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 an ancient wisdom & way of life that is 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 Q’eros & Paqo’s of the Rainbow lineage. Their wisdom is gently revealed to us by working one-on-one with the Q’eros & by travelling long-term with the Paqo medicine men. These beautiful men live with full respect for Pachamama & all living beings, existing in a state of balance & harmony, in full connection to themselves & in deep communion with the land around them.  We gain access to this balance as a felt experience as we travel together – we incorporate the shamanic practices that cultivate this harmony, and live the wisdom that we are learning.

 

Experiencing the ancient practices that have been handed down through the generations, we sit together in Huachuma Ceremony, Despacho Ceremony. We work every day with the sacred coca leaves in powerful intention-setting practices & are initiated in ancient Ceremony by sacred lakes.

 

We visit the most important sites that the locals call ‘power-portals’. These sites have been a place of devotion, prayer & ritual for thousands of years and as such transmit a high-vibrational energy that is both pure & transformational. When we are open to these energies, insights naturally arise, messages are naturally revealed & our clarity deepens.

We camp on Apu’s – sacred mountains of the region – & practice what it is to be in communion with these powerful spirits. We connect to the traditional plant medicine of the region, Huachuma, shedding anything that no longer serves. In so doing, the shining truth of our nature is revealed. We climb mountains, & strengthen our mastery. We travel as a global family, processing what it means to live deeply connected & from the heart, learning off each other in a constant flow of ‘ayni’ – reciprocity – experientially knowing the powerful transformative spirit of ‘ayllu’ – community.

 

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

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’eros 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.

 

Maestro Puma continues with us for 7 days ahead as our guide, as we immerse in real-life culture with Puma’s family in his village of Chinchero. 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. From here we make our way to the site of Quillarumiyoq, a very special area of the Valley devoted to the sacred feminine.

 

Next on our journey is the 4-night Choquechirao pilgrimage. Choquechirao is shrouded not only in cloud but in mystery as well – known as the lost sister-city to Machu Picchu, this journey will be breathtaking & enlightening, both. Over these days we become true pilgrims, camping under the stars in vast mountains ranges, facing our limitations and overcoming them, sharing stories and being guided deep into the wisdom of the Rainbow Lineage with Maestro Puma and his team.

 

Very few have had the honour to visit the towering ‘Cradle of Gold’ citadel, known as the secret crown jewel of the Sacred Valley. We get the privilege of absorbing the pristine energy here with a level of solitude unimaginable at most ancient sites worldwide. The Peruvian Government has plans for a cable-car linking Choquechirao to civilisation, which means we are at the now-or-never moment to sink into the refined energy here before it becomes the next Machu Picchu.

 

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. We explore the mountain-side ruins, have time for rest and enjoy soaking in the beauty that is this ancient town on a free day. 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 hello to the Paqo’s from Inkayni Tours. With these very special men we travel to Ausangate, 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 continuing our journey to Lake Titicaca.

 

For the next 5 days we travel through the highest navigable body of water in the world & ‘birthplace of the sun’ – Lake Titicaca, having opportunity to stay in traditional homestays on the island, exploring the incredible sacred sites there and learning of the cultural heritage while taking in ancient Andean Ceremony.

ITINERARY
OCT 22 – Day 1: ARRIVE IN CUSCO

Transfer to our 4-star boutique Hotel; unpack, settle in, explore this beautiful city. Soak it all up, change money, buy last-minute supplies and meet at 4pm for our welcome briefing with our first guides Simon & Q’ero shaman Luis. Dinner at Restaurant Tunupa together.

Accommodation: OM Hotel

OCT 23 – Day 2: CUSCO MOUNTAINS & ANDEAN CEREMONY

Morning yoga & meditation. After breakfast, we will be met by Simon Myburgh, who will take us for a walk high above Cusco in the mountains to tracks that take us into lesser-known power-spots above the City. For lunch, we make our way to the Mountain House, situated 12,000 feet above the city, a sanctuary all of its own. Sitting in a flower-filled garden amidst hummingbirds & Temple de la Luna, we take part in Despacho Ceremony – a powerful prayer to Pachamama that ignites blessings for our journey – with Q’ero brothers Juan & Luis.

OCT 24 – Day 3: PLANT MEDICINE

Morning yoga & meditation. After a fruit breakfast, we begin our work with the light of Huachuma, traditional Plant Medicine of the Andes. Huachuma is a native cactus of the region, an ancestral drink that has been taken as medicine for more than 5,000 years.

Huachuma has the power to re-code DNA, re-connect neural pathways to love / connection & release trauma. Scientific studies researching the link between transformation, epigenetics & shamanic work have confirmed the power of this Medicine of the Heart. We soak in this magical day with Q’ero guides as our support, in the incredible beauty of the Mountain House in the mountains of Cusco.

Accommodation: Mountain House

OCT 25 – Day 4: FREE DAY CUSCO

Integration Circle after breakfast; then back down to explore Cusco to your heart’s content. Markets, museums, massages, Churches – there is so much delight to be had in this stunning city – the Puma head of the Andes.

Accommodation: OM Hotel

OCT 26 – Day 5: CHONTA – HIKING - THE CONDORS

After breakfast we meet with Puma Quispe, the regions most famous shaman. A traditional coca-leaf reading will kick-start your Rainbow journey with this powerful man, after which we will be led by Puma and his team to Chonta, a tiny village deep in the Andes. We hike to a spectacular viewing spot to see the wild Andean Condor in flight. The majesty of these amazing birds, the play of light & the out-of-this-world scenery in the Apurimac canyon make for one of the most incredible days of the tour (see video). We camp for the evening in Chonta village & sing around the fire under the beauty of the Milky Way.

Evening program: Cacao Ceremony around the fire

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

View our Chonta video

OCT 27 – Day 6: QUILLARUMIYOQ

Morning embodiment/meditation. After a hearty breakfast we bundle back into the coaches and make our way to the incredible ancient site Quillarumiyoq, named for its enigmatic stone altar dedicated to the moon. Around this famous altar, there are lesser-known altars that make this location one of the most powerful in the region of Cusco, especially because of its altars dedicated to the divine feminine energies of Mother Earth. We will soak in the special energy here working with Wachuma & camping on the land, under the stars.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

OCT 28 – Day 7: JOURNEY TO CHOQUECHIRAO

Morning yoga/embodiment/meditation. Remote. Spectacular. For the next 4 nights we get to explore the pristine energy of one of the most mysterious sites in Peru – Choquechirao. Meaning ‘Cradle of Gold’ in Quechua & known as the sister city to Machu Picchu, Choquechirao is a towering citadel, buried often within the clouds, high on the Qoriwayrachina mountain range of Peru. Topping the Lonely Planets Best in Travel 2017 Top Regions list, it is known as the (secret) crown jewel of the Apurimac Valley. Only 40% of Choquechirao’s immense ruins have been excavated by archaeologists – the rest has been reclaimed by jungle – and as a power-portal it is mostly unknown to tourists. But that’s all about to change.

We get the privilege of absorbing the awe-inspiring energy here with a level of solitude unimaginable at most ancient sites worldwide. Soon enough Choquechirao will be overrun by tourists, with the Peruvian Government planning to link a cable car from Choquechirao to civilisation, turning a 5-day hike into a 15-minute ride. GET OUT. No thanks. We are at the now-or-never moment to sink into the refined energy here, before it becomes the next Machu Picchu.

The pilgrimage to Choquechirao is going to be breathtaking & enlightening, both. Over these 5 days we become true pilgrims, camping under the stars in vast mountains ranges, facing our limitations and overcoming them, sharing stories and hearing awe-inspiring tales on Choquechirao from Maestro Puma as we spend our days exploring the ancient mysteries held here.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

OCT 29 – Day 8: TREKKING HARD AND LOVING IT

Morning yoga/meditation/embodiment. Any pilgrimage worth its while has the elements of CHALLENGE and ADVENTURE to it, and the journey to Choquechirao has both of those in bucket-loads. It’s a long, sweaty walk, full of arduous climbs and steep downhills. And it’s also intensely exhilarating.

We pass through majestic, powerful snow-capped Apus (sacred mountains), with sweeping views of the Andes and opportunities to observe all manner of local plant and wild life, including hummingbirds and the sacred Andean condor.

Pack horses will carry our tents, and a crew of helpers will support us by cooking delicious food that we will enjoy under the incredible night sky. Here – where we sleep, communing with the stars, it feels like we can almost touch the Milky Way.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

OCT 30 – Day 9: ARRIVAL TO CHOQUECHIRAO

Morning yoga/meditation/embodiment. Day 3 of our pilgrimage and rising early, we continue our trek as we prepare to enter the magical portal that is Choquechirao.

Choquechirao is known to be devoted to water, with a large number of shrines & temples dedicated to this original element. It was an important centre of worship to Mama Cocha – the goddess of springs, rivers, & the sea, & the origins of all of Life. Upon arriving, we have time to connect with this devotion, while also absorbing the sophistication of the gabled ceremonial halls, the stone ‘refrigerators’ & the terraced llamas that make Choquechirao so unique.

But most importantly, there is time to connect with the powerful energies held within. It was at Choquechirao that Masters were initiated into the path of service in ceremony & healing work… we will spend the remainder of the afternoon connecting with the energies of the Priests and Priestesses who roamed this land, exploring the energies of sovereignty and leadership that sit within us all.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

OCT 31 – Day 10: HIKE OUT OF THE APURIMAC VALLEY

Morning yoga/meditation/embodiment. After one last soak in the monumental views, with gratitude & full hearts we begin our walk out of Choquechirao. It is understood that Choquechirao was geo-cosmically placed in line with it’s ceremonial sister Machu Picchu… their heart-beats sync in time, as do ours, as we walk together as pilgrims, in devotional practice to ourselves in this journey of heart and soul. In 2 day’s time we arrive in the stillness that is Machu Picchu, The Condor City, and on this last day of our walking journey we walk in silence, taking time to integrate, reflect and connect with the stillness inside. After dinner we will sit in quiet meditation under the beauty of the Milky Way.

Accommodation: Comfortable camping

NOV 1 – Day 11: OLLANTAYTAMBO DELIGHT

No doubt we will feel proud of our achievement – hiking to Choquechirao is definately not for the faint of heart! Upon the completion of this pilgrimage, we become members of an exclusive, very adventurous club. HELL YES!! And after we climb into our coaches, after 6 nights of straight camping – we can turn our eyes – joyfully – to the comforts of Ollantaytambo.

Ollanta as it is affectionately known to locals, is one of the most gorgeous towns in the Sacred Valley. Quaint delight is offered in its cobblestones, offering the perfect opportunity to explore 13th Century alleyways, stone buildings, the gorgeous central square & marvelling at the ruins on the huge mountains flanking the village. 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.

Accommodation: Casa Blanca Lodge, Ollantaytambo

NOV 2 – Day 12: FREE DAY

Morning yoga & meditation, and then free time to explore the beautiful ruins of Ollantaytambo. Or perhaps you might prefer to relax and rejuvenate, get a massage, collect some souvenirs for loved ones back home, eat in the markets and enjoy a full day off.

Accommodation: Casa Blanca Lodge, Ollantaytambo

NOV 3 – Day 13: GATEWAY TO MACHU PICCHU

Morning embodiment & meditation, then a little more free time to relax before we board our train for the most beautiful & exciting 2-hour train ride in South America …. journey to the heart of Machu Picchu. Once we’ve settled into our hotels in the town of Agues Calientes (our home for the next 2 nights), had time to roam the (very touristy!) streets, and eaten dinner at THE best restaurant in town, we will gather together for our very beautiful evening program.

Evening program: The Intimacy & Attraction Workshop

Accommodation: Andina Machu Picchu or Sanctuary Machu Picchu

NOV 4 – Day 14: MACHU PICCHU INCREDIBLE

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 shaman guide Edgar. He guides us through the most special spots and give us an experience unlike modern-day others, as we soak in the high-vibrational energy Machu Picchu offers. 

Accommodation: Andina Machu Picchu or Sanctuary Machu Picchu

NOV 5 – Day 15: HUAYNU PICCHU BEAUTY

We return by coach to Machu Picchu this day to fully explore the majesty of Huaynu Picchu, the sacred 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 for integration & powerful alignment. Making your way way back down the mountain at your own pace, we meet for the train ride back to Ollantaytambo.

Accommodation: Casa Blanca Lodge

NOV 6 – Day 16: FREE DAY OLLANTAYTAMBO

Following breakfast, we have the opportunity to continue soaking in the beauty of Ollantaytambo while rejuvenating from our Machu Picchu experience. Book a massage (we have organized Cusco’s best to come be of service on this day) or explore Ollantaytambo at your leisure. Another wonderful option is to travel to nearby town, Pisac – known as the “Byron Bay of the Sacred Valley”. Visit the infamous markets, gape at the towering mountains, marvel at the ruins and enjoy the special ambience. Dinner with our Paqo guides, Percy, Alfredo & Edgar.

Accommodation: Casa Blanca Lodge

NOV 7 – Day 17: MYSTICAL WATERFALL SITE

Early morning embodiment practice. Our powerful medicine guides lead us to a sacred & special waterfall power-site known only to locals, outside of Ollantaytambo, for ancient Ceremony working with medicine. In the afternoon we will visit a traditional Chicha house to enjoy this ancient fermented drink of the Andes.

Accommodation: Casa Blanca Lodge

NOV 8 – Day 18: JOURNEY TO MOUNTAIN CHIEF – APU AUSANGATE

Today we will begin our journey to the chief of chiefs, Apu Ausangate. As we drive first through the Sacred Valley then begin the ascent to the high plains that surround this massive mountain range, there is plenty to observe and receive from this adventure through many villages and micro-climates.

In the evening we will arrive to the community of Paqchanta, the end of the road and the last community at the base of the mountain. Here our homestay family will receive us. After settling in we will gather to prepare an offering for Apu Ausangate and for the journey that each of us is about to embark on through this powerful domain. Ausangate is considered the “Chief” mountain of the entire region of Cusco, along with brother mountain Salkantay. In the evening we will enjoy a meal prepared by the family then have the rest of the night free to soak in the amazing hot springs right outside our doorway and gaze at the stars.

Lodging: Paqchanta Homestay

NOV 9 – Day 19: APU AUSANGATE CEREMONY

Today we will make the ascent gradually during a few hours to the lakes at the base of the glacier. Midday there will be initiations (Karpay ritual) between you and Apu Ausangate’s lake Otorongo, which in Quechua means “jaguar lake.” This exact spot has been known for thousands of years as a site of pilgrimage to which many healers have come to be initiated on their paths. Upon returning to Paqchanta in the evening we will enjoy another home cooked meal and another fine evening below the stars in the volcanic springs.

Lodging: Paqchanta Homestay

NOV 10 – Day 20: JOURNEY TO LAKE TITICACA

Today we will depart Ausangate and continue south towards the city of Puno on Lake Titicaca, stopping along the way for a visit at the lithic museum of Pucara to learn from these ancient masters, a culture that pre-dated the Inca by thousands of years.

Lodging: Qalasaya Hotel

NOV 11 – Day 21: PUNO SACRED SITE

Morning embodiment/yoga/meditation. Then we make our way to one of the most powerful sacred sites outside of Puno. Working with medicine we will receive the teaching from the masters of this incredible site.  

Lodging: Qalasaya Hotel

NOV 12 – Day 22: UROS FLOATING ISLANDS – AMANTANI ISLAND

Early morning, we will head through the city of Puno down to its port on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Our boat will take us out through the bay of Puno and into the vastness of the highest navigable lake in the world. First we will stop to visit one of the many floating islands of the Uros culture and learn about these unique peoples, hear about their origins and learn about their lifestyle. Back on the boat we will continue towards the Island of Amantani. Here we will enjoy a traditional homestay with a family from the community. This evening we will prepare our offering together to give thanks and praise for our arrival to this region of Lake Titicaca which represents the biggest Mother Earth womb of the Andes.

Lodging: Amantani Homestay

NOV 13 - Day 23: AMANTANI ISLAND & LAKE TITICACA

Morning yoga & meditation on the land under the sun. After a traditional breakfast we will ascend to the two hilltops of this island, each with its own temple, one for Pachamama and the other for Pachatata, or, Father and Mother Cosmos. Here we will have the entire morning to connect with these places of power and also with the profound energy of mother Lake Titicaca.

After lunch we will say goodbye to our host families and swim in the womb of Pachamama – Lake Titicaca before returning to Puno in the afternoon.

Photo credit: Dorothy Wojcieszuk

Lodging: Qalasaya Hotel

NOV 14 - Day 24: AMARU MURU

Today we will journey south along the shores of the lake towards the temple of Aramu Muru, a sacred doorway carved into the solid rock of the mountain. Many believe this to be the place where the Andean deity of Wiroqocha departed from this world, making it an inter-dimensional doorway. Today will be of full day of medicine to go deep into the powerful energies of this area and to work with the invisible masters of light. We will celebrate our powerful journey this evening with dinner and joyful gathering.

Lodging: Qalasaya Hotel

NOV 15 - Day 25: CELEBRATION & GOODBYE

Full morning integration Circle. After all we have been through and learnt, about ourselves and this incredible culture, we will gather in Circle to consolidate our time together and integrate, before making our journey home to radiate all the love & good fortune we have had the extreme blessing to be a part of. It’s hard to adequately express how powerful this journey is, how much love we have for Peru by the end of it, how connected we are to global family, and how many profound changes have taken place.  Gracias amado Perú, estás para siempre en nuestros corazones … <3

Includes: 

  • All accommodation at 3 & 4-star hotels – based on twin occupancy
  • All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 13 dinners for the entire trip
  • All transport in private coaches, trains, taxi’s
  • All ancient site entry fees incl. 2 full days at Machu Picchu
  • All Paqo (medicine men) guidance fees incl. Maestro Puma Quispe
  • All Q’eros guidance fees
  • All Ceremonies
  • All plant medicines
  • All yoga with Persia Juliet
  • All embodiment & meditation with Petra Lane
  • All workshops
Prices quoted are in USD. Price based on minimum 10 Global Pilgrims 

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Not included:

  • Flights to and fro Cusco/Juliaca
  • Meals not stated (allow $550 – $650 USD for meals not included)
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Spending money
  • Massage services
  • Personal insurance
  • Upgrade to single room supplement – approximately an extra $1350 USD
  • Accommodation costs prior to / after tour starts according to this itinerary

Cost for the entire 25-day pilgrimage:

Launch special! Until Jan 14th, 2019 - $5,998.00 USD
Early bird until March 31st, 2019: $6,598.00 USD
Standard price thereafter - $6,998.00 USD

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