If you have been wanting a transformational, fun journey to Peru you have come to the right place! Imagine gazing at souring mountains, strolling through the streets of quaint little villages, shopping at the colorful markets, superb dining, culture, and walking the ancient trails! Join Angel Herrera (Peruvian Travel Expert) for an adventurous journey that may be life-changing. You will participate in ceremonies with Q'ero shamans and enjoy intimate time with them. Let us know what possible dates your group is available and we will customize a tour package for you.
This transformational journey begins with a retreat at our Sacred Valley retreat center, where you will participate in a variety of healing ceremonies. The ceremonies work on the spiritual, psychological and physical levels, teaching you to work with your heart and learn the art of transforming suffering into happiness. The ceremonies are performed by trained shamans from the high Andean community of Q’eros.
We designed this unique experience for travelers who would like to experience authentic Andean culture and traditions. This includes four ceremonies, all presided over by Q’ero Nation shamans specialized in different areas of healing. Q’ero is a small village a few days walk up the mountains, and its inhabitants are a high mountain people who fled up higher into the Sierra when the Spanish invaded, managing to survive the Conquest. As such, they are the closest living descendants of the Incas and still maintain many of their ancient traditions. Each of their shamans is specially chosen by a shamanic family to follow their profession. Back to Top
The first ceremony is an Andean Blessing on to invoke the protection of the Mountain Gods and Mother Nature, and to offer gratitude. The next three ceremonies are a Flower Cleansing Ceremony, a Coca Leaf Reading Ceremony, and an Offering to Pachamama, the Earth Mother. Traditional shamanic ceremonies such as these have been practiced since before the time of the Inca Empire and their Quechua culture. Participating in these shamanic ceremonies with an authentic Andean shaman will show you a new perspective on life and will allow you to develop physically and spiritually.
The pilgrimage then segues into a guided visit to Machu Picchu before returning to Cusco. We next head south for our trek towards the sacred mountain of Ausangate, one of the most spiritual treks in the region. We’ll finish by journeying to the southern city of Puno along the shores of Lake Titicaca to visit the famous islands of Uros, Taquile and Amantani and the sacred site of Aramu Muru.
Today we will meet or pick you up in Cusco, nestled among the energy-infused mountains of the Andes. We will transfer straight to the lower altitudes, warmer climate and peaceful environment of the Sacred Valley. Along the way, we will visit Awanakancha, a community-driven project that introduces us to the South American camelids and traditional weaving techniques of the area.
After arriving at your hotel in Pisac, you will participate in an authentic Andean Blessing to Pachamama (the Earth Mother) ministered by an Andean Priest. This ceremony invokes the help and energy of the Mountain Gods and Pachamama (the Apus and the Earth Mother, respectively) for the health, wellbeing, and happiness of the participants. At the same time, the participants show appreciation for life and their blessings.
The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and acclimatize.
Included Meals: Lunch
After breakfast, we will leave the Hotel and travel through the Sacred Valley, stopping at the shrine of the Señor (Lord) de Huanca, located on the mountain known as Apu Huanca. This sacred massif is considered to be the “Master Doctor” or “Protector of Health” in this part of the Andes.
After our visit to this sacred shrine, we will begin the three Ancestral Ceremonies.
To begin, the shaman must start with a Flower Cleansing Ceremony, done with sage and yellow flowers. Sage is common around houses and businesses here in the Andes, often found by the front door, and is used to ward off bad spirits. In our ceremony, it is used to clean the negative energies from your body. The shaman creates a cover of sage over you while saying a prayer in his native Quechua language. The next step is to cover your body with yellow flowers for protection. Many say they can feel the strong energy as an after effect of the ceremony. It is quite a moving experience.
Next is the Coca Leaf Reading Ceremony. The shaman will start by asking questions regarding your home life, health, family, friends and occupation. The shaman will say a prayer to the mountains with his satchel of coca leaves held high above his head. He next places them down on a flat surface and gently opens the fabric. The placement of the leaves is his direct insight into your past, present, and future. This is a long-standing practice in Andean culture and a one-of-a-kind experience.
The final and most important ceremony is the Offering to Pachamama. Pachamama is the Andean word for Mother Earth. We give thanks to Pachamama for our crops and everything we have by putting our intentions back into the earth below. This is done through the prayer of the shaman and his pouch of sacred Andean offerings. All are symbolic of aspects such as protection of travel and relationships, occupational success, and many more. The shaman, with the help of the translator, will go over each offering and its significance in Andean culture before wrapping them all up to go into the bonfire. Afterwards, we will return to Pisac to spend the night. Included meals: Breakfast
This morning we will visit Pisac, a spectacular Inca site located along the length of a ridgeline high above the village of the same name. Here, we will learn about the Intiwatana (Sun Temple) and its religious significance before continuing through the picturesque Sacred Valley to tour the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy shopping & lunch in Pisac Market! Ollantaytambo is the only continuously inhabited Inca town; it is still laid out on its original Incastreet plan. Our tour will take us up its steep terraces to the enigmatic, unfinished temple and magnificent views at the top. We will explore the lower temple as well, with its many baths and water channels. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to wander Ollantaytambo’s cobblestone streets lined with water channels that have been running since the time of the Incas.
**Note that the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo require purchasing an additional entrance ticket (see below). This same ticket can be used for the ruins of Moray on Day 4.***
Included Meals: Breakfast.
In the midst of endless agricultural fields that lie just above the Sacred Valley is Moray. This is a lesser-known Inca site whose original use is still debated. There are some who believe that it was a sacred site and representative of the female womb; however, most believe that it was an Inca experimental agricultural centre. Formed by concentric, circular terraces, there can be a difference in temperature of up to 15°C between the upper and lower terraces, creating various environments and allowing for the growth of species from different parts of the empire. Regardless of its original use, it is a site full of energy.
From here it is a short ride to the Salineras salt pools near Maras. In existence since pre-Inca times, these small pools are fed by a natural spring and left to dry until it is possible to harvest the salt. Each pool is owned by a family from the area and provides a renewable source of income for the region. Walk through this surreal white landscape, we’ll take advantage of the light and colours for some incredible photos. Note that the Salineras salt pools require an additional entrance ticket of S/.10 which can be purchased at the entrance. Afterwards, we will return to Ollantaytambo to catch the train to Aguas Calientes. Here, we will spend the night before getting up early the next morning for Machu Picchu.
Included meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
We will get up early to catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu and in time to watch the sunrise over the mountains. After enjoying the views, we will have a two-hour tour of the Inca citadel, visiting the principle sites. After the tour we recommend the following activities:
This day is for you to relax in preparation for tomorrow’s journey to Ausangate and enjoy the city of Cusco. There are many places for massages and souvenir hunting, plus museums and Inca temples to visit. We can make recommendations to suit your tastes.
We’ll leave Cusco at 7am in our private car along the Cusco-Puerto Maldonado road and head to the town of Tinki (3,800m/12,464ft), first stopping in Urcos to visit the beautiful lake of the same name. Our second detour is the agricultural and herding community of Cattca, which has spectacular views of the region. We’ll next pass through Ocongate, capital of the district with the same name and only a half hour from Tinki. Finally, we arrive in Pacchanta, a small community with attractive hot springs for us to bathe and relax in after our 6-hour drive. We’ll have lunch and set up camp here, enjoying the fabulous views of the snow-capped local peaks. Post-lunch activities for you to choose from include a small hike, riding Andean horses, or simply relaxing in the hot springs all evening.
We’ll leave Pacchanta and begin an easy climb across the Puna (a dry, high-altitude ecological zone with little vegetation) to arrive 4 hours later at our lunch spot. This spot affords us a view of the beautiful and profoundly sacred mountain Ausangate (6,372m/20,900ft).
We’ll arrive at our destination of Lake Uturunco after roughly 4.5 hours of hiking (traveling by horseback is an option here). We’ll camp and have dinner right in front of Ausangate. Our campsite is surrounded by vegetation, beautiful lakes of red, green and turquoise (Puca Cocha, Uturuncu Cocha, and Azul Cocha), and sweeping views of glaciated mountains.
Optional: Horse rental for $70 USD per day.
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We’ll keep trekking after breakfast, with a 4-hour descent back to Pacchanta (4,100m/12,464ft). Our route takes us past falcon and “vizcacha” (an Andean rodent similar to rabbits) habitat, with views of the former hunting the latter if we are lucky. Our transport (luxury tour bus with bathroom) will pick us up in the afternoon for our 8 hour drive to the city of Puno. There will be interesting stops at sites along the way and stopping for a meal.
Our day begins at 7:45am with pickup from your hotel. We’ll first visit the floating Uros Islands, which are man-made from local reeds. Our guide will explain the importance of these islands and their role in the ecosystem of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Our visit will last around 1.5 hours.
Our 7km boat trip to Taquile will take at most 2 hours, during which you can take in the splendid, unobstructed views of the lake and surroundings, including the Cordillera Real (Royal Mountain Range) in Bolivia. A community representative will be waiting to welcome us as our boat docks and will divide us up and introduce us to our host families. During your stay, these families will provide your food and lodging and accompany you as you tour the island.
Most people on Taquile are very helpful and well organized. These traits contribute to their high proficiency in weaving and textiles, as recognized and awarded by UNESCO. Of note is that the yarn and weavings are made mostly by men, who begin as young as 8 years old. Life on Taquile continues much as it has for centuries, without many modern changes. Your visit to the community will last around 2 hours, with another hour to enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. The best way to support the community is to buy some of their artisan goods. In this way, the people of Taquile can continue displaying their ancestral culture to future visitors.
In the afternoon, our guide can organize a walk to one of the local sacred mountains known as Pacha Tata. This area is known for the friendliness of its people and for being home to the Cantuta flower, the national flower of Peru. The communities here dedicate themselves to cultivating their terraces, raising sheep, and creating artisan textiles and stone carvings. After this visit we’ll return to our homestay accommodations to spend the night.
We’ll have a tasty breakfast with our homestay families then have the chance for a final walk around the island to see the sun rise. A 2-hour boat ride then brings us back to Puno and on to Aramu Muru, one of the most mystical and energetic places around Lake Titicaca.
Aramu Muru – Hayu Marca is an enigmatic, 5m-high altar carved out of a single piece of stone and is surrounded by a very special view; it is a reference point for many spiritually-minded travelers. Our visit here will have a few stops along the way, the first being in Chucuito. This is an appealing little colonial town home to a curious Inca temple known as “Inca Uyo,” or the fertility temple. The temple contains around 20 sculpted stone phalluses, a sign of having been a ritual center dedicated to fertility.
After this stop, we’ll continue southwards to the Aramu Muru gateway located within some unusual rocky formations, a stone forest of sorts. We’ll take a walk around the site and then arrive at the mystic gateway, a spiritual site for meditation and contemplation.
Upon returning to Puno, we’ll have our goodbye dinner and a celebration with music and dance.
Day 12: Puno / Juliaca and farewell
Our transport will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Juliaca airport and your connecting flight to Lima. Our services end here. Happy travels!
If the group decides they want to fly from Cusco to Juliaca (Puno/Lake Titicaca) instead of taking the luxury tour bus with bathroom, there will be extra airfare added to the cost between $200-$500.
The price of $2860 is with double occupancy room. For single occupancy room there is an extra charge of $390.
Your airfare from your hometown to Peru round trip is not included in this cost of $2860. If you need help finding flights we would be happy to help. Please contact us with any questions at info@AncientWisdomMedicine.com.
Please make sure you have health insurance that covers you during your stay. We need a copy of your coverage. If your health insurance does not cover you in other countries there are many companies that offer temporary health coverage for $100 or less. I can send you the one that I use.
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Our trips are graded as to level of difficulty from 1 - 5, with 5 being the highest level of difficulty. This a trip that includes some moderate hiking in high altitudes so we give this a grade of 3 out of 5. A reasonable level of fitness is suggested for this particular trip. Please note that alcohol has been known to exacerbate problems with altitude sickness.
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