This transformational journey begins with a retreat at our Sacred Valley retreat center, where you will participate in a variety of ceremonies (see below for a full list). The healing ceremonies work on the spiritual, psychological and physical levels, teaching you to work with your heart and learn the art of transforming suffering into happiness. The ceremonies are performed by trained shamans from the high Andean community of Q’eros.
We designed this unique experience for travelers who would like to experience authentic Andean culture and traditions. This includes four ceremonies, all presided over by Q’ero Nation shamans specialized in different areas of healing. Q’ero is a small village a few days walk up the mountains, and its inhabitants are a high mountain people who fled up higher into the Sierra when the Spanish invaded, managing to survive the Conquest. As such, they are the closest living descendants of the Incas and still maintain many of their ancient traditions. Each of their shamans is specially chosen by a shamanic family to follow their profession.
The first ceremony is an Andean Blessing on to invoke the protection of the Mountain Gods and Mother Nature, and to offer gratitude. The next three ceremonies are a Flower Cleansing Ceremony, a Coca Leaf Reading Ceremony, and an Offering to Pachamama, the Earth Mother. Traditional shamanic ceremonies such as these have been practiced since before the time of the Inca Empire and their Quechua culture. Participating in these shamanic ceremonies with an authentic Andean shaman will show you a new perspective on life and will allow you to develop physically and spiritually.
The pilgrimage then segues into a guided visit to Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco. We next head south for our trek towards the sacred mountain of Ausangate, one of the most spiritual treks in the region. We’ll finish by journeying to the southern city of Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca to visit the famous islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantani and the sacred site of Aramu Muru.
Coca Leaf Reading
Traditional Andean Cleansing Ceremony to seek forgiveness.
Offering to Pachamama (the Earth Mother) in the Quechua language.
Consultation with 2 or 3 shamans.
Ceremony at the feet of the sacred mountain Ausangate.
Meditation at Aramu Muru (Puno).
– Pickup from your hotel and transfer to the Travel and Healing retreat center in the Sacred Valley.
– 4 different healings.
– Translation and personalized assistance during the entire retreat.
– 10 nights’ accommodation in hotels and 1 night in a family home on Amantani Island – Puno.
– Return train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu.
– Machu Picchu entrance ticket.
– Return bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
– Transportation from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
– 3D/2N Trekking near Ausangate.
– Transportation from Cusco to Puno.
– Tour of Amantani – Taquile Islands.
– Tour of Aramu Muru.
– A guide on all the tours.
Pisac and Ollantaytambo Tourist Ticket
If you wish to visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 or S/70 for students (up to 25 years old with a valid ISIC card). The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the majority of tourist attractions in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and the South Valley. An alternative option for this tour is to buy a partial tourist ticket, which costs S/70, includes Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and is valid for 2 days. Purchasing the full ticket is the better option if you also plan to visit other sites in the Sacred Valley, the South Valley, or the ruins right outside Cusco.
Tickets for Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains.
Those trekkers who wish to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain after they have finished the trek must let us know well in advance as permits are limited. For high season (May to October), 2-4 months in advance. Low season (November to April) 1-2 months in advance. There is an additional $15 USD per person charge so we can purchase your ticket for the 2nd time slot at 10:00 am (students with ISIC card: $8 USD per person). Machu Picchu Mountain (additional cost $15USD) is far less busy and doesn’t need to be booked as far in advance but must also be reserved ($15 USD) at the time of booking so that we can purchase your ticket.
Recommendations for Spiritual and Mental Preparation
To prepare your mind and spirit before the retreat, we recommend that you do more often any discipline familiar to you from your own religion or faith, such as meditation, prayer, yoga. If you do not have a religious practice, instead pray and offer your wishes and intentions to all creatures in the morning and at night; this can be very helpful!
As the founder of Etnikas says, you can have the best shamans in the Universe (Christ, Buddha, Krishna,) conducting ceremonies for you, but if your heart does not want to change nothing will happen. No one but you can change your destiny, not even God, who is the Father, not the Boss. Only you have the power to change your destiny. Your own heart is in fact the best shaman for you in the universe.
The best attitude with which to approach the retreat is one of positivity; the right attitude includes honesty, love, patience, humility, respect, courage and a strong mental and spiritual determination. Approaching with these values will result in a fruitful experience.