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5 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO MACHU PICCHU

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5 Days
Availability : Jan 2017 - Dec 2017
Cusco
Machu Picchu
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Itinerary
Overview

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

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Sacred Valley (Pisac)

Day 2: Señor de Huanca – Pisac Ruins – Ollantaytambo

Day 3: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu

Day 4: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 5: Cusco – Departure

 

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.
Itinerary

Day 1Sacred Valley (Pisac)

Today we will meet or pick you up in Cusco, nestled among the energy-infused mountains of the Andes. We will transfer straight to the lower altitudes, warmer climate and peaceful environment of the Sacred Valley. Along the way, we will visit Awanakancha, a community-driven project that introduces us to the South American camelids and traditional weaving techniques of the area.

After arriving at your hotel in Pisac, you will participate in an authentic Andean Blessing to Pachamama (the Earth Mother) ministered by an Andean Priest. This ceremony invokes the help and energy of the Mountain Gods and Pachamama (the Apus and the Earth Mother, respectively) for the health, wellbeing, and happiness of the participants. At the same time, the participants show appreciation for life and their blessings. After the ceremony, you will have the chance to purchase handmade items from the Andean Priest. These items are all made by our priests’ spouses and other members of their community in support of their traditional way of life.

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 2Señor de Huanca - Pisac Ruins - Ollantaytambo

After breakfast, we will leave the Hotel and travel through the Sacred Valley, stopping at the shrine of the Señor (Lord) de Huanca, located on the mountain known as Apu Huanca. This sacred massif is considered to be the “Master Doctor” or “Protector of Health” in this part of the Andes.

We will then visit Pisac, a spectacular Inca site located along the length of a ridgeline high above the village of the same name. Here, we will learn about the Intiwatana (Sun Temple) and its religious significance before continuing through the picturesque Sacred Valley to the town of Ollantaytambo, our home for the evening.

Ollantaytambo is the only continuously inhabited Inca town; it is still laid out on its original Inca street plan. Our tour will take us up its steep terraces to the enigmatic, unfinished temple and magnificent views at the top. We will explore the lower temple as well, with its many baths and water channels. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to wander Ollantaytambo’s cobblestone streets lined with water channels that have been running since the time of the Incas.

* Note that the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo require purchasing an additional entrance ticket (see below).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu

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

Optional: You can choose to have a yoga or meditation session before you head to Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Day 4Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We will get up early to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu and in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains. After enjoying the views, we will have a two-hour tour of the Inca citadel, visiting the principle sites. After the tour we recommend the following activities:

* Climbing Wayna Picchu and visiting the Temple of the Moon (requires an additional pass and must be reserved at time of booking – see below).

* Climbing Machu Picchu Mountain (requires an additional pass and must be reserved at time of booking – see below).

* Hiking to the Sun Gate, where the first rays of sunshine on the winter solstice.

* Visiting the Inca Bridge, where you can marvel at the incredible engineering skills and ingenuity of the Incas.

* Sitting on the terraces below the Temple of the Condor and taking in the energy of the site.

* Walking through the site again, ducking into hidden corners and little-visited rooms to refine your own theory about Machu Picchu.

In the afternoon we will return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to return to Cusco.

Day 5Cusco - Departure

Our transport will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your return flight. Happy travels!

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