Thursday, May 9, 2013

Plants of The Andes & Amazon - Ethnobotany Trip to Peru

This trip is lead by a friend of mine. It looks like big fun to me. Thought some of you might be interested. She has three slots open.

August 21-30 With Dr Jillian Stansbury
Join us in August of 2013 to explore the plants and the healing traditions of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.
We will learn of healing traditions from Incan spiritualists and travel into the Amazon to see a great diversity of plants and visit with members of three indigenous communities.

August 21nd – Meet in Cusco hotel Pension Alemana Wed morning, Intro talks and Welcome. Lunch, City Walk to plant museum and herb markets, introduction to unique plants. Dinner discussion, followed traditional Andean music.
August 22rd Early breakfast buffet, botanizing Andean plants on the way to sacred valley and back.  Lunch in Pisac, visit ruins and markets.  Cusco Dinner with more traditional music and story.
August 23th Buffet breakfast at Hotel.  Van down to the Amazon basin, settle into ACA lodge.  Dinner at lodge and evening stroll to focus on identifying tropical plant families.
August 24th  – Day trip to Queros tribe.  Herb walk with Fredy, traditional meal, afternoon arts with tribe.  Return to Pilcopata hotel by dusk.  Dinner at ACA lodge.
August 25th Travel to Atalaya and motor boat to indigenous community of Shintuya.  Lunch and settle in at lodge, meet with Liborio of the Bora tribe for herb study.  Evening song and storytelling of amazon shamanism.
August 26th Morning herb hike to waterfall with Liborio.  Lunch back at lodge.  Afternoon plant studies and free time.  Dinner at lodge. Eve. discussion of indigenous healing ways with guests.
August 27th  – Boat back to Pilcopata  Afternoon herb and tropical food preparation demos. Masato, Agua de Cocona, Aguaje
August 28th Day at ACA lodge medicinal garden, jungle trails.  Afternoon guest Dr Mendiat to talk about his practice, tropical disease, indigenous medicine. 
August 29th – Van back to Cuzco.  View Cock of the Rock Birds on the way.  Lunch at Wayquecha research station in Cloud forest.  Late dinner of Indian take out at hotel.
August 30th  - Breakfast at hotel.  Day trip with Incan shaman Kush. Coca Ceremony and offering to Pachamama, Late lunch at Trout Farm and closing.  Free evening.
August 31st  – Breakfast at Hotel Check out.  Preparation day for those preparing to hike the Inca trail or travel on.

Price $2,250 – all inclusive for hotels, lodges, teachers, vans, boats, meals, museums, guides, entertainment.
Does NOT include Air Travel to Cusco.