“The Mystery and Meaning of Ancient Peru”
May 13 – 26, 2019
Day 1/May 13/Monday: Today travel to the east cost for your international flight to Lima, Peru. Check-in for your flight. (Those from the west coast, please inquire.)
Day 2/May 14/Tuesday: 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*. (Land-Only Participants: Your travel program begins today at our hotel in the Sacred Valley with check-in after 2 pm.) (Lunch included.)
Day 3/May 15/Wednesday: 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 16/Thursday: 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.
Later today a Peruvian Shaman will do an ancient Incan ceremony and welcome blessing with the group. Then visit ancient ruins of Pisac, a superb Incan center high on the mountainside. Pisac covers an entire mountain and is located in a spectacular surrealistic mountain setting with a variegated green carpet of intact Incan terraces flowing up to the peaks. The temples here blend perfectly with their environment. The most sacred temple contains the famous “Intihuatana” stone, or “Hitching Post of the Sun.” This is speculated to have been a solar clock and astronomical and astrological calendar as well as a prayer site. Enjoy a late afternoon hike to a location that Gregg has chosen for a sunset meditation and prayer. (Breakfast included.)
Day 5/May 17/Friday: 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 18/Saturday: 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 19/Sunday: 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 in the late afternoon and overnight. (Breakfast included.)
Day 8/May 20/Monday: 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 21/Tuesday: 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 22/Wednesday: Travel to Lake Titicaca in Puno on a modern first class Swiss tourist train and enjoy spectacular scenery on your way. While traveling to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, enjoy a gourmet lunch on board, tea time in the afternoon, entertainment on board, and a stop at the highest point of the route: La Raya.
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 included.)
Day 11/May 23/Thursday: Board a 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 lunch included.)
Day 12/May 24/Friday: 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 dinner included.)
Day 13/May 25/Saturday: 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.) (Breakfast included.)
Day 14/May 26/Sunday: 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. © Itinerary write up property of Power Places® Tours, Inc. 2018.