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Mindful Pilgrimage Peru

Walk with me...

Welcome to Adventure and Awakening
My heart has been calling to return to the land in an profound way, through what some could call, a walkabout. Spending time in nature, in the mountains, to clear out and rebirth. I have been thinking about this for quite some time now.

Being in the Andes has always held a sense of magic, wonder and medicine for me. Peru specifically...the land there is some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. I was last in the Andes mountains in 2009, and about fours years ago a met a Shaman who has studied and walked the same path down in Peru. Chandra and I were introduced by a mutual friend and the first time I looked into her eyes in knew she held incredible power. She has been a touchstone in my life ever since; I visit her yearly and always walk away with profound insights and healing within my own being. I spoke with her about my visions and asked her if she would lead a small group of women down into the Sacred Valley of Peru and then hike to Machu Picchu. To help us merge and harmonize our inner and outer worlds, to help us see our own potential as women, and guide us to greater depth and meaning in our own lives. She agreed the time is right for this type of work. And so it is born.

"Essential to our individual and collective evolution is the rebalancing of the Divine Feminine and the reclaiming of our inner sanctum. As women it is not only our innate ability, but also our responsibility to embody and carry the light of the Cosmic Mother in the womb of our soul. It is time for women to rise, to join in sacred circle, to stand in unity and to Love ourselves back home."

Chandra Sun Eagle is shamanic ceremonialist and indigenous healer. Trained and initiated into the Andean Mystical Path, she’s been leading guided spiritual journeys since 2009. Her connection and understanding of the tradition and practices comes from a deep soul connection to the land and people.

I feel confident this time spent with her will be powerful and potentially life-changing. Truly.
Join us for a ceremonial walk through the Mystical Land of Peru.

Itinerary

Week One: Sacred Valley: We will spend our time engaged in Shamanic Ritual, immersed in the ancient wisdom of the Andes, daily meditation at sacred sites, sound healing and plant medicine.

Week Two: Salkantay Trail Hike to Machu Picchu: The second week of the journey will be an incredible opportunity to hike to one of the most beautiful ​spots on Earth.

Week 1: Sacred Valley
Shared Experience... When women have shared experiences, often times the deepest and most lasting impressions come in the form of remembrance of our spirit and support for one another in our womanhood.
Sunday, May 6th: Afternoon arrival at the Cusco airport. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to the beautiful retreat center of Melissa Wasi in Pisaq, Peru. You will have time to rest, walk through the hills or go into the nearby market. We will have an opening dinner and orientation that evening.

Getting to Pisaq is a scenic, one hour drive from Cusco, with stunning views, that drop us into the heart of the Urubamba Valley, or Sacred Valley.

Monday May 7th: Breakfast at Melissa Wasi followed by a morning movement and meditation practice. Today we start our journey with setting our intentions, making offerings and opening “the way”, through the ancient Andean ceremony known as the Despacho ceremony.

In the afternoon you will have time to walk into town (app. 10 min.) to have lunch and check out the local market or rest on the grounds of Melissa Wasi.

The Despacho Ceremony
The Despacho is the central ceremony of exchange performed by the Q’ero Shamans of Peru. This ceremony is a gift of love, an act of AYNI, meaning reciprocity, and is most commonly created as a ritualistic offering to the Pachamama (Earth Mother) or Apukuna (mountain spirits). It is an ancient ceremonial practice used as a means to bring harmony within community, to heal, and to align our inner vision with the sacredness of life and the highest expression. Ceremonial ingredients, symbolically representing all aspects of creation, are infused with soulful intent then carefully placed in natural fibers to create a mandala of prayers. The despacho is then wrapped in a tight bundle and then either buried or burned.

We will reconvene for a late afternoon circle, a light dinner and fire ceremony.

Tuesday, May 8th: Breakfast at Melissa Wasi followed by morning movement. After breakfast we will hike to the Pisaq Ruins for immersion into Andean Spirituality. The afternoon will be open for journaling and free time. Coca leaf readings will be available for an extra charge for those interested. A local Paqo (shaman) will be available for an Evening talk on Huachuma, Spanish name San Pedro.

Coca is a sacred plant of the Andes used to sustain health and energy levels at high altitudes, as well as used to make prayer offerings to the pacha mama, ancestors of the land and for divination.

Wednesday, May 9th: Light breakfast and tea at Melissa Wasi. Today we will work with a sacred plant medicine known as Huachuma or San Pedro. This will be an all day ceremony held in the mountains nearby. We will close the day with a light dinner or quinoa soup.

Huachuma along with other plant sacraments, are bridges between the worlds, teachers and healers. It is a loving and gentle, but profound healer when approached from the heart and with respect.

Huachuma helps us to connect deeply to the land, the nature spirits and the spirit world, assisting us in healing inner conflict and duality, and bringing harmony and peace so the Heart can flourish.
Thursday, May 10th: Breakfast at Melissa Wasi followed by morning practice and integration of the previous day’s ceremony. At 11am we will checkout and then we make our way up the Urubamba Valley for a day of sacred site visits, including Chinchero, Moray and others.

Our destination is Hotel Sol, located right on the river in the town of Ollayantatambo, the last town before taking the train to Machu Picchu. We will have late afternoon checkin, time relax or explore before dinner and evening circle.

Friday, May 11th: Breakfast at Hotel Sol and following breakfast we will have a early entrance to the ruins of Ollayantatambo. The afternoon will open for resting, journaling, exploring or personal healing sessions with Chandra (extra charge and highly recommended). Evening circle and celebration meal.

Rising early will assure us a quiet and sacred experience to commune with the ancient teachings and energies of this magnificent place. We will have time to cleanse and purify our energy bodies with the sacred waters, journey with the winged messenger at the temple of the condor and meander through the ancient passages and pathways.

Temple of the Condor
Saturday, May 12th: Breakfast at Hotel Sol followed by morning hike, meditation and sound/drum journey to bring all the elements of the week together in a cohesive energy and cocoon of LIGHT for your soul’s journey. Closing prayers. Afternoon drive back to Cusco, approximately 2 hours. We will arrive at Monasterio (or similar hotel) early evening. The evening will be at leisure to have dinner at the hotel or in town.

Sunday, May 13th: Today will be at leisure, exploring the beautiful town of Cusco. You can stroll around the cobblestone streets, shop for handicrafts in the markets, or go into the town square. This will be a day for acclimating to the higher altitude before our trek. All meals will be on your own.

Sunset over Cusco

Week Two: Salkantay Trail Hike to Machu Picchu

Beauty... The Salkantay Trail is full of beauty and majestic wonder. The Andes mountains hold their own spirit and magic.

Connection to the land... You will be hiking on an ancient and remote footpath in the same region as the Inca Trail where we will pass through snowcapped mountains and lush tropical rain forests.

Monday, May 14th: We will be picked up early in the morning to head out for the beautiful Salkantay Trek, which was named one of the 25 best treks in the world by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine. This is an off-the-beaten path trek, and an alternative to hiking the Inca Trail.

We start the day with an early morning pickup and drive for around 4 hours, crossing Anta, Mollepata and end up at Challancha. Through the windows of the bus you can clearly see the white snowcapped mountains of Salkantay and Huamantay: the holy Gods of the Incas. But also the spectacular scenery of the higher situated areas and the lower valleys with colorful landscapes. After two hours driving there will be a quick stop in Mollepata town. At Mollepata there are toilet facilities and an optional short breakfast. When this short break is over we will soon continue to Challacancha, which is the start of our trail. There we will meet with our support staff. The staff will organize all the equipment, horses and mules. Around 9:30am we will start our trek to Soraypampa. The first section of the path is a hike over a few deep valleys. At some parts of the trail the old water channel can still be seen. The channel still supplies water to the farmers in the lower valleys. The beginning of the trek is 4.35 miles hiking (3 hours) to Soraypampa, where we will have our lunch at the basecamp. After the lunch and a quick nap we continue hiking up to the Humantay Lake. This is a 3.1miles round trip which we will walk in a total of 3 hours. At the Humantay Lake the bottom of the glacier can be seen, and also the most spectacular views of the background with the valley at sunset. Soraypampa is located in the middle of the glacier valleys and at night the sky is so immensely clear that we can really appreciate the stars, constellations and even shooting stars. Total distance for today is 7.45 miles.

Tuesday, May 15th: After an early wake up with the first daylight and a quick breakfast we will start hiking up to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (15,255 ft). The distance is a 4.34 miles ascent in 3 hours, between the rocky valley bottom and the magnificent Salkantay Mountain. When we finally reach the top we can appreciate the spectacular views of the mountains and the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo.

The Salkantay Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Cusco region and one of the Inca Gods called “Apu”. After reaching the top of the pass there is a 3.1miles (2 hour) downhill hike towards the camp for our lunch. The walk downwards is on a serpent shape trail and a rocky gravel path to get to the Huayracmachay lunch spot. In the afternoon we will enter the upper part of the amazon jungle, which is also called “the cloud forest”. This is a 6.2 mile hike (3 hours) on a wide trail in the thick forests. This hike is truly beautiful, there are decorated the hills with colorful sceneries and a lot of wildlife and native plants. When finishing this magnificent hike we finally arrive at Chaullay Village at our base camp in the jungle. Total distance for today is 13.7 miles.

Wednesday, May 16th: We will start our trek to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. We will be hiking for approximately 6 hours. During the hike we’ll see waterfalls, wild orchids, but also coffee, banana and avocado plantations.

Here you can taste the famous passion fruit and granadilla fruit. We will see a village called Colpapampa, also called the “forest cloudy brow” where waterfalls, thermal hot springs, fruit-bearing trees, varied flora and birds can be observed. If we are lucky, we will be able to see the famous bird called “the Cock of the Rocks” this bird is the national bird of Peru. After lunch at La playa, we will hike for approximately 1 hour to our base camp called Lucmabamba. We will explore the tropical forest for a little while and have a lovely visit at an organic coffee farm. Total distance for today is 11.2 miles.

Thursday, May 17th: The chef of the trek will wake you up early with a hot cup of coca tea served in your bed. We will begin the hike early and you will get the opportunity to enjoy a small part of the famous Inka trail. After a climb of 2 hours with amazing views of the Santa Teresa valley we will arrive at the Llactapata Inca site right in front of Machu Picchu.

This will be the first archaeological site we will see of the Lost City of the Incas and a very special place to enjoy and spend time. We will be able to see not only the Machu Picchu ruins from this spot, but also the Huaynapicchu and the Machu Picchu Mountain. After the Llactapata ruins, we will continue our trek with a 2 hours downhill hike. At this hike you’re always able to have views of Machu Picchu until we arrive at the Hidroelectrica train station which is our lunch place. The most impressive part of this area is the natural waterfall of 300 meters high which generates the electricity for the region of Cusco. We will then arrive at the famous Intiwatana. Intiwatana is an ancient rock used as a sundial in the ancient Inca times. According to history, this old Inca stone used to work with the famous sundial stone in Machu Picchu. These could measure and read the winter solstice which was the beginning of the new farming season for the Incas. After we pass this small Inca site we will reach the train rails. Next to the rails there is a nice path to walk on; this path will take us approximately 3 hours. After the 3 hours we will arrive at Aguas Calientes, which is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. We will arrive in town and to our hotel. Total distance for the day will be 11.2 miles.

Llactapata Ruins
Friday, May 18th: The highlight of the trek, Machu Picchu! We will wake up early at the hotel. This is better for visiting Machu Picchu, before the mass of people arrive.

We will hike up to Machu Picchu (a bus ride is optional for $12.00) and enter the city. Here we will have a 2 hours guided tour through this incredible ancient city. We will visit temples, palaces, priest houses, a sundial, the industrial sector and the farming fields. After this guided tour you are free to climb up to Huaynapicchu or Machupicchu Mountain (we will book in advance if interested). Both mountains take approximately 3 hours to hike up and down. Or for the less adventurous you can trek to the sun gate, which is the main entrance of the Inka Trail. We will catch the train ride at 6:20 pm and head back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and then a bus ride to Cusco. We will arrive at approximately 10:00 pm. The bus will drop us off at our hotel in Cusco.

Saturday, May 19th: We will enjoy our last moments in Peru before heading home. Airport transfer included.

Price: $2875 which includes a $800 non-refundable deposit to reserve your spot. Final payment due by January 31st, 2018. Price includes all land transportation, airport pickup, shared accommodations, breakfast, opening and closing dinner, sacred site fees, teachings, ceremonies and rituals for the Sacred Valley portion, shared accommodations in Cusco, tent accommodations and all meals on the Salkantay Trail hike, professional guide, and shared accommodations in Machu Picchu town. (Does not include international airfare, guide and porter gratuities, coca leaf readings or personal sessions which are offered separately). Also, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and hiking sticks will be available to rent (approx. $75 for the week). If you choose to join the Sacred Valley portion only (and not do the hike), the cost is $1800. Additional hotel arrangements can be made for Cusco upon our return from the Sacred Valley if you would like to extend your trip.

​Payments can either be made by check or PayPal. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit on a first come, first serve basis. Six spots available.

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