Supporting Andean Communities
This regenerative journey to Peru is facilitated by Vicki Weeks, Peruvian Expert and Global Educator, and offers opportunities to immerse in authentic Andean experiences with a lens on Andean women and their culture and daily restorative practices and supports two community organizations, ANDES Association, Potato Park and Awamaki,
Learning themes and Learn, Serve & Immerse experiences
At Global Family Travels, we believe that the most powerful way to learn is through first-hand experience. We let the country and its people be your teachers. While taking in the charm and history of Sacred Valley cities and sites in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and other towns. While on the trip, you will be immersed in the community, meeting community members, and learning about their powerful connections they have to our sacred earth.
Unique educational experiences on this tour include:
- Engage with and learn from our non-profit partner, Awamaki, who is helping to empower rural women with skills-based education and vocational skills.
- Learn how our non-profit community partners, ANDES/Potato Park and Awamaki are preserving Andean cultural heritage, economic systems, and Indigenous traditions.
- Visit and learn about the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- Ancient history and traditions of taking care of Mother Earth in the Sacred Valley
- Learn by engaging with Awamaki about their work and how they are uplifting local women and communities, while learning about some economic development theory too!
- Take in the charm and history of Cusco and Ollaytambo
About Andes and Potato Park
Potato Park is a biocultural territory dedicated to the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in the Andes mountains near Pisaq, Cusco, Peru. This 35 square mile (90 square km) park is administered by the five Indigenous communities of Amaru, Chawaytire, Pampallacta, Paru Paru and Sacaca, with the support of the Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES). ANDES and community members of the Potato Park are our hosts as we will learn about their work and participate in the daily routine of the Indigenous peoples.
The Potato Park is not just a conservation initiative for various varieties of potatoes. It is, above all, a bio-cultural territory dedicated to the conservation of the heritage of six indigenous communities that live here: not only hundreds of cultivated varieties but also related wild species, the landscape and its elements that also include knowledge, traditions, innovations and the worldview of the more than 6000 inhabitants. Learn more about Potato Park: https://andes.org.pe/potatopark-pisac/.
About Global Family Travels
Global Family Travels' vision is to unite humanity and inspire travelers to take responsibility for the challenges and opportunities facing our increasingly inter-connected planet. Much more than a traditional tour operator, Global Family Travels’ mission is to provide authentic community-based “Learn, Serve and Immerse” travel experiences, as means to foster cross-cultural understanding and better global citizens.
Using tourism to help solve community challenges, we organize sustainable travel experiences in partnership with local and global non-profit organizations. Our local Seattle Community tours and global trips often support of many United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including education, access to clean water, conservation, gender equality, and the preservation of diverse and indigenous cultures.
Global Family Travels also offers Travel Advisor Services, to help plan custom trips for families, multi-generational travel, individual adventurers, or spiritual seekers.
Expect to Expand Your Family Circle when you embark on a Global Family Travels trip!
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The health and safety of Global Family Travels’ travelers, community partners, colleagues and guides are of paramount importance to us. To mitigate and manage the risks associated with COVID-19, we have adopted COVID-19 Health and Safety guidelines, which were developed in collaboration with the Adventure Travel & Trade Association (ATTA) and Cleveland Clinic, as well as the Washington State’s public health policies. You can find more detailed information on our website COVID-19 and Travel.
Global Family Travels’ customers will have peace of mind when they choose to travel with us and know that their health and safety are backed by flexible booking conditions. Please refer to the "Tasks" outlining specific details for the health and safety protocols for destination and itinerary. Please also visit our Booking terms and Conditions for the specifics of your personal trip page.
These critical health and operational measures ensure that we can continue to offer tourism experiences with community partners and suppliers in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about these protocols or your trip and thank you for helping to keep yourself and fellow travelers, host community and guides safe!
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