Spiritual journey in the Andes
In the 2nd week of the retreat, purged and healed, we will discover the most beautiful places of the Sacred Valley. We will set off for the Andes, the second highest mountain chain in the world, to integrate and complete the healing process during Ceremonies conducted at the sacred energy sites, otherwise known as ley lines.
We will start in Cusco, where we will visit The Temple of the Sun. There, we will be able to see Inca massive walls built from large stone blocks as well as a labyrinth and an astronomical observatory. In that very spot, will take part in the Ceremony of Pachamama.
Afterwards, we will go to the small rustic town of Chinchero, which is home to the famous Peruvian weaving and also has a colorful market. The Ceremony of Coachamama and Fire Ceremony will provide a closure after the time spent on the sacred terraces of Moray, filled with remarkable energy that surrounds and flows through everything and everyone.
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Breathtaking views await us in the town of P’isaq, which lies atop a hill at the entrance to the valley along with well-preserved, traditional and rustic Indian villages. We will also get to know how Andean families, e.g. belonging to Quechua people (indigenous population of South America) practice and cultivate the Inca traditions and customs. We will visit the City of Light in Machu Picchu, acquaint ourselves with the rules governing Incan cosmology reflected in the architecture and see how all is tied to the Sun rising and setting, the Moon and specific dates in a year. You will also have some free time to explore individually or to relax.
Finally, at sunrise, we will set off for Machu Picchu, where the San Pedro Ceremony will take place. San Pedro (Huachuma) is a cactus - a teacher plant that opens the heart and allows the flow of the energy of love. Having been energized by that as well as by the magic of the place and time, we will climb Huayna Picchu – the mountain, where we will express and celebrate our gratitude towards the creators of our world and life. That particular vibration will be strengthened by guided meditation and the ceremony of closure. That way, we will stay in that vibration for a long period of time and learn how to evoke such energy in our day-to-day life.
1 A flight to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, built in the shape of an enormous puma that symbolizes strength and highest power. An evening walk through the city center, shared dinner/supper, acclimatization as the elevation of the city is 3326 m/ 11,152 ft
2 The next day, we will travel to Coricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God, and therefore known as the Temple of the Sun. On the outskirts of the city, we will see:
Sacsayhuaman – the fortress composed of three large terraced walls, Qenqo - in the Quechua language, it means labyrinth and that temple is named for the crooked canal cut out of its rock. It is also an astronomical observatory. Tambomachay temple – an archaeological site that consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. Amaru Machay – the Temple of the Moon and Knowledge, where we will participate in Pachamama Cermony conducted by the Andean Paco (Shaman). The ceremony is to honor the Mother Earth and to connect with her energy as well as the energy of the mountains.
3 The following day, we will go to the colonial town of Chinchero, which is home to the famous Peruvian weaving and traditional fabric. Walking around the Indian market, you will also be overwhelmed by the abundance of various kinds of corn, which you will have a chance to taste. Afterwards, we will move to the sacred terraces of Moray – they consist of four circular depressions that symbolize the cosmic whirlwind, where the Inca connected with the Earth Mother. Drawing from the remarkable energy of that place, we will experience yet another very important Inca ceremony – Cochamama, which will be concluded by the traditional Fire Ceremony. For our overnight accommodation, we will go to the Urubamba Valley, where we will continue our program.
4 Another day full of spectacular views – we will visit the town of P’isaq, which lies atop a hill at the entrance to the valley along with its famous archeological site and market. We will reach the terraces of the Citadel, the Temple of the Sun and the passage to Hanacpacha (the world of condors – God’s messengers) through a non-tourist route. In the afternoon, we will have some free time to spend in the Urubamba Valley.
5 The next day will begin with the trip to one of the best preserved Inca villages – Ollantaytambo. Enroute, we will be able to admire rural areas, the systems of terraces and cropping, majestic mountains, and the Urubamba Valley and River. At our destination, we will see the Temple of the Sun, where we will experience strong energy of 6 pink stone blocks, which were mysteriously placed there. We will also visit the astronomical observatory, the Temple of the Condor, ceremonial fountains, the remain of Tanpuquiro – Corn City and last but not least – the town of Ollantaytambo. On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at the house of the Quechua people (indigenous population of South America) to see how they live and cultivate the Inca traditions and customs.
6 In the early morning of the following day, we will get on a tourist train heading towards the spiritual and political center of the ancient Inca. We will experience The City of Light, acquaint ourselves with the rules governing Incan cosmology reflected in the architecture and see how all is tied to the Sun rising and setting, the Moon and specific dates in a year. You will also have some free time to explore individually or to relax in hot springs.
7 On the last day of sightseeing, We will rise early to get to Machu Picchu, where we will watch sunrise (weather permitting) over this magnificent place and where the San Pedro Ceremony will take place. San Pedro (Huachuma) is a cactus - a teacher plant that opens the heart and allows the flow of the energy of love. Having been energized by that unique flow as well as by the magic of the place and time, we will climb Huayna Picchu – the mountain, where we will express and celebrate our gratitude towards the creators of our world and life. That particular vibration will be strengthened by guided meditation and the ceremony of closure. That way, we will stay in that vibration for a long period of time and learn how to evoke such energy in our day-to-day life. Upon your return to the hotel, we will have some time for last-minute shopping or a walk through the city.
8 On the last day, we fly out from Cusco to reach Lima (early in the morning), and then catch a plane heading back over to Europe.
Ceremonies and Workshops:
- San Pedro Ceremony set in the breathtaking scenery
- Pachamama Ceremony
- Cochamama Ceremony and Ceremony of Fire in Moray
Please keep the following in mind:
During the trip to higher grounds of Peru, such as Cuzco (elevation: 3,399 m / 11,152 ft) or Lake Titicaca (surface elevation: 3,812 m / 12,507 ft), some travellers experience symptoms of altitude sickness (soroche) such as: headaches, abdominal pain, insomnia or even nausea. They usually stop after 24 hours, although individuals with circulatory diseases are advised to consult a doctor before making the decision of heading up into the Andes.
A well-known method of treating the effect of soroche is following a proper diet (easy-to-digest meals without any meat, milk or alcohol) a day before and in the first days of stay in the high-mountain area. It is also advisable to avoid physically straining activities.
through a wonderful journey to the Sacred Energy Sites of the Andes!