to celebrate the contributions they are making!"  So we will always visit a non-profit or two (a portion of your trip costs will be donated there!) to learn more about the needs in that country and we will make sure we shop and learn from women who are giving their gifts to their country.  Plus, our guides will be women, and we will travel as a group of women with the intentional of connecting and becoming friends with the group.  Shasta always leads loosely facilitated times for sharing what we're experiencing with each other and getting to know each other better.

So if you love travel and want an incredibly special curated trip with a group of amazing women as we go meet our sisters around the world:  you're invited to join us! xoxo

Shasta Nelson, CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com will be leading this trip, facilitating bonding and conversation among the 8-12 women who commit to travel together.

Additionally, every trip will also include a local guide (from Altruvistas) who will lead the group the entire time overseeing logistics and travel details, and serving as translator and guide.

PERU:

Peru is a land of sacred sites, ancient history, stunning scenery, yummy cuisine, and inspiring culture!  This 10 day trip, with an optional 3 day excursion to the Amazon, will be based in Lima (the capital city and the largest metropolitan area in the country) for the first 5 days and then we'll fly to Cusco (the "Imperial City" in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire) for the second half of our trip, ending with a day trip via train up to the famous Machu Picchu.

The itinerary, available below, is filled with all the most popular and famous sites in Peru, plus you'll see that we've made sure there are all the fun extra details such as a cooking class, a dance class, various workshops, tastings, visits to markets and art co-ops, and free time to roam! Plus, you'll see some of the meaningful visits we have to non-profits-- which always surprise us how meaningful it is when we get to step into their world, interact with passionate women, and ask all the questions we want!

Trip Highlights:

  • Walking tours of two of the most popular cities in Peru: Lima and Cusco
  • Wandering the ruins of Pachacamac, an ancient temple that served as ceremonial site for 1000 years before the Inca civilization
  • Day excursion to San Bartolo, a beautiful seaside resort
  • Visit to the Temple of the Sun which was the most important temple in the Inca Empire
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage sites around Cusco, including the ruins of Sacsahuamani
  • Full day excursion to Machu Picchu, via train, including a guided excursion, plus time on your own
  • Excursions to the many sites in the Sacred Valley

All trips are so much more than just famous sites and cities though! We will peppering every trip to include as many of the following components as possible in our desire to learn about the woman’s life in our destination:

  • A cooking class from that country

  • A dance class from that country

  • A learning experience that highlights the women’s movement in that country and/or issues that women are currently facing.

  • Meetings with at least 1-2 local women, whether entrepreneurs, politicians, writers, or fashionistas where we can ask questions about life in that country.

  • Other women-focused experiences will be planned to fit the theme of each particular trip.

Plus, we've got our eye on adding the "little things" that really make a trip feel special: making your own perfume scent at a perfumeria, visiting a local spa, arranging for beautiful walks and hikes, attending roof-top concerts, going behind-the-stage to meet the dancers after a play, sampling artisan chocolate, etc. We're about good food, fun memories, and women enjoying life together! Fun!

Optional Amazon Add-on June 15-18, 2018:

For those travelers who want to end their trip with a few days out in nature-- you're welcome to join us for a few days in the Amazon before you head home! We'll travel by boat (motorized canoe!) to the the Tambopata National Reserve which is a 3.7 million acre conservation organization which has a 30 room lodge and countless opportunities for us to see wildlife.  Both by boat excursions where we can see the animals close-up and via the canopy tower (a 35 meter scaffolding tower) that we can climb to see look-out vistas-- we will breath in the beauty of this magical place on earth!


Who:

All women over the age or 21 are welcome to join us. The women who will enjoy this trip the most tend to value learning, connecting with others, trying new things, and seeing as much as they can in a country.  Most women come alone to meet new friends, but you're also welcome to invite a sister/friend/mother/daughter to join you.

When: 

June 6-15, 2018; optional Amazon add-on June 15-18

Where:

We will fly into Lima, Peru, where you will be met at the airport to be taken to our hotel; and you will arrange to fly out of Cusco, Peru at the end of our trip.  

Price:

The price of this 10-day tour tour is $3720 (payment plans are available) and includes double room accommodations, all program activities, transportation to and from all activities, 2 meals daily, qualified trip leaders and guides. Each traveler is responsible for airfare to and from the destination country-- in this case you will fly into Lima and fly out of Cusco. (Your airline ticket from Lima to Cusco is covered as part of the tour.)

Optional Amazon add-on: $1180

How: 

If you're interested, please click the button below to indicate interest so we can notify you of upcoming group phone calls or answer your specific questions via email or a phone call. To reserve a spot, you will make a $500 deposit to Altruvistas.

We are a proud partner of Altruvistas, the socially responsible and philanthropic travel company that is organizing all our details. We are thrilled to have Malia and her team overseeing our trips to ensure that our itinerary is as authentic of an experience as possible while making sure that our money is spent in a eco and socially conscious way. Malia and Rosalyn will work with you one-on-one to make sure you are all ready for our amazing adventures.

If you have questions about this trip, please email malia@altruvistas.com

 

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