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Pilgrimage in Peru

Pilgrimage in Peru

Pilgrimage in Peru

Trip Details:

Operator:   Original Routes
Price From: 3,500 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 10 days
Trip Dates: 23-05-2018

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About this program

Spend 9-days on an exploratory adventure of Peru and enjoy an experience unlike any you’ve had before. On this incredible travel experience, you will have the opportunity to discover the rich culture and vast history of Peru. Visit incredible sites like Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and more! 

Get an up-close look at daily life in a traditional Andean community, learn from the local artisans, learn weaving skills, and other special experiences! Take in the breathtaking moment when you stand high on a mountain looking down through the clouds at the incredible feats of the Incans. You’ve never seen anything like this, so take it all in.

At this point in your journey, your guide, a local Andean medicine man, will willingly pass on his knowledge to you. The guide, Puma, is a leader in his village. He speaks internationally and is known globally. He teaches others to connect to the Mountain Spirits and Mother Earth. He knows so much about his Andean lineage and is eager to share his heritage and help youth engage with theirs.  

To finish of your incredible experience in Peru, you’ll embark on a 2-day pilgrimage with thousands of others. The pilgrimage takes you to the base of a sacred mountain, where you will take part in the “Snow Star” Festival. Here, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful dance, music, and color, all meant to honor the Spirit of the Mountain. The pilgrims, and you can make offerings to the spirit who is known to help bring dreams into fruition. 

Itinerary

Day 1 | Lima

Free time to explore


Dinner on the town

 

Welcome to Lima, the capital city of Peru known as the City of Kings. Perched on atop jagged cliffs that plunge into the pacific ocean, Lima is a bustling city known for its manicured parks, elegant boulevards, pre-Columbian art museums, vibrant night life, and culinary delights.

 

During the day there are no planned activities so check into the boutique hotel in the heart of Miraflores and enjoy this time to explore the city. In the evening, you'll gather for the Welcome Meeting followed by dinner on the town.

Day 2 | Cuzco

 

Morning Flight

 

Visit San Pedro Market 

 

Free time to explore

 

 

 

A morning flight will take you to the city of Cuzco and the heart of the Peruvian Andes. Once the capital of the Inca Empire and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.

 

After lunch you'll have free time to explore. Stroll along cobblestone streets to visit the colourful San Pedro market or enjoy a coffee overlooking the central square.

 

Dinner on the town and an evening briefing with Puma, your local guide.

Day 3 & 4 | Traditional Andean Village

Daily life in a traditional Andean village

 

Women’s Weaving Project

Despacho Ceremony

 

Over the next two days, you'll get a glimpse into the daily life of a traditional Andean village. You'll begin with a Despacho ceremony to ask for blessings and protection on your journey and give offerings of gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth).

 

You'll share in a traditional lunch and join activities with local families, perhaps harvesting their crops, a visit to the school or a friendly game of soccer. You'll learn about ancient Inca weaving techniques with an opportunity to purchase items directly from the women that make them. Ending your stay with an evening fiesta.

Day 5 | Sacred Valley

 

Sacred Valley Inca Sites
Journey by train
Hotsprings

 

Today you journey through the Sacred Valley stopping at various Inca Sites along the way. You'll visit Moray, a deep spiral of circular terraces used by the Incas as an agricultural laboratory to cultivate crops high in the Andes. Maras, is an ancient site with over 3,000 pools of salt that are harvested by local families, similar to over 1,000 years ago.

 

In the afternoon you´ll journey by train to the town of Aguas Calientes and end the day relaxing in the hotsprings.

Day 6 | Machu Picchu

 

Explore Machu Picchu
Climb Wayna Picchu

 

A morning hike to the top of Wayna Picchu for a birds eye view of Machu Picchu and the unforgettable feeling of being on top of the world.

 

In the afternoon you´ll experience the magic of Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel set amidst a dramatic landscape between the high Andes and the Amazon Basin as Puma guides you through this magnificent site, pointing out areas of interest and importance.

Day 7 | Pisac Market

Ollantaytambo
Pisac Market

 

Today you depart Machu Picchu and travel back to Cuzco, stopping en route at Ollantaytambo, an ancient fortress built on the side of a mountain with monolithic stones that tower over the town below. Followed by a visit to Pisac, a colourful Andean market where local artisans sell everything from handcrafted jewelry to alpaca sweaters and people from the surrounding Quechua communities come to sell their produce. Overnight in Cuzco. 

Later you may even opt into some exciting adventures including a trip to Rainbow Mountain, White-Water Rafting, a hike to the White Christ statue and an incredible view of the city, or a horseback ride through the countryside. 

 

 

 

Day 8 | Cuzco

Explore Cuzco

 

Free day to discover more of Cuzco and the surrounding area. Stroll through cobblestone streets and shops, visit the bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas, check out the famous 12-sided stone, museums, cathedrals and the Temple of the Sun or take a cooking class.

 

If you’re feeling adventurous, spend your day white water rafting, journey to Rainbow Mountain, hike to the White Christ statue for a birds eye view of the city or ride a horse through the rolling country side.

 

The hike is a 3-hour journey in each direction at an elevation of 4700m. 

 

Dress warmly for camping tonight, as it gets quite cool at such a height. You'll be accompanied by a local guide and a cook. All camping gear is provided. On Day 8, you'll return to Cuzco in the afternoon. 

 

Day 9 & 10 | Qoyllur R’iti Festival

2-day Pilgrimage to Ausangate Mountain
Qoyllur R’iti Festival

 

You'll join thousands of pilgrims from across the Andes on a pilgrimage to the base of a sacred mountain to witness the ancient festival of Qoyllur R’iti, which is Quechua for “Brilliant Snow Star”.

 

You'll see a mix of indigenous customs and christianity and participate in traditional games and rituals to manifest your dreams into reality. The trek is 3hrs each way to the sanctuary at 4700m / 15,420 ft.

 

You'll dress warmly for overnight camping at high altitude. A local guide will accompany you. Camping gear and a cook will be provided.

 

Return to Cuzco in the afternoon of Day 10 to overnight and our last dinner on the town.

Day 11 | Departure Day

You may depart today at any time. 

Country Fast Facts

Peru

Flag Flag_of_Peru
Continent:South America
Official Language(s)Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Capital:Lima
Population31,141,643 (2015 estimate)
Climate(s)Eqautorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Subtropical oceanic, Temperate oceanic.
Major Airport(s):Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ), Rodriguez Ballon International Airport (AQP)
Economic Driver(s):Agriculture, Manufacturing, Extraction, Tourism

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