Arrivals: The retreat starts at 2pm at Hotel El Balcon in Cusco on the morning of the 8th, but the exact start time is flexible since everyone is arriving that day. Please fly into Cusco. We can help arrange airport pick-up for you through the hotel, so please share your flight details here.
Departures: Flights out on the 14th should be after 12pm to allow plenty of transfer time. We will take guests directly to the Cusco airport on the 14th and drop off anyone who is staying longer in central location or at another destination if it’s on the way.
What are the Accommodations:
What is Included?
What’s not Included?
Peru’s climate can be divided into two seasons: wet and dry. The weather varies greatly depending on the geographical region. We will be traveling at the end of the dry season. In the Andes, the dry season lasts from May through November. However in recent years the weather has fluctuated and a poncho or good rain jacket is advised throughout the year. During November a few scattered showers followed by sunshine can be expected. The weather is very mild. We will be at varying degrees of elevation throughout the journey (5000-11,500 feet) so layers are key. You can expect 50 degrees at night and as high as 80 degrees during the day especially when we are in the high jungle (camping).
What to wear for all our programs:
For our November expedition, definitely bring good waterproof raingear and waterproof walking shoes or boots. Bring ONLY casual & comfortable exercise clothes and comfortable shoes/boots. It is highly recommended to have very comfortable walking shoes. Whatever that means for you….. hiking boots, athletic shoes, teva sandals, vibrams. They need to have a good tread on them. If you are buying new shoes or boots for the trip, be sure to break them in ahead of time so you know that they are comfortable. It is highly recommended that you can get out on a few (or many) hikes prior to our departure in the shoes you plan to wear. Clothes that dry quickly are handy. Laundry can be done inexpensively but will not always be an option while we are “on the road.” On outings, weather often changes during the day and wearing layers works the best.
When we are hiking in the sacred valley, it is possible that it will get quite warm and you may want to wear shorts and a tee shirt during the day. Layers are key! You will also need a bathing suit and towel. Depending on the health of your knees, you might consider bringing “hiking poles” or knee and ankle support wraps as well. A complete list is below.
We have a well-paced, exciting adventure planned with many activities throughout our 12 days together. You may choose NOT to participate in any activity at any time during the retreat. However, on this particular adventure it is much easier for everyone if we all stick together and with the planned itinerary since we are traveling to remote areas and making optional plans other than choosing a day of rest, will be challenging. Please note if you choose to make an alternative plan, you will be personally and financially responsible for any additional arrangements and costs incurred if you choose to do something other than what is planned for our group (such as transport, entrance fees etc). All activities and transportation are included in this YOGASCAPES adventure but if you voluntarily choose a different option, you are responsible for any costs.
Important Note about Sovereignty
This experience is for those who take responsibility for themselves and embrace the opportunity to expand their beliefs, dissolve limited thinking and awaken their heart to a perspective of vibrant health and blissful living. Those who tend to complain, blame others and fear life will find this experience to be outside their natural comfort zone. Peru is rustic. This journey takes courage. This experience will expand and awaken you. The benefits are HUGE. Through this sacred journey you will emerge lighter, brighter and clearer than ever before!!! You create your own experience through your response to each situation.
Food & Dietary Restrictions:
There will be several options such as vegetarian, gluten free, etc and we can accommodate most dietary concerns.
We will be traveling at an altitude of 5,000-11,500ft. Upon arrival, RESTING, HYDRATING, eating lightly and avoiding alcohol the first few days helps tremendously! Some travelers do experience altitude sickness. To handle altitude symptoms, we recommend purchasing readily available coca leaves in Cusco to make a tea or chew to assist with the altitude adjustment. It is important to rest when you first arrive and drink a lot of water to acclimate on the first day. The first several days of the retreat are low key with lots of yoga to support you in the adjustment as well as down time before we start our more adventurous hiking.
Bottled water is available everywhere in Peru. Even on some of the remote trails we will be on, there are families that live near by that will have bottled water for sale.
Please consult your family physician if you have any health concerns prior to this journey.
Also, it is a great idea to bring your own small “firstaid” kit on our journey. You might consider bringing the basics such as bandaids, moleskin, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, sore muscle rubs/essential oils and your choice of stomach upset “medicine.” Bring items that YOU like to use or take when you are at home as you may not always be right with the group when you need something and Peru does not have a local “Walgreens” or “Natural Healthcare Store” just down the street.
We also recommend bringing your favorite bug repellant spray. We will be hiking below 7500 feet and there are mosquitos and flying insects. There are standard brands readily available for sale in Peru but if you desire a natural brand, it is best to bring that with you.
Most people find that their digestion in general can be much “slower” at high altitudes so taking digestive enzymes when you are in Peru is highly recommended even if you do not take them at home.
Important: Please inform us in writing of any illness or physical challenge you may have or prescription medication you may be taking. This information will be kept confidential.
Do I need a Passport/Visa?
If you’re traveling to Peru as a tourist, there’s a good chance that you won’t need to apply for a visa before you leave home. Many tourists can enter Peru with a valid passport and a Tarjeta Andina de Migración (TAM), depending on your nationality. If you are coming from the United States or Canada, you only need a valid passport and a TAM. If you are coming from any other country, please do your own research to see if you will need a VISA to enter Peru. This is your responsibility and there are countries such as India that DO require a Visa process.
When you enter Peru, be it by air, land or water, you will need to fill out the TAM or Andean Migration Card. For most tourists, including legal citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK, a completed TAM, along with a valid passport, is all that’s needed to enter Peru for a maximum of 183 days (for exceptions and further information, read, “Do You Need a Tourist Visa for Peru?”
If you arrive by air, your flight attendant will give you a TAM before landing (most International flights will land at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport). From Lima, you’ll take a quick flight to Cusco (less than a 1 hour flight.). The form is in Spanish and English.
Departure Taxes (subject to change):
“Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication informed that effective January 2011, passengers won’t have to wait in lines to pay the departure tax (TUUA) for airport use at Jorge Chavez (Lima) International Airport. All the domestic and international airport taxes will now be included in the cost of air tickets. This new regulation will affect all tickets purchased from October 1st, 2010.”
Making Phone Calls
The Peru COUNTRY CODE is “51.” The city code for Cuzco is “84. When dialing from within Peru to a different city code, add a “0” before the city code. When dialing from abroad, drop the “0” from the city code and add your international access code before the country code. Suggestion: leave the world behind, be present, and be connected to the magic that is before you in the Sacred Valley.
You need a power plug adapter in Peru, when living in the United States of America. You also need a voltage converter.
In Peru the power sockets are typically of type A (two flat prongs) and sometimes C (two round prongs). The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110 volt devices.
Important information: US currency with rips or tears will not be accepted in Peru neither will $1 bills. We highly recommend going to your bank in advance and requesting NEW BILLS before our journey to Peru. No one in Peru will accept a bill with even the tiniest tear in it! The banks and no one else in the country accept one dollar bills. Bring US currency in $20-100 denominations, as crisp and new as possible without rips or tears. We suggest that you wait until you arrive in Peru to exchange large sums of money. We also recommend that you don’t buy Peruvian money in your home country, as the exchange rate is very poor.
We suggest that you bring a flat fabric money holder to wear around your waist and under your clothing. It should hold your passport and money and can be bought in any travel store or online. There is not a huge incidence of pickpocketing where we are going, but it is definitely a good idea to be on the safe side!
We highly recommend packing light. You will have to carry your own baggage at times and heavy luggage is a nuisance for you and others.Leave unnecessary “stuff” at home so that it does not distract you from the Peru experience. We will always have a landing place so you will not have to carry more than your day-pack while we are hiking. However, having just one small to medium sized roller bag or duffel is highly recommended for the most ease and grace throughout the journey. For your incoming flights, please label each piece of luggage clearly with your name, home country address, email address and phone number.
Attention shoppers Peru has markets filled with tempting goods. If you like to shop, when you see all the Andean offerings, you may want to buy a variety of beautiful handwoven goods, wall hangings, ceramics, CDs, jackets and ponchos are very good value as are hand knitted alpaca sweaters and silver jewelry. Woolen gloves and hats are colorful and very inexpensive. Andean musicians sell CDs in support of their music. If you like to shop, remember to bring an extra folding duffel bag to carry the goods home!
It is customary to tip guides, healers, musicians, drivers, cooks, porters, waiters and assistants in Peru. We kindly request that each of you bring approximately $100 usd in cash (or Peruvian Soles once you convert your money) in an envelope for tips to give to Aarona at the beginning of the retreat. We will pool this money together to tip the approximately thirty people who will assist us throughout the Adventure including our local guides, Chefs, hotel staff and porters.
If international: Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.
When are final payments due?
Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.
What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.
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