Join Valentin's Pachamama Journeys to experience sunrise yoga at Machu Picchu, visits to local markets and people, interact with children at a local school that the company sponsors, visit the women's weaving cooperative, spiritual ceremony at Pisac ruins with certified English-speaking Peruvian guide who will be with you every day, and stay in fantastic accommodations in the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
During the retreat, you will stay at a three-star hotel or beautiful shared yoga retreat in the Sacred Valley with a peaceful location and stunning surroundings, subject to availability or hotels in Aguas Calientes at Tierra Viva chain.
The rustic, cozy rooms are equipped for single, double, and triple occupancy. Beds are lavished with warm, luxurious duvets. Each room has a private bath. The whole site of Sach'a Munay is dedicated to promoting peace, tranquility, and transformation. Houses have many majestic views of the Andes and the snowcapped mountains of the Sacred Valley.
The maloca of Sach'a Munay is equipped with mats, blankets, blocks, and straps, and has expansive windows which afford majestic views and invite nature to be part of your journey. Sach'a Munay also offers coca leaf readings, dispatch, massage, kirtan, traditional ceremonies, sweat lodge ceremony, hiking, touring sacred sites, and traditional and non-traditional healing modalities.
Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza hotel is located next to the Plaza de Armas, in a remodeled colonial residence known as Casa Pizarro, which maintains great part of its traditional architecture. There, you will be able to appreciate the arches, columns and stone walls, an exquisite collection of colonial art, and even a lithic lanzón which was restored during the hotel’s remodeling.
Cusco Plaza hotel is an extension of Cusco's historical center. It offers 20 rooms and an indoor patio which has been transformed into a cozy colonial lounge, as well as various sitting rooms, a business center and many terraces and balconies that overlook the city, the roofs of Cusco's homes, the churches of the Plaza de Armas, and the green mountains that surround the world's “bellybutton”.
Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza Hotel's staff is ready to solve any doubts or questions, whether they are related to tourist information about Cusco and its whereabouts, medical assistance, free availability of oxygen, currency exchange, transportation, or laundry service.
Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu hotel strategic location ensures guests the best experience possible of the amazing Inca citadel. Facilities are located in the quietest area of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba river and surrounded by the Forest of Clouds. They have exclusively at your disposal, a bus stop from where their clients can directly take the bus to Machu Picchu or get to the archeological site after a 60-minute walk.
Modern style, the hotel has 43 spacious and comfortable rooms, a lounge with a fireplace, a breakfast room, and a bar to relax and enjoy some drinks after a day of adventures. This hotel has a panoramic lift that has been decorated with Andean inspired graffiti by the Peruvian artist, Carolina Málaga. Near the entrance of the hotel is the dining room, where every morning a delicious Andean buffet is served, and the reception desk where you can comfortably do your check-in.
Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu hotel will give you information about other attractions in the place such as the best restaurants to eat or about other needs you may have during your stay such as oxygen use, currency exchange, medical assistance, laundry service, or delivery of food to your room. You have a business center at your disposal at no additional cost with three computers and one printer for the exclusive use of guests. They also have a lounge with a fireplace, a bar, a panoramic sun terrace, a lift, and free Wi-Fi.
This amazing trip is designed for yoga groups of 10 to 12 people. It is organized at a slower place with the intention of giving your group time to have twice daily yoga sessions. All yoga sessions will be done in a private yoga studio, once or twice daily, with incredible opportunities for sight-seeing during the day along with the chance to do yoga at Inca archaeological sites such as Mach Picchu.
Arrive in Cusco ( the 70-minute flight from Lima), where you will be met by your guide at the airport. You will then be transferred by private van to your accommodations in the Sacred Valley. Cusco is at an elevation of 11,150 feet while the hotel sits at an elevation of 9,400 feet. Immediate transfer to the Sacred Valley will allow for ease of acclimation.
Leaving Cusco, you get views of snow capped mountains and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, following the Urubamba river through fertile farmlands, and bustling towns to reach the hotel in the Sacred Valley where you will stay at the hacienda adjacent to the facility. You can drink Coca tea, rest, acclimate, relax, have an afternoon yoga class, and re-convene for a welcome dinner with a concert of local folkloric music.
After morning yoga and breakfast, you will drive through the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley for one and a half hours to Pisac where you will visit terraced Inca ruins that are situated on a mountain. From here, there are amazing views of the Sacred Valley and there will be free time for yoga here if desired. You have chances to learn about the religious, astronomical, and military functions of the site and see the terraces that allowed the Incas to grow food above 11,000 feet.
After visiting the Inca ruins, there will be a chance to hike on a little known, seldom used original Inca trail, and through a tunnel that was built by the Incas. Your guide will then perform a spiritual ceremony while overlooking Pisac, thanking Pachamama for life, food, love, and family, all while feeling the energy of the Inca ruins and Sacred Valley. You will have lunch in Pisac and then visit the handicraft market in the town to buy things such as ceramics, jewelry, and weaving. You will then be transferred back to your hotel where there will be time to relax and for afternoon or evening yoga before dinner.
After yoga and breakfast at the hacienda, Valentin will take you on a guided tour of a market in his hometown of Urubamba. This is not a tourist market but instead is a market where locals go to buy and sell vegetables, chilies, and some of the over 3000 varieties of potatoes that grow in Peru. You can learn about and see the corn that is used to make chicha, a fermented corn drink that was produced by the Incas and is still drunk by locals today.
You can also buy fresh and local produce that will be taken to Valentin’s family farm in Yanahuara and will be prepared for you for lunch. While lunch is being prepared, you have the option to visit the workshop and gallery of an amazing local potter, Pablo Seminario.
You will then drive to Valentin’s farm where you will tour the farm and fruit orchards, learn about and taste local produce, cut alfalfa to feed the guinea pigs which are a delicacy for locals, drink Chicha, and then have lunch with his family with produce that you purchased at the market earlier that morning. You can choose to do yoga outside at the farm if desired or return to the hotel for the evening class.
After morning yoga and breakfast at the hacienda, you start your day with a tour of Maras, a collection of salt mines that have been used since pre-Inca times to evaporate salt from an underground stream. It is truly a breathtaking site. You then continue on to Moray, where you can do yoga on the terrace, looking down below to contemplate the concentric circles that made up an Incan agricultural laboratory. Hike down into the archaeological site with a private guided tour of the ruins.
After that, you will travel to the home of a local family. Lunch will be prepared by a local chef. You will have a chance to learn about the Pachamanca that comes from the Quechua words “Pacha” or earth and “Manka” or pot. Lunch will be prepared in this oven of hot stones, covered in earth, and you will have lunch with his family.
After lunch, you will travel to the village of Chinchero and visit a weaving cooperative that was founded by a local woman to allow the women of the surrounding mountain villages to be self-sufficient. By having this gathering place, knowledge of ancient Incan weaving techniques can be passed down to younger generations. Here you will see a demonstration by local women and have a chance to purchase some of their amazing textiles.
At the end of the day, you will transfer back to the hotel in time for relaxation and afternoon or early evening yoga.
Morning yoga and breakfast followed by private transfer to Cusco for one and a half hours. In Cusco, your guide will lead you on a tour of the most important historical sites. You will start the day by visiting the bustling San Pedro market, where many Cusqueños start their day. You will stop to have coffee or tea and take a tour of the stands that sell everything from fruits and vegetables, meats, and medicinal plants.
You will then go to the Plaza de Armas and the main cathedral where you can see a painting of the last supper where they are eating guinea pig. You will be also given a tour of Corikancha, which was the most sacred Inca temple dedicated to Inti, the sun God. When the Spaniards arrive in Cusco, they demolished the temple using the existing foundation on which to build a colonial church. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will drive 15 minutes to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Sacsayhuaman. Located on a steep outcropping overlooking Cusco, this Inca site is composed of massive boulders held together without mortar. It was an important site for military and ceremonial purposes and there is a central large plateau where the group can do yoga if desired. After that, you will return to Sacred Valley for the afternoon or evening yoga and dinner.
After yoga and breakfast, you will be picked up and transferred to Ollantaytambo, which was the lodging of the Inca emperor Pachacuti and later served as a military checkpoint for the Incas trying to protect the roads to Machu Picchu from the invading Spaniards. You will enjoy a guided tour of the terraced ruins, fountains, aqueducts, and see storage houses that were used by the Incas to maximize winds to keep crops cool and preserved.
You will then have lunch and have time to wander the streets of one of the oldest towns in Peru, where many 15th century Inca buildings still stand today. After lunch, you will board the Vistadome train for a two-hour journey to the town of Aguas Calientes, which is the base for visiting Machu Picchu. Large glass windows and ceilings allow for spectacular views of the countryside. Arrive in Aguas Calientes in time to visit the local hot springs before having dinner in town. There will be time to wander around the town on your own as well.
This day is the day when you will get to visit the site that many people dream about seeing. You will have a very early departure at 04:30, when you will catch the 30-minute bus, allowing you to reach Machu Picchu for sunrise. You will climb to a viewpoint of the ruins in order to do yoga overlooking the citadel while the sun is rising. After stopping to take photos, Valentin will give a two to three-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu. You will then take a break to rest and for snacks.
There is an option to hike up to the Inti Punku or sun gate, which used to be the main entrance to Machu Picchu and offers phenomenal views of the entire site. You will then have two hours of free time to explore on your own before taking the bus back down to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will have lunch and then take a mid-afternoon Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then drive back to Cusco where you will spend the night.
Morning yoga at a studio in Cusco or Inbound Yoga Cusco or Yoga Room Cusco. Enjoy a free day in Cusco. Here you have the opportunity to visit a myriad of museum and markets or you can wander the cobblestone streets and charming shops of the San Blas artistic district. You can then have an afternoon yoga class at a yoga studio in Cusco and will all meet up for final farewell late lunch in Cusco before transferring to the airport.
Visiting archaeological Inca sites in the Sacred Valley including Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Salt Mines, local market tour, local farm tour, local school tour, Cusco city tour, and Sacsayhuaman are included in the price.
Valentin Baca Baños
Valentin Baca Baños is a native Quechua speaker and started working as a porter on the Inca Trail at age 16. Valentin has been working as a guide for the past nine years and has led over 500 trips to Machu Picchu. He has a passion for sharing the culture, history, beauty of Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley in an energetic, friendly, fun, and spiritual manner. He speaks fluent Quechua, Spanish, and English.
Cusco is "Qosqo", the bellybutton of the world for the Inca empire. It preserves great cultural and architectonic treasures including a rich fusion between local tradition and Spanish culture, with its highest expression being the Andean Baroque style. From this center, all roads or suyos are born, which are directed towards the cardinal points and connect you with the local nature, culture, and art.
Machu Picchu is located in the historic sanctuary of the same name, a protected natural area of over 32 hectares. It is known worldwide for its impressive archaeological sites, more than 200 among which the citadel, and the Inca Trail that runs through the sanctuary from west to east over a course of four days, outstand from the rest. For these reasons, UNESCO considers it a mixed World Heritage Site, both cultural and natural.
Machu Picchu was built in the fifteenth century by Pachacutec and located 2,400 meters above sea level. It is built with granite rock extracted from the surrounding mountains and comprises agricultural terraces that defy the slope of the hills, rooms, plazas, amphitheaters, hydraulic channels, and the Intihuatana, a huge ceremonial stone.
Besides being a resting place, it appears that the Incas performed at the Citadel astronomical studies, agricultural research, and worship rituals. Machu Picchu was discovered by chance in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham of Hawaiian origin, who was looking for Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Incas.
Close to Cusco is the Sacred Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Peru, cut across by the Urubamba river. The valley was the Inca's pantry, where they got their food and the place where they did agricultural experiments, as is evidenced in the circular platforms orandenes of Moray. In the valley, you will find rich traditions of markets, weavers (the communities of Chahuaytire and Huilloc stand out), feasts, and many of Cusco's most important archeological sites such as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero.
You will be served coca tea and a welcome dinner with a concert of local folkloric music on the day one. You can enjoy local cuisines prepared by local chefs during the retreat. Daily breakfast, lunch on third and fourth days, and all dinners except on fifth and sixth nights are included in this package. If accommodation is available at the private house, then there will be a private chef who will cook healthy Peruvian inspired meals with local produce and can cater to any dietary restrictions.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Valentin's Pachamama Journeys will pick you up from the airport.