Peru 2020: June 1-12
Adventure to Sacred Peru for an unforgettable 12-day (11-night) adventure into your heart and the hidden mysteries of Peru. Peru is a Spiritual Vortex on the planet and is shrouded in mystery and cosmic wonder. Wisdom Keepers, Shamans, and Medicine Tribes have gravitated to this high mountain country, and call it the Crown Chakra of Planet Earth. It is a place of surrender and healing that allows the Spirit to take the reins of life and bond in pure relationship with the Earth Mother-Pachamama.
Outwardly, you will be inspired and awed by the Sacred Valley, captivated by Gaia’s wonders, and physically/emotionally challenged as we hike the 4-day Inca Trail into the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Inwardly, we will journey with the 4-Healing Archetypes of Peru (The Serpent, The Jaguar, The Condor, and The Hummingbird), transcend the limits of separation, and root down into the Heart of Universal Belonging. This trip will be physically and soulfully challenging, push your limits, and help you release limitations holding you back in life. Are you ready rise up?
What’s Included: 12 days (11 Nights)
Opening and Closing Circles
Daily Dharma Sharings, Guided Meditation, and Wisdom Questions
Learn About the 4-Healing Archetypes of Peruvian Shamanism: The Snake, Jaguar, Condor, and Hummingbird and how to incorporate their totems into your life
5 - Comfortable Nights Accommodation in the Incan Capital of Cusco
Group Tour of Moray, Maras, and Local Woman’s Weaving Co-Op
Day Hike to the stunning alpine Humantay Lake with Group Pachamama Ritual
3 - Nights Private Camping on the Inca Trail with Private Guides and Private Chef
A full crew of porters who will carry your belongings during the 26-mile trek
All organic meals, teas, and hot chocolates prepared by a private chef during the hike (excluding lunch in Machu Picchu)
Community Friendship and Peer Support
Entrance tickets for Machu Picchu
Hiking permits for the Inca Trail
Relaxing Train Ride From Aguas Calientes back to Cusco After the Inca Trail
2 - Comfortable Nights Accommodation in Puno, near Lake Titicaca
All transportation (including airport transfers)
Flight from Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUZ) and from Lake Titicaca (JUL) to Lima (LIM)
Private Shuttle to Lake Titicaca via the Historical Sun Route
Private Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca
Group Welcome and Farewell Dinners
All Meals while on the Inca Trail (excluding lunch in Machu Picchu)
4 - Additional Group Lunches Experiencing the Local Cuisine
Local Guides through Ancient Incan Historical Sites
Time to Rest, Relax, and Soak Up Gaia’s Healing Frequency
Optional Ayahuasca 3-Day Retreat (16 night/17 days - Arrival May 27-June 12)
Day 1-4: Welcome to Sacred Peru! Our retreat begins in the ancient city of Cusco where we will soak in the ancient culture of the Incan and Quechuan people. Cusco is nestled in the Andes mountains (at 11,000ft), and a great place to explore the cultural highlights, visit local markets, journey to natural wonders of the Sacred Valley, while we acclimatize and prepare for our journey up the Inca Trail. During this time, you will have the opportunity to learn how the Incas thrived in the high Andes by using the natural resources found in the Sacred Valley. You will learn Incan farming techniques, explore a 1000 year old salt flat, visit local alpaca weaving co-ops and hike to the stunning Humantay Lake for a Pachamama Ritual.
The Inca Trail: Once acclimatized and ready to test our physical stamina, we begin our breathtaking journey up the Inca Trail. The trail is part of an ancient pilgrimage, a path walked by thousands of ancient holy men, shamans, and great Incan scholars into the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Since Nature is the largest and most potent vibration on the planet, along the trek you may find yourself releasing what no longer serves you, working through emotional blockages, and arriving back into balance with who you are on a soul level. During our trek we will be exploring the Sacred Animal Archetypes of Peruvian Shamanism: The Snake, Puma, Condor, and Hummingbird to deepen our inner experience.
During the hike you’ll only need to carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera, etc. With comfortable private campsites, a full crew of porters who will carry your belongings during the 26 mile trek, exquisite meals prepared by our own private chef, and nightly ‘tea time,’ you will feel the power of Pachamama-Gaia in all her magnificence. Your trek also includes your tent, sleep pad, daily guided meditations, and group dharma talks to deepen your connection to the Earth and Yourself.
Day 5: Today is our first day on the trail. We will ease into the mountains with a straight forward day of hiking, taking in the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins. Our first night on the trail we will share stories, bond in friendship as we bask in light of the full moon light!
Day 6: This day of our trek is our ‘Challenge Day’ and starts early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 13,769 ft. Pacaymayo Valley is camp for the night and is home to one of the most incredible vistas of the entire trek, as it stretches over a valley, with views of nearby waterfalls and snow-covered peaks. Once you arrive, you will enjoy a “Family Tea Time” as your guide shows you the amazing stories of the Inca constellations and cosmology that stretch out overhead.
Day 7 is packed with incredible scenery and the option to ‘be in silence’ to intensify your inner experience. The first pass is Runquraqay at 13,113 ft where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through cloud forest on the gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 12,136 ft. On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 11,972 ft, reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds," and journey onto the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 8,694 ft.
Day 8 of our hike, we will awaken before dawn and dark-hike to the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu as the first rays of the sun strike the ancient city in the clouds. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. If your legs and lungs still have energy after four days of hiking, you have the option to climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, which offer incredibly unique perspectives of the ancient city. In the afternoon, catch the bus to Aguas Calientes for your reward lunch before catching the relaxing train ride back to Cusco. More detailed information about our hike
Day 9: Rest and Recover in Cusco
This is a great day to rest your legs, gather souvenirs, jewelry, alpaca clothing, or pretty much anything your heart desires at the local Bohemian Markets. The huge San Pedro market in Cusco is known for people watching and its rows of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, juices, cheese and cured meat. Perhaps even reward yourself with the quintessential Peruvian spirit the Pisco Sour!
Day 10: The Sun Route: Cusco to Puno
Relax in our Private VIP Tourist Bus as we travel down the Sun Route to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Along the way explore the ancient sites of Andahaylillas, Raqchi and Puka Pukara before enjoying lunch in the town of Sichuan. We will arrive in Puno around 5pm for a free night to relax and mingle with the locals.
Day 11: Lake Titicaca
Board a private boat and travel to the Uros Islands, a series of floating islands made of vines and reeds on the highest mountain lake in South America. Here you will observe how the local inhabitants live among the reeds and thrive on these floating islands. Next we will boat onward to Taquile Island where you will tour several sets of ruins and visit local villages. In the villages you will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the world-famous, intricate weaving created by the islands inhabitants and share lunch with the locals. Our day at Lake Titicaca finishes with our Farewell Dinner in Puno as we close the circle of our incredible adventure.
Day 12: Farewell Travel Day
After Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your travel plans you can go your own way for more adventures, or catch a flight from the Juliaca Airport to Lima where you will venture home.
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