Summary of The Day: After your driver takes you to the hotel in Cusco, the rest of the morning will be yours to rest and acclimatize - Cusco is about 11,000 feet above sea level. In the afternoon we'll visit the Inca Museum (Museo Inka), which houses Andean artifacts dating back thousands of years. Here you will gain a better understanding of the origins of the Andean civilizations.
From there we'll continue on to Koricancha, the famous Sun Temple of Qosqo, that was and still is the pinnacle of Inca religion, architecture and civilization.
Summary of The Day: Our first stop on Day 2 is the ancient citadel Saqsayhuaman, considered to be one of the greatest feats of architectural engineering in the history of mankind. From here we'll continue on to the Temple of the Moon, a place for spiritual connection and enhancement. Here you will have your first opportunity to connect with Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the power of the Andes. We will also introduce you to the unique Karpay ritual.
In the afternoon we'll travel by car to the town of Chinchero.
Summary of The Day: Chinchero, the rainbow village, is a picturesque community situated on a high plateau overlooking the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. It is also home of the ruins of the royal palace of Topa Inca Yupanqui.
We'll start early, beginning with a tour of the sacred temples and altars in Chinchero, followed by a full day of ceremony and deep connection as part of the Wachuma (San Pedro) ceremony, the perfect opportunity to cleanse, heal, and purify on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and otherwise.
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll visit the Textile Interpretation Center to learn more about the art of Andean textiles, then continue by car to Moray, an ancient construction originally designed to study the growth of crops at a range of altitudes and microclimates.
Then we'll visit the the salt mines of Maras, vital to the economy of the Incas.
In the afternoon we will travel by car to the to the train station in Ollantaytambo to transfer to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).
Summary of The Day: Today we will rise early for breakfast to arrive at the citadel of Machu Picchu in time to see the beautiful sunrise. We will spend the rest of the morning visiting the many temples, altars and lookouts of Machu Picchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Summary of The Day: On Day 6 we'll take a train to living Inka town of Ollantaytambo, then continue by car through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the village of Pisaq, ascending to the ancient temple of Pisaq, a large archaeological site covering an entire mountain, built in the shape of a condor. Leaving Pisaq we will visit the animal sanctuary of Cochawasi where you will have the opportunity to closely observe many native Andean species including the puma, Andean condor, alpaca, and many more.
Summary of The Day: Quillarumiyoq is an ancient temple dedicated to the Moon Goddess and other feminine essences of Mother Earth. A traditional Andean priest will lead us in the despacho (offering) ceremony, where you will have the opportunity to convey your gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus, the guardian spirits of the mountains.
The ceremony is another opportunity to go deeper into our spiritual realm, to continue to heal and harmonize while liberating and/or transforming all the excess and negative energy we have accumulated through our experiences in life to make way for a lighter, freer existence.
Summary of The Day: On the optional walking tour we'll visit the following places:
- Plaza de Armas
- Plaza Nazarenas
- San Blas
- Twelve Angle Stone
- San Pedro Market
* You must be at least 15 years old to join the tour.
* Prices for double occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
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