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





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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.

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.

                                            Qoyllor’Ity

                                            11-Day Program 2020

                                            May 28th
                                            US$ 4,700

                                            Inti Raymi

                                            10-Day Program 2020

                                            June 16th
                                            US$ 4,200

                                            10 - Day Experience

                                            Inti Raymi

                                            Join us on the Inti Raymi Festival Experience, where you’ll explore sacred temples and archaeological sites throughout the region as you journey to Machu Picchu, and then end your trip by joining the Inti Raymi celebration, full of colorful processions and elaborate re-enactments of revered Inca ceremonies.

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                                            11 - Day Experience

                                            The Road to Qollor’Ity

                                            Join us on The Road to Qoyllor’Ity, the sacred annual pilgrimage to the foot of Mt. Ausangate and one of the most majestic and colorful festivals in Cusco. Along the way, you will explore Andean culture and participate in traditional ceremonies as you journey to Machu Picchu.

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                                            Intiraymi & Qoyllor’ Ity

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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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                                            The Road to Qollor’Ity

                                            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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