Behind the Scenes Adventures

Behind the Scenes Adventures specializes in taking small groups of friendly folks to art, textile, and culture tours to various destinations.

Instructors 1

Cynthia Samake

Cynthia is the founder of Behind the Scenes Adventures. She is a specialist in festival costume and traditional textiles, and enthusiastically shares her expertise during the trips. She did field research in Peru and Bolivia over a dozen years, and those studies resulted in her book Andean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia. Cynthia was Academic Director of the University of California Research Expeditions Program (UREP) and she also led research expeditions to South America and Southeast Asia through UREP for many years.

Testimonials 3

a traveler US

Behind the Scenes Adventures website

Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip. It was fantastic. I just got home last night and I’m just brimming with happiness over the whole thing. My mom and I had a wonderful time. You do an amazing job, and you make it seem like you’re just traveling along with us, though I clearly see how much planning is involved on your part. Thank you!

a traveler U.S.

Behind the Scenes Adventures website

Thanks to you, Cynthia! I want to tell you how very much I enjoyed our great trip to Bolivia and Peru, and it is all thanks to your superb contacts and organization. The trip met my wildest expectations – beyond how positive I thought it would be. I cherish my memories and know they will grow as time goes on. It was a joy traveling with you.

Your great positive attitude and laid-back but still alert manner kept the trip relaxed and at the same time, moving right along. Nilda is a gem, as is Señor Benito and the others we met along the way. I would highly recommend this trip and others you lead to anyone.

a traveler U.S.

Behind the Scenes Adventures website

And then there was the adventure of my lifetime–the trip to Peru and Bolivia with Cynthia and Nancy Thomas, from Behind the Scenes Adventures!

Because of Cynthia’s personal knowledge of Peru and Bolivia and their people, everywhere we went she was greeted as an old and best friend and consequently, so were we. Every day was chock full of unexpected tidbits like stopping at a bakery still using a charcoal-fired oven, to pick up fresh bread as a gift to the villagers. If there was something we wanted to see Cynthia did her best to accommodate us, often providing us with on-the-spot experiences – and her fluent Spanish didn’t hurt either. Cynthia’s warm personality, friendliness, and most of all, her sense of humor, made us all feel welcome and an important part of the group. There wasn’t a meal without laughter!

As a member of our small, intimate group I felt as if I had rubbed elbows with the “real” people of Peru and Bolivia and to me, that’s what adventure is all about. Many thanks, dear Cynthia, for a true adventure.

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