Writers’ Expedition Southern Peru (Aug 2-15)
Adventures for Travellers Who Like to Write and Writers Who Like to Travel.
You’ll journey through Peru with two acclaimed travel authors and your local travel experts, who will immerse you in the real Peru and pamper you with hospitality and idyllic hotels. This August you can dance centre bullring with a matador in a remote village, take a spiralling flight over the Nazca lines, sample Pisco’s pisco and chicha too (but not the kind made with spit), devour local chocolate, star gaze in the Colca Canyon, go sandboarding, relax at an oasis, see spooky mummies and ancient sex pottery, explore the ecological curiosities of the Islas Ballestas (dubbed Peru’s Galapagos) while getting feedback and encouragement on your prose, plus valuable publishing tips . (group size just 8-12)
Workshop Hosts for August: August 2-15, 2013: with Lavinia Spalding, editor of The Best Women’s Travel Writing anthologies (Travelers’ Tales USA) and award winning author of Writing Away named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times; and with Kirsten Koza, author, humorist and adventurer. CBC Radio Canada says Kirsten’s book Lost in Moscow is “the ultimate what-I-did-last-summer essay ever” and Gary Buslik, author of A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean says, “Koza writes with biting wit and delicious irony.”
The days and nights will be divided between activities designed to excite all your senses, workshops, personal writing time, and private tutorials with your workshop hosts.
If you want to, you’ll leave Peru with a publishable story and (if you don’t already have this) the know-how to get it published and profit by writing about all your travels.
Basic Itinerary, Prices and Contacts:
A Sensory Adventure of Peru August 2 -15, 2013
LIMA – PARACAS – HUACACHINA – NAZCA – COLCA CANYON – HUAMBO – CHIVAY – AREQUIPA
The tour operator for this trip is Peru Adventure Tours (registered and licenced). The writing workshop is coordinated by Kirsten Koza.
Small group: 8-12 participants
AUGUST 2: LIMA Check-in at Miraflores Meeting and introduction at hotel followed by walk in Lima – find food – find local afro-Peruvian fusion music Hotel Nobility (single room)
AUGUST 3: LIMA Culinary Tour: Surquillo Market/fruit tasting/ceviche demo/coffee. Yuyanapaq Photography Exhibit/Meeting a survivor of Sendero Luminoso Hotel Nobility (single room)
AUGUST 4: LIMA – PARACAS Stop in Chincha to visit the Afro Peruvian colony in EL Carmen – This is the only place where you can see this culturally rich community preserving their strong traditions. Hotel Gran Palma (WiFi) Hotel Gran Palma (single room)
AUGUST 5: PARACAS – HUACACHINA Islas Ballestas Boat Tour (dubbed Peru’s Galapagos Islands)- Paracas National Reserve Tour Optional: Sandboarding (prepare to exfoliate on the sand and you may find new ways to describe screaming). Hosteria Suiza (WiFi) (some single rooms, some shared)
AUGUST 6: HUACACHINA Pisco Tour: Tres Generaciones/La Caravedo Optional: Dune buggy ride on dunes Hosteria Suiza (WiFi) (some single rooms, some shared)
AUGUST 7: HUACACHINA – NASCA Ingenio: Jesuit church ruins We’ll be staying at a boutique hotel ideal for our writing sessions.
AUGUST 8: NASCA Archaeological Tour: Flight over Nasca Lines/Cantayoc Aqueducts/Antonini Museum/Pachamanca Feast INCLUDES PACHAMANCA CEREMONY
AUGUST 9: NASCA – ATICO Tour to Sacaco oasis – the Paleontological Museum of Peru – 100km away from Nasca – Visit Puerto Inca beach to have lunch next to the ocean and, if time permits, walk through the rock forest. Hotel Alicia (WiFi) (shared rooms)
AUGUST 10: ATICO – HUAMBO Drive from the coast up to the highlands passing through an arid region and snowcapped mountains over 5000m – Huambo (3320m) is an Andean Catholic town located on left bank of the Colca Canyon. Peru Adventure Tours will provide emergency oxygen tanks for issues with the altitude. INCLUDES: LUNCH – DINNER Lodging: Stay with local family who eagerly await your visit. The accommodation will be very simple.
AUGUST 11: HUAMBO – CABANACONDE Huambo Festivities: Dances/Bullfight/Procession INCLUDES: BREAKFAST – LUNCH Shared rooms this night. Hotel Kuntur Wasi (WiFi)
AUGUST 12: CABANACONDE – CHIVAY Colca Valley Tour 1: Cabanaconde/Cruz del Condor/Maca/Achoma/Yanque Optional: Hot springs Hotel Colcainn (WiFi) (some single rooms, some shared)
AUGUST 13: CHIVAY Colca Valley Tour 2: Coporaque/Ichupampa/Lari/Madrigal Hotel Colcainn (WiFi) (some single rooms, some shared)
AUGUST 14: CHIVAY – AREQUIPA Santa Catalina Monastery Arequipa’s Foundation Day: Dances/Music/ Fireworks La Casa de mi Abuela (WiFi) (single rooms)
AUGUST 15: AREQUIPA Historic Center: Cathedral/Compañía/Recoleta/San Camilo Market
Suggested return flight: LIM 6:20 pm or other arrangements/extensions can be made with Peru Adventure Tours for those who would like to continue to Lake Titicaca or Cusco etc. We will have had an opportunity to acclimatize to the elevation so this is a great place to connect to another high-altitude destination.
INCLUDES Writing workshops/classes/private tutorials One internal flight from Arequipa (not international) Boat Tour Flight over Nazca Lines All accommodation – single rooms where marked (sometimes shared rooms at smaller inns) with breakfasts Private vehicle and driver – minibus for 19 people with roof rack Expert Peruvian Tour Guide Museums/entrance fees Culinary Tours/ Tastings where listed on itinerary All breakfasts All meals in Huambo
NOT INCLUDED Meals not listed Optional tours such as sandboarding and dune buggy Laundry service International flight tickets Travel and health insurance – which you are required to obtain
There are just 3 early bird sign-up specials left at: $2,949 USD Regular Price: $3,299 USD
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and CC email@example.com for more information.
Want to talk to Kirsten on the phone about the trip? Just send her a message with your phone number, area code, country, time zone, and a couple of times that work well for you to chat.
Want to know more about us not by us—then Google: Kirsten Koza or Lavinia Spalding
Feel free to chat with us on Facebook on the Writers’ Expedition page.
Peru Adventure Tours is highly recommended by: The Rough Guide to Peru Footprint Peru Le Petit Fute Perou DK Eyewitness Thomas Cook; Travellers Peru South American Handbook 2009 DreamScapes Magazine (Canada) in Kirsten Koza’s story “17 Days in Peru with 10 Intrepid Internet Strangers” peruadventuretours.com