Tuesday, 28th of August
We depart Cusco after breakfast for our day’s coach ride to Lake Titicaca. We will stop en route to visit the Temple of Viracocha (Raqchi in Quechua), the creator deity of pre-Columbian and Incan peoples, and to have lunch.
Note for participants not attending our Main Conference:
Those of us traveling directly to Chucuito for our Post-Conference Bolivia Journey will fly into Juliaca’s Inca Manco Cápac International Airport (JUL) by early afternoon. The Open Center will arrange for airport transfer to our hotel in Chucuito where you will join the entire group for dinner.
All participants will spend the first two nights of our Post-Conference Bolivia trip in the quiet village of Chucuito, just outside of Puno and right on the shores of the lake. Dinner this evening will be at our hotel. We will stay at the following hotel:
Taypikala Hotel Mama Quilla Puno
Wednesday, 29th of August
After breakfast at our hotel, participants are able to enjoy either an optional boat trip onto Lake Titicaca (pre-registration required) or a day of relaxation.
Participants joining us for the lake excursion will sail by private boat, first to the floating islands of the indigenous Uros people, which are made entirely of woven reeds, and then to Taquile, a lovely and small island amidst the still and bright waters of the lake. We’ll have lunch on Taquile before sailing back to Chucuito.
Those of us opting for a more restful day may choose to remain on the beautiful grounds of Taypikala (where lunch will be served), to wander through the village of Chucuito, stopping to visit the nearby Inca Uyu fertility temple, or to meditate at the shores of the lake.
Our entire group will have dinner together in our hotel.
Thursday, 30th of August
Crossing into Bolivia
We begin our day with an early breakfast in preparation for our departure for Bolivia. Our Peruvian guide will accompany us for the two and half hour coach ride to the border, and assist us with our border crossing into Kasani, Bolivia. We will be met at Kasani by our Bolivian guides and continue on to Copacabana, a red-roofed town on the shore of Lake Titicaca where we will spend the evening at the following hotel:
After checking in to our rooms, we will walk to the harbor for a private boat ride to the Isla del Sol, Island of the Sun, considered, along with the Island of the Moon, sacred places from which these celestial bodies emerged.
While on the Isla del Sol, we will enjoy apthapi, a traditional, collective, meal in a beautiful setting with views toward the lake. We will then sail on to the Isla de la Luna, Island of the Moon, a small and relatively easily trekked island, where we will have the opportunity to engage in meditation and experience the exquisite silence of this place.
We will return to Copacabana for dinner and our overnight.
Friday, 31st of August
Today we travel to the eastern shore of Lake Titicaca, and the remote village of Chuquiñapi, for a day removed from the tourist track. After breakfast at our hotel, we will board our coach for the two and a half hour drive on a road that crosses the high plateau and then edges the lake, arriving at the simple retreat lodge where we will spend one night:
Casa Relax Chuquiñapi
Casa Relax is a very basic, yet lovely, little lodge with a limited number of private rooms and private baths (available on a first come basis). We will have an open afternoon before us, with opportunities to hike, or to climb the steps down to the beach, if so inclined, or to sit in meditation amidst the beauty and quiet of the land. We will enjoy lunch and dinner at the lodge and, at nightfall, experience an offering of traditional music over a bonfire under the starry sky.
Saturday, 1st of September
After breakfast at the lodge, we make our way to the enigmatic Pre-Incan ruins Tiwanaku, close to the southeastern shore of Lake Titicaca, arriving at midday. One of the oldest and highest cities ever built, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tiwanaku was capital of an enormous empire and a sacred center of the Andean region. This afternoon, we will explore its sun temple of Kalasasaya, the Akapana pyramid and the legendary Sun Gate, and participate in a ceremonial offering to Pachamama. Lunch will be in Tiwanaku.
We then continue our drive on to La Paz, the highest administrative capital in the world, which lies in a deep broad canyon, with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. It is also home to a recently emerging, and thriving, food and contemporary art scene.
Dinner this evening will be at our hotel. For our two nights in La Paz, all participants will stay in one of the following hotels:
Hotel Las Brisas
Sunday, 2nd of September
We begin our day in La Paz with breakfast in our hotels before setting out to explore the city. Our activities will include guided visits to the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, devoted to the histories of Bolivia’s many peoples, and to the Mercado de las Brujas, or Witches’ Market.
Just south of La Paz is Allkamari Valle de Animas, a holistic center and eco-lodge whose programs focus upon direct contact with nature, and traditional customs. It is here that we will have lunch, with breathtaking views of Illimani Mountain in the distance.
We’ll be treated to a ride on La Paz’s teleférico, the cable car that travels up to El Alto, in the windswept highlands of the Altiplano, for a dramatic view of the expanse of the city. We’ll also meet with an Aymara artist-activist attuned Bolivia’s emerging creative vision of integrating indigenous Andean values, including a deep respect for Pachamama, Mother Earth, into global awareness and practice.
We return to La Paz in the evening for a very special closing night dinner at Gustu, a restaurant and larger culinary revitalization project that has established cooking schools in low-income areas of the country. Using Bolivian products exclusively, to heighten appreciation of the diversity of flavors, and of the hands and peoples who make them possible, Gustu also features a bar devoted to regional craft brews, Tarija wines, and spirits such as singani (produced only in the Bolivian high valleys, it is considered the national liquor).
We will spend the night in our hotels in La Paz.
Monday, 3rd of September
Our Post-Conference concludes on the morning of the 3rd. The Open Center will provide coach transfer to La Paz’s El Alto airport for its very-early-morning North American-bound flights (please see our Travel Info page for more information).
*Please note: activities in our itinerary are subject to change.
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