Sacred Expeditions

Peru

Discover the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, along side the sacred valley of the Incas,  Cusco the navel of the world and much more! Meditate, explore, and transform on this 5 day journey, specifically put together for you comfort as you embark on this spiritual journey.

 

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active trip covers a lot of ground each day as well as ceremonies. Expect from three to four hours exploring and prayer  well as early starts every touring day. The pace is fast and you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes, and optional healing sessions.

           14 Day Retreat

The Alchemy of Transformation

7 Day Retreat

Touching the Earth 

9 Day Retreat

a A journey within

Bolivia

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am, as well as one long 10-hour drive to Puno are necessary to cover the territory. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height.

Chile

  • 11 nights First Class accommodations

    • 3 nights Rio de Janeiro

    • 2 nights Iguazu, Argentina

    • 3 nights Buenos Aires

    • 3 nights Santiago

  • Hotel porterage

  • All transfers

  • 15 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach

  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

  • Services of English-speaking local guides

  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • All ceremonies 

  • Vegan and vegetarian foods upon request 

Colombia

  • 4 nights accommodations

    • 2 nights Bogota

    • 2 nights Cartagena

  • Hotel porterage

  • All t ground ransportation

  • 5 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner

  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach

  • Services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout

  • Services of English-speaking local guides

  • Entrance fees per itinerary

  • ​Kogi ceremony 

Costa Rica

  • 11 nights accommodations 

    • 2 nights San Jose

    • 2 nights Tortuguero

    • 2 nights Arenal

    • 2 nights Monteverde

    • 3 nights Manuel Antonio

  • Arrival transfer

  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

  • Activities per itinerary in Tortuguero

  • Services of English-speaking naturalist guide in Tortuguero

  • Retreat leaders 

  • Sacred ceremonies

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The Alchemy of Transformation 

August 3rd-9th

2019

All retreats 10% off for August!

Touching the Earth, A pilmagrige within 

August  11-20-2019

 

DAY 1- Cusco – Moon temple  -  Sacred  Valley   

  • Upon arrival in Cusco, group will be transfered to the hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Sacred
    Valley, The hotel is located in the Sacred Valley, with it’s breathtaking vistas, mountains, and
    views of Urubamba River. Urubamba, although 2,000 feet lower in altitude than Cusco, still
    requires time to acclimate. At night, we will rest and drink local coca tea, which will help our
    bodies adjust to the altitude. Sonesta Posada del Inca Hotel has lovely gardens, mountain
    views, delicious food, and optional massage therapy.
    On the way to the Sacred Valley, we will stop at the ancient Incan temple of moon here we
    will have our first ceremony with Pachamama (Mother Earth) to request permission for the
    pilgrimage we are about to embark upon, this ceremony is guided by our spiritual leader, also
    here we will have a picnick lunch
    Afterwards we continue to the hotel located in the sacred valley, today you will just rest and
    relax in order to get acclimate to the altitude.


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  • DAY 2- Sacred  Valley- Pisac Ruins.

  • After breakfast, we will drive to the ancient Inka town  of Pisac  where we will visit the inkan   ruins of Pisac which is the largest metrolopy built by the Inka’s  in the Sacred Valley. It is, without  a doubt, an amazing example of urbanization in the 15th Century. Here we will      walk  by the ruins for 30:00 minutes  visiting the most important  Inka temples. Here Our healers will  give as  a ceremony  of  Apu  Karpay, wich  is  consist in ceremony  orientated to  bring as the energy of the Apus,  (sacred mountains ) them you will  have free time to meditate and relax    at  this inca temple.                     

  • Afterwards we will continue to the colorful Indian market of Pisac which  is a  remaining  part  of the system of  commercialization practiced by the ancient cultures in  Peru. You  will  be able  to visit  the shaman store were you  can get  some items for a future  ceremonies. In  the  afternoon  we  will   return to  the sacred valley. 

  • Night  at:  Sonesta  Posada del  Inca Sacred  Valley               

Day 3- Huchuy Qosqo  trek

  • We will pick  you up  from your hotel  at  around 6.30am and  take  you up  to        Patabamba (3700 meters)   in the  Sacsayhuaman Park.From here we head up the mountainside for about 2  hours until  we reach our  first  pass for  the day  (4100   meters),  where  you  will      be able to enjoy  the  views  of   several Inca  sites and  the Cusco spread below  you. After    a  well-deserved rest  we  descend  into   the next  valley where we  visit  a small village called  Quesser Grande. Then we head  back  up   the   opposite  side  of the  valley  again  for  2   hours  to reach our second pass  (4300 meters). From  here  we  descend  to  Lake   Qoricocha (Golden Water) and  follow the  edge  of  the lake  round to reach  the path, which will  take  us to        our first nights camp at  Qenko village (3900  meters). This last leg  will  take  us about an        hour and a half. On our first day  there is the  possibility of  seeing Andean geese and  falcons and if we’re lucky  maybe some hummingbirds.          

  • In the  afternoon  hours  the group  will participate  in a   ancient  inca  ceremony  of         “Despacho”

  •  Night at: camping.

Day 4- TOUR MACHU PICCHU

  • You have the option of rising early to explore Machu Picchu. A climb to the top of Huayna Picchu will offer you a glorious view of the entire archeological site. This hike brings you to the Temple of the Moon, located on the backside of Huayna Picchu. This hike can be quite challenging and arduous, especially if you live at sea level. If you prefer to be less active, you can take a leisure walk to the Intipunko (Gate of the Sun) or simply wander around the site at your own pace, letting your own intuition draw to you specific temples and altars throughout Machu Picchu. In the evening, we will have a group dinner to celebrate. 

  • Night at: Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu town 

Day 5- MACHUPICCHU-CUSCO

  • After breakfast, we will catch the train back to Cusco, a 4-hour scenic ride. This day you will be free to explore the city, perhaps the last time you can shop and see historical sites.

  • Night at: Costa del Sol Hotel, Cusco.

Day 6- CUSCO CITY TOUR 

  • The city of Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,300m (11,000 feet above sea level) and is the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. In Quechua, the language of the people of the Andes, Cusco means "navel of the Universe". During the Cusco City Tour we will be visiting archaeological sites such as: Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), the Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. You will explore the mixture of Inca and colonial architecture. We will ensure you get a taste of the former Inca capital and see the most representative expressions of the Inca architecture and Spanish colonial art.

  • The first place we visit is the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco, which contains over 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School, it is famous because the Andean people “Quechuas” use the natural elements and oils to draw their religion and their life hidden. It is a very interesting expression about the religious mixing between Incas and Spaniards. We can also see several altars that are gold plated. Secondly, we will visit the Temple of the Sun named “Qorikancha”, located inside the Santo Domingo church in Cusco. This was the main religious center of the Incas. Inside you will find the most important temples of the main Gods of the Quechua time.   Afterwords, we will go by bus to visit the most important Inca Complexes in the surroundings of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman. Famous for its enormous carved rocks, Q´enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay, it is one of the most important religious centers of the Inca’s. Considered the house of the Sun during the Inca’s time. 

  • Night at : Costa del Sol Hotel Cusco.

  • Day 7- Sacred Valley- Cuzco transfer 

  • After breakfast, we will leave the Sacred Valley for our second ceremony at Tipon, the Temple of the Water. Here we will connect with the water element(s). The Shamans will lead 2 ceremonies;

  • a Despacho Ceremony and a Cleansing Ceremony. We return to the city of Cusco for lunch, have some time for a little shopping, and prepare for our hike the following day. 

  • Night at: Costa del sol  Hotel, Cusco

 Day 8-CUSCO – PUNO – AMARU MURU 

  • This day we will catch a early flight to the city of Puno, upon arrival in Puno we will be transferred to the hotel,

  • After we got our accommodations we will departure for a tour  to Aramu Muro a huge mysterious door-like structure has recently been discovered in the Hayu Marca mountain region of Southern Peru. Hayu Marca, 35 kilometers from the city of Puno has long been revered by local Indians as the "City of the Gods", The door, or the "Puerta de Hayu Marca" (Gate of the Gods/Spirits) has been at some time in the distant past carved out of a natural rock face and in all measures exactly seven meters in height by seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the center at the base, which measures in at just under two meters in height.

  • There is a legend that spoke of "A gateway to the lands of the gods", and in that legend it was said that in times long past, great heroes had gone to join their gods and passed through the gate for a glorious new life of immortality, and on rare occasions those men returned for a short time with their gods to "inspect all the lands in the kingdom" through the gate.

  • Another legend tells of the time when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Peru, and looted gold and precious stones from the Inca tribes - and one Incan priest of the temple of the seven rays named Aramu Muro fled from his temple with a sacred golden disk known as "The key of the gods of the seven rays", and hid in the mountains of Hayu Marca. He eventually came upon the doorway which was being watched by shaman priests. He showed them the key of the gods and a ritual was performed with the conclusion of a magical occurrence initiated by the golden disk which opened the portal, and according to the legend blue light did emanate from a tunnel inside.

  • The priest Aramu Muro handed the golden disk to the shaman and then passed through the portal "never to be seen again". Archeologists have observed a small hand sized circular depression on the right hand side of the small entranceway, and have theorized that this is where a small disk could be placed and held by the rock.

  • According to some individuals who have laid their hands on the small door, a feeling of energy flowing has been commented on, as well as strange experiences such as visions of stars, columns of fire and the sounds of unusual rhythmic music.

  • Others have said that they have perceived tunnels on the interior of the structure. We will also visit the Temple of Fertility; we will share the knowledge of the Sacred Alchemy, phallic cult, etc.

  • Late in the afternoon transfer to back to the hotel in Puno the airport at Juliaca to take the flight to Lima, upon arrival group stays at the airport for the flight back home, unless other arrangements are made.

  • Night at : Sonesta posada del inca Puno 

Day 9- PUNO-  FLOTING ISLANDS 

The remnants of an ancient people, the Uru, still live on floating mats of dried totora (a reedlike papyrus that grows in dense brakes in the marshy shallows). From the totora, the Uru and other lake dwellers make their famed balsas--boats fashioned of bundles of dried reeds lashed together that resemble the crescent-shaped papyrus craft pictured on ancient Egyptian monuments. The Uros are singular people and even though they keep to themselves, they do allow people to visit with them. Taquile is an island on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca 45 km offshore from the city of Puno. About 2,200 people live on the island, which is 5.5 by 1.6 km in size (maximum measurements), with an area of 5.72 km2. The highest point of the island is 4050 meters above sea level and the main village is at 3950 m. The inhabitants, known as Taquileños, speak Quechua Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, starting at age eight. Women spin wool and use vegetables and minerals to dye the wool to be used by the community. Women are also the weavers of the Chumpis, the wide belts with woven designs worn by everyone in the community of Taquile. Taquileans are also known for having created an innovative, community-controlled sustainable tourism model, offering home stays, transportation, lodging for groups, cultural activities, local guides and restaurants. Ever since tourism started coming to Taquile in the seventies, the Taquileans slowly lost control over the mass day-tourism operated by non-Taquileans. Taquile community have their own Travel Agency Munay Taquile [1] has been established to regain local control over tourism.

Overnight: PUNO

Day 10- PUNO/LIMA

  • After breakfast, you will be visiting the Silluastani towers on the outskirts of Puno. These ancient funereal towers are from pre-inca times and are examples of the most ancient cultures found on the Altiplano.

  • After a guided excursion of the site, continue onto Juliaca’s airport to take your flight back to Lima and connecting flight home.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

Hotels:

  • 01 Night at Costa del Sol Lima 

  • 01 Nights at Casa Andina Private Collection, Sacred Valley  - 02 Nights at Casa Andina Machupicchu town  - 03 Nights at Costa del Sol hotel  Cusco.

  • 02 Nights Sonesta Posada del Inca Puno 

Transportation:

-All the tours include private transportation (beginning to end of tour) -All train tickets and bus tickets during the tour(s).

  • Meals are indicated as: (B= breakfast  L= Lunch D= dinner )

 

Tours:

-Pisac tour 

-Ceremony at Tipon

-Ollantaytambo tour 

 -Machu Picchu tour

-Cusco City tour  

-Amaru Muru tour

-Puno floating islands tour 

 

Not included:

-International and Domestic Flights -Personal Expenses

-Tips to the healers and staff 

-Tips

-Alcoholic drinks

-Meals off trail

 

 

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