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The Peru Program

itinerary subject to change

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – March 31 – Arrival / Cusco

3:00pm – 5:30pm – Arrival & settling into our beautiful home
5:30pm – Opening Circle + Yoga Practice 
7:00pm – Family Style Dinner
8:00pm – Intention setting + Meditation
Stay at Munay Sonqo

Day 2 – April 1 – Munay Sonoq / Pisaq 

8:00am – Breakfast
9:00am – Visit Pisaq Ruins
1pm – lunch, garden tour/massage
5:30pm – Yoga + Meditation
7:00pm – Dinner
Stay at Munay Sonqo

Day 3 – April 2 -Munay Sonqo / Waterfall Hike

8:00am – Morning Yoga 
9:30am – Breakfast
10:15am – Local Waterfall Hike
1:30pm – Family style lunch

2:30pm Despacho: offering ceremony with a Q’ero shaman

5:30pm – Yin Yoga + Chakra Balancing: subtle energy healing
7:00pm – Dinner
Stay at Munay Sonqo

Day 4 – April 3 – Willka T’ika/ Machu Picchu 

6:00am –an all-day trip to Machu Picchu with packed food              Guided meditation on site
5:30pm – Slow Flow + Restorative Yoga

7:00pm – Dinner
Stay at Willka T’ika

Day 5 – April 4 – Willka T’ika / Moray and Maras


8:00 Breakfast
Visiting Moray Inca ruins and Maras salt mines with packed lunch
6:00pm – Evening Practice
7:30pm – Dinner
Stay at Willka T’ika

Day 6 – April 5 – Willka T’ika / Ollantaytambo

8:00am – Yoga
9:30am – Breakfast
1:00pm – Lunch

There is a lot of time off this day so I suggest:

Visit to Pinkuylluna ruins in Ollantaytambo
7:00pm –Dinner

8:00 – Closing Circle + Meditation

Stay at Willka T’ika

Day 7 – April 6 -Departure

8:00am – Breakfast + Departure

Where is this retreat and how do/when do I get there?

Arrivals: The retreat starts with yoga at 5pm before dinner at 7pm.  You are welcome to check in to your room starting at 3pm. We will have a group pick up in Cusco at 2pm. If you are coming after that we can set you up but the transfer will not be included.

You can fly into Cusco on March 31, but we highly recommend arriving a day or two earlier if you can to get acclimated to the altitude.

Please share your flight details here so we can we aware of your arrival time and any delays.

Departures: We will take guests directly to the Cusco airport on the 6th and drop off anyone who is staying longer in central location or at another destination if it’s on the way. Flights out on the 10th should be after 12pm to allow plenty of transfer time. Transfers back to the airport or central locations in Cusco *are included* for guests departing the hotel before check out at 10am. Guests may enjoy the hotel grounds until 1 pm after checking out of rooms, and transfers can be arranged but would not be included.

Keep in mind that you will have your luggage with you on the last day. So if you have an afternoon/evening flight out, you may arrive at the airport early or spend time in a cafe in Cusco before your flight.

Where are the Accommodations?

3 nights accommodations at Munay Sonqo
3 nights accommodations at Willka Tikka in the Sacred Valley

What will the retreat be like?

What is Included?
– All accommodations & transportation during retreat
– Airport transfer on last day of retreat<
– Entrance fees to Sacsaywaman, Ollantaytambo, the hot springs, Macchu Picchu
– Private local guides on all our excursions
– 1-2 yoga classes daily with Marta
– Visit to Machu Picchu including train tickets
– Most meals except for a few lunches while traveling

 

What’s not Included?
Arrival transfer to hotel, some lunches on retreat, optional massage and healing sessions, tips, and extra food and drink are not included.

How active is this retreat?
This retreat is one of our more active retreats, including a lot of beautiful hiking that will empower and bond us as a group. You will have support a long the way and the hikes are well worth the cultural and natural experiences they offer.

Each day on our retreat will be considered in our yoga practice. Our focus each day will provide a perfect balance to the day’s activities and the various sacred environments we will be in. On more active retreat days, the yoga class will lovingly prep the body to feel spacious, restored, aligned and open for an adventure. And on days with less hiking we will rev up our practice with more heat to build strength, trust and intuitive centering from the inside out. Each class will include some pranayama and meditation.

Weather:
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.

Disclaimer
We have a well-paced, exciting adventure planned with many activities throughout our 7 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.

Altitude:
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.

Water:
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.

Health Tips
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.

LOGISTICS

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&#39;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.

Adapters/Electricity:

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.

Money:

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!

Shopping
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!

Tipping

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

ANYTHING ELSE?
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.

How do I prepare for my yoga retreat in Peru?

PACKING TIPS:

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.

Packing List:
Passport (check that it will be valid) and copy that you keep separately
Visa not required for US but research it if you are coming from another country
Yoga mat!
Yoga & exercise clothing- (multiple pairs)
Comfortable walking shoes/lightweight hiking boots
Slip on shoes/Sandals for around hotels
Comfortable socks
Swimsuit (multiple pairs)
Casual Clothing & Warm layers (long sleeve, jacket, sweats)
Journal and Pen
A good book or two
Rain jacket/poncho & Plastic bags for packing
Snacks – Bring anything you know you’ll want to be snacking on so that if the food doesn’t sit well with you you’ll have some back up. Always good to have some granola bars etc.
Imodium ad or similar for upset stomachs
Water bottle to refill
Sunscreen & Hat & Sun Glasses & Lip Balm
Bug repellent (highly recommend)
Moisturizer/ Aloe / Coconut Oil
Hand sanitizer gel or wipes
Flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries (path is lit, but extra light is nice)
Camera & Chargers
Digital Alarm Clock or Watch
Quick dry towel
Small day backpack (highly recommended)
Hat/Cover up
Hair ties
Ear plugs
Toiletries (bring soap/shampoo etc.)
Mini personal first aid kit
Credit Card, Debit Card, (check foreign transaction fees – Capital One usually is good)
Cash for gratuities, purchases, optional excursions and treatments. We suggest about $10/day.
Open heart & sense of adventure

 

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