Connect with nature and yourself on this 8-day yoga and wellness experience to Machu Picchu. A perfect combination of exhilarating hikes, wellness workshops, and yoga practices for a holistic journey like none other! Visit remote communities to meet the locals, learn their cultures, ceremonies, and connect with your Andean neighbors! Experience the highlights and hidden treasures of Peru with an inspiring handcrafted adventure! This journey offers the opportunity to truly understand the local culture and explore the wonders of this historical mecca.
2019 departure dates: September 16th, October 15th, November 11th, & December 3rd.
Welcome to Cusco! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by our local representative (he/she will be holding a sign with your names on it for easy identification). You will then be transferred directly to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy some free time to rest, relax, and settle in before your afternoon workshop.
At 3:00 PM you will begin your healing journey with a 2 hour introductory workshop: “The Pillars of Wellness” — an exploration of the Circle of Life aimed to provide clarity as you set forth your intentions for the coming journey.
At 5:30 PM this evening you will participate in a 1 hour Restorative Yoga session at the Antigua Casona Hotel (practice will be held in their rooftop room). Moon salutations offer a soft and restorative practice with asanas, or postures, to restore your back after the long travel journey, followed by a meditation to set your intentions for this wellness experience.
After yoga, enjoy a 7:00 PM welcome dinner at Pachapapa restaurant.
Start your day at 7:00 AM with a brief but energizing 20 minute Sun Salutation practice, "waking up the senses" and energizing the body for the day ahead. Afterward, have a delicious breakfast at the hotel.
At 8:45 AM you'll set off on a round trip hike to the Temple of the Moon. Here you will experience a K’intu initiation ceremony, followed by a gentle guided meditation. Today's focus: Establishing a merging of intentions and personal energy within the sacred land that surrounds us. Activity duration: approximately 4 hours.
After your hike, enjoy a healthy and nourishing lunch in Cusco at Green's Organic restaurant.
This afternoon from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM you will enjoy a Superfood workshop at the hotel: 'Introduction to Andean Superfoods and the Magic of Peruvian Food Culture’—followed by a visit to the San Pedro Market to learn about the top 10 Andean superfoods, their properties, and different ways to prepare them in order to activate their nutrients.
This evening at 7:00 PM you will meet for a short 30 minute trip briefing, followed by dinner at Mutu Restaurant.
Rise and shine! The day begins at 6:00 AM with a 1-hour restorative yoga practice focused on stretching your wrists, shoulders, hips, and back to help loosen up the body and mind. Following class enjoy a tasty breakfast before setting off for the Sacred Valley at 7:30 AM.
After a 1 hour drive, you'll arrive in the charming town of Pisaq. Here you'll experience the colorful market and the beautiful botanical gardens. From there you'll continue on to Viacha, where you'll have the opportunity to participate in traditional Andean farming practices alongside members of the local community. Around 12:15 PM you will enjoy a delicious Pachamanca lunch. After filling your belly you'll enjoy a 1 hour (mostly downhill) hike to the ruins of Pisaq, offering a unique and captivating birdseye view of these impressive ruins. After the hike, you'll enter the archaeological complex for your guided tour.
At 4:00 PM you'll be met by the vehicle for the 30 minute drive to Lamay Lodge. Check-in and enjoy some time to settle in before your evening practice.
Tonight at 6:00 PM enjoy a 1 hour restorative yoga practice at your lodge. Focus: Re-centering ourselves by integrating the multiple energies received during our full-day journey.
After yoga you'll meet for your daily trip briefing, followed by a delicious dinner.
This morning at 7:00 AM you will enjoy an energizing and dynamic Ashtanga practice (1 hour class). Enjoy a nourishing breakfast at the lodge.
At 9:00 AM you will participate in a wellness workshop at the lodge: ‘Ayurveda for Life’ — Ayurveda is known as the life science that is complementary to yoga. During this workshop, we will explore our doshas (body and mind constitutions) and examine modifications to lead each of us toward an improved lifestyle.
At 10:15 AM you will depart for the Lares Valley. You will be able to chose one of the following activity options:
Activity A (12: 15 PM - 3:30 PM): Excursion to meet the expert textile weavers of the Choquecancha community including an introduction to Andean natural textile dyes and coca leaf reading. (approximately 3.5 hours)
Activity B (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM): Hike from Cuncani to Huacahuasi Lodge.
At 6:00 PM you will enjoy a 1-hour wellness workshop at your new lodge! Tonight's focus is on 'Pranayama Breathing’— Pranayama technique workshop to guide our bodies and minds into a deep state of relaxation. Dinner and trip briefing will follow.
Enjoy a little bit of freedom today in your yoga this morning! Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Method: Build your own practice - Mysore offers the opportunity for a personalized posture sequence adapted to each individual student. Class Duration: 6:45 AM - 7:45 AM.
After a healthy breakfast, at 8:45 AM take a scenic 1 hour and 30 minute drive to the Marcacocha archaeological site. Here you'll have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Pachamama ceremony. After this incredibly spiritual experience, you'll depart around 11:30 AM for Pumamarka (transfer duration: 45 minutes). Here you'll visit the archaeological site and enjoy a picnic lunch.
At 2:00 PM you'll begin your 2 hour hike from Pumamarka to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo you'll be driven to your lodge in Urubamba, arriving around 4:30 PM.
Tonight at 5:00 PM you will participate in a Philosophy Workshop: ‘The Heart of Yoga’ - Discussion of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga, including ethical principles like yamas and niyamas. (1 hour and 30 minutes). At 7:30 PM you'll have dinner and trip briefing at the lodge.
Another beautiful day practicing the Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Method and individual posture sequence exploration (Class Duration: 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM). After class enjoy breakfast at the lodge.
At 9:30 AM you will depart to visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. After your visit, you'll transfer to the train station for your scenic 1.5 hour journey to Aguas Calientes.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes train station, you will walk to the bus station for the 30-minute ride up to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. At 2:00 PM your guide will provide a 2-hour introductory tour of the evocative ruins. You will also have time for some individual exploration before making the return journey back down to Aguas Calientes. Settle into your new hotel and relax and freshen up before your dinner and briefing this evening.
This beautiful morning you might want to take an optional early morning stroll (approximately 1 hour - depart at 6:30 AM) through the lush orchid gardens and tea plantation at the hotel.
After a delicious breakfast, at 9:00 AM you will hike to the Mandor Nature Preserve followed by an energizing Sun Salutations variations practice. At the end of the session, you will revisit the Circle of Life to examine the attainment of our wellness experience intentions. Activity Duration: 2.5 hours).
At 1:00 PM enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant before boarding the return train journey back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo you will be met and driven the rest of the way to Cusco.
At 8:00 PM you will enjoy your final farewell dinner!
After a lunch break, take your last scenic train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. Then, private transport from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco. Unfortunately, the beautiful journey is about to end. Tonight, regroup with everyone and have a last delicious farewell dinner.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Cusco, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Cusco airport.
We wish you safe and happy travels home!
El Retablo is a two-story, 17-room Art Boutique B&B that celebrates vibrant Peruvian traditions and rich cultural heritage of Cusco. Mountain Lodges of Peru resurrected and converted the historic building into a stylish destination three blocks from Plaza de Armas, the heart of the bustling capital. The innovative yet intimate El Retablo blends contemporary comfort with customs of Peruvian artisans, taking inspiration from retablos which are a sophisticated form of Andean folk art with three-dimensional figurines in vibrantly colored portable boxes. All interior spaces are hand-painted with intricate details by artisans of the Fine Arts School of Cusco, providing a true sense of space. each of the ten Superior and seven Deluxe rroms has a distinct design and throughout amenities include handwoven tapestires, elegant pillows and luxury bed linens.
Enjoy the evening at the recently refurbished Lamay Lodge (el. 9,705ft- 2,958m.), nestled within the picturesque landscapes of the Sacred Valley. As a part of the Lares Lodge to Lodge trek, you will enjoy a similar style of accommodation, which feature charming guest rooms, relaxing communal areas and a beautiful garden. This will be the perfect place to kick back and relax, following a long day's hike.
Located on a hillside overlooking a local village deep in the Sacred Valley, the Huacahuasi Lodge (elevation: 12,585ft - 3,835m.) is a beautiful place to call home for the evening on your Lodge to Lodge trek to Machu Picchu. This lodge is quite unique, as the local village in the valley below has played a large roll in the property's construction, in addition to its operation. The lodge offers an exclusive glimpse into the life of these remote valleys, as well as a comfortable retreat, following a long day of trekking.
Welcome to Willka T'ika, the original premier Luxury Wellness Retreat & Yoga Center of Peru's Sacred Valley, with convenient access to the renowned world heritage site of Machu Picchu and nearby city of Cusco! Willka T'ika is an exquisite eco-friendly sanctuary for rejuvenation, relaxation and for cultivating optimal well-being. It's a perfect choice for hosting a group retreat, as well as for reserving overnight accommodations while traveling in the region. The spacious luxury rooms, designed using feng shui principles, include a seating area and offer mountain and garden views. The cozier garden rooms, recently renovated, are tucked away in charming spots throughout the gardens.? Each room has its own private modern bathroom and entry to the gardens. All rooms are named for the Andean medicinal plant that grows at each room's doorstep. A variety of guest room configurations, accommodating up to seventy-five guests, offer visitors many options to choose from.? Guests may request a room with easy access to the main building and dining room.
Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (elevation: 6,232ft- 1,900m.), perfectly compliments a visit to Machu Picchu, providing you with a deeper understanding of why the Incas chose this hidden location in the Andean cloud forest to build their marvelous citadel. Nestled among 12-acres on the outskirts of Machu Picchu Pueblo, it is also a peaceful haven away from the tourist crowds that are inevitably a fixture of any visit to Machu Picchu. The lodge is laid out like a traditional Andean Village. You will follow stone pathways to your room, crossing gurgling water channels within a cloud forest dripping with exotic orchids and buzzing with colorful hummingbirds. The property was designed in traditional Andean style, using local materials of stone, adobe, stucco and eucalyptus. The expansive grounds offer a perfect refuge for bird watching and trained naturalist guides can also lead you on a variety of thematic nature walks in the morning and afternoon.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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