Machu Picchu & Peru

April 14-27, 2018

Peru Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, April 14, Arrive in Lima
Depart from your home for Lima, Peru. Plan your flight to arrive in Lima, Peru by 3:00 p.m. or after. Upon arrival at Lima Airport, you will go across the street (literally) to Costa del Sol Hotel (which must have amazing insulation, because you won’t hear the planes!).  We will gather the next morning after breakfast for our flight to Cusco.

Overnight in Lima
Lodging: Hotel Costa Del Sol

Day 2: Sunday, April 15, Fly to Cusco
The Coricancha in CuscoAfter breakfast, we will walk across the street to the Lima airport to catch a morning flight to Cusco. Situated at 11,000 feet above sea level, Cusco is the oldest inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Created in the shape of a puma, Cusco (population 350,000) was once the proud capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is a beautiful city and its town center is filled with charming, old Spanish colonial buildings built upon the solid foundations of earlier Incan architecture. In a similar way, the hospitality, charm and beauty of Cusco’s modern culture is built upon the foundations of the Quechua people, present-day ancestors of the Incas. In Quechua, the language of most of the people of the Andes, Cusco means “navel of the Universe” and today it retains much of its proud significance as the center of the Andean world.

From the airport we will transfer to our hotel. We will rest and begin adapting to the altitude. Drinking mate (tea made from coca leaves) helps this process and is offered in the reception area of our hotel.

In the afternoon, Jorge will lead us on a walking tour through this lovely and historically rich city. We will walk streets leading to temples and other sacred places in the city. You will be able to feel the energy of the ley lines that converge in Cusco. These vibrations have been compared to the ones in the streets of Jerusalem, Mecca, Assisi and in other holy cities.

Overnight in Cusco
Lodging: Taypikala Cusco Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 3: Monday, April 16, Cusco, Sacsayhuaman & Kenko
Sacsayhuaman stoneworkThis will be an amazing morning. We will visit two different sacred sites in the Cusco area. As we move through these incredible places, you will be able to feel the energy that is specific to each place.

Sacsayhuaman is one of the most amazing of Inca constructions. The Quechua name means “satisfied falcon.” The rock formation is the falcon that guarded the capital of the Empire, since it was possible to overlook Cusco from the hill on which it was erected. Sacsayhuamán is usually described as a fortress because it is practically enclosed by three slopes. However, the fact that the Incas constructed a fortress in that place is considered unusual, since at the time of its construction, there were no major threats to the Empire. Anthropologists suggest the shape and location could have corresponded with other principles, such as the harmony between architecture and landscape. Current investigations are suggesting that it must have been a temple devoted to the worship of the Sun, for which both the construction and the surrounding landscape were important.

Kenko: This site is a series of limestone outcrops on which intricate mythical representations have been carved. This Quechua name means zigzag, probably due to the labyrinthine underground galleries or the small channels carved on rocks with that shape. Behind that stone is a rocky headland with a staircase carved on the bare rock that leads to the top. A zigzag channel that begins here, descends and splits into two branches. One follows the slope and a second one goes up to the underground chamber. Anthropologists theorize the second channel could have been used to transport the blood of llamas sacrificed in some rituals. At the very top there are carved remains of what could have been a condor, whose head was broken, and a puma. Our ceremony here will focus on awakening the altar of the Puma.

Amaru Machay: The Temple of Rebirth and connection with Mother Earth. It is believed to be the Incan place for worshiping of the land (earth) and the place of the serpent. In Andean cosmology, the serpent is a powerful symbol of transformation and rebirth. The snake sheds its skin each year and is reborn. Tonight after dinner we’ll go to the square in Cusco and listen to Peruvian music.

Overnight in Cusco
Lodging: Taypikala Cusco Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 4: Tuesday, April 17, Machu Picchu
peru_day_6This is what we’ve been waiting for. After breakfast, we will board the train for Machu Picchu and travel a beautiful and scenic route to Aguas Calinetes, the town which lies at the foot of the sacred city of Machu Picchu. We will then gather to go to the site.

For centuries Machu Picchu was forgotten by the outside world, although not by locals. Machu Picchu was brought back to international attention by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham who rediscovered it in 1911. Bingham wrote a best-selling work about his discovery entitled Inca Land. Fantastic green peaks loom up and around the ancient city above the Urubamba river below. Around 200 buildings, palaces and temples built from large and small perfectly fitted stone blocks surround the central court. The entire stone complex is considered a high voltage and magnetic focal point; every invocation made at Machu Picchu is amplified to incalculable proportions. Today we’ll spend our time connecting to the site itself. Jorge will give us an introduction you will never forget.

Starting in July, 2017, the Peruvian government which regulates Machu Picchu has changed the visitation times, so that you can visit from 6 am – noon or noon – 5:30 pm. On this day, we will be visiting in the afternoon after our train arrives.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Lodging: Taypikala Machu Picchu
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5: Wednesday, April 18, Machu Picchu
Llamas at Machu PicchuToday we’ll get up early and be in Machu Picchu 6 am – noon. Jorge will lead us in ceremony. We will visit the Temples of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Three Windows, and finally the world-famous spiritual center of the site, the Intihuatana, or the Hitching Post of the Sun. The intent of our journey at this time will be to connect with the incredible energies of Machu Picchu, the Puma, the Condor and the Light Spirits that reside here. After that, you are free to connect with Machu Picchu in whatever way will be most significant for you. You can meditate on your own and connect with the essence of the cosmic force of this place.

We will return to Aguas Calientas after noon and you’ll have the afternoon to explore Aguas Calientas. It feels great to relax in the famous Hot Springs (“Aguas Calientas” means “hot water”) and they are just next to our hotel. By this time, a massage would be very soothing, and there are lots of places to do that. Also, there is lots of interesting shopping, especially for crystals and other sacred objects. It will also be a perfect time to simply rest and rejuvenate after all the experiences we have had so far.

Tonight we will dine together at one of my favorite restaurants in the world, Indio Feliz, which is a French and Peruvian restaurant. The chef is French; he came to Peru and met and married his wife – they are both friends of Jorge and the food is fantastic. What a way to end this amazing day!

Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Lodging: Taypikala Machu Picchu
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6: Thursday, April 19, Machu Picchu
perurailAfter an early breakfast, we will return again for our third and final day in Machu Picchu, from 6 am-noon, having time to truly deepen our experience. Is there a part of Machu Picchu that is calling to you? Would you like to return there and do some meditating or journalling or connecting with the energy? We’ll have time to explore together or on our own. In the afternoon, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo Station, happy and satisfied and amazed that we have actually fulfilled our dream to experience Machu Picchu and that we have experienced it in such an incredible and cosmic way.

We will then move to our next incredible adventure, the Taypikala Urubamba, Jorge’s 5 star incredibly beautiful hotel which is right on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley.

Overnight in Urubamba
Lodging: Taypikala Urubamba
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7: Friday, April 20, The Sacred Valley: Urco and Pisac
Pisac in the Sacred ValleyToday, we will have a beautiful bus ride through the Sacred Valley to visit Pisac. This important Incan road once snaked its way up the canyon that enters the Urubamba Valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route, which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor, and surrounded by a patchwork patterned fields and extensive terracing, the stonework and panoramas at Pisac’s Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, aqueducts and steps have been cut from solid rock in the upper sector of the ruins. In Urco, the place of the snake, we will participate in a Chicha Ceremony. This is a place of power where Coca leaves are used to send love and thanks to the Apus, spirits of the mountains and to Pachamama (Mother Earth).

In the afternoon we will go to the village for lunch and shopping at the festive village market.

Overnight in Urubamba
Lodging: Taypikala Urubamba
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 8: Saturday, April 21, Ollantaytambo: Sanctuary of the Wind
Ollantaytambo in the Sacred ValleyAlthough it is not as famous as Machu Picchu, many people feel that the energy of Ollantaytambo is as wonderful and sacred and as important as Machu Picchu. And after we go there, I think you will agree. Nestled at the foot of an ancient Inca site, Ollantaytambo is the most beautiful town in the Sacred Valley. The cobble stone streets and main plaza give the place an ancient feeling. The town is set higher up from the main highway, and built on uneven ground. Stone arches beautifully frame stone stairways.

When we reach Ollantaytambo, we will visit the Megalithic Temple, a place of power of the Llama and Puma; and the Pyramid of Pakarectampu. The water temples are amazing and beautiful and a perfect place for a silent meditation.

Overnight in Urubamba
Lodging: Taypikala Urubamba
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 9: Sunday, April 22, Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca veiwed from AmantiniAfter an early breakfast, we go to the airport and fly from Cusco to the Lake Titicaca Region of Peru, one of the most sacred places on earth.

Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest lake navigable to large vessels, lying at 12,500 feet above sea level on the border between Peru to the west and Bolivia to the east. Titicaca is the second largest lake of South America and covers some 3,200 square miles and extends in a northwest-to-southeast direction for a distance of 120 miles. It is 50 miles across at its widest point. In other words, it’s huge. And beautiful.

The meaning of the name Titicaca is uncertain, but it has been variously translated as Rock of the Puma or Crag of Lead. There are Forty-one islands on the lake, with some of them densely populated. The largest, Titicaca Island (Spanish: Isla de Titicaca also called Isla del Sol), lies just off the tip of the Copacabana Peninsula in Bolivia. According to the tradition of the Incas (the Quechuan people of Peru who established an empire about 1100), the legendary founders of the Inca dynasty, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, were sent down to Earth by the Sun, entering through Lake Titcaca.

There is another legend that says at the time Lemuria was sinking, one of the seven Great Masters of Lemuria, Lord Aramu Muru, was given the mission to bring the sacred Golden Solar Disc from the Temple of Illumination to Lake Titicaca for safe keeping. During the time of the Incas, the Solar Disc was transferred to Cusco, and placed in the Qorikancha, the main Temple of the Sun, where it stayed until the coming of the Spanish. At that time, it was returned to Lake Titicaca and placed in the Eternal Etheric City inside the Lake. In the legend of their origin, this is the place from where the first Incas, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, entered the Earth. During our visit, we will participate in this legend through a ceremonial practice.

Our destination is Chucuito, which is about 20 minutes from Puno. We will be staying in Chucuito for the next few days at a beautiful hotel which is right on the lake and even has a labyrinth.

Overnight Chucuito
Lodging: Taypikala Lago Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 10: Monday, April 23, Uros – Floating 
Islands & the Island of Amantani
Women of the Uros floating reed islandsWe will depart the hotel after breakfast and board our boat in Puno. We have a beautiful boat ride on the Lake, as we head to the island of Amantani.

Not far off shore from Puno live the remnants of an ancient people, the Uru. We will visit the village where the Uru have lived for hundreds of years. Their homes and schools and stores are built on floating mats of dried totora, a reed like papyrus that grows in the marshy shallows of the lake. From the totora, the Uru and other lake dwellers make their famed balsas, boats formed from bundles of dried reeds lashed together and resembling the crescent-shaped papyrus craft pictured on ancient Egyptian monuments. They will show us their homes and we will be able to purchase handicrafts from the islanders. We will also do a beautiful meditation, connecting with Mamacocha, the Spirit of the Lake.

When we arrive in Amantani you will be struck by the beauty and peacefulness of this place and its people. There is very little electricity, no running water, no television, no room service, although the hospitality is incomparable. The people are some of the most open-hearted and contented people you will ever meet. Hopefuly, Debra’s godson, Anthony, will be there (he will start school on the mainland soon). He is so sweet!

On Amantani, we will have the rare opportunity to participate directly in a traditional healing ceremony. This magical experience is one of the most important reasons to come to Peru. At night, it almost feels like you can reach out and touch the stars.

Dinner will be prepared by the Islanders, which will give us an opportunity to better experience and understand the Andean way of life. We will overnight on the Island of Amantani as guests of one of the island families. We will sleep on beds that have mattresses made of reeds from the lake. They are surprisingly comfortable. It is very rustic, but very beautiful, an experience of a lifetime.

Overnight on Amantani
Lodging: As guests in the homes of local families
Breakfast in Chucuito, lunch and dinner on Amantini included

Day 11: Tuesday, April 24, Return To Puno
Incan singersAfter breakfast we will say goodbye to our hosts. We will go to a special place on the island that is believed to be a portal through Lake Titicaca. We will then go to the beach and connect with the energy of the water. We then board our boat for the ride back to Puno. On our return, there will be free time to spend in Puno or to return to the hotel.

Overnight Chucuito
Lodging: Taypikala Lago Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12: Wednesday, April 25, Interdimensional Gateway of Aramu Muru
Andean AwakeningAfter breakfast we will travel south of Puno to visit the famous Interdimensional Gateway of Lord Aramu Muru, walking by the Snake and the Puma and then to the Condor. This will be one of the most important ceremonies we will do — a special ceremony to connect with other dimensions and other worlds. This gateway was not known for many years until Jorge Luis Delgado, the Shaman traveling with us, saw it in a dream. He went to his elders who told him he had a sacred responsibility to find this place. You can read more about this in Jorge’s recently published book entitled Andean Awakening: An Inca Guide to Mystical Peru, published by Council Oak Books. Purchase it here on Amazon.com.

Overnight Chucuito
Lodging: Taypikala Lago Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 13: Thursday, April 26, Sillustani
Peruvian farmer and his llamaToday we travel to the Temple of Sillustani, a place of remarkable telluric force, located on a small plateau where it is possible to see Umayo Lake and the mountains. The Altiplano is our altar for practicing mantras, energizing chants and mandalas. In Sillustani we will work at the Temple of Fire, connecting with the Cosmic Spiral. There we will visit the Chullpas (Burial Towers) which hold the secret of reincarnation.

Overnight Chucuito
Lodging: Taypikala Lago Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 14: Friday, April 27, To Lima and Home
2008 Sedona Soul Adventures Peru groupToday we say goodbye to Peru and our new friends. After breakfast, we go to the airport for our flight to Lima and connection to our return flights home (We will not arrive back in Lima until after 4:00 pm, so be sure that your flight is not scheduled to depart Lima until 7:00 pm or after – please contact our office so that we can coordinate schedules with you). As we bid goodbye to our friends, we know that the effects of this trip will last for years to come.

“The Peru trip exceeded all my expectations. All the ceremonies were beautiful and enlightening. Both Jorge and Debra helped guide me through spiritual healing that has been needed to free my mind and spirit from past resentments, fears and pain. I returned home a changed person.”

– Stephanie Springel

*Please understand that this itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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