Explore Peru Lima / Cusco / Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with Daniel Koupermann
This June Daniel Koupermann will lead a group of travelers in Peru, concentrating on Lima, Cusco, the mystical Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. It is an itinerary that will take you to places off the beaten path and get you up close to the local people and their ancient ceremonies and cultures, like the annual Inti Raymi festival in Cusco.
Many of you have traveled with Daniel before and know that your attention will be captured every step of the way.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima, Peru.
Everyone will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Day 2: LIMA
This first morning we will visit the Museum Rafael Larco Herrera. This private museum has one of the largest collections of ceramics in the world. It is said to include over 50,000 pieces. They include a selection of gold and silver pots, feathered textiles and a Paracas weaving that contains 398 threads to the linear inch (a world record). Many tourists are lured here by the famous collection of Pre-Columbian erotic pots illustrating the sexual practices of ancient Peruvians.
Then we will drive out of Lima for 40 minutes to a beautiful farm where Peruvian Paso Fino horses are bred. We will see the incredible beauty and skill of these horses and learn about their tradition in Peru. Lunch will be at the farm.
Return to Lima. This evening we will have dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO
In the morning, we will fly to Cusco arriving around 10:30am. Our private bus will take us to our hotel.
Lunch will be in a local restaurant.
After lunch, we will take a walking tour of the city. The city will be alive with music and colors as it will be the beginning of the Festival of Inti Raymi (the most important annual festival for the Incas, celebrating the Summer Solstice). Cusco is the “hub” of this spectacular annual event. Some of the highlights of Cusco are Korikancha (the Temple of Gold), Ceque Lines, the tunnels below the city, the Rainbow Temple and the San Francisco Cathedral (the center of the festivities).
Dinner will be in a typical Cusco restaurant.
Day 4: – CUSCO
After breakfast we will travel a little ways out of the city to explore Sacsayhuaman (pronounced “sacksy woman”), which is in the zigzag shape of a serpent, and is said to be connected to the energy of lightning. Here we will participate in a ceremony with a Qero Elder who will bless our adventures and sacred journey. Sacsayhuaman, a huge Inca temple with many interesting structures, holds the key to understanding the traditions of the local people. Afterwards we will continue on to Q’enqo, an ancient ruin with caves and symbolic carvings.
In the evening, will have dinner and participate in the festivities of Inti Raymi taking place in the center of Cusco. There will be colorful costumes, parades, dancing, fireworks and amazing sights during this celebration of the Solstice (a perfect photo opportunity).
First of all, what is “INTI RAIMI”
The celebration known as “Inti Raimi” or Sun Festival coincides with the Summer Solstice, June 21st, and the harvest season. For the local people the normal rhythm of life stops while they partake in the rituals and festivities of the occasion. It is a festival which honors the relationship between the sun, the earth and the Andean communities. It re- flects, in a colorful way, the gratitude towards Pachamama (the earth) and Inti (the sun) for the fertility of the soil which was expressed in the current harvest. The celebration dates back to pre-colonial times.
Day 5: CUSCO – PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
In the morning, we will leave Cusco and travel to the Temple of the Falcon in Pisac. Here we will hike (the most stunning hike we will do) in this beautiful landscape, then stop to work with the Elders and their ancient wisdom. We will walk through the temples to the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. This is a place, where you can align the masculine and feminine energies within yourself, and receive the Pampamesayok Rites, also called the Daykeeper Rites. A Qero elder will lead a despacho (ceremony) in the lower temple. He will bless any sa- cred ceremonial items you may have found or brought with you.
We will have lunch in the late afternoon in the plaza. After our lunch, we have the opportunity to explore the Pisac Mercado (an incredible market for Peruvian handicrafts). At the end of the afternoon, we will end up in Ollantaytambo.
Dinner and rest.
Day 6: PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
After breakfast we will explore Ollantaytambo, the Temple of the Sun, Winds, and Waters, as well the village (citadel) which was built on top of the original Inca walls. In the afternoon, we continue by train to Aquas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, and check into our hotel.
Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Day 7: MACHU PICCHU
We will rise very early to catch the bus up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the Crystal City of Light. As an option you can hike to the top of Huayna Picchu beginning at 7am (reservations are required), and enjoy a sunrise ceremony honoring the light and the Inti Punku in the distance (the Gate of the Sun). Huayna Picchu is a “hill” within the Sanctuary, which many people opt to climb. The climb is steep along a narrow path, but there are railings and ropes along the way. It takes approximately 3-4 hours, round trip. At the top, the view is stunning. You should be in moderately good shape to make the climb. We will spend the entire morning in the ruins enjoying the spiritual essence of Machu Picchu and the intricate handiwork of the Inca people. We will gather for lunch, and after have a guided tour by a specialist in Andean culture and ancestral traditions. The bus will take us back down to Aquas Calientes in the late afternoon.
Dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Day 8: MACHU PICCHU – URUBAMBA
Taking the train back to Ollantaytambo we will meet our private bus, and travel to Urubamba and our hotel, our base for the next three nights. Here we can relax and enjoy the setting close to the mountains and Andean landscapes.
Day 9: MORAY – MARAS
In the morning we will take a short ride to Moray. Moray was possibly a center for agricultural investigation in Inca times where experiments involving planting crops at different altitudes were done. The placement of the terraces produces a grading of microclimates with the center of the terraces at a higher temperature and a gradual lowering of temperatures as one climbs to the upper levels. In this way, it was possible to simulate up to 20 different types of microclimates. There are different theories to explain how Moray was used in Inca times. Due to its protected position each of these terraces represents approximately a thousand meters of altitude under normal working conditions. The whole complex would have twenty or more ecological zones represent- ed in scale. It is believed that Moray could have served as a model to calculate agricultural production, not only in the Valley of the Urubamba but for more distant parts of the Inca empire as well.
At mid afternoon, we will hike downhill to Maras. The Maras salt flats are a collection of more than 3000 evaporation pools which date from before the time of the Inca Empire. A small stream of salty water emerges as a natural spring from underground and is distributed through an ingenious system of canals and channels to each pool. The whole complex of pools covers some 5000 square meters in terraces on the steep slope of the side of a mountain called “Qaqañiway”.
The natural beauty of the surroundings and the salt terraces is impressive.
The town of Maras, located some 6 kilometers above the salt flats, is also worth a visit. In Maras you can see the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, built of adobe brick, which still shelters some oil paintings by Antonio Sinchi Roqa Inka, a well-known artist from the Cusco School of painting. The lintels of many of the houses date from the Colonial Era, and you can see the shields and family crests that were carved in stone along with the name of the owner and the date when the house was built and the lintel was put in place. The bus will be available close to the group to take us back to our hotel, for dinner and rest.
Day 10: HATUN VALLEY
This is a day to stay at our hotel, a magnificent place to rest and consolidate the experience. Here, you can pamper yourself with free time and personal healings with the Q́eros Shamans.
Spa service is available at the hotel.
We will complete our journey with a final circle where we can share our experiences and deepen our connections with each other and the journey we have all shared.
Day 11: URUBAMBA – CUSCO – LIMA
Our bus will take us to Cusco to fly back to Lima in the morning. We will return to our hotel in Lima. Before our final dinner, there will be free time to visit the old city, do last minute shopping, and/or pack and rest.
Day 12: LIMA – HOME
Everyone will be transferred to the airport for their return flights.
Cost of the journey: $3550 (double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $1200
Reservations: All reservations are subject to availability. In Peru, it is not possible to reserve rooms, train travel and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu without passport names, numbers, country of issuance, expiration date and birth date.
A deposit of $1000 will reserve your space. Please send an email to Linda Leyerle at email@example.com for information about how to make your deposit and given us your passport information. Time is of the essence so please respond as soon as possible if you are interested in this journey. This will ensure your Machu Picchu/Huayna Picchu tickets. Our deadline for purchasing the train and entrance tickets is April 10th.
Second payment of $1550 is due April 15th, and the balance of $1000 is due May 15th.
Cost includes: Private tour bus or van for travel during the journey, all meals, hotels, tips for restaurants and hotels, non-alcoholic beverages during meals, transportation to and from airport in Lima, intra-country flights, Machu Picchu train and entrance fees, all expenses for excursion, local guide and/or shamanic guide to share history and archaeological information, Qero Elders to share their ancient teachings and traditional ceremonies of despachos and karpay.
Cost does NOT include: Roundtrip airfare to Lima, alcoholic beverages, tips for the local guides, shamans and private bus driver, personal items and souvenirs.
This journey is for individuals ready to have an educational/experiential experience. Persons with physical or psychiatric challenges may find this journey too difficult or uncomfortable. We recommend a visit with your doctor at least 6 weeks in advance of departure. No immunizations are required unless you will be entering Peru from a country with Yellow Fever. In which case you will need a Yellow fever immunization and be prepared to show proof. We will be in high altitudes in Cusco and Machu Picchu. If you think you may have issues with the altitude, please talk to your doctor. There are safe medications for altitude sickness that your doctor can prescribe. You can also check the CDC webpage for more information.
Once you have reserved your space, we will be sending you more information – packing lists, info about the country, etc. You will be fully prepared for the journey. Also, I am always available by email for any questions or concerns whatever they may be.
No Visas are required for most people entering Peru (US, Canadian, EU, Australian and New Zealand citizens). If you have questions about this, please let me know. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the date of your return (Dec 30th, 2017).
Cancellations & Refunds: Due to availability of hotel space and access to entrance tickets, and the time required to process trip reservations, your deposit will not be refunded if received after April 1st. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect yourself in case extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your trip. Travelex or CSA are two respected possibilities.
Responsibilities: ANDEAN PATHS reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a participant at any time, and to make changes in the itinerary whenever deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience, and safety of our participants, and to cancel a journey at any time. In the event a journey is cancelled, ANDEAN PATH shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of monies paid to it by program participants as listed. By registering, the participant agrees that neither ANDEAN PATHS and/or their affiliates shall be liable for any damages, loss or expense occasioned by any act or omission by any supplier providing services to any program participant.
The only reason that we would cancel a program is for safety reasons due to impassable roads, protests in Peru, or similar unforeseen events. We look forward to assisting you in all ways for this journey!