The Journey

A new dawn, new beginning

On this journey, you will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of nature, as well as spiritual techniques to participate more fully in the healing process for yourself, your loved ones, and Mother Earth.


You will also develop a new world perspective, enriched by the wisdom and knowledge of the Inkas’ ancient culture, that will help you gain a better appreciation for and understanding of our own Western society, as well.



Explore the world of living energies


NOTE: This itinerary is currently being updated as we will be adding a visit to Lake Titicaca in Puno after our visit to Machu Picchu. Please check this page again in December.   


Program


CondorDAY 1 (July 2): As the group begins to arrive at Cuzco airport during the morning, Evaristo, Ricardo and our travel agency crew will meet the group at the airport and transport everyone to our first-base hotel in Cuzco. A short ride to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley will mark the start of our journey. In the afternoon, Ricardo and Evaristo will introduce the program, giving us background information and a foundation for embarking upon our upcoming experience. Later, we celebrate our arrival to Inka land with traditional food, music and dance.

DAY 2 (July 3): We visit the multidimensional botanical garden of Moray, also known as the Sanctuary of Life. This is the site where the Inkas created ingenious mini-climates to adapt plants to growth at many altitudes. It is also known to be a place of healing, a "roadmap" for the ascension of consciousness with the power to change lives. This visit will not only "set the tone" culturally for the upcoming days but also will awaken our curiosity about the WHY the Inkas viewed life from their peculiar perspective. 
After a delicious traditional Peruvian lunch the group will enjoy a nice and relaxing time in the Urubamba town as we continue acclimating ourselves to the area. At night, we will have our first ceremony to honor our conscious encounter with the energy of Pachamama (Mother earth) and the group, ended with a sacred fire ceremony. 

Inti Raymi
DAY 3 (July 4):
 Early in the morning with begin our day visiting Chinchero, an Inka town with a spectacular view all around. There, we will visit the ceremonial sites and participate in a meditation and outdoor activities guided by our Andean elders. We will also attend a workshop on Andean weaving and natural coloring of textiles, led by an organization of local indigenous women. After our lunch in Chinchero, we will visit Salinas de Maras a few miles away. Mara is known for the Salt Mines, thousands of individual salt pools on a hillside, dating back to Inkan times. Back at the hotel’s ceremonial grounds, a sacred fire ceremony will honor the encounter of the Eagle (higher consciousness of the north) and the Condor (higher consciousness of the south)-part of the Native prophesy that is unfolding today. 

DAY 4 (July 5): Deeper into the Valley, we continue our journey as we come to the crossroads of the Sacred Valley, the commercial center of Ollantaytambo. There, hold onto your hat as we witness the stunning view at the Temple of the Wind, nestled between several magnificent mountain peaks! At the base of the Temple, we view the spring-fed streams and lush, plant-filled landscape, which deepens our understanding of the Inka's appreciation of the four elements of nature: Air, Water, Earth and Fire.
We continue our journey by train, heading towards the town of Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs), located at the base of Machu Picchu. We head to the hot springs for a cleansing swim and a relaxation ritual in preparation for our entrance into the sanctuary of Machu Picchu the following day.Train Machu Picchu

DAY 5 (July 6): We head to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu and hike up the beautiful Inkan staircase to the top of the mountain of Wayna Picchu early in the morning. It looks impossible, but with their typical architectural genius, the Inkan stairway makes it much easier than it looks. Here we take time to cleanse our lungs with the fresh mountain air and enjoy the breathtaking view and purifying energy of the entire condor-shaped sanctuary. After our hike, which at a slow, leisurely pace, takes 2-3 hours, we return to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu for a full tour before taking the train back to Cuzco.

DAY 6 (July 7): Back in Cuzco, the center of the world (according to the Inkas) we continue our journey with a visit to the ceremonial grounds of Sacsaywaman and Tambo Machay. Our awareness of place and time is real, and we can almost visualize the many processions that took place there in ages past. After lunch we will visit Qorikancha (Golden Sanctuary), the most important Inkan sanctuary in the city.
Machu Picchu

DAY 7 (July 8): We start the day with a special visit the Temple of the Moon, followed by a ceremony led by the Q'eros elders, known locally and abroad as the keepers of the ancient knowledge. After this crowning event (and a farewell to the center of the Inka world), we return to Cusco city
 of a nice lunch. The afternoon is for you to relax, walk or do some well-deserved souvenir shopping. 

DAY 8 (July 9): After our visit to the hearth of the Inka culture and their most important sites we head east, to the land of pre-Inka cultures of the Altiplano. Our first stop is Raqchi town for a visit to temple dedicated to Wiraqocha Inka. After lunch we will visit Pucara, a sacred site that holds knowledge and teachings encrypted in abundant sacred geometry. As we arrive to Puno, home of Lake Titicaca we begin to deepen our understanding of the origins of Andean cultures.

Lake Titicaca
DAY 9 (July 10):
Early in the morning our journey to Lake Titicaca continues by boat. Our first stop is in the ancient floating islands of Uros.  There we will learn from their unique way and connection with Mamaqocha (Mother of all waters). By midday we will arrive to Amantani, a mystical island that has retained much of its pre-Inkan ways. Tourism is a foreign word in this community, we are greeted and treated as family. We will have an assigned Amantani family who will “adopt” us during our stay there. In the island, we will have a special ceremony of reconnection with the female energy of our planet (as Late Titicaca is one of the many chakras of the Earth). We will end the day with a special gathering with our Amantani “parents” and their community.

Raqchi, Wiraqocha
DAY 10 (July 11):
A farewell group meditation by the Lake will mark the “graduation” ceremony as we reflect on the inner progress made during the Peru journey. In this ceremony, we bring awareness of the work done and the challenges that lay ahead as we start a new life with a higher level of consciousness. We make our last stop in Uros before arriving to Puno. After lunch we will have a free afternoon to relax.

DAY 11 (July 12): Our transition back to our own world begins, but with our new insights and a higher understanding of our own path and purpose. 

We ride back to the Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima, and travel from Lima to your final destination.