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SOUL OF
THE ANDES
FESTIVALS

Join us in Cusco for the biggest and most colorful Andean celebrations of the year—Inti Raymi and Qollor'Ity

Inti Raymi

For the Incas, the winter solstice sunrise marked the beginning of a new calendar year and was celebrated throughout the land. Inti Raymi, Quechua for ‘Sun Festival’, was borne from these celebrations, and has become the most important festival in Cusco. Although the celebration lasts for a week, the opening day of colorful processions and elaborate re-enactments of revered Inca ceremonies draws a crowd of thousands from the city, mountains, and beyond. During the Inti Raymi Festival Experience, not only will you explore fascinating Inca temples in the Andean highlands on your way to Machu Picchu, but you will also join the festivities in the city center and at Sacsayhuaman.

                                     Soul of The Andes Festivals: Inti Raymi

RATE FOR 10D/9N

$4,200 USD

ITINERARY

DAY 1 WELCOME TO CUSCO

/ Pick-up at Cusco airport and transfer to hotel
/ Lunch and afternoon at leisure.
/ 06:00 pm Pre-trip briefing at El Mercado.

Overnight: El Retablo—Cusco

    DAY 2 EXPLORE CUSCO

    / Breakfast at hotel
    / 09:30 am Tour of the Ancient Temples of Cusco: Koricancha, Hatunrumiyoq, Calle Intikijllu, and Plaza de San Cristobal
    / 01:00 pm Lunch at El Mercado
    / 03:00 pm Guided tour of the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site
    / 06:00 pm Lecture: ‘The Sacred Architecture of Cusco’ – led by Andres Adasme, Archaeoastronomer and MLP Director of New Program Development
    / 07:30 pm Dinner at Kion in Cusco

    Overnight: El Retablo

      DAY 3 INTRODUCTION TO TRADITIONAL ANDEAN CEREMONIES

      / Breakfast at hotel
      / 08:00 am Depart hotel for a scenic drive to Quillarumiyoq
      / 09:30 am Guided tour of the Quillarumiyoq archaeological site
      / 11:30 am Traditional ceremony at the main temple in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth) and to celebrate Winter Solstice – led by a traditional Andean Q’ero (shaman)
      / 12:30 pm Picnic lunch at the temple
      / 02:00pm Downhill walk back to the base and drive back to Cusco
      / Late afternoon at leisure
      / 07:00 pm Dinner at Pachapapa in Cusco

      Overnight: El Retablo
      Meals: B, L, D

        DAY 4 INTO THE SACRED VALLEY

        / Breakfast at lodge
        / 08:00 am Depart hotel for a scenic drive into the Sacred Valley
        / 10:00 am Arrival in Viacha and exploration into traditional Andean farming with the local community
        / 11:30 am Picnic brunch in Viacha
        / 12:30 pm Downhill hike to the Pisaq archaeological site
        / 01:30 pm Guided tour of the site
        / 03:00 pm Scenic drive to Lamay Lodge—light snacks included
        / Late afternoon/early evening at leisure to rest or relax in the outdoor hot tub and lush Lamay garden (Massage service available – subject to additional cost)
        / 07:00 pm Dinner at lodge

        Overnight: Lamay Lodge
        Meals: B, L, D

          DAY 5 INTO THE HEART OF LARES

          / Breakfast at lodge
          / 10:00 am Scenic drive to the village of Choquecancha
          / 01:00 pm Lunch followed by a lesson in Andean medicinal plants plus a coca leaf reading by local healer Valentín
          / 03:00 pm Walking visit to the town square and scenic drive to Huacahuasi Lodge
          / 06:30 pm Folkloric Andean dancing exhibition by the locals of Huacahuasi
          / 07:00 pm Dinner at lodge

          Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge
          Meals: B, L, D

            DAY 6 PATACANCHA AND PUMAMARKA

            / Breakfast at lodge.
            / 08:00 am Scenic drive to Marcacocha in the Patacancha Valley
            / 11:00 am Traditional Andean ceremony with the locals of Marcacocha to honor Pachamama and her blessings for the health of the community livestock
            / 12:00 pm Drive to Pumamarka and lunch on site
            / 01:45 pm Guided tour of the Pumamarka archaeological site
            / 02:45 pm Drive to Ollantaytambo
            / 03:30 pm Guided walk around the town of Ollantaytambo
            / 05:30 pm Arrival at lodge in the Sacred Valley
            / 07:00 pm Farm-to-table dinner at lodge and evening at leisure

            Overnight: Willka Tika Lodge
            Meals: B, L, D

              DAY 7 KM 104 TO THE MACHU PICCHU SUN GATE

              / Early breakfast at hotel
              / 06:30 am Drive from lodge to Ollantaytambo train station*
              *Non-hikers are welcome to stay in Ollantaytambo for a guided tour of the archaeological site in the morning, followed by a midday train ride to Aguas Calientes
              / 07:20 am Train to rail marker KM 104
              / 09:30 am Begin all-day hike from KM 104 to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu (picnic lunch en route)
              / 03:00 Walk downhill along the perimeter of the Machu Picchu citadel to catch the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes
              / 04:00 pm Arrival and check-in at hotel
              / 07:00 pm Dinner at hotel

              Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
              Meals: B, L, D

                DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU

                / 06:30 am Early breakfast at hotel
                / 07:15 am Board shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes
                / 08:00 am Guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel*
                *Guests who wish to hike up Huayna Picchu will have access at 10:00am. Please note: Huayna Picchu permits are subject to availability. The alternate hike will be to Machu Picchu Mountain.
                / 12:30 pm Board shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes
                / 01:15 pm Lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
                / 04:00 pm Train departs for Ollantaytambo
                / 05:30 pm Meet driver at Ollantaytambo train station for scenic sunset drive back to hotel in Cusco

                Overnight: El Retablo
                Meals: B, L, D

                  DAY 9 INTI RAYMI FESTIVAL

                  / Breakfast at hotel
                  / 08: 30 am Depart hotel for a walk to the Koricancha
                  / 09:00 am Inti Raymi opening ceremony at Koricancha and processional to Sacsayhuaman for the grand celebration—light snacks included
                  / 02:00 pm Walk back to Cusco
                  / Afternoon and evening at leisure

                  Overnight: El Retablo
                  Meals: B, L

                    DAY 10 FAREWELL

                    / Breakfast at hotel
                    / Transfer to Cusco airport

                      DETAILS:

                      ● 10D/9N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                      ● Departure date: June 16, 2020.
                      ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                      ● A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                      ● The remaining balance will be due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                      Qoyllor’ Ity

                      Qoyllor’Ity, the sacred annual pilgrimage to the foot of Mt. Ausangate, is one of the most majestic and colorful festivals in Cusco. Over 50,000 people, from the Andean highlands and beyond, travel during the sixth full moon of each year to pay homage to the stars, revered water sources, and the apus (mountains). Although Qoyllor’Ity is known to have begun during the Pre-Inca era, this celebration has evolved into a blend of age-old Andean traditions and Spanish colonial Catholic influences that makes for a truly unique experience.

                      RATE FOR 11D/10N

                      $4,700 USD

                      ITINERARY

                      DAY 1 WELCOME TO CUSCO

                      / Pick-up at Cusco airport and transfer to hotel
                      / Lunch and afternoon at leisure.
                      / 06:00 pm Pre-trip briefing at El Mercado.

                      Overnight: El Retablo

                        DAY 2 EXPLORE CUSCO

                        / Morning and lunch at leisure
                        / 02:30 pm Walking city tour of Cusco including the Cathedral and Koricancha
                        / 05:30 pm Lecture: Introduction to Andean Traditions and Celebrations as Part of Today’s ‘Living Culture’ – led by Pepe Noriega, MLP trip guide
                        / Welcome dinner at El Mercado

                        Overnight: El Retablo
                        Meals: D

                          DAY 3 SACSAYHUAMAN AND THE SACRED VALLEY

                          / Breakfast at hotel
                          / 08:00 am Depart hotel
                          / 08:30 am Visit and guided tour of Sacsayhuaman
                          / 12:00 pm Guided visit to the town and marketplace of Pisaq
                          / 01:30 pm Arrival at lodge and traditional Pachamanca lunch
                          / 03:00pm Workshop: Andean Spiritualism and Vibration Therapy—led by Luzclara, Chilean medicine woman and Mapuche shaman
                          / Late afternoon and evening at leisure to relax in the outdoor hot tub and garden fire pit (Massage service available – subject to additional cost)
                          / 07:30 pm Dinner at lodge

                          Overnight: Lamay Lodge
                          Meals: B, L, D

                            DAY 4 ANCASMARCA & CHOQUECANCHA

                            / Breakfast at lodge
                            / 08:30 am Depart lodge to visit the traditional marketplace in Calca, followed by a guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site
                            / 12:30 pm Arrival and lunch in the remote town of Choquecancha
                            / 02:00 pm Workshop: Introduction to Andean Medicinal Plants and Remedies, followed by a coca leaf reading by Choquecancha local Valentín
                            / 04:00 pm Guided walking tour of Choquecancha, followed by a scenic drive to Huacahuasi Lodge
                            / Late afternoon at leisure (Massage service available – subject to additional cost)
                            / 06:30 pm Folkloric Andean dancing exhibition by the locals of Huacahuasi
                            / 07:00 pm Dinner at lodge

                            Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge
                            Meals: B, L, D

                              DAY 5 INTO THE HEART OF LARES

                              / Breakfast at lodge
                              / Scenic drive to the community of Patacancha
                              / 09:30 am Traditional Andean cooking class Sanqu workshop
                              / 10:30 am Scenic drive to Marcacocha
                              / 11:00 am Traditional Andean ‘Water’ ceremony – led by Luzclara*
                              *Note: Luzclara asks that you bring water from home to participate in this ceremony of unification and tribute to Mother Earth
                              / 12:00 am Drive to Pumamarka and lunch on site
                              / 01:45 pm Guided tour of the Pumamarka archaeological site
                              / 02:45 pm Drive to Ollantaytambo
                              / 03:30 pm Guided walk around the town of Ollantaytambo
                              / 05:30 pm Arrival at lodge in the Sacred Valley
                              / 07:00 pm Farm-to-table dinner at lodge and evening at leisure

                              Overnight: Willka Tika Lodge
                              Meals:B, L, D

                                DAY 6 KM 104 TO THE MACHU PICCHU SUN GATE

                                / Early breakfast at lodge.
                                / 06:30 am Drive from lodge to Ollantaytambo train station*
                                *Note: Non-hikers are welcome to stay in Ollantaytambo for a guided tour of the archaeological site in the morning, followed by a midday train ride to Aguas Calientes
                                / 07:20 am Train to rail marker KM 104
                                / 09:30 am Begin all-day hike from KM 104 to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu (picnic lunch en route)
                                / 03:00 pm Walk downhill along the perimeter of the Machu Picchu citadel to catch the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes
                                / 04:00 pm Arrival and check-in at hotel
                                / 07:00 pm Dinner at hotel

                                Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
                                Meals: B, L, D

                                  DAY 7 MACHU PICCHU

                                  / 06:30 am Early breakfast at hotel
                                  / 07:15 am Board shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes
                                  / 08:00 am Guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel*
                                  *Guests who wish to hike up Huayna Picchu will have access at 10:00am. Please note: Huayna Picchu permits are subject to availability. The alternate hike will be to Machu Picchu Mountain
                                  / 12:30 pm Board shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes
                                  / 01:15 pm Lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
                                  / 04:00 pm Train departs for Ollantaytambo
                                  / 05:30 pm Meet driver at Ollantaytambo train station for scenic sunset drive back to hotel in Cusco

                                  Overnight: El Retablo
                                  Meals: B, L, D

                                    DAY 8 FINE ART IN CUSCO

                                    / Breakfast at hotel.
                                    / 09:00 am Modern Cusqueñan arts workshop with members of the Totemiq Arts Collective at La Mestiza café
                                    / 01:00 pm Lunch at Barra Ceviche in Cusco
                                    / Afternoon and evening at leisure

                                    Overnight: El Retablo
                                    Meals: B, L

                                      DAY 9 JOURNEY TO QOYLLOR’ITY

                                      / Early breakfast at hotel
                                      / 07:00 am Scenic drive to the remote village of Mahuayani
                                      / 10:00 am Join the pilgrimage processional en route to Qoyllor’Ity
                                      / 02:00 pm Arrival at campsite for lunch and a brief rest
                                      / 04:00 pm Join the celebration! Mingle with our traditional Andean neighbors and enjoy the pageantry of the folkloric musicians and dance troupes
                                      / 07:00 pm Dinner under the stars at the campsite to await the appearance of the full moon

                                      Overnight: Premium campsite
                                      Meals: B, L, D

                                        DAY 10 SINAKARA

                                        / Breakfast at campsite
                                        / 07:00 am Hike to Lake Sinakara
                                        / 08:00 am Explore Sinakara and observe the traditional initiation ritual for the new Andean pilgrims
                                        / 10:00 am Join a traditional Q’ero (Andean shaman) in a gratitude ceremony in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth) on the lake shore
                                        / 11:00 am Hike back to the campsite
                                        / 12:00 pm Lunch at the campsite
                                        / 01:00 pm Downhill hike back to Mahuayani
                                        / 04:00 pm Scenic sunset drive back to Cusco
                                        / 07:00 pm Dinner at Kion restaurant in Cusco

                                        Overnight: El Retablo
                                        Meals: B, L, D

                                          DAY 11 FAREWELL

                                          / Breakfast at hotel
                                          / Transfer to Cusco airport

                                            DETAILS:

                                            ● 11D/10N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                                            ● Departure date: May 28, 2020.
                                            ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                                            ● A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                                            ● The remaining balance will be due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                                            2020

                                            US$ 4,700

                                            Departure Dates

                                            May 28th

                                            DETAILS:

                                            ● 11D/10N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                                            ● Departure date: May 28, 2020.
                                            ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                                            ● A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                                            ● The remaining balance will be due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                                            Qoyllor’ Ity

                                            11-Day Program 2020

                                            May 28th

                                             

                                            US$ 4,700

                                             

                                            Inti Raymi

                                            10-Day Program 2020

                                            June 16th

                                             

                                            US$ 4,200

                                             

                                             

                                            Andrés Adasme, Archaeoastronomy Journey Expert

                                            Chilean by birth and Cusco resident for 16 years, Andres began his professional career as a highly-skilled architect, but eventually couldn’t resist his true passions: ancient cultures and astronomy.

                                            Explorer and researcher by nature, Andres loves hiking in the mountains and exploring ancient, secluded archaeological sites, as well as spending time connecting with the people in remote, traditional Andean communities in an effort to gain even more knowledge from a culture that still maintains and protects the traditions of their Inca forbears. His independent research is often sought out by historians and explorers alike, and he lectures extensively on the topic of Andean Archaeoastronomy—how ancient civilizations were deeply connected to the skies and how this influenced the architecture of Cusco, including Machu Picchu and the surrounding region. Therefore, it’s not surprising that he is also very much in demand as an expert tour leader.

                                            Presently, Andres spends his time designing new routes and travel experiences as Executive Product Developer at Mountain Lodges of Peru. He also holds the position of Director of Research for the prestigious Bohic Ruz Explorer, an international group of archeological and ethno-historian researchers, whose current work, in addition to Cusco, is investigating other hidden cities in the Andes and on the coast of Paracas.

                                            He currently lives in Cusco with his lovely daughter, Lira.

                                            2020

                                            US$ 3,390

                                            Departure Dates

                                            March 14th
                                            September 17th

                                            DETAILS:

                                            • 7D/6N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco
                                            • Rate is per person based on shared accommodations
                                              • Single traveler accommodations:  subject to a 50% supplemental fee
                                              • Single traveler willing to share:  subject to a 25% supplemental fee; in the event that the roommate of a guest willing to share cancels fewer than 60 days prior to departure, the remaining guest will not be charged the supplemental fee.
                                            • A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to confirm a reservation.
                                            • We recommend arriving in Cusco 1-2 days prior to your departure for altitude acclimatization; please ask your MLP travel specialist for help with booking additional accommodations.
                                            • Cancellation policy:
                                              • 30 days prior to departure date:  50% refund
                                              • Fewer than 30 days prior to departure:  No refund

                                            SERVICES INCLUDE:

                                            • All transportation during the programmed itinerary
                                            • All lodging during the programmed itinerary
                                            • All meals except (Breakfast and Lunch on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 7); at MLP lodges, this includes soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits.*
                                            • Service of a bilingual guide; tours of archaeological sites are led in English
                                            • Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archaeological sites
                                            • Guided visit to Machu Picchu
                                            • Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field**; gratuities for guides are not included and are at your discretion.  In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for lead guides and $5-$10 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.  

                                             

                                            *In consideration of the adventurous nature of the MLP experience, the risks associated with alcohol consumption, and the importance of maintaining positive group dynamics, we encourage guests to enjoy alcoholic beverages in moderation.  In accordance with company policy, MLP guides and/or other company/lodge representatives may modify or suspend a guest’s access to alcohol and/or trip partially or entirely if the guest’s health or safety may be at risk due to excessive alcohol consumption. 

                                            **Gratuities at MLP affiliate hotels (El Mercado, Kuychi Rumi, and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel) are not included.

                                            Accommodations

                                            During the Multi-Sport Adventure to Machu Picchu, your accommodations will include a combination of MLP lodges and top-notch MLP-affiliate hotels. Our luxury mountain lodges were uniquely conceived through thoughtful architectural design including traditional Inca building techniques with a nod to their respective environments. We offer all the comforts of home along with superior amenities and exceptional service.

                                            2020

                                            US$ 3,950

                                            Departure Dates

                                            March 8th
                                            April 10th
                                            July 14th
                                            August 14th
                                            October 7th
                                            November 10th

                                            DETAILS:

                                            • ● 7D/6N round-trip itinerary from Cusco.
                                            • ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                                            • ● Single traveler accommodation request: subject to a 50% supplemental fee.
                                            • ● Single traveler willing to share accommodations: subject to a 25% supplemental fee.

                                            SERVICES INCLUDE:

                                            • ● All transportation during the programmed itinerary.
                                            • ● All lodging during the programmed itinerary.  
                                            • ● All meals and beverages at MLP lodges, including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Beverages at our affiliate hotels, El Retablo and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, will be subject to additional cost.
                                            • ● Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
                                            • ● Entrance fees and permits for points of interest and archeological sites.
                                            • ● Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
                                            • ● Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field—does NOT include gratuities for the staff at affiliate hotels. 
                                            • ● Gratuities for your guide and assistant guide are NOT included and are at your discretion. In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for lead guides and $10 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.

                                            A CALL TO HONOR MOTHER EARTH

                                            “Let us gather and join our strengths in collaboration and cooperation, remembering that together we multiply our prayers and that we belong to the great lineage of the Earth’s feminine sisterhood.”

                                            Along with with the Intercultural Convergence of Medicine Women, MLP invites you to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience to unify the four life elements—water, earth, fire, and wind—in combination with our Sacred Valley and Lares Adventure to Machu Picchu.

                                            Meet some of our leaders:

                                            Sra. Maria Apaza:

                                            Sra. Maria felt the calling of the Andean ‘Apus’, or gods, from the tender age of 4, which was solidified when she was struck by a bolt of lightning at 16—the true sign that she had been chosen for divinity. Since then, Sra. Maria has devoted herself to representing and sharing ‘Allin Kawsay’, Quechua for ‘well-being’ or ‘the good life’, through her powerful ceremonial chants (‘Q’ero Taki’).

                                             

                                            Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann:

                                            Ms. Miriam-Rose, a tribal ’grandmother’, is the leader of the Nauiyu Community from Daly River, Australia. The Nauiyu practice ‘Dadirri’, or profound listening, which Miriam-Rose describes as “something internal, it is a calm from deep listening and quiet conscience.”

                                             

                                            Luzclara:

                                            A Mapuche shaman from Chile, Luzclara practices ‘sound’ healing through song and chants, accompanied by rattles, bells, and and other musical instruments. Luzclara also developed the ‘Healing Circle’, a ceremonial sacred space in which we are able to connect with our inner shaman through the power generated from a group coming together in unified intention.

                                             

                                            Cecilia Paniagua:

                                            Cecilia, also known by the Quechua name ‘Wanqura Waqakuq’, is a sacred plant bearer and healer. She is also considered the guardian of the Chavin Temple in Chavin, Peru, and a grandmother of the Conchuco Quechua tradition—“The ancestors tell us: the beginning and foundation of light (QUN) was the one who made everything that exists, where everything happens, where everything comes from and where everything returns in the eternal dance of the infinite spiral.”

                                             

                                            Sweet Medicine:

                                            Sweet Medicine, is a sweet grandmother Guardian of Wisdom, with 45 years of experience in traditional ceremonies and native teachings. A Native American spiritual leader of the Chickasaw lineage, she is responsible for continuing the legacy of her people through being a bridge of deep connection with the sacred space and nurturing the soul as a guide through the rites of passage.

                                             

                                            During the first six days of the journey, you will join in a celebration of the combined rituals, ceremonies, and music of twelve international ‘grandmothers’ of varied ‘medicine’ practices including healers, energy workers, bridge women, shamans, and guardians of birth, knowledge, seeds, peace, life, and more. Women artists and artisans from around the world will also be bringing their works to create a marketplace for barter and exchange.

                                            Each participant is invited to bring water, earth, ashes, and songs from their birthplaces or current homes. At the end of the event, you will be given a portion of the unified elements to take home with you.

                                            Once the gathering has concluded, you will continue on your journey by exploring the history, culture, and profound energy of the breathtaking Sacred Valley and Lares region on a fully-guided luxury lodge-to-lodge adventure to the hallowed ground of Machu Picchu.

                                             

                                             

                                            11-Day Program 2019

                                            September 9th
                                            US$ 4,200

                                             

                                            LP Yoga and Wellness Leader:

                                            We are pleased to introduce Sandra Gallegos, our new MLP Yoga and Wellness Leader. During the past 14 years, she has been both a devoted yoga practitioner and teacher, and three years ago opened her own studio dedicated to Ashtanga Yoga as well as ‘Integral Health’ coaching. Sandra also brings an in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Nutrition, having studied with notable experts in India and beyond. Her experience, dedication, and holistic approach to mind/body wellness will ensure the trip of a lifetime for our guests.

                                            Profile:

                                            Name: Sandra Gallegos

                                            Age: 39

                                            From: Lima, Peru

                                            Mom to: Kailani, age 7

                                            Professional background:

                                            • • Business Administration degree completed in Amsterdam, Holland
                                            • • 2004: Began practicing yoga
                                            • • 2005: Earned post-graduate degree in International Tourism, Australia
                                            • • 2013: Earned Ashtanga Yoga certification through AYP
                                            • • 2014: Studied Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda & Ayurvedic Nutrition at K. Pattabhi Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), Mysore, India
                                            • • 2014: Studied Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Nutrition with Dr. Chitrah Lekha at Mysore Ayurveda Retreat, Mysore, India
                                            • • 2015: Opened Yoga studio DAYS Yoga and Health Coaching, Lima, Peru
                                            • • 2016: Completed the ‘Integrative Health Coaching’ course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), New York, NY
                                            • • Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, and basic Indonesian

                                             

                                            1. Pre-trip fitness tips:

                                            In addition to daily yoga practices and cultural activities, this experience is comprised of moderate to challenging hikes at high altitudes and through varied terrain.

                                            Recommendations:

                                            Begin a cardio-intensive fitness regimen that includes vigorous walking and/or hiking three months before your trip.
                                            Wear broken-in hiking shoes or boots. We also recommend having adequate ankle support as the terrain is varied.
                                            Use hiking poles or walking sticks during the hikes for greater agility and ankle support.

                                            2. Adjusting to high altitude:

                                            Altitude sickness is most common at elevations above 6,500’/1,900m and results from the body adjusting to a decreased amount of oxygen. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, nausea, headaches, and dehydration.

                                            Recommendations:

                                            If possible, arrive in Cusco at least one – two days before your MLP departure.
                                            Drink a minimum of 64oz./2L of water each day.
                                            Avoid eating heavy meals, especially during the first couple of days.
                                            Avoid vigorous exercise during the first couple of pre-trip days.

                                            3. Yoga Mats:

                                            Yoga mats and other equipment will be available for use during the daily practices; however, feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

                                             

                                            2020

                                            US$ 3,800

                                            Departure Dates

                                            April 13th
                                            July 25th
                                            October 26th
                                            December 14th

                                            DETAILS:

                                            ●8D/7N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                                            ●Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                                            ●Single traveler accommodation request: subject to a 25% supplemental fee of the standard rate.
                                            ●Single traveler willing to share accommodations: subject to a 10% supplemental fee of the standard rate.
                                            ●A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                                            ●Remaining balance due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                                            SERVICES INCLUDE:

                                            ●Transportation services during the programmed itinerary.
                                            ●All lodging during the programmed itinerary.
                                            ●All meals except: breakfast and lunch on Day 1; lunch and dinner on Day 8.
                                            ●Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) during all program days. Tours of archaeological sites are led in English.
                                            ●Entrance fees and permits to points of interest and archeological sites.
                                            ●Guided visit to Machu Picchu.
                                            ●All Meals and beverages including soft drinks and a house selection of beer, wine, and spirits at MLP lodges only.
                                            ●Gratuities for MLP staff at the lodges and in the field.* Gratuities for your guide are not included and are at your discretion. In general, we suggest $10-$20 USD/day (per person) for assistant guides.

                                            *Note: Gratuities at MLP-affiliate hotels and premium camping installations are not included.

                                            Some terms may have changed for 2020, please check the details below.

                                            Qoyllor’ Ity

                                            Qoyllor’Ity, the sacred annual pilgrimage to the foot of Mt. Ausangate, is one of the most majestic and colorful festivals in Cusco. Over 50,000 people, from the Andean highlands and beyond, travel during the sixth full moon of each year to pay homage to the stars, revered water sources, and the apus (mountains). Although Qoyllor’Ity is known to have begun during the Pre-Inca era, this celebration has evolved into a blend of age-old Andean traditions and Spanish colonial Catholic influences that makes for a truly unique experience.

                                            RATE FOR 11D/10N

                                            $4,700 USD

                                            ITINERARY

                                            DAY 1 WELCOME TO CUSCO

                                            / Pick-up at Cusco airport and transfer to hotel
                                            / Lunch and afternoon at leisure.
                                            / 06:00 pm Pre-trip briefing at El Mercado.

                                            Overnight: El Retablo

                                              DAY 2 EXPLORE CUSCO

                                              / Morning and lunch at leisure
                                              / 02:30 pm Walking city tour of Cusco including the Cathedral and Koricancha
                                              / 05:30 pm Lecture: Introduction to Andean Traditions and Celebrations as Part of Today’s ‘Living Culture’ – led by Pepe Noriega, MLP trip guide
                                              / Welcome dinner at El Mercado

                                              Overnight: El Retablo
                                              Meals: D

                                                DAY 3 SACSAYHUAMAN AND THE SACRED VALLEY

                                                / Breakfast at hotel
                                                / 08:00 am Depart hotel
                                                / 08:30 am Visit and guided tour of Sacsayhuaman
                                                / 12:00 pm Guided visit to the town and marketplace of Pisaq
                                                / 01:30 pm Arrival at lodge and traditional Pachamanca lunch
                                                / 03:00pm Workshop: Andean Spiritualism and Vibration Therapy—led by Luzclara, Chilean medicine woman and Mapuche shaman
                                                / Late afternoon and evening at leisure to relax in the outdoor hot tub and garden fire pit (Massage service available – subject to additional cost)
                                                / 07:30 pm Dinner at lodge

                                                Overnight: Lamay Lodge
                                                Meals: B, L, D

                                                  DAY 4 ANCASMARCA & CHOQUECANCHA

                                                  / Breakfast at lodge
                                                  / 08:30 am Depart lodge to visit the traditional marketplace in Calca, followed by a guided tour of the Ancasmarca archaeological site
                                                  / 12:30 pm Arrival and lunch in the remote town of Choquecancha
                                                  / 02:00 pm Workshop: Introduction to Andean Medicinal Plants and Remedies, followed by a coca leaf reading by Choquecancha local Valentín
                                                  / 04:00 pm Guided walking tour of Choquecancha, followed by a scenic drive to Huacahuasi Lodge
                                                  / Late afternoon at leisure (Massage service available – subject to additional cost)
                                                  / 06:30 pm Folkloric Andean dancing exhibition by the locals of Huacahuasi
                                                  / 07:00 pm Dinner at lodge

                                                  Overnight: Huacahuasi Lodge
                                                  Meals: B, L, D

                                                    DAY 5 INTO THE HEART OF LARES

                                                    / Breakfast at lodge
                                                    / Scenic drive to the community of Patacancha
                                                    / 09:30 am Traditional Andean cooking class Sanqu workshop
                                                    / 10:30 am Scenic drive to Marcacocha
                                                    / 11:00 am Traditional Andean ‘Water’ ceremony – led by Luzclara*
                                                    *Note: Luzclara asks that you bring water from home to participate in this ceremony of unification and tribute to Mother Earth
                                                    / 12:00 am Drive to Pumamarka and lunch on site
                                                    / 01:45 pm Guided tour of the Pumamarka archaeological site
                                                    / 02:45 pm Drive to Ollantaytambo
                                                    / 03:30 pm Guided walk around the town of Ollantaytambo
                                                    / 05:30 pm Arrival at lodge in the Sacred Valley
                                                    / 07:00 pm Farm-to-table dinner at lodge and evening at leisure

                                                    Overnight: Willka Tika Lodge
                                                    Meals:B, L, D

                                                      DAY 6 KM 104 TO THE MACHU PICCHU SUN GATE

                                                      / Early breakfast at lodge.
                                                      / 06:30 am Drive from lodge to Ollantaytambo train station*
                                                      *Note: Non-hikers are welcome to stay in Ollantaytambo for a guided tour of the archaeological site in the morning, followed by a midday train ride to Aguas Calientes
                                                      / 07:20 am Train to rail marker KM 104
                                                      / 09:30 am Begin all-day hike from KM 104 to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu (picnic lunch en route)
                                                      / 03:00 pm Walk downhill along the perimeter of the Machu Picchu citadel to catch the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes
                                                      / 04:00 pm Arrival and check-in at hotel
                                                      / 07:00 pm Dinner at hotel

                                                      Overnight: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
                                                      Meals: B, L, D

                                                        DAY 7 MACHU PICCHU

                                                        / 06:30 am Early breakfast at hotel
                                                        / 07:15 am Board shuttle bus in Aguas Calientes
                                                        / 08:00 am Guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel*
                                                        *Guests who wish to hike up Huayna Picchu will have access at 10:00am. Please note: Huayna Picchu permits are subject to availability. The alternate hike will be to Machu Picchu Mountain
                                                        / 12:30 pm Board shuttle bus back to Aguas Calientes
                                                        / 01:15 pm Lunch at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
                                                        / 04:00 pm Train departs for Ollantaytambo
                                                        / 05:30 pm Meet driver at Ollantaytambo train station for scenic sunset drive back to hotel in Cusco

                                                        Overnight: El Retablo
                                                        Meals: B, L, D

                                                          DAY 8 FINE ART IN CUSCO

                                                          / Breakfast at hotel.
                                                          / 09:00 am Modern Cusqueñan arts workshop with members of the Totemiq Arts Collective at La Mestiza café
                                                          / 01:00 pm Lunch at Barra Ceviche in Cusco
                                                          / Afternoon and evening at leisure

                                                          Overnight: El Retablo
                                                          Meals: B, L

                                                            DAY 9 JOURNEY TO QOYLLOR’ITY

                                                            / Early breakfast at hotel
                                                            / 07:00 am Scenic drive to the remote village of Mahuayani
                                                            / 10:00 am Join the pilgrimage processional en route to Qoyllor’Ity
                                                            / 02:00 pm Arrival at campsite for lunch and a brief rest
                                                            / 04:00 pm Join the celebration! Mingle with our traditional Andean neighbors and enjoy the pageantry of the folkloric musicians and dance troupes
                                                            / 07:00 pm Dinner under the stars at the campsite to await the appearance of the full moon

                                                            Overnight: Premium campsite
                                                            Meals: B, L, D

                                                              DAY 10 SINAKARA

                                                              / Breakfast at campsite
                                                              / 07:00 am Hike to Lake Sinakara
                                                              / 08:00 am Explore Sinakara and observe the traditional initiation ritual for the new Andean pilgrims
                                                              / 10:00 am Join a traditional Q’ero (Andean shaman) in a gratitude ceremony in honor of Pachamama (Mother Earth) on the lake shore
                                                              / 11:00 am Hike back to the campsite
                                                              / 12:00 pm Lunch at the campsite
                                                              / 01:00 pm Downhill hike back to Mahuayani
                                                              / 04:00 pm Scenic sunset drive back to Cusco
                                                              / 07:00 pm Dinner at Kion restaurant in Cusco

                                                              Overnight: El Retablo
                                                              Meals: B, L, D

                                                                DAY 11 FAREWELL

                                                                / Breakfast at hotel
                                                                / Transfer to Cusco airport

                                                                  DETAILS:

                                                                  ● 11D/10N round-trip itinerary starting in Cusco.
                                                                  ● Departure date: May 28, 2020.
                                                                  ● Rate is per person based on shared accommodations.
                                                                  ● A non-refundable deposit of US$ 500 per person is required to confirm a reservation.
                                                                  ● The remaining balance will be due sixty (60) days prior to arrival.

                                                                  Inti Raymi & Qoyllor’ Ity




                                                                  Qoyllor’ Ity2

                                                                  Qoyllor’ Ity (Quechua for ‘bright white snow’), is the annual Andean winter solstice celebration to honor of the stars and constellations in hopes of a prosperous harvest and New Year. The festival includes a procession to the Qoyllor’ Ity shrine under the full moon, comprised of Andean farmers and villagers, locals from Cusco, and multiple groups of musicians and dance troupes, like the well-known Paucartambo and Quispiscanchis, from the rural highlands. As the sun rises, revelers kneel to receive the first rays of the sun after this auspicious moon.

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                                                                  Inti Raymi

                                                                  The entire region of Cusco comes together in June for Inti Raymi, the annual celebration to honor the Inca god of the sun, Inti. Through colorful processions and elaborate re-enactments of sacred Inca rituals, both city dwellers and Andean villagers join to give thanks to Inti as their primary source of life and abundance.

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                                                                  Qoyllor’ Ity

                                                                  11-Day Program 2020

                                                                  May 28th

                                                                   

                                                                  US$ 4,700

                                                                   

                                                                  Inti Raymi

                                                                  10-Day Program 2020

                                                                  June 16th

                                                                   

                                                                  US$ 4,200

                                                                   

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