Machu Picchu Tour

Machu Picchu Tour

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DATES: July 12th, 2016 - July 23rd, 2016
FORMAT: 12 Days 11 nights
WHERE: Tour starts in Punta Gorda, Belize, and finishes in Belize City, Belize. See individual day descriptions for exact locations and sites.
PRICE: $2,950 (Twin share) excluding airfares.

 

 

 

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Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu with San Pedro Tour, 7 Day (6 Nights)

 

 
 
 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

Day 0

Monday July 11th 2016:

  • The tour starts in the center of Cusco’s downtown area. Cusco is a modern Peruvian city with an ancient history and is the starting point for our shamanic exploration of this Inca kingdom. At 3,400 meters above sea level it has been named the Archeological Capital of South America as well as referred to as the “Navel of the World.”
  • We start the day by meeting the guide at 8 am.We then head by bus up to 3,700 meters and into the Archaeological Park of Saqsaywaman, and to the site that the local experts know as Tambo Machay (This is secluded behind and above what the tourists see as Tambomachay). Here we will do a Mother Earth offering and connect to the mighty Apu Ausangate (Ausangate mountain spirit.
  • From here we head to C'acá Pugio and then onto Amaru Machay where we will enter one of the most scared places in the area, “The Temple of the moon.”
  • After a picnic lunch amongst the eucalyptus trees, we will visit Cusillochayoq and connect with the Temple of the Monkey. Then onto the unique labyrinth temple called Quenqo. Named after the crooked canal cut out of the rock. Its carved tunnels and chambers are an amazing work of ancient architecture. Before finishing our busy day and returning to Cusco, we stop at the amazing stronghold of Saqsayhuaman - One of the most imposing architectonic complexes inherited from Incan society. 

Day 2

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • This morning we check out of our Cusco hotel and meet the guide at 8 am.
  • We head by bus to Qanchisraqay, the archeological site just outside the ancient fortified Incan city of P’isaq. From here we have an incredible panoramic view of the terraces showing the huge depth and scale of their majesty.
  • After a brief walk we will reach the cross roads known as “Antachaka” where there are some beautiful, ancient water fountains. Here we will ask the mountain spirits for permission to enter the fortress of P’isaq.  As we walk towards the fortress we will pass the mountain cemetery known as “Tankanmarka,” containing some 10,000 tombs.
  • Continuing the hike we pass thru the trapezoidal doorway “Amarupunku” and then pass thru a 16-meter (52ft) irregularly shaped tunnel, both are perfect for doing underworld cleanse and release journeys whilst transiting.
  • From here we enter the religious sector of P’isaq that is today known as the Sun Temple. This area contains quite a few temples and one of the few surviving Intiwatanas in the valley.
  • After spending some time at the religious sector, the guests have a choice in pathway; Malcolm will take those interested on a one-hour hike down the mountain to the colonial town of Pisac, or you can travel with our local guide and backtrack to the bus for a drive down mountain. We will all meet in Pisac Square. 
  • The walk down the mountain takes us past a run of “purkaras” (defensive towers) down thru some terraces and then along the mountain streams. We will also get a chance to get up close and personal with the guardian energy spirit protecting this entrance to P’isaq.
  • The guestWednesday July 13th 2016:s will then have a nice lunch at the Royal Inka hotel and then have a gentle afternoon in the town of Pisac and their famous indigenous market before heading to our hotel in Urubamba. 

Day 3

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • Today we don’t have any breakfast. At about 8 a.m. we start the day with a talk about the Sacred Medicine Plant Huachuma (San Pedro). And then partake in a San Pedro ceremony that continues most of the day.
  • The ceremony is held in a beautiful maloca as well as being in an environment where we have the mighty Apus in the background and many stunning meditation gardens where the participants can connect and commune with nature.
  • This is a very special day based in beauty and love and connecting to the core of who we are.
  • Fruit and herb teas will be available throughout the day, and then a vegetarian meal served at dinner.

Day 4

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • Today we don’t have any breakfast. At about 8 a.m. we start the day with a talk about the Sacred Medicine Plant Huachuma (San Pedro). And then partake in a San Pedro ceremony that continues most of the day.
  • The ceremony is held in a beautiful maloca as well as being in an environment where we have the mighty Apus in the background and many stunning meditation gardens where the participants can connect and commune with nature.
  • This is a very special day based in beauty and love and connecting to the core of who we are.
  • Fruit and herb teas will be available throughout the day, and then a vegetarian meal served at dinner.

Day 5

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • Today we check out of the Urubamba hotel and meet the guide and bus at 7:45 a.m. Then go to Ollantaytambo to catch the Vistadome train that departs at 8:53am.
  • Now we enjoy a one and a half hour journey along the scenic sacred valley to Aguas Caliente in a train with huge glass windows.
  • At Aguas Caliente we quickly check into our hotel and have lunch before getting onto the bus that climbs the 450 meters (1,480ft) to Machu Picchu.
  • Here we will be guided by an archeological expert thru the many major aspects of Machu Picchu including:
    • Sun Temple
    • Temple of the 3 Windows
    • Royal Tomb
    • Nusta’s enclosure
    • Temple of the 3 doors
    • The Quarry
    • Intiwatana
    • The Sacred Rock
    • The Main Plaza
    • Temple of the Condor
    • Room of Water Mirrors
  • As well as private access to some relatively unknown areas (depending on governmental permissions at the time)
  • At 5 p.m. we will leave the mountain and head back to our hotel for dinner and an early night.

Day 6

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • Today we have a very early breakfast and catch the 6:45 a.m. bus up to Machu Picchu and walk to the gateway entrance of Huayna Picchu Mountain. (Wayna Picchu).
  • After signing in, we ascend the path running along the left flank of the mountain. Huayna Picchu raises about 360 meters (1,180ft) above Machu Picchu. The way up is basically a long stairway; in various sectors its steps were simply carved into the mountain rock. Climbing up slowly takes about one hour and has plenty of areas to stop and rest.
  • For the final ascent to the peak, we crawl on hands and knees thru an ancient tunnel where we ask the Apus to cleanse our vision and prepare us for what is to come.
  • With new eyes we connect to the spectacular panoramic view of Machu Picchu, as well as the Urubamba canyon and the surrounding mountains around.
  • From here we descend the northern side of the mountain and head down some 400 Meters (1,300ft) to the “Temple of the Moon.”
  • The hike down the mountain includes a few wooden ladders and an amazing set of Incan steps, but it’s well worth the effort.
  • The “Celestial Door,” “Temple of the Moon” and the “Gran Caverna” are all very powerful shamanic sites, and are rarely visited, so we can spend time in relative peace and continue working on our transformations.
  • We then hike back to Machu Picchu for lunch and then have the afternoon free to explore or meditate in these mystical surroundings.
  • At about 4:30 p.m. we take the buses down to Aguas Caliente and have some dinner and rest.
  • At 9:45 p.m. we go to the Hot Springs (after they have closed to the public) and hold a sound and water rebirthing ceremony.

Day 7

Wednesday July 13th 2016:

  • This morning we catch the train back to Ollantaytambo allowing us ample time to reflect on our week as the mountain scenery passes by.
  • From Ollantaytambo we then head by bus to the archaeological site.
  • Today we meet the guide at 9 a.m. and transfer by bus to the present-day-town of Ollantaytambo. This town is about 2,700 meters (8,900ft) above sea level and is very unique, as it is the only spot in Peru where it’s possible to find people living in the same buildings that served as homes for the nobility of the Incan society.
  • Looking towards the eastern slopes from the city square we see “Pinkuylluna hill” (translates as ‘wind musical instrument’). This hill housesincredible structures known as ‘Qollqas” (granaries) protected by a variety of guard posts and watch towers. Some experts debate its ancient use was not as granaries but a school or hospital or jail. 
  • To the west we visit the imposing fortified citadel “Ollantaytambo.”  This was an important town that helped protect the Incan empire from attacks by the nations in the Amazon jungle region. Here we will have a day shamanically focusing on the Four Elements.
  • Toward the north (on the lower sector) is a series of beautiful water fountains, that because of their location, must have performed duties as "Ceremonial Fountains." One of the most beautiful is aptly named "Baño de la Ñusta" ("Princess's Bath"). Farther north there are also many other fountains constituting a vast temple dedicated to "Unu" or "Yaku" (water).
  • Here we will do our closing ceremony for the tour and then head back to Cusco.