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Peru Hiking & Yoga Adventure Retreat
November 3-11, 2018
Hello and Welcome to Women’s Quest!
Welcome Women’s Quest Adventures for the Body, Mind, and Spirit! We are so excited to extend this special invitation to join Women’s Quest for a once in a lifetime, customized tour to discover the cultural and magical wonders of Peru!
Our days will be filled with hiking, exploring and partaking in local culture including exploring the area around Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas! Local guides will accompany us as we discover many magnificent sites, weaving their knowledge, traditions and ceremonies into our experience. Our journey will include special sound, movement, healing and earth offering ceremonies facilitated by local people who specialize in these traditions.
Each night we will return to our comfortable hotel rooms in Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley, where we will be treated to meals featuring a variety of peruvian gastronomical delights and fresh local ingredients.
Live local folk music, the skilled women weavers of Chinchero, optional coco leaf readings, yoga, spa treatments and other healing and inspirational activities will round out our life-expanding journey in this special part of Peru! We can’t wait to see you in Peru!
Please feel free to call or write if you have further questions.
Machu Picchu: We will spend two days exploring the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Arriving by train from the Sacred Valley, we will explore the ruins on the afternoon of our first day, staying in the ruins until sunset, one of the quietest times of the day. We will return early the following morning in time to witness sunrise over the ruins. Our local guide will accompany us both days, the first afternoon giving us a full tour of the central ruins with its ceremonial center, sun-dial, still functioning water channels and impressive stonework, all built in harmony with the surrounding mountains of the high jungle. On our second day we will hike some of the most famous trails at Machu Picchu, ascending the inca staircases to the top of the spectacular Huaynu Picchu, descending down inca steps and ladders to the back side of the mountain to explore the Moon Temple and circling back to the main ruins on an awe inspiring ancient trail cut right into the side of the mountain.
Other Archeological Sites:
Sacsayhuman: We will hike above Cusco to visit the zigzagging walls and impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman where we will be introduced to some of the greatest megalithic stonework in the world. We will explore the expansive area including the carved boulders and hidden underground caves of Qenqo, and further up, a fascinating area still being excavated, known as “Temple of the Moon”. Our guide will help us understand the significance and theories about the awe-inspiring and sophisticated construction of Sacsayhuaman and beyond.
Pisac: We will explore the vast area of Pisac with a local guide whose family has lived at the base of the ruins for generations. Pisac is larger than Machu Picchu in size, but because it was discovered by the Spanish, it is not as intact as Machu Picchu. But, Pisac is well worth exploring for a full day as there is so much to see and discover including its sun temple area, vast terraces, intact water systems, hill side tombs and famous craft market. Our local guide will help us to engage and connect with our surroundings with an earth offering ceremony at a special spot high in the Pisac ruins.
Pumahuanca: While we are staying in the Sacred Valley, near the village of Urubamba, we will do a special guided hike up a mountain valley not often visited by other tourists. There we will be able to explore some rarely visited ruins, waterfalls and see how the local Quechua people live high in the mountains.
Chinchero: High above the Sacred Valley at 12,000ft. , famous for its women weavers, we will spend the morning in the family home of one of our guides for a weaving demonstration using native plant dyes and techniques; followed by an afternoon walk and guided tour of the beautiful Chinchero ruins.
Moray: We will arrive at the terraced basins of Moray in time to participate in a special early morning ceremony with a gifted sound healer who will create a meditation using traditional instruments. We will also be joined by a curandera who will create a special ritual and ceremony for our group using movement.