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A Transformative Experience

May 31 - June 11, 2016

 

The Land of the INCA

After a welcome ceremony made to liberate the ties of our hearts and minds, we'll explore the ancient temples, palaces and towns where the children of the sun manifested the will of Illa Tecsi Wiracocha Pacha Yachachij.

The journey is organized in a way that every day we hike over Inca trails, have time to enjoy the wonderful nature of the transandean valleys as part of the adaptation to the highlands, enjoy the markets and share with local population in their daily activities.

Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco and the Ausangate Highland Trail are the highlights of this journey. Hiking on the Puna highlands-- home to the llama herding communities, learning their myths, walking on sacred trails in a extremely singular terrain--part of the communal reserved zone of Ausangate, is a challenge rewarded by a strong sense of accomplishment every time we go over the high passes, every time the community members share a meal with us.

Highlights of the trip include:

  • A Peruvian welcoming ceremony to liberate the mind and heart
  • A hike to Maras Salt Flats, part of the Sacred Valley
  • A visit to the Moray Ruins, ancient Incan circular-shaped ruins
  • Ride the Vistadome train, a glass train with panoramic views connecting riders to the Peruvian landscape
  • A visit to Machu Picchu, the most notable ruins of the lost Incan city
  • A climb on Huayna, an enormous mountain behind Machu Picchu
  • A day at Sacsayhuaman, a fortress on the border of the city of Cusco
  • A shopping excursion at Cusco Market, one the world’s best places to shop featuring Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca-wool sweaters, beautiful hand-crafted instruments and jewelry
  • A stay at Andean Lodges, Machuraccay, one of the highest lodges in the world with an altitude of 15,797 ft
  • Participation in the ceremony Challa, a spiritual Peruvian ceremony of gratitude
  • A stay at Andean Lodges, Anantapata situated at the top of the Alcatauri Gorge and built by the Chillca community
  • A stay at Andean Lodges, Huampococha, and see one of the most beautiful landscapes in Peru which includes the Huampococha lagoon and Mount of the Inca

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Trip Itinerary

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

International flight arrival in Lima. Greeting by your personal host, private transfer and assistance with check-in at your hotel. You must arrive in Lima by the evening of May 31st.

Hotel in Lima: Miraflores Park

The Miraflores Park Hotel is located in a peaceful residential area of the city on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are several spacious and elegant suites with ocean views, and a rooftop heated swimming pool. It is a member of the Belmond hotel group.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Morning: Greeting by your personal host at your hotel and assistance with check-in for your flight to Cusco. Flight arrival in Cusco. Greeting and private transfer to the Sacred Valley.

Mid-morning: Visit the magnificent Inca site of Tipon.

Terraces carved into the mountainside high above the community of Tipon characterize the ruins. There is a pre-Colombian system of irrigation at work and several ceremonial places. Being the most important two of them, a mountain representatition at Qosqo Cawarina... a Ceque or reference point in the journey to Lake Titicaca, and the Fountain of the Four Regions.

Mid-day: Have lunch at Marcaj, where you will be able to enjoy delicious homemade dishes, while enjoying a spectacular view of the Sacred Valley.

Afternoon: Take part in a ritual untying the knots ceremony performed by a Paco (Andean Shaman) near Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley.

This healing ceremony incorporates key elements indigenous to Peruvian culture and their religious beliefs and practices. The Andean Shaman will serve as an intermediary between the human and spiritual worlds. According to believers, Shamans can treat illness and are capable of entering supernatural realms to provide answers for human.

Evening: Enjoy a recommended relaxed dinner at your hotel.

Hotel in Sacred Valley: Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna is a tranquil lodge in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It is ideally located for exploring nearby ruins and is a great place for outdoor adventure. Relax in one of their comfortable bungalows and enjoy the peaceful natural setting.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Morning: Private transfer to the small village of Maras.

In addition to its colonial church, Maras is well known for its salt flats. The Maras salt flats display a spectacle of unusual beauty. Located on a wide, open hill above the Urubamba Valley, the salt water runs along channels which extend through the flooded lands and follow a more or less rectangular pattern, depending on the variations in the land. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the bed. Viewed from above, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature.

Note: To be confirmed based on his personal schedule.

Mid-day: Delicious Lunch at Iskay.

Afternoon: Guided tour of Moray.

Evening: Cooking demonstration at Sol y Luna.

Participate in a cooking demonstration at Sol y Luna where you will be shown how to make authentic Peruvian dishes by the lodge´s head chef.

Hotel in Sacred Valley: Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna is a tranquil lodge in the heart of the Sacred Valley. It is ideally located for exploring nearby ruins and is a great place for outdoor adventure. Relax in one of their comfortable bungalows and enjoy the peaceful natural setting.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Morning: Board the train to Machu Picchu. We will be let off the train at kilometer 104 to hike the last portion of the Inca Trail (approximately 6 hours). Should anyone prefer not to hike the last portion of the Inca Trail, he/she will have the option to continue on by train to the ruins.

You will reach Machu Picchu through the famous Sun Gate and as you approach the ruins, your view from above will be unforgettable. Most of the tourists will have left Machu Picchu by mid-afternoon when you arrive, and the sunset over the Machu Picchu ruins is also a moment not to be missed.

Note: Please keep in mind there is a limited number of permits available for km 104 and space cannot be secured without payment.

Afternoon: Guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins.

Machu Picchu has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is perhaps the most awe-inspiring archaeological site in the Americas. It was built by the Inca Pachacutec in the 15th Century and is perched between two peaks, offering incredible views of the Urubamba river valley and the snow-capped mountains in the distance.

Evening: Enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel.

Hotel in Machu Picchu: Sanctuary lodge

The sanctuary lodge is nestled in a sammal bend of the mountain of Machu Picchu. Right next to the entrance of the site The hotel is set amongst beautiful gardens, and has a glass-walled restaurant which is perfect for admiring the stunning views.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Early Morning: Experience the Machu Picchu ruins at sunrise as you watch mist clear from the ruins creating a mystical experience. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure to enjoy the ruins discovering the different hiking trails such as the Gate of the Sun or the Inca Bridge.

Morning: Climb with your personal guide to the peak of Huayna Picchu. Approximately a 2-hour uphill trek winding to the top of Huayna Picchu, you will be awarded with a dazzling overhead view of the ruins.

Mid-day: Lunch at the renown French Peruvian bistro, EL Indio Feliz.

Afternoon: Train ride to Cusco.

Hotel in Machu Cusco: Monasterio

Experience a piece of history during your stay at the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio, originally built as a monastery in 1592. It maintains its original Spanish colonial architecture combined with modern-day comfort. It is a member of the Belmond hotel group.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Morning: Sacsayhuaman ruins just outside of Cusco overlooking the city.

This was the site of one of the fiercest battles between the Spanish conquerors and the army led by Manco Inca. It contains three tiers of zigzagging walls built with individual stones weighing up to 300 tons. After the conquest, many of the original stones were used by the Spaniards for construction in Cusco. Despite this, it remains one of the most impressive sites in the Cusco area.

Mid Morning: Traditional San Pedro market of Cusco.

Enjoy Cusco´s Central Market where you will get a sense of the daily rhythm of the Cusquenian way of life while browsing through its dazzling products and fresh local produce. You will also be able to buy some traditional handicrafts. This rich tapestry of modern and yet highly traditional Cusco shouldn´t be missed.

Mid Morning: Lunch at Pucara.

Afternoon: Private guided tour of the main attractions of Cusco (Plaza de Armas, Cathedral, Qoricancha), and of the Museum of Religious Art (the Archbishop’s Palace).

Evening: Recommended dinner at the Map Café.

The Map Café is one of the finest restaurants in Cusco and is located in the patio of the colonial Casa Cabrera, home to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Enjoy a selection of meat and fish dishes together with a range of traditional Andean cuisine.

Hotel in Cusco: Monasterio

Experience a piece of history during your stay at the 16th-century Hotel Monasterio, originally built as a monastery in 1592. It maintains its original Spanish colonial architecture combined with modern-day comfort. It is a member of the Belmond hotel group.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cusco – Chillca:

8am in the morning departure from Cusco along the fertile Vilcanota Valley to the town of Checacupe. After a visit to the colonial temple of the Immaculate virgin where we can admire some of most famous carvings by Tomas de Tuyro Tupa, we start ascending the Pitumarca Valley, along the spectacular Japura Gorge until the union of the Ausanagate and the Chilca rivers. We leave the van and start hiking along the Quencomayo river to Chilcatambo 4300mts where we will be greeted by the community. From there it is a short and easy walk to the first “Tambo.” Once at the lodge, there will be time to relax and enjoy the music provided by the locals of Chillca.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Chillca – Machuracay:

Our hike begins in the wide valley of Upis where impressive glaciated mountains loom above the valley offering majestic views. The countryside will be dotted with Alpacas. The trail narrows as we make our way towards the waterfalls descending from the Santa Catalina peaks. This path is mostly used by the wandering llamas of the area and once we reach the small Paloma lagoon, we will have a magnificent view of the Apu Ausangate. After crossing a long series of moraines, we will reach the Machuracay Tambo, 4800mts located right at the bottom of the sacred Ausangate.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Machurcay – Anantapata:

After a demanding ascent of the Palomani Pass at an elevation of 5,200 m. / 17,000 ft., we will descend to Ausangatecocha. Tremendous views of the glaciated south face of the “apu” will inspire us as we continue towards the red sandstone formations of the “Nevado del Inca.” Overnight stay in the Anantapata Tambo 4600mts.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Anantapata – Huampococha:

A spectacular part of the trail finds us hiking in the middle of mountains with red, ochre, and blue strata. This section offers a glimpse of marvelous geological wonder and natural beauty. Also, be on the lookout for groups of gracious vicuñas, as they are frequently spotted in this isolated area. We will sleep that night in the Huampococha Tambo, 4560mts in the heart of large rock formations near a lagoon where “huallatas” (Andean geese) make their nests.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

Huampococha – Cusco:

After a last climb over the Anta 4900mts pass, we will gradually make our descent. In this section, the first crops and houses come into view. The landscape changes quickly as the red sandstone formations are followed by the carsten erosion of limestone, forming a one of a kind stone forest, and a perfect habitat for “vizcacha” (members of the chinchilla family). By the time we get down the valley, our bus will be waiting for the return trip to Cusco.

Evening: Farewell Dinner at the Hotel Monasterio.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Check out of Hotel Monasterio. Transfer to airport fly to Lima. Upon arrival, transfer to the airport in Lima to take the flight back home.

Prices

The price of the described program in a private group of 12 people is USD 6495.00 per person.

USD 1000.00 deposit due upon registering

*Single Supplement: Additional USD 2,295.00

Included

  • All organization
  • Domestic Flights
  • Luxury Accommodations as described based on double occupancy
  • Private tour guide service
  • Private vehicle for all transfers and tour
  • All entrance tickets
  • All meals as described
  • Train tickets round trip to Machu Picchu in Vistadome service
  • Bus tickets round trip in Aguas Calientes
  • Duffle bag for the hike to the Ausangante (for the luggage carried by horse)
  • Walking sticks for the hike to the Ausangante
  • First Aid, Oxygen

Not Included

  • International air
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

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