MACHU PICCHU INCA TRAIL - PERU
12 day pilgrimage of self-discovery in the footsteps of the ancient Inca Trail (4,200m/13,780 ft)
1 - 12 August 2023
Ola e bienvenidos! It is our belief that all of us are ultimately looking for the same thing - a life of purpose filled with a deep sense of love, connection and belonging. The question is how do we cultivate such a state of being? Our intention for this adventure is to help you answer that question and rediscover yourself. We have been profoundly moved by the majestic mountains of the Peruvian Andes and the ancient Inca culture of the Urubamba region. Being in these sacred parts provides the perfect opportunity to journey into the very heart of who you are and why you are here. It would be our privilege to guide you on this epic adventure.
Day 1-6: Samadhi retreat centre in Sacred Valley, altitude 2,500m/8,200 ft, 6 day immersion into yoga, food, art and culture
Day 7: Inca Trail begins - Piskacucho Km 82 - Llactapata - Ayapata, peak altitude 3,300m/10,825 ft, distance 14 km/8.7 mi, time 6-7 hours
Day 8: Dead Woman's Pass - Runcuraccay Pass - Chaquiccocha, peak altitude 4,200m/13,780 ft, distance 16 km/10 mi, time 7-8 hours
Day 9: Chaquiccocha - Wiñaywayna, peak altitude 3,600m/11,810 ft, distance 10 km/6.2 mi, time 5-6 hours
Day 10: Inca Trail concludes - Inti Punku - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes, altitude 2,400m/7,874 ft, distance 4 km/2.4 mi, time 2-3 hours
Day 11-12: Cusco, altitude 3,400m/11,154 ft
YOGA & MEDITATION
Our intention for this experience is to guide you on a journey of deep inner contemplation. Daily classes and lectures offered are designed to bring the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient traditions into the modern age with techniques that are practical and accessible for everybody. We will teach you the what, why and how of a well rounded yoga practice and provide you with the necessary tools to help you make meditation a daily habit. You will learn how to effectively look after your body, navigate through the habitual patterns of the mind; better understand the relationship between the inner and outer world; and experience profound changes through the expansion of Self-awareness. We will lead daily talks about your experiences offering ample opportunity to ask questions, receive feedback and give advice on any topic that may come up for you. Life is meant to be fun and as much as we look forward to cracking you wide open, we can't wait to have a an absolute blast every step of the way!
*Prior yoga and meditation experience is advisable but not necessary.
Day 1-6: Samadhi retreat centre is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, surrounded by mountains and ancient cultural heritage. Designed with the use of sacred geometry, the essence of this magical place is bound to infuse you with its colours, textures, smells and flavours.
Day 7-10: Camping on the Inca Trail is basic with the use of water proof tents fitted with cushioned sleeping mats. This part of the journey is about letting go of familiar comforts and embracing the beauty of simplicity while connecting with nature.
Day 11-12: Antigua Casona San Blas boutique hotel in Cusco is located in the artisan's neighbourhood of San Blas, a five-minute walk from the city centre. San Blas is Cusco's oldest neighbourhood, rich with artisan galleries, quaint coffee shops, and some of the most spectacular historical architecture dating back to the Inca empire.
*Please note, accommodation during this retreat is on twin-shared basis - option for single is available upon request for additional fee $900.
Day 1-6: Samadhi retreat centre serves dishes that are organic, nutritious, balanced and healthy, prepared by gastronomic artists-chefs, focused on strengthening your immune system with superfoods such as maca, pollen, cacao, honey and many others.
Day 7-10: During our trek, we will be served authentic Peruvian food. It's important to set the right expectation and understand that meals and ingredients during the camping trek are fairly basic, especially at higher altitudes.
Day 11-12: Antigua Casona San Blas boutique hotel serves a variety of traditional Peruvian dishes as well as more familiar western cuisine.
*Any special dietary requirements can be catered for upon request.
PHYSICAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers able to walk up to 8 hours a day carrying a backpack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. With reasonable physical fitness, a positive attitude and strong determination, most people can accomplish this trek successfully. Regular exercise and walking/jogging uphill in the months leading up to this trek is important to build up your strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Past hiking experience is helpful, but no technical skill is required for this trek. We recommend that you consult your doctor before the trip.
*Please note, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood pressure conditions will be required to provide an assessment from a medical professional.
During our Inca Trail camping experience we will be accompanied by local guides and a team of porters carrying all necessary equipment, camping gear and food. This guarantees that the trek can proceed as planned, even if a group member(s) experience altitude sickness, fall ill or have an injury as they would need to be accompanied by a qualified professional guide and taken to a lower altitude.
EARLY BIRD until 31 Dec 2022 | USD $4,950
STANDARD FEES after 1 Jan 2023 | USD $5,750
To register please fill out the APPLICATION FORM
Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, we require a deposit payment to secure your spot. We will email you an invoice with instructions on how to complete the payment via PayPal (USD $1,260) or direct Bank Transfer (USD $1,040). Early bird price has to be paid in full by 31 December 2022.
All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
All accommodation: Samadhi Retreat in Sacred Valley (6 nights), Inca Trail camping (3 nights), Hotel in Cusco (2 nights)
All transportation (bus, train, taxi), please note that transportation to and from the airport is not included
Daily yoga, meditation, lectures and introspective talks
Guided tours around Sacred Valley by private vehicle
Entrance fees and monument visits
Camping gear, sleeping bags, hiking poles
All non-alcoholic drinks during meals (teas & drinking water) on retreat and during the trek
Experienced English-speaking and government-licensed trek guides and assistant guides
Local porters to carry essential equipment
Staff costs including wages, insurance, equipment, food and accomodation
All necessary permits and trekking fees
Medical kit (carried by our trek guides)
All government and local taxes
Trekking gear (clothes, shoes and basic camping essentials)
Personal expenses such as additional snacks, alcoholic beverages and souvenirs etc
International travel insurance
Tipping of guide & porters (suggested $100-$200 on the last day of the Inca Trail)
Everyone's safety is our top priority. Every effort will be made to follow the above itinerary, but we reserve the authority to amend any part of the itinerary due to weather conditions or any other safety concerns.