May 15, 2020

The Prairie Meets Peru: Fields, Farms & Friendship

A Food Forward Adventure from Lima to Machu Picchu

Hosted by Cultivate KC’s Executive Director, Katherine Kelly

May 15 – 23, 2020: Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

9 days of transformative adventure, revolving around community building, farming & food


Whet Your Appetite

In addition to the many magic moments and memories experienced on this adventure, you will
be pioneers of a new model of transformative travel and long-term community building.

This trip completes a circle of friendship that began in Kansas City in 2018 with Peru Meets the
Prairie, a cross-cultural food series where chefs from Kansas City and Peru cooked, created and
celebrated together, in the process raising nearly $11,000 for the life-changing gardens and
greenhouses programs of Peruvian NGO Por Eso.

The friendships and community building continue with this trip, hosted by Katherine Kelly, the
co-founder and executive director of Cultivate KC. Katherine brings a lifetime of growing food
to this Peru experience, having grown up working on a conventional Kansas farm and then at a
small scale as a backyard and community gardener in the Twin Cities and Boston. While in
Boston, she discovered the local food movement and worked on multiple organic farms;
she returned to the Midwest in the mid-90s to operate her own certified organic vegetable farm,
Full Circle Farm. She co-founded the Growing Growers Training Program and the Brookside
Farmers Market, and in 2005 co-founded what is now Cultivate Kansas City. In addition to
being a leader in local food production, Katherine has been passionately engaged in cooking and
promoting culinary education and development of the KC local food scene.

While the world buzzes about Peru’s remarkable food ecosystem, you’re invited to experience it
from the inside, alongside some of the country’s leading chefs and farmers. In the Sacred Valley,
walk through fields of Andean grains, tubers and vegetable crops, and along Inca trails while
learning about the region’s endemic ingredients and how they tie into local culture and traditions.
See how the Inca used terracing to create microclimates, and how salt is extracted and collected
in the same timeless fashion that has been used here for centuries.

Experience art and architecture in Lima and Cusco, the rich traditions of the Sacred Valley and
of course an in-depth exploration of the UNESCO World Heritage wonder of Machu Picchu.

Balance active daytime adventures with charming, character-filled lodging at night. From start to
finish, this is a one-of-a-kind, purpose filled adventure you’ll joyfully reflect upon for years.

Click here to view itinerary, cost and details


photo by Jim Kane / Culture Xplorers