Peru·December 27 2021 - January 7 2022
A transformational journey that teaches you to connect with yourself, your heart and the whole cosmos.
This pilgrimage in Peru begins with a unique retreat experience in the Sacred Valley, where you participate in a variety of sacred ceremonies. Besides exploring the highlights of Peru, such as the famous Machu Picchu, you will learn more about healing ceremonies that teach you to connect with your heart and transform your suffering into happiness. The ceremonies are performed by shamans from the Andean community of Q’eros. Angel will accompany you during the whole journey as a professional tour guide. We designed this unique experience for travelers who would like to experience the authentic Andean culture and traditions. The first ceremony is an Andean Blessing 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. Participating in these shamanic ceremonies with authentic Andean shamans will show you a new perspective on life and embrace your personal growth.
Today you will be picked up in Cusco and your personal tour guide Angel will give you a little briefing about the next few days. Right after your arrival, you will be brought to the lower altitudes, warmer climate and peaceful environment of the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you will visit Awanakancha, a community-driven project that introduces you 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 Ceremony to Pachamama (Mother Earth) ministered by an Andean Priest. This ceremony invokes the help and energy of the Apus (Mountains) and Pachamama for your health, wellbeing and happiness of each participant. The rest of the day you have time to relax and acclimatize.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Pisac
After breakfast, you will visit the shrine of the Señor (Lord) de Huanca, located close to the mountain Apu Huanca. This sacred place is considered to be the “Protector of Health” of the Andes Mountains. Then you will learn more about the three Ancestral Ceremonies. The shaman first starts with a Flower Cleansing Ceremony, which has the purpose of cleaning the negative energies from your body. The shamanic healer covers your body during the prayer. Many people say they can feel the strong energies as an after effect of this ceremony. It is quite a moving spiritual experience. The second ceremony is the Coca Leaf Reading. The coca leaf is a connection symbol of the material and spiritual world, which is why the shamanic Maestro uses the leaves to receive insights about your past, present and future. The final and most important ceremony is the Offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth). This ancestral ceremony is a moment of gratitude, thinking about everything you are grateful for and about your deep desires for yourself and your loved ones.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Pisac
On this day you will visit the archaeological site of Pisac. It is a complex of terraces, fountains, observatories and a necropolis. It offers stunning views of the Sacred Valley and a fascinating insight into Inca history and culture. Later, you will continue your excursion to Ollantaytambo. In the late afternoon, you can explore Ollantaytambo by yourself.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Ollantaytambo
On this day, you will head towards the Sacred Valley and visit the salt terraces of Maras. Salt has been produced there according to an ancient system of the Inca period. Extremely saline water is led into the over 3500 salt basins which evaporate in the sun and leave salt behind. After that, you will visit the archaeological complex of Moray, which was probably an agricultural testing center of the Incas. The complex consists of numerous terrace rings that simulate different altitudes and climate zones. After lunch, you will continue your journey to Ollantaytambo. The Inca complex there was built to protect the valley from invasions from the rainforest. You will finally take the train to Aguas Calientes, the village close to famous Machu Picchu.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Aguas Calientes
Early in the morning, you will leave your hotel to take the bus up to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas“. This complex is considered a jewel of the Inca architecture. It is a complete town with different quarters, squares, alleys, buildings, astronomical observatories and terraces. The city was rediscovered on July 24, 1911 by the US researcher Hiram Bingham. After a guided tour, you can explore this magical place a bit more on your own. There is also the option to take a short hike to the Inca Bridge or to the “Intipunku”, the sun gate. In the afternoon, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus and take the train to Poroy/Ollantaytambo. On the way back you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Sacred Valley. In the evening you can celebrate New Year's Eve in the historic center of Cusco.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Cusco
This free day is for you to celebrate the beginning of 2022 and to relax in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to Ausangate. There are many places to explore, just let us know if you would like to know more about travel inspirations and top secret recommendations.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Cusco
Early in the morning, you will drive along the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado road and head to the town of Tinki, located 3,800 meters above sea level. On your way you will stop in Urcos and enjoy the beautiful lake with its fascinating landscape. Later, you will visit the local community of Cattca and explore a bit more the Andean lifestyle. Later, you will enjoy the hot springs of Pacchanta (not included) and can relax after your long drive. You will have a delicious lunch at the camp there, enjoying the fabulous views of the snow-capped local peaks. After lunch you can choose between different activities, for example doing a short hike, riding Andean horses, or simply relaxing in the hot springs for the rest of the day.
Overnight stay at Campsite in Pacchanta
Today you will start your day with an easy hike across the Puna (a dry, high-altitude ecological zone with little vegetation) until you arrive at your lunch spot 4 hours later. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful, sacred mountain Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft). Later, you will continue your hiking adventure for another 4.5 hours to Lake Uturunco. In the evening you will have a nutritious dinner, enjoying the incredible view of the Ausangate and the beautiful landscape with turquoise lagoons at the campsite.
Overnight stay at Campsite in Pacchanta
After breakfast, you will take the route back to Pacchante, enjoying the beautiful nature and fascinating wildlife. You will observe many Andean animals with a bit of luck, such as falcons and the “vizcacha”, an Andean rodent, which is similar to rabbits. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and brought to Puno, the city close to Lake Titicaca.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Puno
The next two days you will get to know the legendary Lake Titicaca and its unique islands. In the morning, you will be brought to the harbor. There, you will take a motorboat to the floating islands of Uros. The inhabitants of these islands speak the indigenous language Aymaran and are known for their extraordinary way of life: they use the natural material reed not only as a foundation of their artificial islands, but also for their boats and houses. After the visit you will continue your trip to the natural island Amantani. You can take a short walk along the paths and climb up to the archaeological sites Pachatata (Father Earth) and Pachamama (Mother Earth). Reaching the top at 13,550 feet (4,130 meters), you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Bolivian Cordillera Real and Lake Titicaca. You will stay with a host family on the island and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere far away from the noisy city. They will provide you clean, private rooms with a shared toilet.
Overnight stay at local family on Amantani Island
On this day, you will leave Amantani and get to know the island Taquile. The inhabitants there speak Quechua and live in some kind of communism, where property is private, but work is collective. For centuries, people have lived according to principles of the Incas, which is „do not lie, do not steal, do not laze“. After your excursion and a delicious lunch, you will be brought back to Puno. In the evening we will have a delicious goodbye dinner and a celebration with music and dance.
Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Puno
On your last day, you will be brought to the airport and take your flight back home.
Angel is your personal tour guide during the whole journey, showing you the best places of his country. He is part of the Travel and Healing family and comes from Cusco. Angel has been sharing his ancestral knowledge about the Andean cosmology and healing techniques for many years and loves to share his knowledge with the world.
Activities, excursions, transportation, entrance tickets and meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary (3 star hotels, one overnight stay at local family & overnight stay at campsite during trek)
Machu Picchu entrance ticket, Boleto Turistico (touristic ticket for Sacred Valley)
Professional English-speaking guides & translators during your stay
3D/2N Ausangate Trek with full board, tent and equipment
Train tickets (Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo/Poroy)
Ancient healing ceremonies with shamanic healers
Bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu
Maras entrance fee
Tip for guides, drivers & rest of the staff
Other activities or excursions that are indicated as optional or not mentioned in the itinerary
International or national flights
Sleeping bag (available for rent)
Thermal bath of Pacchanta
I participated in many activities including Spanish Lessons, 1 day tour of Cusco, Cooking Lessons, Horseback riding, 5 day Ayahuasca retreat, Cocoa ceremony, San Pedro ceremony, Volunteering at the dog shelter, 5 day Salkantay Trek and Training with a Maestro (Shaman). It was a well planned out trip. Any issues that I had they quickly helped me. I would definitely recommend planning a trip with Travel and Healing.
30 days in Peru (Pamela)
Often times, we seek spiritual experiences to find a deeper connection with one's self and to understand different cultural approaches to healing. Travel and Healing's trifecta experience was phenomenal, and far exceeded expectations. The entire journey felt truly authentic and offered a deep understanding of Inca traditions and beliefs around using Mother Earth to live a healthy and balanced life.
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (Cristina)
Travel and Healing took very good care of our group. We came from every corner of the world, to meet in the Sacred Valley. Ángel, Ruty, Manuel, did a great job organizing, and bringing this amazing trip, a dream come true. Peru at its best thanks to Travel and Healing. I totally recommend the team of Travel and Healing for the organization of your next trip to Peru.
Great Experience (Azucena)
After your ceremony of initiation, you have the great opportunity to buy required tools that you can use for your spiritual path & shamanic teachings. These tools are: Sacred Altar (medium sacred Andean blanket), Sacred Altar (small sacred Andean blanket), Sacred Coca bag (Pukuchu Alpaca skin bag), Sacred bracelet (Andean protection for the Altar), Bell for sacred calling...
Anyone who wishes to enter Peru must fill out the Peru Affidavit at least 72 hours before their flight. All nationalities can apply. To obtain this travel form, you'll need to provide information about your flight, health status, and intended stay in Peru. You must adhere to the country's safety protocols.
Please contact us to know the updates of requirements, since the situation can change a lot in this pandemic.
To prepare your mind and spirit for this spiritual retreat, we recommend you to do any discipline familiar to you from your own faith, such as meditation, prayer, and yoga. If you do not have a specific practice, you can send your intentions and wishes instead to all creatures in the morning and at night. Getting in the right mindset can help you to embrace your spiritual connection during this sacred trek. 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. Only you have the power to change your destiny. Your own heart is in fact the best shaman for yourself in this universe. The best attitude 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. When you pray do not ask for miracles to mysteriously occur. Instead, ask for opportunities to create miracles with your own hands.
Flying to Cusco can be tricky because delays often occur and due to the special conditions at the airport of Cusco, it is not uncommon for flights to be cancelled. Please be sure to arrive in the city of Cusco at least two days before your trip starts. The most reliable airline is LATAM because they offer you many re-booking options in case of a flight cancellation. On your last day you will come back to Cusco around 9pm, which means that you should always book your flight the next day when leaving Cusco. National or international flights are not included in this travel program. Please contact us if you wish to make customized changes.
The weather is very unpredictable and changes quickly in the Andes Mountains. Even though it is almost impossible to predict the weather during your trekking adventure, we can say that the first nights will be quite cold due to the altitude and weather conditions in the high mountains. It can get down to 5 degrees Celsius, which feels even colder on windy nights. Towards the end of your Salkantay Trek, you will be in the Peruvian jungle, which means that the climate will be more tropical and warm (25 degrees Celsius).
Tipping is always appreciated and should completely be based on your satisfaction. Although tipping may not be usual to you, it is important to the people who’ll take care of you during your trip (drivers, translators, spiritual teachers, shamans, etc.).