PERU ITINERARY |  NOVEMBER 7 – 15, 2019

Explore Peru’s Spiritual Culture And Learn of The Political Challenges It Currently Faces

NOVEMBER 6.  DEPART THE UNITED STATES ON OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

  • Depart the United States on an overnight flight to Lima Peru. Arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport early in the morning around 5:30 AM on November 7. After clearing Customs take your domestic flight to Cusco.

 

 KEY: B: Breakfast  L: Lunch   D: Dinner

DAY 1: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - CUSCO

  • Arrive in Cusco in the morning and you will be received by Sonya at the Airport.  Note we will wait for all arrivals before we go to the hotel.

 

  • The morning will be reserved for adapting to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet). We will mingle with the rest of the group and sip coca tea which alleviates altitude sickness.

 

  • We will go to lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will go to exchange money.

  • We walk to the Museo Historico Regional, and around town to see the mixture of the traditional colonial structures built upon and/or interspersed with the ancient Inca architecture. Stop at the San Pedro Market.

  • Enjoy a cheerful welcome dinner at a local restaurant. L,D

 

  • Spend the night in Cusco.

DAY 2: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - CUSCO

  • After breakfast we will meet with our local guide, Wilbert Salas Atasi, a Paqo Pampamesayoq, for an introduction. Wilbert will be with us for the rest of the journey.

 

  • We begin our day with the journey to the temple of the Sun, the Qoricancha. The Qoricancha was the pinnacle of organization, architecture, and religion of Inca civilization. Over this temple, the Spanish build the Santo Domingo convent, but much of its remains has been excavated revealing its incredible architecture. This temple was originally covered in sheets of pure gold and contained many sacred golden objects such as human and animal figures, and the golden disc of the Sun a sacred object of the Incas. Here we will learn why this temple has represented the "Navel of the World" according to ancient Andean cosmovision.

  • After lunch, we will journey to Saqsayhuaman. Its architecture is constructed with colossal megalithic walls of stone. It is considered one of the greatest constructions in humanity's history. We will go to Queno a ceremonial place, Puka Purkara, and also Tambomachay temples. 

 

  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

 

  • After dinner we will meet Juan Carlos Machicado, an indigenous Peruvian scholar who has a deep understanding of the political, historical, cultural and spiritual evolution of his country. B,L,D

 

  • Spend the night in Cusco.

DAY 3: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 - SACRED VALLEY

  • We start our day with travel to the town of Chinchero, and tour the sacred temples and altars in Chinchero (also known as the rainbow community).  Then we will participate in a rich introduction and learning experience in the art of Andean textiles, becoming acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inca times.

  • After lunch we will enter the Sacred Valley. It is the spiritual center of the Inca empire as well as its breadbasket for it is well known for its fertile soil; on our way we will see several sacred mountains and ancient terraces on the side of the valley. We will be travelling along the Vilcanota River also known as the celestial river because of its alignment with the Milky Way.  We continue to Moray, an ancient site designed for agricultural investigations and studies of different crops in a range of altitudes and micro-climates. 

 

  • We will travel in the Sacred Valley and arrive at Ollantaytambo, a living Inca town since before the conquest.

 

  • After we settle into our hotel we meet informally with Wilbert Salas Atasi, who will speak to us about Andean traditions. We are honoured to have Wilbert as our local guide throughout the trip.

 

  • Dinner in Ollantaytambo. B,L,D

 

  • Spend the night in Ollantaytambo.

DAY 4: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - OLLANTAYTAMBO

  • After breakfast we will enter the ruins and temple of Ollantaytambo, a massive temple built in the shape of a llama. This was the site where Manco Inca defeated conquistador Hernando Pizarro in 1537.

 

  • After lunch we will walk around town to see more of this ancient town that has resisted change and yet has changed profoundly throughout the centuries. We stop by a small museum, Bio Museo (Misha Wasi, open Wednesday-Sunday 10 – 5:30pm), where we will find a collection of different plants cultivated in the region; most of them are native but some are also exotic.

  • Dinner in Ollantaytambo. B,L,D

 

  • Spend the night Ollantaytambo.

 

DAY 5: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 - AGUAS CLIENTES – MACHU PICCHU

  • In the morning we will take the train to Aguas Clientes, the town of Machu Picchu. The train will take us alongside the Vilcanota River with huge boulders and numerous rapids, and we will see a change in the environment from semi-arid to a lush tropical rainforest.

 

  • After an early lunch, we take the bus that ascends to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu - never discovered by the Spanish. 

 

  • Machu Picchu is a masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a sanctuary and energetic center. It is known as the crystal city because of its great quantities of quartz crystal creating high energy frequency. As you walk you will see the astronomical observatories, pyramids, temples, altars, palaces, baths, houses, storage rooms and agricultural terraces, ectera, of this sacred city and our guide will explain the significance that is known. It’s location is considered sacred because it is situated within concentric circles of mountains, overlooking the Vilcanota river circling the base of its mountain, and the construction of the sanctuary is in complete harmony with the physical and cyclical aspects of nature. While at this spiritual sanctuary we will try to tune in with what we are feeling. B,L,D

  • Spend the night at Aguas Clientes.

 

 

DAY 6: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - PISAQ - SPIRITUAL TRADITION

  • After breakfast we will board the train and travel on to Pisaq and check into our hotel.

 

  • Lunch at Pisaq Hotel.

 

  • Attend a talk by Wilbert Salas Atasi, (our local guide), who will discuss shamanism of the Paqos and the fundamental values of the Andean tradition.  As well as give direction on the purpose of the Fire Ceremony and the offering tradition that we will experience this evening and tomorrow morning.

 

  • Dinner at the Hotel. B,L,D

 

  • Full Moon Fire Ceremony this evening. The ceremony is lead by a Paqo Pampamesayoq shaman. A fire ceremony is an event that opens an energetic space and gives us a pathway to transform and/or to renew. Fire is symbolic of change and transformation. By setting an intention, we can transform and repair at a deep level - at the level of the soul. In ceremony we can release what we want to change and turn it over to spirit.

 

  • Spend the night at Pisaq.

DAY 7: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - PISAQ – SPIRITUAL TRADITION
  • After breakfast we will participate in a offering tradition where we will have the opportunity to express our prayers and gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus - the guardian spirits of the mountains we have come to see.  This offering will give us an opportunity to reflect on our life’s journey and continue to seed prayers and intentions for ourselves, our families, our communities, our planet and beyond.

 

We will participate in the spiritual tradition knows as an offering. An offering is a prayer bundle. This is an ancient ceremony that expresses deep gratitude towards the pillars of Creation and all the gods, Mother Earth (Pachamama), sacred mountain beings (Apus), and spirits of the elements beings, etc. that support our existence. An offering ceremony is used for a variety of reasons such as for health, to restore balance and harmony, marriages, births, etc. Offerings give us an opportunity to express our gratitude, and our prayers and intentions to manifest in our lives that which we need to flourish. Offerings release a huge amount of energy that can be directed towards healing, projects or initiatives. The intentions of our prayers are what is important. Similar to a Navajo sand painting or a mandala, its a sacred living creation with your prayers and items of the Earth as offerings. Some of the offerings may be flowers, grains, coca leaves, silver, gold, semi precious stones, etc.  As the ceremony is taking place, humbleness, gratitude and open heart are important vibrations to focus on and throughout the ceremony.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant.

 

  • After lunch we will visit the impressive Inca city of Pisaq with its temple complex on top of a hill, here you will see homes, baths, water fountains, and altars, and an Inca burial ground.

 

  • Tonight Dinner is at Hotel. B,L,D

 

  • Spend the night at Pisaq.

DAY 8: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 -  CUSCO

  • After breakfast you will be able to enjoy Pisaq’s colorful Andean artisanal market with every kind of local handicraft including ceramics as well as local produce for sale. This will give you an opportunity to pick a few last gifts to take back home.

 

  • After lunch we head back to Cusco and check into our hotel. This afternoon is unscheduled and you can explore the town of Cusco on your own. Free time to explore Cusco on your own with map of the city in hand.

 

  • 5:15 PM meet back at our hotel and together we will walk to the Centro de Qosqo de Arte Nativo to see a traditional Andean music and dance performance.

 

  • 5:45 PM arrive at the Centro de Qosqo de Arte Nativo. (We are arriving early to get a seat.)

 

  • 7:00 PM Folkloric native music and dance presentation.

 

  • Enjoy a happy farewell dinner together at a local restaurant. B,L,D

 

  • Spend the night in Cusco.

 

DAY 9: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - CUSCO – RETURN HOME

  • After breakfast we will collect our luggage and transfer to the airport for departure back home.   B

~ Conclusion of Trip ~

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