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7 DAY PILGRIMAGE W/ SHORT INCA TRAIL

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7 Days
Cusco
Inca trail to Machu Picchu
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Overview

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 on Day 1 to invoke the protection of the Mountain Gods and Mother Nature, and to offer gratitude. The last three ceremonies on Day 2 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 Ancestral Ceremonies consist of the following:

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

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Cusco – Sacred Valley (Pisac or Urubamba)

Day 2: Cusco – Sacred Valley Pisac (B)

Day 3: Sacred Valley – Visit to the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo – Ollantaytambo (B)

Day 4: Ollantaytambo – Maras Moray – Ollantaytambo (B, L)

Day 5: Ollantaytambo – Km. 104 – Chachabamba – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes (L)

Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 7: Cusco – Departure

Inclusions:

  • Pickup from your hotel and transport to the Retreat Center in the Sacred Valley
  • 4 different therapies during the retreat
  • Translation and personal assistance during the retreat.
  • 6 nights of accommodation in a hotel.
  • Sacred Valley Tour on the third and fourth days (extra tickets required – see below).
  • Return train tickets: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
  • Inca Trail permit and entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return bus tickets: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • Transportation: Ollantaytambo – Cusco

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
  • All personal toiletries

Not included:

Pisac and Ollantaytambo Tourist Ticket

To visit the ruins of Pisac or Ollantaytambo on Day 3 and Moray 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, Pisac and Moray, 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.

Salineras Tourist Ticket

This ticket allows entrance to the Salineras salt pools and currently costs S/.10. It is available for purchase at the site.

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 1Cusco - Sacred Valley (Pisac or Urubamba)

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.

The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and acclimatize.

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 2Cusco – Sacred Valley Pisac (B)

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.

After our visit to this sacred shrine, we will begin the three Ancestral Ceremonies.

To begin, the shaman must start with a Flower Cleansing Ceremony, done with sage and yellow flowers. Sage is common around houses and businesses here in the Andes, often found by the front door, and is used to ward off bad spirits. In our ceremony, it is used to clean the negative energies from your body. The shaman creates a cover of sage over you while saying a prayer in his native Quechua language. The next step is to cover your body with yellow flowers for protection. Many say they can feel the strong energy as an after effect of the ceremony. It is quite a moving experience.

Next is the Coca Leaf Reading Ceremony. The shaman will start by asking questions regarding your home life, health, family, friends and occupation. The shaman will say a prayer to the mountains with his satchel of coca leaves held high above his head. He next places them down on a flat surface and gently opens the fabric. The placement of the leaves is his direct insight into your past, present, and future. This is a long-standing practice in Andean culture and a one-of-a-kind experience.

The final and most important ceremony is the Offering to Pachamama. Pachamama is the Andean word for Mother Earth. We give thanks to Pachamama for our crops and everything we have by putting our intentions back into the earth below. This is done through the prayer of the shaman and his pouch of sacred Andean offerings. All are symbolic of aspects such as protection of travel and relationships, occupational success, and many more. The shaman, with the help of the translator, will go over each offering and its significance in Andean culture before wrapping them all up to go into the bonfire.

Afterwards, we will return to Pisac to spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3Sacred Valley – Visit to the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo – Ollantaytambo (B)

This morning we will 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 tour the ruins of Ollantaytambo.

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). This same ticket can be used for the ruins of Moray on Day 4.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 4Ollantaytambo - Maras Moray – Ollantaytambo (B, L)

In the midst of endless agricultural fields that lie just above the Sacred Valley is Moray. This is a lesser-known Inca site whose original use is still debated. There are some who believe that it was a sacred site and representative of the female womb; however, most believe that it was an Inca experimental agricultural centre. Formed by concentric, circular terraces, there can be a difference in temperature of up to 15°C between the upper and lower terraces, creating various environments and allowing for the growth of species from different parts of the empire. Regardless of its original use, it is a site full of energy, perfect for our yoga practice.

From here it is a short ride to the Salineras salt pools near Maras. In existence since pre-Inca times, these small pools are fed by a natural spring and left to dry until it is possible to harvest the salt. Each pool is owned by a family from the area and provides a renewable source of

income for the region. Walk through this surreal white landscape, we’ll take advantage of

the light and colours for some incredible photos. Note that the Salineras salt pools require an additional entrance ticket of S/.10 which can be purchased at the entrance.

Afterwards, we will return to Ollantaytambo to spend the night before starting our hike tomorrow.

Included meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Day 5Ollantaytambo - Km. 104 - Chachabamba - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes (L)

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:00am to catch the train to the trailhead at Km.104 of the Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu railroad. On arrival, we will visit the nearby ruins of Chachabamba and then begin the four-hour, 8km ascent to join the classic Inca Trail at the impressive Wiñaywayna (2650m/8692ft) archaeological complex. This consists of an agricultural sector with numerous terraces, plus religious and urban centers. On the way up, we’ll take in magnificent views of the Urubamba River Valley, the Choquesuysuy archaeological complex on the opposite side of the river, and a beautiful waterfall minutes away from Wiñaywayna. Leaving Wiñaywayna, an hour’s trek along a trail of flat stones on the edges of the highland jungle cliffs brings us to the ‘Intipunku’ (Sun Gate), the ceremonial gateway into Machu Picchu. We will get our first glimpse of the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu from here. We will next descend to Machu Picchu and travel by bus to Aguas Calientes and your chosen hotel.

Food: Boxed lunch

* Hike Difficulty: moderate
* Total distance: 13 km (8.08 miles).
* Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours.
* Altitude at starting point: Chachabamba 2,150m (7052 ft).
* Maximum altitude: 2,650m (8,692 ft).

Day 6Aguas 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 around 4:00pm to catch the train to return to Cusco, arriving 4 hours later.

*** All times are approximate and may vary due to external circumstances

Day 7Cusco - Departure

Our transport will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport to catch your connecting flight. Happy travels!

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