JOURNEY OF YOUR LIFETIME

The Sacred Valley of the Inca’s is a fertile stretch of land offering world-class magic to the global traveller. Vistas that humble you with their immensity, people that touch you with their joie de vivre, and ancient sites that speak of a secret time long past. The true mystery of the Valley can only unfold by travelling with the original people of the land however, and that is where Global Pilgrim offers you something truly unique. In tandem with the Masters of The Sacred Valley, we have created a life-changing itinerary that gets you intimately acquainted with the real Peru, guaranteed to deliver you home ‘reset’ on all levels – deeply invigorated to create a life you love.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT BUCKET-LIST EXPERIENCES, OUR PERU PROGRAM IS QUITE SIMPLY, A LIFE-CHANGER

The Sacred Valley of the Incas offers secrets unknown by most who visit the region – these secrets reveal a wisdom & way of life that is speedily gaining in popular interest around the world. Our once-in-a-lifetime program has been designed to take in the incredible well-known tourist wonders of the region, while also giving us access to these ancient mysteries.

 

We start by connecting with the fascinating Indigenous knowledge handed down from the Andean mountain people – the Qero’s. Their wisdom is gently revealed to us by travelling with Andean medicine men – the Paqo’s. Paqo’s live in balance and respect for all living things, and in gaining access to this as a felt experience, we tap into a Peruvian travel expedition that is more deeply meaningful & interesting than what is currently on offer.

 

In this incredible program, we experience the ancient practices that have been handed down through the generations – quite possibly from a time even pre-Incan – to the present day people. We visit the most important sites that the locals call ‘power portals’ – sites that hold a palpable, indefinable energy that make the region famous. What the Paqo’s call – their Sacred mountains – we camp on, gaining first-hand insight into Peruvian practice whilst soaking in the indescribable beauty of this scenic part of the world. We stay in & explore colourful towns, immersing ourselves in the day-to-day life of the Peruvian people we connect to.

 

Complete with 4 star hotels, Machu Picchu, traditional plant medicine, campfires, ancient ruins & mind-blowing scenery – this life-changing program is World’s Best.

Includes: 

  • All accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels based on twin room (upgrade to single supplement allow approx. AUD 950)
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners (allow AUD 320 – 420 for meals not included)
  • All transport in private coaches, trains, taxi’s
  • All ancient site entry fees
  • All Paqo guide fees
  • All Ceremonies with Paqo medicine men
  • All plant medicine
  • All yoga & meditation guidance
  • All workshops

NOTE: Prices based on 17 Global Pilgrims

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Cusco
  • All tips & gratuities
  • Any entrances to museums etc not stated on itinerary
OVERVIEW

Our journey starts in the bellybutton of The Sacred Valley, the famous historical capital city of the Inca’s, Cusco. We climb to 12,000 feet on the outskirts of this charming city to explore the giant monoliths at Sacsayhuaman, an architectural marvel of the modern world. We meet Paqo Puma Quispe, famous in the region for his traditional wisdom; he provides us with a deeper understanding of the importance of this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, along with our 2nd ancient site, Tambomachay. This afternoon we will be introduced to our Q’ero guides, Luis & Juan, as introduction for our medicine journey tomorrow. Following this optional experience we have a free day in Cusco to enjoy all the sights the city has to offer.

After our Cusco immersion we travel deeper into The Sacred Valley. Dotted with old villages and towns, The Sacred Valley is a captivating part of the world that gives us a sense of how the Andean’s lived hundreds of years ago before the Spanish conquest. We visit the famous terraced ruins at Pisac, enjoy the market day to connect with locals, buy friends & family gifts, and continue on to Urubamba village for the next 3 nights rest.

 

Puma continues with us for 3 days ahead as our guide, as we explore the famous ruins of Moray & continue on to Chinchero to immerse ourselves in real-life culture with Puma’s family. We have the opportunity here to see how family creates the colourful textiles Peru is so famous for. From here we travel to a special site for overnight camping that gives us access to sightings of the mystical bird the Condor, the worlds 2nd largest land-bird & the holder of great wisdom for the Andeans. This special site is one of the least visited, most beautiful scenery spots in the area.

 

The picturesque town of Ollantaytambo is next on our journey as we prepare for the experience that is Machu Picchu. With it’s babbling waterways & cobblestone streets, this 800 year old town is both charming & seductive. With our special guide Gabriela, we explore the mountain-side ruins, have time for rest and enjoy soaking in the beauty that is this ancient town. This afternoon South America’s most scenic train-ride delivers us to the Machu Picchu region and we prepare for the majestic experience that is waiting for us around the corner.

Ahh Machu Picchu! Described by UNESCO as “among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere”, this amazing site is the crowning glory of The Sacred Valley & one of the most incredible wonders of the modern world. Most tour companies offer 1 day only at this site, however we feel this is absolutely not enough to truly get a feel for Machu Picchu. If we’re going to travel so far to see this place, let’s really see it, let’s really get to know it well. We have 2 days to explore the site in full, giving us plenty of time to explore the maze that is Machu Picchu itself with the regions most famous tour guide, Kucho.

 

On our 2nd day we explore Huaynu Picchu – the huge mountain standing behind the ruins & dominating all the photography of the Machu Picchu site. Huaynu Picchu is an experience unto itself. Choose between a wickedly exhilarating climb on Incan steps to the summit, for world class views back over Machu Picchu ruins, or choose a leg-trembling climb down to The Temple of the Moon for peaceful sanctuary. Take your pick – they are both amazing. We return to Ollantaytambo on this 2nd Machu Picchu day for rest, rest, rest. Your legs will need it.

 

After our incredible Machu Picchu experience we spend a rest day at Ollantaytambo before saying goodbye to Gaby and hello to the Paqo’s from Inkayni Tours. With these very special men we travel to Salkantay, the highest mountain peak of the Willkapampa range in the Peruvian Andes & one of the most important mountains to the traditional people. The Inkayni men will be our guides for this last portion of our journey, as we explore this immense, snow-capped mountain. Hiking to turquoise lakes, taking part in Andean Ceremony and camping under the stars, we soak in the stillness before returning to Cusco for our last celebratory night together.

Includes: 

  • All accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels based on twin room (upgrade to single supplement allow approx. AUD 950)
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners (allow AUD 320 – 420 for meals not included)
  • All transport in private coaches, trains, taxi’s
  • All ancient site entry fees
  • All Paqo guide fees
  • All Ceremonies with Paqo medicine men
  • All plant medicine
  • All yoga & meditation guidance
  • All workshops

NOTE: Prices based on 17 Global Pilgrims

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Cusco
  • All tips & gratuities
  • Any entrances to museums etc not stated on itinerary

$4,950Add to cart

ITINERARY

We recommend you arrive in Cusco a few days prior to this program to acclimatise to the altitude. If you do arrive early we can organise transfers to the Hotel you choose to stay in until our program starts.

August 24 - Day 1: Arrive in Cusco.

Transfer to our 16th Century, 4-star boutique Hotel; unpack, settle in, explore this beautiful city. Cusco offers an enticing mix of modern-day travel pleasures – colourful markets, culinary delight, ancient history exploration and an intriguing blend of Incan / Spanish architecture. Soak it all up, change money, buy last-minute supplies and gather at 4pm for our welcome briefing to connect-in as a group. Dinner at Cafe Morena together.

 

Accommodation: Andean Wings Boutique Hotel

August 25 - Day 2: Ancient sites & Andean Ceremony

Early morning yoga & meditation. After breakfast we meet with Puma Quispe, one of the regions most well-known Paqo’s. Puma was initiated into the Andean Way as a young child, taught by his grandfather in Andean traditional wisdom. He will guide us for half the day to Sacsayhuaman, Cusco’s most infamous ruins, and teach us of the deeper history that lies behind the monoliths. Puma will then lead us through the re-birth channel, guiding us through this mystical rock formation, leading us to the light.

 

From there we travel to Tambomachay, an ancient site that is known to have been the Inca Baths hundreds of years ago. For lunch we make our way to the Mountain House, situated 12,000 feet above the city, a sanctuary all of it’s own. Sitting in a flower-filled garden amidst hummingbirds & lesser known ancient ruins, we take part in a very special traditional Andean Ceremony, Despacho, with Q’ero brothers Juan & Luis. Despacho is an offering to the Apus (Sacred mountains); this Ceremony will bless our journey for the coming days.

 

Accommodation: Andean Wings Boutique Hotel

August 26 - Day 3: Plant Medicine

Early morning yoga & meditation. After a very light breakfast we travel to the Mountain House to experience Huachuma, the traditional Plant Medicine of the Andes. Huachuma is a native cactus of the region, an ancestral medicine that has been taken as a tonic for more than 5,000 years.

 

Working with Huachuma gives us an experiential insight into the applied wisdom of the Andes. We soak in this magical & unusual event in the beauty of the surrounds, in full Ceremony style, being led by a female master of the region, having opportunity to explore ancient ruins nearby with our Paqo guide Luis.

 

Accommodation: Andean Wings Boutique Hotel

August 27 - Day 4: Free day

Early morning restorative yoga & meditation then explore Cusco to your hearts content. Markets, museums, massages, Churches – there is much enjoyment to be had in this special city. In the late afternoon we travel deep into the Sacred Valley via hairpin mountain roads, to the quaint village of Urubamba.

 

This beautiful town sits in the bowl of the snow-capped majestic mountain Ch’iqun & offers us the delights of small town living. You will revel sitting in the Church square watching local children playing tag after school, older men chatting in groups, and toddlers waddling up to the ice-cream cart for a treat. Urubamba will be our very pleasant home for the next 3 nights, sleeping in a spacious 4-star villa-style Hotel.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Agusto Urubamba

August 28 - Day 5: Pisac

Morning yoga & meditation. After breakfast we join once more with Puma & travel to Pisac, a colorful village nestled under soaring terraced mountains. The Pisac ruins hugging the flank of the huge mountain that sits above the town are sprawling and immense. Puma guides us through the most important aspects of this citadel site, home to ancient burial caves, Incan astronomical tools, water channels & seriously impressive views.

 

After walking down the mountain into Pisac town enjoying the wildflowers & the spectacular scenery, we have free time to explore the legendary Sunday markets at leisure – haggling with the locals, eating market food, buying handicrafts and textiles to take back home. Optional night time workshop: The Power Life.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Agusto Urubamba

August 29 - Day 6: Moray & Chinchero

Today we mix deep culture with the power of ancient sites. After breakfast, with Puma and his team of medicine men, we make our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the Incan site of Moray, a magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops.

 

Our final destination are the salt mines which have been in use since Pre-Inca times. Water from a subterranean stream is channelled through pools where it evaporates and leaves behind pure salt crystals. With thousands of stark white pools stretching down the valley, the views are stunning.

 

We make our way to Chinchero, a small village located high up in the windswept plains, that offers spectacular views over the Sacred Valley and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. Renowned for its beautiful traditional weavings, this town is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and gifts. Here we immerse ourselves in the local community meeting village elders and the friendly local inhabitants. We will have the pleasure of meeting Puma’s family to learn more of their traditional ways and practices and perhaps hear a few stories and tales.

 

After lunch we will have a traditional Ceremony and Despacho as per the local way. Despacho is an offering to the sacred Apus (mountains), praying for blessings and permission for our journey. Puma also offers us divination in the form of coca leaf readings. The coca leaf is used medicinally in Andean culture and for hundreds of years has been used as a traditional divination tool – Puma is particularly tuned-in to this ancient form of reading.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Agusto Urubamba

August 30 - Day 7: Condor experience

Rising early we start the drive to Chonta, a tiny village deep in the Andes at Limatambo. Chonta is the gateway to one of the most spectacular viewing spots to see the Andean Condor in flight. The play of light, the scenery, our medicine men compatriots and the majesty of these amazing birds in the Apurimac canyon makes for an unforgettable afternoon. We camp for the evening in Chonta village after warming ourselves around the campfire, enjoying hearing the local people laugh & talk around us.

 

Accommodation: Quality camping

August 31 - Day 8: Ollantaytambo

Early yoga and meditation under the morning sky.

 

This morning we have the option of walking back to the viewing spot to soak in the majesty of the Condors once more. Puma has a special way of calling the birds that will give us ample opportunity to see them in hunting mode. After breakfast we pack into coaches & make our way to the most delightful town in The Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo.

 

Ollantaytambo is truly a lovely place to be. Quaint delight is offered in its cobblestones, providing the perfect opportunity to explore 13th Century alleyways, stone buildings, the gorgeous central square & to marvel at the ruins on the huge mountains flanking the village. After arriving we have free time to walk the lovely streets and enjoy the cultural heritage, eat at the many gorgeous cafes & take in the incredible scenery before a celebratory dinner at our accommodation in anticipation of Machu Picchu.

 

Accommodation: El Albergue Hotel

September 1 - Day 9: Ollantaytambo & gateway to Machu Picchu

Morning yoga & meditation.

 

We meet with Gabriela, our gentle local tour guide who will travel with us for the next 3 days. She will lead us through the most special features of the huge terraced Inca ruins on the mountain facing the village of Ollantaytambo. These beautiful ruins are both fortress and temple and are not to be missed when touring the Sacred Valley in all its fullness.

 

In the afternoon we board our train for the most beautiful & exciting 2 hour train ride in South America …. journey to the heart of Machu Picchu.

 

Accommodation: Andina Machu Picchu

September 2 - Day 10: Machu Picchu

Very early-morning rise to be one of the first on the coach as we make our magical, switchback ascent to the glory that is Machu Picchu.

 

Once we have arrived and checked through customs, we make our way to terraces high in the ruins. We settle in & watch the sunrise make its way over the mountains as first light hits Machu Picchu, a bucket-list experience.

 

We have all day to explore this incredible city & take full advantage of our famous shaman guide Kucho, named ‘The Guardian of Machu Picchu’. He guides us through the most special spots and give us an experience unlike modern-day others, as we soak in the particular energy Machu Picchu exudes. Kucho is not a traditional historian – he won’t give us the history of Machu Picchu, he will open up the mystery of it. For a more traditional explanation you can employ any of the tour guides on offer at the entrance for a small fee.

 

Accommodation: Andina Machu Picchu

September 3 - Day 11: Huaynu Picchu

We return by coach to Machu Picchu this day to fully explore the majesty of Huaynu Picchu, the picturesque mountain that sits in the middle of the ruins. The option is to climb the ancient Incan steps to the top, for scenery that is world class, out of any league, with expansive views over Machu Picchu.

 

Alternatively you can go south, following the steps to Temple de La Luna. This very special Temple sits in the bowl of the mountain and is a quiet sanctuary, with lower mountain views to die for. Temple de La Luna provides quiet time for integration and alignment.

 

Making your way way back down the mountain at your own pace, we meet for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo. Our much needed rest is at the best Hotel on offer in Ollantaytambo. Gorgeous rustic charm is on the menu for the next 2 nights accommodation.

 

Accommodation: El Albergue Hotel

September 4 - Day 12: Free day Ollantaytambo & ancient sites

Early morning yoga & meditation – after all the steps from MP, stretching is needed! Following breakfast we have the opportunity to continue soaking in the beauty of Ollantaytambo while rejuvenating from our Machu Pichhu experience. Utilize the sauna facilities, book a massage or eat an organic meal grown in the garden at the Hotel, or explore Ollantaytambo at your lesiure. Optional workshop: Andean wisdom in practice.

 

In the afternoon we are met with our last Paqo guides, the powerful medicine men from Inkayni tours. They bundle us into the coach and take us to a special power site known only to locals, outside of Ollantaytambo, for ancient Ceremony and to say goodbye to this very special region.

 

Accommodation: El Albergue Hotel

September 5 - Day 13: Salkantay mountain

Today we will drive from Ollantaytambo a few hours north to Salkantay, referred by the locals as “one of the main Chiefs of our Mountain Guardians in all of Cusco”. As soon as we arrive to base camp of this huge, snowcapped mountain we will ascend briefly to visit the turquoise lake at the foot of the glacier. Midday we will return to base camp for lunch.

 

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the area around base camp, be it the roaring glacial streams or the native forest. In the late afternoon we will take part in the Ceremony of Cacao, absorbing this heart-based Plant Medicine around a roaring fire to drink in the healing energy this ancient Medicine has to impart.

 

Accommodation: Quality camping

September 6 - Day 14: Salkantay mountain

Today we will rise with the Sun, enjoy yoga & meditation for 1.5 hours, and take in the beautiful views as the first light illuminates the high peaks and the valley below.

 

After breakfast we will begin the ascent to our next base camp, the tiny lake of Suyrococha. Following the traditional steps of the paqo’s, we have another opportunity to work with the traditional medicine Huachuma in full connection with the mountain Chief Salkantay. Our Paqo’s will guide us in this process.

 

As per the local way, together we will prepare a Despacho offering for our visit to Salkantay, giving us the opportunity to “seed” our intentions & express thanks to Mother Earth (Pachamama) and the Apus (mountain spirits) for the remainder of our journey and beyond. This will conclude at nightfall with a fire ceremony and the burning of the offering.

 

Accommodation: Quality camping

September 7 - Day 15: Cusco

After breakfast we will descend from the high peaks back to first base camp and begin the journey back to Cusco. In the afternoon we will stop halfway to Cusco for a visit to the ancient site Quillarumiyoq, named for its enigmatic stone altar dedicated to the moon, but around this famous altar, there are lesser-known altars that make this location one of the most powerful in the region of Cusco.

 

Arriving in Cusco we will have a celebration dinner for this most epic journey we have travelled on, integrating all the wisdom we have accumulated, giving thanks for all the amazing local guides who have led us, and preparing to say goodbye tomorrow morning.

 

Accommodation: Tandapata Boutique Hotel

September 8 - Day 16: WOW. Goodbye!

Early morning yoga & meditation. Integration circle and farewell to this incredible land, taking all the wisdom and knowing we have gathered, ready to rock our lives back home, creating awesomeness at every turn!

Includes: 

  • All accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels based on twin room (upgrade to single supplement allow approx. AUD 950)
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners (allow AUD 320 – 420 for meals not included)
  • All transport in private coaches, trains, taxi’s
  • All ancient site entry fees
  • All Paqo guide fees
  • All Ceremonies with Paqo medicine men
  • All plant medicine
  • All yoga & meditation guidance
  • All workshops

NOTE: Prices based on 17 Global Pilgrims

Not included:

  • Flights to and from Cusco
  • All tips & gratuities
  • Any entrances to museums etc not stated on itinerary

$4,950Add to cart