“The Mystery and Meaning of Ancient Peru”
May 18-31, 2020
Day 1, May 18, Mon.: Today travel to the east cost for your international flight to Lima, Peru. Check-in for your flight. (Those who wish to depart from Los Angeles, please inquire.)
Day 2, May 19, Tue.: Morning flight from Lima to Cusco and then drive to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with high peaks of the Andes surrounding it. The Incas’ belief was that the gods lived in these mountains. Take the rest of the day to relax, acclimate, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A sumptuous welcome buffet lunch. MANDATORY MEETING afterwards for altitude orientation, introductions of staff and meeting with Gregg Braden*. NOTE: Land-Only Participants: Your travel program begins today at our hotel in the Sacred Valley with check-in after 2 pm. See the Tour Conditions for details. (Lunch included.)
“Peru – what to say… it was impeccable…Gregg being the most brilliant, kind, generous, wise of any speaker, author…there is on the planet…I just love his work, and I love the wholesomeness of who he is – walking the walk and talking the talk is a rarity often… he seems to do all.. and his generous sharing of the wisdom, his material, his time and energy is astounding…” Chris Hooper
Day 3, May 20, Wed.: Morning meeting and seminar. Later, for those who wish, hike up into the mountains on a trail to see the majestic mountains and the ancient Incan terraces still being used to this day. Truly, the Apus continues to bless this place of inner peace and nourishment. Or, take the rest of the day to relax, journal or shop. (Breakfast and lunch included.)
Day 4, May 21, Thur.: Seminar time with Gregg. Then travel to the ancient Incan village of Chincero, where the terraced farmlands of the Incas are still visible. Chincero was the main population center for the entire Sacred Valley in Incan times and today an active traditional “weaving” center.
Enjoy a late afternoon hike to a location that Gregg has chosen for a sunset meditation and prayer. Later today a Peruvian Shaman will do an ancient Incan ceremony and welcome blessing with the group. (Breakfast included.)
Day 5, May 22, Fri.: Meeting and seminar time with Gregg. Today visit the ancient Incan town of Ollantaytambo. This important site is situated at the end of the Sacred Valley in the midst of spectacular mountains, and we will take a while to savor their inner power and majesty. Ollantaytambo is most famous for six enormous stones, so huge that some say only magical powers could have moved them there. If time allows, you will have the opportunity to shop in the colorful shops and Town Square of present-day Ollantaytambo, which adjoins the ruins of the ancient city. Also, be up close to see first-hand, alpacas, vicunas and llamas at a local textile factory. Enjoy an informative presentation by a local expert on herbs and floral medicinal plants used by the ancient Incas and the Andean people of today. (Breakfast included.)
Day 6, May 23, Sat.: Board the first-class tourist train for mystical Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. It was here that the Incas succeeded in combining the wonders of civilization with those of nature. The sheer beauty of what is considered by some the most dramatic place in the world overwhelms you as you are immediately drawn into its “still alive” mysteries. Following Gregg’s orientation, experience an extensive guided tour with your spiritually oriented guide. (Breakfast and dinner included.)
Day 7, May 24, Sun.: This morning enjoy a second visit to Machu Picchu. Afterwards, morning and mid-day free time around Machu Picchu. If you would like to, you may go to the nearby local, rustic hot springs at Aguas Calientes or bathe in the wonderful Vilcanota River, fed by pure mountain springs. Travel back to the Sacred Valley later that day to overnight. (Breakfast included.)
“…Peru was ‘transformational’ for me! The impact emotionally and spiritually of Peru is ‘wordless’ I can describe, its a feeling, a feeling that I often relate too – that I spend so much time in gratitude and wonder for having been able to have the experience…”
Day 8, May 25, Mon.: Travel to Cusco, elevation 11,400 feet, the “navel of the earth” according to the Incas, their Holy City, and center of the ancient Incan civilization.
Cusco is the oldest inhabited city in the Western hemisphere. When the Spaniards arrived here the beauty of its edifices, surpassing all they had yet seen in the New World, astonished them. Gold in the form of intricate religious symbols and artifacts was seen everywhere. Our stay in Cusco is centrally located, making it easy to enjoy this wonderful town where ancient, original Incan walls and cobblestone streets blend with colonial Spanish architecture.
On the way to Cusco, see the archeological sites of Tambomachay and Sachsayhuaman. Experience the immense stone ruins of Sachsayhuaman Temple. The cyclopean stones of this temple fit so closely together that one cannot wedge a knife between them. Also visit the very powerful purifying baths of Tambomachay. (Breakfast included.)
Day 9, May 26, Tue.: Morning seminar with Gregg. Enjoy a walking tour to visit the Coricancha, the “enclosure of gold.” Its perfect architecture and stonework reflect the fact that it was the most important, most sacred temple in the entire Incan realm, the sacred hub of the mystical Incan Empire. The essence and feeling of this temple was the heart of this land and is not to be missed. Its Altar of the Sun, the holy of holies of the ancient Incas, still remains. Also, you will have free time today to explore charming Cusco, including wonderful shopping opportunities. (Breakfast included.)
Day 10, May 27, Wed.: Travel to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, on a modern first-class Swiss tourist train and enjoy spectacular scenery on your way.
Incan legend tells us that children of the Sun, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, emerged in a shower of spray from the deep waters of Lake Titicaca to found the Incan Empire in Cusco, where Manco Capac’s golden staff sank into the ground. Anyone fortunate enough to look upon Lake Titicaca today cannot help but feel the same sense of awe that the ancient Incan peoples had when viewing their sacred lake, their spiritual birthplace. With lofty snow-covered peaks rising above distant shores, the vast blue lake at 12,400 feet elevation presents one of the most breathtaking panoramas of the Andes. The 3,000 square mile lake is located in the “altiplano” which extends for hundreds of miles across Peru and Bolivia. On the grassy plains graze herds of llamas and alpacas, whose fine wool is woven into clothing and sold in the markets of Cusco and all over the Andes. (Breakfast, and lunch on train the included.)
Day 11, May 28, Thur.: Board a modern boat to cruise on spectacular Lake Titicaca. Go to the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians, who created these man-made islands centuries ago to live on to escape the warfare throughout the area.
Then experience Taquile Island, a remote surviving center of Incan culture. (It is also in this area around Taquile Island that there have been numerous sightings of UFOs, which are sometimes said to immerse themselves deep within the water.) You will enjoy the exhilarating feeling that emanates from this sacred lake. A soothing and nurturing sense envelops people here, which is a wonderful way to culminate this part of your spiritual odyssey. Brief meeting with Gregg. (Breakfast, and special native lunch on Tequile Island included.)
Day 12, May 29, Fri: Seminar and meeting with Gregg. Later today, experience Hayu Marca, the site of mysterious ruins discovered only in recent years. The door, or the “Puerta de Hayu Marca” (Gate of the Gods), has been at some time in the distant past carved out of a natural rock face and in all measures exactly seven meters in width with a smaller alcove in the center at the base. Special final dinner to celebrate! (Breakfast, and “Celebration” dinner included.)
“…Had I gone to Peru on my own, I would not have enjoyed the richness I did with your, Power Places tour guides and Gregg… an amazing package you put together…”
Day 13, May 30, Sat: Transfer from beautiful Lake Titicaca to Juliaca airport for scheduled flight to Lima to connect to the flight back to the U.S.
Land-Only Participants: Your travel program ends today at the hotel with check-out by 12 noon in Puno; see Tour Conditions. (Breakfast included.)
Day 14, May 31, Sun.: Take a very early morning flight from Lima to the U.S., arriving the same day.
Note: Intensive seminars with Gregg Braden will take place throughout this program. Exact times to be announced on site.
Note: Itinerary subject to change.
I. WHAT'S INCLUDED: $7,799 per person includes international airfare from Miami (from Los Angeles, price TBA; in 2019 it was approximately an additional $599) and domestic airfare within Peru, Lima/Cusco/Juliaca/Lima. Also included is hotel accommodations (double occupancy), in deluxe and first class hotels, hotel taxes and service charges, transfers, luggage handling, first class Swiss built train round-trip to Machu Picchu, and to Lake Titicaca, air-conditioned modern buses, full day boat ride on Lake Titicaca, extensive sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary, metaphysically sensitive English speaking guides, entrance fees to all the sites visited, two entrances into Machu Picchu, full buffet breakfast daily, six lunches or dinners, tour manager, intensive seminar time plus meditations and gatherings at the hotels and on-site with Gregg Braden, plus much more! Price is per person based on two people sharing a room. For a single room, if available, add $1,599.
NOTE CONCERNING ROOMMATES: Please let us know if you would like us to match you with a roommate. While we cannot guarantee that we can find you a roommate, we usually are successful in doing so. In the event we are unable to find a roommate for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement cost.
Land-Only Participants: Trip dates: May 19-30, 2020. Price is $7,299. Please note that the land only package includes everything in the program details above but does not include international flights to/from Peru or flights within Peru, nor airport transfers. Once you are registered, you will be receiving information on the group flights within Peru. When you book your international air, you will be able to book on the same flights as the group air within Peru. Your airport transfers to and from the hotels are complimentary if you are at the airport(s) at the same time as the group to get on the bus, and you provide your information 60 days in advance. Note that the airport transfer on Day 2, May 18th from the Cusco airport to the Sacred Valley begins Gregg’s orientation. IT IS MANDATORY TO BE ON THIS BUS RIDE.
II. NOT INCLUDED: Visa and passport fees where required, airline baggage fees, meals not mentioned above, optional tours; foreign cities' and countries' departure taxes; airport/airline/government taxes, fees, fuel and other surcharges (these charges, currently estimated at $450 are set by the airline and could change prior to departure), tips to guides, and items of a personal nature such as laundry and beverages, air deviation fees for travel on other than group departure or return dates, where allowed by airlines (minimum $125 fee; the airline may also charge an additional fee of $100 or more), plus change fee where applicable ($100 per change made within 45 days of departure, where changes are possible), and other items not included above.
III. DEPOSIT & PAYMENT: A $450 deposit secures your reservation! SPACE IS LIMITED. Reservations are accepted on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS according to date of. Credit cards accepted only for the $450 website deposit; registrations with a credit card payment of the deposit confirm your space immediately; we accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Those paying the deposit by check, money order, or bank wire, your registration will be booked and held for seven calendar days pending receipt of your deposit payment, after which you will be sent a confirmation of receipt of your deposit. (If you wish to pay by bank wire transfer or Western Union, please contact our office for details.) Interim payment of $5,799 is due by August 17, 2019. Final payment of $1,550 is due by January 17, 2020. If the final payment is not received 10 days after the payment due date, and required documents are not returned on time, reservations are subject to a $100 late fee, and may be subject to cancellation. The Interim payment, and Final payment can be paid with a bank wire, Western Union, or if on a U.S bank a cashier’s check, or U.S. postal money order. Note: Credit cards cannot be accepted for interim payments, final payments or any other trip payments. Final payments may be made by personal check only if from a U.S. bank if received 6 weeks before trip departure. After that date, payments are accepted only bank wire transfer, by cashier’s check (on a U.S. bank), money orders or a postal money order from a U.S. Post office, or via Western Union bank-to-bank payments.
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IV. CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: Deposits are refundable, except for a $150 processing fee per person if cancellation is received by July 17, 2019. For cancellations from August 18, 2019 to November 17, 2019, 25% of the total cost of the trip is non-refundable. For cancellations from November 18, 2019 to January 16, 2020, 50% of the total cost of the trip is non-refundable. No refunds at or within three months of departure (May 17, 2020), without exception. All cancellations must be in writing and reach our office by the applicable cancellation date above. Since the cancellation terms must be strictly applied no matter the reason for cancellation, travel insurance/trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended; recommended insurance includes coverage for cancellation in case of illness or death in the family. For International Travelers: Contact a local travel agency in your area or search online for costs and details about the right travel insurance for you. For U.S. Travelers, for travel insurance, please go to www.allianztravelinsurance.com and enter CODE: F205906. For International Travelers: Contact a local travel agency in your area or search online for costs and details about the right travel insurance for you.
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