Peru Inti Raymi and Shamans
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This special tour takes us to the magical Incan city of Cusco, where we will experience not only traditional shamanic ceremonies with our Qeros shamans, but also the incredible Incan celebration of Inti Raymi. This special ceremony only takes place once a year, and is an amazing way to see living history. Of course, no trip to the area would be complete without time in the beautiful Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Price based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies ($655 CDN). Please ask us about rooming with a same sex traveller to save the supplement fee!
Day 1: Arrive LimaLima, Peru
This is your international flight day. Most international flights arrive into Lima in the late evening. You are met by your local representative and your private transport in the international airport in Lima and taken to your hotel in the Miraflores area.
Miraflores is located about 45 minutes away from the International Airport, right along the coast, and is a popular and safe place for travelers to stay. There are many stores, activities and fantastic restaurants in the area, as well as beautiful walking areas along the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Day 2: Lima To CuscoCuzco, Peru
You can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the hotel this morning and perhaps have a walk through the nearby Kennedy Park or down along pathways overlooking the ocean before returning to the airport for your flight.
Your local representative and private transport will be waiting at the hotel 2.5 hours before your flight departs for your transfer. For all internal flights you are required to be at the airport 2 hours in advance. Your tour leader will provide you with your printed boarding passes for this flight. (Flight details TBA).
The short 1 hour and 15 minute flight will take you to the Imperial City of the Incas: Cusco. Here your local representative and transport are waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the center of the city. Our hotel is located close to the main Plaza de Armas, with a wide variety of stores and restaurants within walking distance.
We enjoy a healthy welcome lunch at a local restaurant and, this afternoon, spend our time with our knowledgeable local guide who will take us through these magical Incan streets to give us a good orientation of the city. We will also be visiting the large local market of San Pedro, to start our trip off with some knowledge of the locally grown foods and herbs. Your guide can help with explanations of the uses of many of the plants and foods of Peru. You have the chance to see a bit of the local life, and can even enjoy a freshly-made juice.
Tonight we will be enjoying dinner as a group in a local restaurant, and have time to explore the city together as we get acclimatized.
Day 3: Cusco / Shamanic CeremoniesCusco, Cuzco, Peru
This morning you will have a chance to meditate in the Temple of the Moon and/or another temple where you have three shamanic ceremonies performed with Qeros shamans. You start with an oracle reading using coca leaves. The objective of an oracle reading is to have a conversation with the intrinsic force and creator of the universe in which coca leaves are the medium of communication, and the Andean priest interprets what the oracles are saying. It will help you to recognize the good and the bad of your destiny and how to transmute the negative part into positive, receiving an orientation and consultation which will enable you to build a totally victorious state of life.
The second ceremony is a cleansing ceremony. This cleansing ceremony will only have an effect when one makes a firm decision to open and liberate one’s heart and mind to rid one’s self of any internal or external negative energy that has accumulated during one’s past. Together with the good guidance of the Shaman, it is permitted to achieve fusion with the Fundamental Force of the Universe. This way each one of us can strengthen our spirit, mind and body to overcome the challenges of life with joy and the desire to achieve more self-realization learning to transform the poison into a remedy.
Your third ceremony is a Pago a la Tierra to Pachamama, the feminine God of the Quechua people and many other cultures. She is not solely pure earth, she is their holy spirit and pure love. She is a transcendental life equal to the intrinsic source of the universe (God). Her wisdom and mysteries are as inscrutable as the mysteries of the universe, her love is unconditional, and she maintains life in harmony and order. She protects all creatures without any distinction, we are her children and for this reason it is necessary to love, respect, recognize, thank her and to totally consecrate our life unconditionally serving and protecting our Mother Goddess. By offering ourselves to protect her with our values put into action in an unconditional way, we align ourselves with this spirit of full happiness and by aligning ourselves we attract and develop even more of this full happiness for ourselves, our family, our community, our planet and even our universe. This offering or ceremony to Pachamama allows us to generate positivity to heal ourselves, to be blessed and to prosper in all aspects of our life, attracting and acquiring all of these benefits through the sanctification and consecration.
After our ceremonies we enjoy a picnic lunch in the area as we reflect on the mornings activities.
This afternoon you will enjoy some of the history of the city with your local guide while you will visit the main Cathedral and the Sun Temple of Qoricancha. You have the evening free to enjoy the city.
Day 4: Cusco To Sacred Valley Of The IncasSacred Valley, Cuzco, Peru
This morning we depart Cusco in our comfortable private transport to travel over the pass to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop is to an Alpaca and Vicuna farm to learn about traditional dyeing and weaving methods. The local ladies have continued the methods of their ancestors and weave beautiful items.
Continuing on, we travel through the small town of Pisaq, where, if the group wants, we can stop for a visit to the local artisan market. The artisan market here is one of the largest in the area, and is an excellent place to find interesting antiques, handmade articles, and a lot of crystals and stones. We will enjoy lunch here as well.
We travel down the Valley through farmland and our guide can talk about traditional growing methods and the foods that are grown locally. Before heading to our beautiful accommodations, we will make a stop at a local ceramics factory to see how the local artists are creating beautiful pieces.
Our hotel is located halfway down the Valley. This is a beautiful area and we have the afternoon to spend time sharing modalities, in meditation, having a yoga session and enjoying a spa treatment of your choice. Dinner is as a group in the hotel tonight.
Day 5: Sacred Valley To Aguas Calientes / Machu PicchuMachu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
This morning we depart our hotel and head to the quiet spiritual site of Naupa Iglesia for a short hike before reaching the Incan town and site of Ollantaytambo. We have enough time for a guided visit to the archeological site before lunch. Before catching our train this afternoon we will visit a chicheria where alcohol is made out of the famous purple corn, as well as a house full of guinea pigs! Later this afternoon, we catch the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night. Dinner is included at the hotel at one of two set times. Ask your tour leader to arrange a massage for you in the hotel, or how to get to the local hot springs.
Day 6: Machu Picchu To CuscoMachu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
You rise early enough to have a yoga and meditation session in a quiet area of Machu Picchu with your leaders before anyone else arrives. Your local guide will take you on an extensive guided tour of the site before giving you time on your own to enjoy the area. Lunch can be enjoyed on your own at the restaurant or snack bar.
We return to the town to catch the train back to the station of Poroy, just 20 minutes outside of Cusco, where our private transport and local representative are waiting to take us back to the hotel.
Day 7: Inti RaymiSacsayhuaman, Cuzco, Peru
This is an incredible day of Incan celebrations. Today, we experience the Inti Raymi Ceremonial events. At Korikancha Square, the Sapa Inca gives a traditional oration, calling for blessings from the sun, fabled to be the origin of the Inca rulers. From here, the Sapa Inca, carried on a golden throne, leads the procession through the ancient city of Cusco up to Sacsayhuaman in the hills above the city. We transfer to the ruins where you have reservations to watch the reenactment of the ancient ceremony of sacrificing a llama to the Pachamama, Mother Earth, to ensure the fertility of the earth and warmth from the sun.
At the end of the ceremonies, we will return on foot to the center of the city. For those who choose, you can return to the hotel to rest, or head out to enjoy the many sites, Incan streets, markets and shops. You have the rest of the day free. Ask your tour leader to join you or for suggestions of how you can spend your time.
Day 8: CuscoCusco, Cuzco, Peru
A day to explore, relax, shop and experience the city. There are many streets, museums and interesting places to visit, as well as spa services. Ask your tour leader to accompany you, or for suggestions on where you can spend your time. For those who wish, we can have a yoga or meditation session today, or spend some time sharing modalities.
Tonight we will enjoy a fabulous dinner and dance show as our goodbye dinner. You will meet your tour leader in the hotel lobby at an assigned time to depart for the dinner. This Peruvian dinner is accompanied by traditional dances from the different areas of Peru.
Day 9: Cusco To Lima - OutLima, Peru
This morning you can enjoy breakfast in the hotel before being transferred to the airport for your return flight to Lima. Your tour leader will provide you with your boarding passes for an easy departure. Flight times TBA.
Upon arrival to Lima we will meet our private transport to head down to the beach for a fantastic, ocean-side lunch. This afternoon we will visit a local alpaca factory. We will have some free time in the Miraflores area before returning to the airport for your international flight home (most flight leave late evening or early AM, please let us know if your flight departs at a different time so we can plan accordingly.)
You must be at the international airport 3 hours before your flight departs, and transfers will be arranged accordingly. Please let us know if you require an additional hotel night in Lima before departing.
Small group tour, limited to 8 spaces. Please reserve early in order to guarantee your space. Payment plans are available.
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