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12-Day Pilgrimage Peru with Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

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12 Days
Availability : Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Cusco
Puno
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Overview

amazonian vine is a potent plant Remedy used by healers for centuries in the Amazonian jungle region. The thick tea known as amazonian vine is actually a combination of two plants; leaves from the chakruna bush are mixed and boiled with the amazonian vine vine to create a sacred Remedy brew. The psychotropic molecule from chakruna combines with an activator from amazonian vine to form an “entheogen,” a Remedy which puts you in touch with the divine. The amazonian vine experience makes you into your own doctor, shaman and psychotherapist, one who knows everything about you. It profoundly connects you to yourself, and participants willing to do the work can find relief from and even cure depression, anxiety, and addiction, plus gain deep personal and spiritual insights. amazonian vine may bring you sublime joy, self love, and universal connection; you may also see frightening things, including demons, zombies, and your worst fears and life experiences. Yet even this last is healing and therapeutic by allowing you to confront and overcome inner traumas. Drinking amazonian vine is about having the courage to change your life, both during and after the ceremony; the ceremony is just the first step. It is up to you to follow through with your personal revelations.

Our retreats focus on healing the body, mind, emotions and spirit. To accomplish this, the retreats have been developed with both Andean Q’ero and Amazonian Shipibo shamans. The Q´ero shaman is from the closest thing remaining to an Inca community in the high Andes. The second is a shaman from the Shipibo tribe in the Amazon who guides the ceremonies by singing the healing songs, called Icaros, passed down from his ancestors. We run our retreats in a traditional manner, extending from the way the plant remedy is prepared to the ancient knowledge and customs of the Q’ero and Shipibo cultures. amazonian vine is always drunk at night to limit external stimulation and to allow you to connect with yourself.

Amazonian vine places physical, emotional and spiritual demands on your body; what you see can be frightening, vomiting is often a side effect, and you can feel extremely cold. The traditional base of the retreat is matched with modern medical practices to ensure our guests’ safety and to allow them to assimilate their experiences in the best possible way. Nurses are always present at ceremonies, and we take a full medical questionnaire beforehand. We are one of only two amazonian vine providers in Peru with approval from and a working relationship with the Peruvian Ministry of Health. Please contact us with any questions about amazonian vine. We are happy to answer and help you take this first step on your journey.

Inclusions:

  • For your safety and peace of mind, a doctor will be present during the amazonian vine ceremony and will be assisted by a nurse when the purgative water is being drunk.
  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer to the Travel and Healing retreat center in the Sacred Valley.
  • 4 different healings during your stay at the retreat center
  • Translation and personalized assistance during the entire retreat
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in the retreat center, 8 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
  • Transfer OUT

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 7 days.

Not included:

Pisac and Ollantaytambo Tourist Ticket

If you wish to visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo on Day 4, 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 $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.

Itinerary

Day 1Drinking the purgative Waters in Cusco (Remember to fast on this day

Welcome to Cusco! Our first meeting will be at 10am in the hotel lobby. One day before the ayahuasca retreat, you will begin the cleansing therapy by taking medicinal water, a part of your physical preparation.

This part will be performed by our specially trained staff, who will supervise the purging that accompanies the medicinal water.

We’ll start the 1-2 hour purging process at 11am so that you can have the afternoon free to rest and find something light to eat.

*We recommend arriving in Cusco or the Sacred Valley at least one day beforehand to acclimatize. We can organize pickup and accommodation for this acclimatization day.

Day 2Cusco – Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley (Taray)

We’ll pick you up at your hotel at 10am and travel to our retreat house in the Sacred Valley an hour outside of Cusco. Once we have arrived, our Andean shaman will lead us in a coca leaf ceremony, of great importance to our Inca ancestors.

To receive the most benefit from the amazonian vine ceremony to come, it is best to come prepared with questions and topics to consider concerning your life, your family, your health and relationships, etc. The most productive amazonian vine sessions are those with participants who know why they are there. You’ll have some time to talk one-on-one to the psychologist and the doctor. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the ceremony start time, the rules within the retreat house, and other necessary items. Once finished, you’ll have an hour to rest and meditate, being sure to maintain a noble silence*.

After this rest, the shaman will explain the Andean ceremonies. This is the time to ask any questions about the ceremony and explain any personal purpose you may have for being there. You will next begin the Cleansing and Growth ceremony, after which you will rest and contemplate for another few hours, again maintaining a noble silence*. This time should be used to focus on what you wish to accomplish during the night’s amazonian vine ceremony. We suggest that you use this time to meditate or, if you believe in the power of prayer, to pray. This is important to ensure that you have enough energy and clarity for the ceremony. Our amazonian vine shaman will begin the ceremony at 7 or 8pm, with a translator and nurses in attendance for your safety.

Day 3Sacred Valley Retreat Center

We’ll prepare you an energizing breakfast to revitalize you after your night’s voyage. Afterwards, you’ll speak to the amazonian vine shaman, the psychologist and the doctor, where you will recount your experience and receive an interpretation of your visions. The rest of the day will be free for you to read, meditate, do yoga, or simply enjoy your beautiful surroundings with a walk through the countryside, not forgetting to save your energy for your second amazonian vine ceremony. We’ll begin again at the same time as the previous night.

Day 4Sacred Valley Retreat Center – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

We’ll have another nourishing breakfast to restore us from last night’s work, and the amazonian vine shamans will again help us process our visions and experiences. To conclude our time at the center, an Andean Qeros shaman will lead us through the most important ceremony, the Despacho, or offering to the Earth Mother. This will allow you to show your gratitude to her while basking in the warm, post-amazonian vine glow of internal and external harmony. On this happy note, we will end our retreat.

A visit to the Sacred Valley now awaits us; we will see the Temple of Señor de Huanca and the Inca ruins of Pisac in order to appreciate and understand both the local religious customs and impressive ancient architecture.

Later, we will head to Ollantaytambo to catch our train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, where we will spend the night.

Day 5Machu Picchu - Cusco

At 5:30am (or later, if you prefer), we’ll take a short bus ride up to Machu Picchu. We’ll have a 1 hour and 45 minute guided tour of this impressive Modern Wonder of the World, after which you’ll have free time to explore the ruins at your leisure.

You’ll have your return bus ticket so that you can return to Aguas Calientes whenever you wish, but don’t forget that you must be at the train station at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Our bus will be waiting for you in Ollantaytambo to return you to Cusco and your hotel.

Day 6Free day in Cusco

This day is for you to relax in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to Ausangate and enjoy the city of Cusco. There are many places for massages and souvenir hunting, plus museums and Inca temples to visit. We can make recommendations to suit your tastes.

Day 7Cusco – Tinki – Pacchanta

We’ll leave Cusco at 7am in our private car along the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado road and head to the town of Tinki (3,800m/12,464ft), first stopping in Urcos to visit the beautiful lake of the same name. Our second detour is the agricultural and herding community of Cattca, which has spectacular views of the region. We’ll next pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only a half hour from Tinki. Finally, we arrive in Pacchanta, a small community with attractive hot springs for us to bathe and relax in after our 6-hour drive. We’ll have lunch and set up camp here, enjoying the fabulous views of the snow-capped local peaks. Post-lunch activities for you to choose from include a small hike, riding Andean horses, or simply relaxing in the hot springs all evening.

Day 8Pacchanta – Lake Uturunco

We’ll leave Pacchanta and begin an easy climb across the Puna (a dry, high-altitude ecological zone with little vegetation) to arrive 4 hours later at our lunch spot. This spot affords us a view of the beautiful and profoundly sacred mountain Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft).

We’ll arrive at our destination of Lake Uturunco after roughly 4.5 hours of hiking. We’ll camp and have dinner right in front of Ausangate. Our campsite is surrounded by vegetation, beautiful lakes of red, green and turquoise (Azul Cocha, Uturuncu Cocha, and Pucacocha), and sweeping views of glaciated mountains.

Optional: Horse rental for $70 USD per day.

Day 9Lake Uturunco – Puno

We’ll keep trekking after breakfast, with a 4-hour descent back to Pacchanta (4,100m/12,464ft). Our route takes us past falcon and “vizcacha” (an Andean rodent similar to rabbits) habitat, both of which we are likely to see. Our transport will pick us up in the afternoon for our 8 hour drive to the city of Puno.

Day 10Puno – Taquile Island (Overnight stay in a family home)

Our day begins at 7:45am with pickup from your hotel. We’ll first visit the floating Uros Islands, which are man-made from local reeds. Our guide will explain the importance of these islands and their role in the ecosystem of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Our visit will last around 1.5 hours.

Our 7km boat trip to Taquile will take at most 2 hours, during which you can take in the splendid, unobstructed views of the lake and surroundings, including the Cordillera Real (Royal Mountain Range) in Bolivia. A community representative will be waiting to welcome us as our boat docks and will divide us up and introduce us to our host families. During your stay, these families will provide your food and lodging and accompany you as you tour the island.

Most people on Taquile are very helpful and well organized. These traits contribute to their high proficiency in weaving and textiles, as recognized and awarded by UNESCO. Of note is that the yarn and weavings are made mostly by men, who begin as young as 8 years old. Life on Taquile continues much as it has for centuries, without many modern changes. Your visit to the community will last around 2 hours, with another hour to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. The best way to support the community is to buy some of their artisan goods. In this way, the people of Taquile can continue displaying their ancestral culture to future visitors.

In the afternoon, our guide can organize a walk to one of the local sacred mountains known as Pacha Tata. This area is known for the friendliness of its people and for being home to the Cantuta flower, the national flower of Peru. The communities here dedicate themselves to cultivating their terraces, raising sheep, and creating artisan textiles and stone carvings. After this visit we’ll return to our homestay accommodations to spend the night.

Day 11Taquile – Puno – Aramu Muru

We’ll have a tasty breakfast with our homestay families then have the chance for a final walk around the island to see the sun rise. A 2-hour boat ride then brings us back to Puno and on to Aramu Muru, one of the most mystical and energetic places around Lake Titicaca.

Aramu Muru – Hayu Marca is an enigmatic, 5m-high altar carved out of a single piece of stone and is surrounded by a very special view; it is a reference point for many spiritually-minded travelers. Our visit here will have a few stops along the way, the first being in Chucuito. This is an appealing little colonial town home to a curious Inca temple known as “Inca Uyo,” or the fertility temple. The temple contains around 20 sculpted stone phalluses, a sign of having been a ritual center dedicated to fertility.

After this stop, we’ll continue southwards to the Aramu Muru gateway located within some unusual rocky formations, a stone forest of sorts. We’ll take a walk around the site and then arrive at the mystic gateway, a spiritual site for meditation and contemplation.

Upon returning to Puno, we’ll have our goodbye dinner and a celebration with music and dance.

Day 12Puno / Juliaca and farewell

Our transport will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Juliaca airport and your connecting flight to Lima. Our services end here. Happy travels!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CEREMONIES

Ceremony Durations:

  • Coca leaf ceremony – 40 to 60 minutes

  • Cleansing and growth ceremony – 1 hour

  • Amazonian vinea healing ceremony – 4 to 6 hours

  • Offering to the Earth Mother – 1.5 hours

Strict Guidelines for the Retreat: Do not consume drugs, alcohol, coffee or chocolate for three days before the amazonian vine ceremony. Also avoid canned food, red meat, pork, sausages, and excess salt and sugar. We recommend that you refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking any kind of medication during your retreat. You must not consume prescription medications (antibiotics, injections, pills, etc.) during or just before the ceremony. Please abstain from sexual activity, including masturbation, for at least one day before the ceremony. We ask that pregnant women and those on their period not participate in the ceremony.

Recommendations for Your Preparation: To spiritually and mentally prepare yourself for the retreat, we recommend meditating, praying, doing yoga, or whatever discipline prescribed by your religion or faith. The retreat is genuine, ancestral shamanism and the ceremonies, especially amazonian vine, can be intense. As such, we recommend that you follow all of the guidelines. Your hard work will be compensated with spiritual growth and a successful and productive retreat.

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