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Be advised that this trip does include some moderate time travel as you walk through the Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley and embrace the colonial majesty of Cusco.
You want to see the world and you want your experience to be substantial. This journey with Elm City Wellness and Breathing Room Yoga is more than a sight-seeing trip. You’ll have the opportunity to detach from the stress of your everyday life and learn the tools and techniques to follow a happier, more fulfilling path in life as you immerse yourself in the mystical beauty of this sacred land.
This opportunity is offered in partnership with the Healing House in Cusco, Peru. The city is considered by many to be the energetic navel of the earth, and the energy of Cusco is definitely unique and intense; the Incas knew it, the locals know it, and many of the travelers passing through can feel it. Although many people come to Cusco as tourists on their way to Machu Picchu, they are drawn to stay. They can sense the energy, and something tells them that Cusco has a message for them.
Peru is waiting for you. It's time to go.
"Healing House is a socially active, creative center based in Cusco, Peru — gateway to Machu Picchu and capital city of the Incas.
We are a group made up of people from all over the world, who come together to heal, create and Inspire.
To heal means to make whole. At Healing House, we help people realize their wholeness through creativity. To us, creative healing means: Yoga, Reiki, and Meditation; it means art, movement, music and writing; it means gardening and cooking. It means inspiring people to embrace their talents and realize their potential."
Healing house also offers daily yoga to the community that you may attend free of charge.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and taken to Healing House in the San Blas neighborhood, your home away from home in Cusco for most of the next 9 days. Later in the afternoon, you’ll have your opening circle before heading to PachaPapa, a nearby Peruvian restaurant, to have dinner. It’s a great place to get acquainted with some local specialties but where it’s safe for foreign tummies. They even have pizzas for those who aren’t feeling adventurous (yet).
Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. this morning, followed by breakfast. At 10:00 a.m., you’ll be picked up by your guide for a city tour. After your tours of the archaeological sites, you’ll stop off to have a box lunch in the countryside, followed by a traditional Andean Despacho ceremony, giving thanks to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (gods of the mountains). The Andean priest leading the ceremony has been learning and performing ceremonies since he was a small child. You’ll also have the opportunity after to buy some of the beautiful weavings that his wife makes.
Following the ceremony, you’ll head back down to Healing House. Dinner will be on your own.
Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. this morning, followed by breakfast. The guide will meet us at the house and walk with you to San Pedro Market, where he will show you some of the many delicacies of Peruvian cuisine. Your free afternoon is the perfect time to explore Cusco for shopping, relaxing and visiting some of the museums located around the Plaza de Armas (with your included tourist ticket). Restorative yoga in the evening.
Light breakfast followed by a morning hike to Temple of the Moon, where you will practice yoga. After lunch, instead of a traditional tour, you’ll visit some sacred sites above the city with an Andean priest who will give you a more spiritual perspective of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures and the wisdom they left behind.
After breakfast, you’ll head to the valley to visit the circular terraces of Moray and Salineras, salt flats that have been used since Inca times. You’ll have a delicious buffet lunch (included) at Tunupa before checking in at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy the privacy of the jacuzzi tub in your room. Yoga in the evening before dinner.
Yoga at Aranwa from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. or spend some leisure time at the hotel before being picked up at 11:00 a.m. by your guides and transport. You’ll head off to Ollantaytambo where you will tour one of the most important Inca sites in the valley, as well as the town itself, as it was 500 years ago, with many original walls and waterways.
You will take the train from here to go to Aguas Calientes, the town below Machu Picchu. You’ll be on the Vistadome train with panoramic windows that allow for the best view of the landscapes as you travel under snow-capped mountains, past Inca ruins, and finally ending up in the cloud jungle that surrounds Machu Picchu.
You’ll check into your hotel and have a bit of time to rest and freshen up before going to dinner.
Your guides will pick you up at the hotel at 8:00 a.m. to take the bus together up to the historic site. A box lunch will be provided. You won’t be able to eat inside the site, but you can dig in as you wait for the bus back down. Your return train is at 3:20 p.m., arriving back in Ollantaytambo at 5:08 p.m.. Your bus will be waiting to take you back to Healing House.
Yoga from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. this morning, followed by breakfast. After that, free day for self-care. Book a craniosacral therapy with Marissa, a massage with Cheryl or Reiki with a Healing House therapist (additional fee for therapies). Walk around town, go shopping or just chill at the house -- whatever you need. Closing circle and dinner at a local restaurant in the evening.
Beginning on Day 9 (March 22) and running through March 24, 2018. Departure is March 25th.