Departs January 2015
Join us as we travel back in time to ancient civilizations and share the great artistic and cultural heritage of the Peruvian people. Our art tour of Peru has been planned to maximize the Peruvian experience, from local markets to monumental historic sites, and from the capital city of Lima to the floating islands of lake Titicaca. Join us with sketchbook in hand as we explore this fascinating country, drawing and painting along the way with Artist/Instructor Mark Glavina.
Our tour begins with an overnight in Lima before a short flight to Cusco, where we are greeted by our local guide and taken to the town of Urubamba in the heart of the Sacred Valley. From here we discover the circular terraces of Moray, the ancient salt works of Salineras, and spectacular ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, as well as the Awanacancha cultural village with its traditional weaving, spice market, and wildlife.
After our visit of the Sacred Valley we board a scenic train which winds its way along the Wilcamayu River (Sacred River) to Aguas Calientes, our base for discovery of the crowning jewel of Peruvian Archaeology, Machu Picchu: “Dwelling Place of the Gods” in the Inca Quechua language.
We then return to Cusco for a few low-key days to draw and paint the sights and streets of the colonial center, including Cathedral Santo Domingo (the Notre Dame of the Americas). For the final leg of our adventure we catch a bus to Puno and Lake Titicaca, including visits to the floating Islands and a home-stay with a local family. Our tour winds up back in Lima for an overnight, with an option to extend you stay here if you want to spend a few days on the beaches of Lima.