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5 Day pilgrimage to Machu Picchu[:]

This retreat will introduce you to two of the spiritual wonders of Peru. During the first part of the retreat, you will discover the healing powers of the ayahuasca vine. The second half of the trip will take you through the Sacred Valley and to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel and Peruvian Wonder of the World.

This retreat includes traditional Andean Cleansing Ceremonies, Offering Ceremonies to Pachamama (the Earth Mother) and a hike along the Two-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel and modern Wonder of the World. 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 to invoke the protection of the  Mountain Gods and Mother Nature, and to offer gratitude. The last 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 consists of the following ceremonies:

  • Andean Blessing
  • Coca Leaf Reading
  • Traditional Andean Cleansing Ceremony (asking for forgiveness)
  • Offering to Pachamama (the Earth Mother)
  • Consult with 2 or 3 shamans
Inclusions:

Pickup from the airport and transfer to the Sacred Valley

4 different healings during the retreat

Personal translation and assistance during the retreat.

4 nights of accommodation in 3-star hotels.

Return train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Entry ticket to Machu Picchu

Return bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

Transportation: Ollantaytambo – Cusco

Meals as indicated in the itinerary (1B, 1L)

You should bring:

Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat

Water for your journey to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Comfortable walking shoes

Camera

Headlamp if you have one, or a flashlight

Original passport

Small suitcase or backpack with enough clothing for the 5 days.


Optional Services:

Tickets for Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains.

Those trekkers who wish to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain 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 $15 USD) 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.

Upgraded Hotels (3 nights)

Standard accommodations in 3-star hotels are available before and after your program begins. If you wish, we can upgrade you at an additional cost.

About the Accommodations

A variety of accommodation standards are available for independent programs; please see your dossier for the accommodation class specific to your program. Please remember that hotel/lodge/resort standards can be different from what you are used to in your home country, which is part of the appeal of adventure travel. Porterage is not included but can be arranged directly at most hotels. Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can occur in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.[:]