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Sacred Places Yoga ~ 9 days / 8 nights

The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

with Yoga Instructor Sonya Costanza

Peruvian Yoga Retreat and Cultural Journey

Deepen your yoga practice in the enchanting Sacred Valley of the Incas and experience this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation.

Each day Sonya will guide you through a dynamic, invigorating yoga practice, or an Iyengar-inspired restorative session, depending on the other activities of the day, and the needs of the group. Practice yoga in the power sacred places of the Andes.

Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery and begin your exploration of the Inca legacy through our Quechua descendants. Visit ancient sites, colorful markets, and partake in an ancient living culture rooted in agriculture. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate our customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire our arts. Delve into our philosophy; understand our history and way of life.

Walk our ancient pathways. Enrich your perspective. Confirm human quintessence.

Recommended for a profound unforgettable cultural immersion that enhances the spirit.

Sacred Valley Highlights

Trip Highlights:

  • Engage in this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation while visiting rural Peru.
  • Experience the Sacred Valley of the Incas stepping back in time, visiting its finest archeological sites, picturesque villages and colorful markets.
  • Savor exquisite Peruvian cuisine rooted in ancient agriculture.
  • Stay at charming Pisac Inn, situated on the main plaza of Pisac ~ settle into your room in the quaint little town in the Sacred Valley for the duration of your stay. No packing and unpacking.
  • Absorb small town life in the Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy daily excursions with in depth, educational stories and explanations by local native guides with our indigenous voice.
  • Visit a traditional community and participate in their communal workday ~ a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world.
  • Explore Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, navel of the ancestral world.
  • Join in our commitment in the preservation, protection and celebration of endangered Andean traditions and cultural heritage. Traveling with us directly supports sustainable tourism.
  • Enrich your life. Expand your horizons.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas surrounded by magnificent mountain Apus, extended fields replete with crops and the stunning Wilkamayu river running through this fertile valley’s heart. Where sacred corn grows and iridescent hummingbirds flutter sprinkling us with their joy. Pisac offers a pleasant climate and the enchantment of a colorful small town with cobblestone streets and friendly faces. The Andes… snow peaks soaring in the distance over charming communities, Inca sites, and quaint village markets. Delve into this journey full of llamas and pre-Columbian reflections. Pristine nature. Blossoming fuchsia and kantu flowers enticing us. A profound heritage wrapped in layers of colorfully elegant wisdom and contemporary sophistication. The inspiration of authentic Peruvian hospitality.

Sacred Places Yoga Itinerary

Peruvian Yoga Retreat and Cultural Journey

Deepen your yoga practice in the enchanting Sacred Valley of the Incas and experience this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation.

Each day Sonya will guide you through a dynamic, invigorating yoga practice, or an Iyengar-inspired restorative session depending on the other activities of the day, and the needs of the group. Practice yoga in the power sacred places of the Andes.

DAY ONE ~ SUNDAY, JUNE 2

Arrival Sacred Valley

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Take a morning flight to Cusco, the navel of the world, land in the heart of the Andes and be greeted at the Cusco airport to begin your exclusive journey. Enjoy a spectacular 45-minute scenic drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Revel in the striking beauty of the snow topped peaks, mountainsides delineated by Inca terraces, and fields that cover the valley floor. Arrive to Pisac with lower altitude and small town charm. Settle into your room at Pisac Inn and enjoy a cup of coca tea to help you acclimate. Savor your first in a series of delicious meals spun into a select set menu to explore the diversity and richness of Peruvian Cuisine. Take the afternoon to wander the cobblestone streets of Pisac on your own. Late afternoon yoga followed by evening reception and fireside dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: L, D

Sacred Valley Highlights


DAY TWO ~ MONDAY, JUNE 3

Cusco Sites & City

Enjoy a 30-minute scenic drive to explore pre-Columbian sites outside of Cusco including the sacred spring of Tambomachay, the lunar and solar observatories of Kenko, and megalithic Sacsayhuaman. You will be captivated by the introduction to Andean astronomy and sacred geometry, the foundation of Andean culture that will be expanded on each day of your journey. Enjoy lunch at one of Cusco’s fine restaurants recommended by your guide. Stroll through the streets of Cusco, admire the Inca walls, and visit the Plaza de Armas and the main pre-Colombian Inca Temple, Coricancha. Shop at boutiques that feature high quality alpaca in contemporary designs, or visit the Chocolate Museum, known as the Choco Museo. Upon return to Pisac Inn enjoy a restorative yoga class before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)

Cusco City and Archaeological Highlights

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking in the countryside and in the city. Bring a daypack with layers for temperature changes; be prepared for sun, cold and possible rain. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. You can leave any personal belongings in the car. Bring money for lunch, photos and souvenirs.


DAY THREE ~ TUESDAY, JUNE 4

Tipon

Enjoy an hour drive to Tipon, an amazing archeological site full of water channels that come from a natural underground spring. The Inca were brilliant engineers who integrated their architecture with the natural surroundings. Tipon, a 500- acre site built around a spring near Cusco, has been called their masterpiece of water management. Hike the site and find a perfect spot for open-air yoga and a picnic lunch. Tipon has beautiful stone terraces with fountains and irrigation channels that still function, which provides an endless, soothing soundtrack of running water. Return to Pisac for some down time before dinner followed by authentic traditional music and dance with Wiñay Taki Ayllu, a local group of musicians, artists and visionaries who have dedicated their lives to preserving their Andean culture. This presentation honors the ritual Inca Agrarian calendar.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, Picnic, D

Considerations: For Tipon, wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and a picnic in the countryside. Bring a daypack with layers for temperature changes; be prepared for sun, cold and possible rain. Bring your yoga mat and be prepared for outdoor yoga. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. You can leave any personal belongings in the car, but the car will not be close during your hike.


DAY FOUR ~ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5

Community of Amaru

Amaru Community Member Guide

Delight in a 45-minute drive into the majestic high Andes and walk through the patchwork fields replete with potatoes, fava beans and corn to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where a genuinely authentic way of life is still practiced to this day. You will be welcomed with an endearing sweetness rarely felt in this day and age by this community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. Through participation in a communal agrarian workday a beautiful cultural exchange unravels as you experience this incredible opportunity to step back in time and appreciate a quality of life with an admirable simplicity that is strikingly moving and profound. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with their prized agrarian products as the women begin to spin their naturally dyed wool. Others meditatively set up their back strap looms to share their ancestral weaving skills with us. This wonderful opportunity to purchase textiles directly from the weavers is not to be missed. Return to Pisac for a restorative yoga session and some down time before dinner.

Dinner followed by an optional evening Coca Leaf Offering, a unique opportunity to personally engage in an authentic Andean ceremony. The Coca Leaf Offering is an optional special event, and is not included.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Amaru Community Highlights

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty for working in the fields. Bring your hand wipes and Purell this day, and be prepared for rustic conditions. Bring a daypack with layers for drastic temperature changes; be prepared for extreme sun, extreme cold and possible rain. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. You can leave any personal belongings in the car, but the car will drop you off and you will walk up, so the car will not be nearby. Bring cash to purchase textiles; they are hand made and one of kind pieces. You can take as many photos as you would like; please do not give change for photos in Amaru. Be prepared for authentic cultural immersion at its height, and come with respect, honor and open mindedness as guests invited into a sacred ancestral culture.


DAY FIVE ~ THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Free Day

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Dynamic yoga session before breakfast. Visit >Kusi Kawsay Andean School and >Kusi Ñan Organic Farm, an exceptional educational social project. Learn about the unique vision of Kusi Kawsay that combines elements of Waldorf Pedagogy with Andean tradition, and delight in the beautiful school grounds, dedicated teachers and happy children. Free day to return to Cusco on your own, or relax with massage and herbal bath treatments at Unucha Spa. Lunch is included at Pisac Inn for those who do not go to Cusco. Enjoy a restorative yoga practice before dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D

Kusi Kawsay, Kusi Ñan and Cusco Highlights

Considerations: For those who decide to go to Cusco, transportation will be included, only for specified time and location. Lunch is not included, and you will not have a guide; you will be on your own for the day. Reservations for treatments at Unucha Spa are required ahead of time, and are not included. We recommend the “Unucha Combo” including an herbal bath and massage. You may need a bathing suit for some treatments. Make appointments at the Front Desk.


DAY SIX ~ FRIDAY, JUNE 7

Ollantaytambo

Yoga and breakfast followed by a breathtaking one-hour drive through the heart of the Sacred Valley to the Inca town Ollantaytambo. Visit Ollantaytambo’s magnificent archeological site with an impressive astronomical observatory, irrigation waterways and ceremonial site. Learn about the Llama constellation and explore the quaint town that was built in the shape of a corncob. After lunch enjoy a spectacular train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you will have a nice dinner out and spend the night in preparation for an early start to Machu Picchu the following morning.

Hotel: La Cabana Boutique Hotel Meals: B, Picnic (dinner not included)

Ollantaytambo Highlights

Considerations: You must bring your passport!!! You cannot ride the train or enter Machu Picchu without!

For Ollantaytambo outing: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking, a picnic and train ride. Bring a daypack with layers for temperature changes; be prepared for sun, cold and possible rain. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. You can leave any personal belongings in the car. Bring small change for photos and souvenirs.

For the overnight in Aguas Calientes: Pack your overnight bag, and a separate daypack. Don’t forget insect repellent. Bring money for dinner in Aguas Calientes and lunch out the following day at Machu Picchu.


DAY SEVEN ~ SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Machu Picchu

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Get an early start to take the 20-minute bus ride up steep slopes to magnificent Machu Picchu, renown as a wonder of the world. Isolated among mountain peaks, this awe- inspiring site carries sacred mathematical and scientific wisdom yet to be fully discovered. Hike Huayna Picchu, and explore the important sectors full of astronomic explanations, and revel in the beautiful natural setting and ancient ruins. Take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train to Ollantaytambo and drive back to Pisac for a restorative yoga session and dinner at the Pisac Inn.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, D (lunch not included)

Machu Picchu Highlights

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and train ride. You can leave your overnight bag at the hotel in Aguas Calientes, and we will make arrangements for the hotel to take luggage to the train station in the afternoon. Bring a daypack with layers for temperature changes; be prepared for sun, cold and very possible rain. Bring camera, sunblock, sunhat, repellent, and plenty of drinking water. You will have to carry your daypack at all times, unless you check it in a day locker up at Machu Picchu at your own expense. You must have your passport. Bring money for lunch and souvenirs. If you use walking poles, you may need them today.

If you want to hike Huayna Picchu please let us know when you book your trip to ensure availability. Spaces are limited and there is an entrance fee that is not included.


DAY EIGHT ~ SUNDAY, JUNE 9

Pisac Archeological Site & Market

After breakfast drive to the spectacular archaeological site above Pisac and admire the staggering agricultural terrace work among the most extensive in the area following the shape of the mountainsides in entrancing concave and convex forms as you walk to the central central astronomic and ceremonial area which is widely acclaimed to be some of the finest stonework, comparable to that of Machu Picchu. This expansive site provides an ideal setting for yoga, followed by a picnic lunch with magnificent vistas up and down the valley. Drive down to Pisac, or those who want to hike down can on their own. Spend an afternoon of exploring the open-air traditional Pisac market full of local crafts, and experience the colorful traditional food section where locals buy and trade their produce and admire the beautiful faces and calm excitement that transforms Pisac on Sunday. Enjoy a special farewell dinner followed by an evening walk to star gaze in the Southern hemisphere.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, Picnic, D

Pisac Highlights

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and a picnic in the countryside. Bring a daypack with layers for drastic temperature changes; be prepared for extreme sun, cold and possible rain. Bring your yoga mat and be prepared for outdoor yoga. Bring walking sticks is you have them as this is one of the big hikes of the trip. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. Consider bringing chocolate or nuts for energy. This day you must carry everything you need in your daypack, including the provided picnic bag lunch. Bring small change for photos and souvenirs.


DAY NINE ~ MONDAY, JUNE 10

Free Day

For those not continuing on to Lake Titicaca, depart for the Cusco airport after breakfast. Those going to Lake Titicaca can enjoy a day at leisure in Pisac, do some shopping, enjoy a spa treatment, or participate in an optional cooking class. Have a yoga class in the late afternoon before a quiet dinner.

Hotel: Pisac Inn Meals: B, L, D


DAY TEN ~ TUESDAY, JUNE 11

To Puno

After breakfast start the seven-hour scenic drive to Puno. Along the way, visit the Rachi archeological site featuring unusually large adobe constructions. Enjoy an outdoor yoga class at this site. Continue the spectacular drive, enjoy a picnic lunch en route, and arrive to Puno early evening. After dinner out enjoy an early evening of rest in preparation for your expedition to Taquile where the community unanimously chooses to preserve their traditional way of life as in pre-Columbian time; including their ancestral social organization and values.

Hotel: PunoMeals: B, L (dinner not included)

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a scenic drive, walking and a picnic in the countryside. Bring a daypack with layers for drastic temperature changes; be prepared for extreme sun, cold and possible rain. Bring your yoga mat and be prepared for outdoor yoga. Bring camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. Consider bringing chocolate or nuts for energy. Bring small change for photos and souvenirs.


DAY ELEVEN ~ WEDNESDAY JUNE 12

Taquile

Begin a 3-hour boat ride on the Sacred Lake Titicaca, considered in Andean mythology as the lake of origin, where the water and sky meet and melt into a common magnificent blue. Visit the unique people still living like thousands of years ago on the only floating reed island in the world, Uros. Arrive to Taquile, and after lunch walk along the beautiful stone pathways to the plaza, and continue on to the west side of the island for restorative yoga, and peacefully watch the sunset. The sun is reflected in the calm mirror like waters.

Rustic home stay in Taquile Meals: B, L, D

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a boat ride and hiking. Bring an overnight bag; your luggage will be left at the hotel in Puno at their luggage storage, not in the room. Have your daypack with layers for drastic temperature changes; be prepared for extreme sun, cold and possible rain, with camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. Bring your yoga mat and be prepared for outdoor yoga. Bring walking sticks if need them. Be prepared for rustic overnight conditions, and bring a flashlight. Have small change for photos and money for souvenirs. Taquile offers prized textiles.


DAY TWELVE ~ THURSDAY, JUNE 13

Taquile

Relaxing morning exploring the island of Taquile, with an outdoor yoga class before the afternoon boat ride back to Puno.

Hotel: PunoMeals: B (lunch & dinner not included)

Considerations: : Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for hiking and boat ride. Have your daypack, with yoga mat, and walking poles if needed.


DAY THIRTEEN ~ FRIDAY, JUNE 14

Sillustani

Visit traditional stone house complexes of Hatun Ayllu, a traditional highland community, en route to Sillustani: a sacred, ancient burial site. Sillustani has an absolute calm, as though time has stopped, being an ideal place for meditative reflection and for your last yoga class. Time permitting; visit Umayu Lagoon and Island – a boat ride of 20 minutes to a natural reserve for wild vicuñas and huanacos. Depart for airport in Juliacca.

Meals included: B

Considerations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking and travel. You must have your luggage ready in the morning, as you we will go directly to the airport after visiting Sillustani. Have your daypack with layers for drastic temperature changes; be prepared for extreme sun, cold and possible rain, with camera, sunblock and sunhat, and plenty of drinking water. Bring your yoga mat and be prepared for outdoor yoga.


Useful Information

Destinations: The Sacred Valley, Cusco & Machu Picchu

Description: High altitude, mountainous terrain. Easy driving tours and day hikes.

Altitudes: Cusco 11,200 ft, Pisac 10,000 ft, Machu Picchu 7,500 ft, Amaru 10,500 ft

Length: 9 days / 8 nights

Difficulty: Moderate

Category: Boutique (3 star level)

Journey Series: Special Interest

Available: Small group

Pace: Moderate, with time for relaxation

Interests: Cultural & Culinary, Andean Heritage, Spirituality & Worldview, Sacred Geometry, Astronomy & Agronomy, Yoga

Dates: Sacred Places Yoga June 2 – 10 2019 / Lake Titicaca Extension June 11 – 14 2019

Accommodations: This trip is based out of Pisac Inn on the historic plaza of the small town of Pisac in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Small and comfortable, our boutique hotel is charming, full of artistic details that celebrate our local Andean heritage. Settle into your room for the duration of your stay, no packing and unpacking allows you to create a personal relationship to the land and the people.

Meals: This trip includes meals with exclusive daily set menus that are creatively designed and prepared by our chef at the hotel’s restaurant, Cuchara de Palo, The Wooden Spoon. We use the finest local products with the clear intention of exploring the richness of Peruvian cuisine, while celebrating the diversity of legendary and nutritious ingredients that are fresh, organic and native of Peru.

  • Sitting down for a lovely meal, including a soup or salad, main course, dessert and beverage is one of our trip highlights, with no dish repeated. We love food, and invite you to savor Peru’s culinary explosion.
  • Vegetarian and special diet menu available.
    Beer, wine and cocktails are available, but are not included in tour price.
    The few meals not included in your program will be eaten out at restaurants recommended by your guide.

Unucha Spa Treatments: Upon return to Pisac Inn after your daily excursions, you can spend the afternoon relaxing, exploring the market, or enjoy a treatment at our Spa before dinner. The treatments are inspired by the ancestral legacy of our pre-Columbian healing tradition. We recommend the herbal bath and massage combo. Reservations are required; space is limited and treatments are not included. Please make appointments ahead of time for any afternoon.

Sustainability: See our Sustainability Section to learn more about our vision, our commitment to socially and environmentally responsible tourism, our cultural projects, and our recent international certifications with TourCert and AENOR.

Our Extensions: Add on extensions if you want to explore more areas of Peru.

Travel Information: See our Travel Information & FAQs

Once you book the trip and make a down payment, we will send you a complete Travel Pack with detailed information, including recommended reading and a packing list.

Prices

  • Price to be announced April 15 2018
  • Prices are in US dollars per person for a minimum of 8 passengers
  • Look for our special early bird booking

Included:

  • Airport transfers and all ground transportation upon arrival to Cusco airport in a private tourist level vehicle
  • Private, specialized, professional, English speaking native guides on excursions and during special events
  • Entrance fees to all historical sites on daily excursions
  • Cultural events with local Andean specialists
  • Yoga instruction
  • Fresh, organic meals celebrating Peruvian cuisine in special set menus as on program
  • Charming accommodations at Pisac Inn 7 nights, standard double occupancy
  • Visit our Social Projects: The Kusi Kawsay Andean School & Kusi Ñan Organic Farm, exceptional educational projects that honor Andean tradition with elements of Waldorf pedagogy; day of visit to be determined depending on final itinerary.
  • Visit the Apu Runawana in the traditional community of Amaru
  • Tourist class train from Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Bus from Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes 1 night, standard double occupancy

Not Included:

Airfare, travel insurance, personal expenses, special events not included in program, spa treatments, any tips or donations, meals eaten out as indicated on program, and any snacks or beverages not included at mealtime.

  • The cost of our tour is in U.S. dollars per person.
  • The Sacred Places Yoga group size is minimum 8 & maximum 12 passengers
  • Prices per person are based on double occupancy – a single room has an additional cost, upon availability.
  • You can customize your trip with add on special events, and extensions.
  • Taxes may apply.
  • Programs and prices are subject to change and availability, and may not be applicable on some dates and holiday seasons.

LAKE TITICACA EXTENSION PRICE:

INCLUDED:

  • Private, specialized, professional English speaking native guide
  • Ground transportation in a private tourist level vehicle from Cusco to Puno and in Puno
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • One night at Pisac Inn / standard double occupancy
  • Two nights at a 3 star hotel in Puno / standard double occupancy
  • Tourist level private boat to and from Taquile
  • Entrance fee, overnight and meals on Taquile
  • Yoga instruction
  • Transfer to airport in Juliacca

Not Included:

Airfare, travel insurance, personal expenses, any tips or donations, meals not included on program, snacks or beverages.

Yoga Group size limited to 12 people

For more information, reservations or questions contact Sonya Luz Costanza at: 575-758-8007 or email: yoga@sonyaluz.com