Join us for an Altiplano Learning Tour with Dr. Ralph Bolton!
In September, the President of The Chijnaya Foundation, Dr. Ralph Bolton, will lead a tour of the communities on the Altiplano where the Foundation works. This is an excellent opportunity to observe the projects being carried out by these communities in cooperation with the Foundation. Visitors will be able to meet person-to-person with villagers and to discuss with them ways to enhance the quality of life for people living in this difficult environment. The Foundation’s projects in microfinance and agricultural improvements, in health, and in education will be examined. A dinner with the Foundation’s scholarship recipients is also on the agenda.
The dates for the Altiplano “tour” areSeptember 17 (arrival on the Altiplano) to September 24 (departure from Puno). Each day visitors will travel from the base in the city of Puno to villages in our network. One trip will be to the alpaca herding community of Coarita in the Province of Lampa, with a stop in the colonial town of Lampa. One day will involve an excursion on Lake Titicaca for a visit to the community of Ccotos where we will have lunch at the home of a dynamic peasant leader, Amalia Flores. We will spend a day in communities around the town of Pucara, where we will also visit the workshops of ceramic artisans who have a Foundation-funded project. Finally, we will attend the anniversary of the community of Chijnaya on September 23 for a day of dances, music, speeches, and other traditional festivities.
Participants are asked to make a contribution of $300 each to cover the expenses of the week’s activities. This includes some meals and all local transportation. It does not include lodging in Puno. We will recommend a hotel at modest cost (approx. $40/night for 2 people) and another hotel of a higher category (approx. $120/night for 2 people). Visitors will be able to book those online at booking.com.
Visitors may wish to combine the Altiplano tour with additional touring in Cusco and Machu Picchu or Arequipa or Lima before or after the Altiplano visit. However, those portions of the trip need to be arranged individually by the participants. We will be happy to offer advice about those options, but the Foundation does not have the capacity to arrange those tours.
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in joining this adventure. Write to us at Chijnaya@aol.com.