The Travel Adventure in a Nutshell
Visiting Lima, Cusco, Chinchero Ruins, Queros remote community trekking (shamanic rituals) (off the beaten path), Virgin del Carmen festival (off the beaten path) – Pisac, Machu Picchu – Ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon jungle
1st option: Full adventure trip in Peru
5th – 23rd August 2020
2nd option: Ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon jungle one week
3rd option: Queros remote community trekking, Virgin del Carmen festival and Machu Picchu
Air-flight to Lima, Peru
1st option: 3070 euro
2nd option: 1300 euro
3rd option: 2100 euro
The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911, by Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the Andean mountain top erecting many hundreds of stone structures, from the early 1400’s, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu (meaning ‘Old Peak’ in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Machu Picchu seems to have been utilised by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city.
For more info about Machu Picchu: https://sacredsites.com/americas/peru/machu_picchu.html
Let the adventure begin!
Some people say that the best way to rediscover your true self and freedom is to travel as much and as widely as you can. Why is this? What happens when we move that makes us feel more free and happier?
It has to do with the unknown! When we go, especially in countries with the culture very different from the culture we were brought up and see new places and faces, when everything is brand new, the mind stops. Nothing is the way we are used to be, so the mind can not follow its usual patterns and habitual behaviour. This adventure is a spiritual one as much as an external one! The essence of this trip is for you to overcome any fear that you might have at any level, spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, to gain back your power and finally set yourself free!
In the midst of coming back home to yourself, have fun and meet new friends!
The Trip will be guided by Spiritual Teacher, Shaman & Healer Northern Deer Alexander, founder of the WORLD OF WISDOM & SPIRITUAL ADVENTURE COMMUNITY.
He will help each of you to receive the maximum benefit, from this experience, and awaken your true essence. The trip will include practices for the awakening of the inherent part of ourselves which is the true being that we are!
Arrive in Lima from an International flight.
Upon arrival, you shall be met by a representative in Lima and transferred directly to your hotel in Miraflores, and upon request we can give you a small orientation of the points of interest in the surrounding area.
Exploring the district of Miraflores on foot which is very safe even at night. There are many cafes, restaurants and bars to explore. There are also pharmacies, banks and money exchange shops all nearby if you need them. Dinner on the first night is not included but a group meal at a recommended restaurant can be arranged by request.
Overnight: Hotel Carmel, Miraflores
Fly from Lima to Cusco
We start by travelling back to the airport after breakfast for a mid-morning flight to Cusco. The flight time is just over 1 hour and when arriving to Cusco just a further 20 minute transfer to your hotel located only a couple of blocks from the main square and close to many other attractions of the city. Cusco is elevated at 3400m.
Due to the elevation, you may feel symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, lack of appetite, nausea and shortness of breath which are all perfectly normal. We encourage to drink plenty coca tea, eat bananas – high in potassium and keep well hydrated with drinking water. Andeans soups (rich and hearty with natural grains and vegetables) are also ideal for trying out upon arrival. If symptoms persist or worsen after the initial 24 hour period it can be advised to take soroche tablets available in any pharmacies or in worst case scenario to a local clinic or doctor if simply unbearable.
Overnight hotel 3* Kimsa, Cusco
Morning in Cusco, afternoon hike from Chinchero on Inka trail into the Sacred Valley
You have the morning free to further acclimate and enjoy the centre of Cusco, you could visit the archaeological site of Sacasyhuaman, temple of Koricancha or one of many musuems. If keen to see some of the ancient Inka city. I suggest you to take a breakfast around 7am, check out and leave the bags ready to be picked up from reception and you could spend up to 4 hours exploring Cusco down town and the historical center which is quite small and easily traversed on foot and take an early lunch or snacks for the afternoon hike..
At around 1pm, we drive out 45 minutes to the pretty town of Chinchero, we then head down on Inka Trail route back into the Sacred Valley. We find some great views again and also starting from some superbly restored Inka terraces and eucalyptus forests. The descent should take us no more than 3-3.5 hours to complete.
We then transfer by road 45 minutes to our hotel in Pisac arriving by 5.30 or 6pm.
Overnight 3 star, Royal Inka hotel, Pisaq. Link: http://www.royalinkahotel.pe/
Day trip discovering Pisac and surroundings in the Sacred Valley.
Today (around 8,30am) we take you up out of the beautiful Sacred Valley and explore a beautiful lake located about 45-50 minutes above Pisac town, called Kinsacocha. Ideally we can walk around it in less than 1 hour and find a spot to meditate or drum. After an hour and a half we can drive down (20 minutes) to local village located nearby called Amaru (snake in Quechua). Elojidio and Rufina are hosts who can explain about traditional farming and agriculture which they still do. Here we can stop for an (early) typical lunch of Pachamanca – food cooked in the ground in a sort of oven. Around 1pm. We should then drive down from the village in around 20 minutes to the ruins of Pisac. Here, there are some spectacular views over the valley and some of the best examples of Inka terracing anywhere. After 3 hours there, we can decide to walk down 30 minutes through the terraces and into the artisanal market in the town by the same name. You can then take your time to explore at leisure the town square full of cobbled market streets and shops.
Qeros trip – day 1
Are you ready to awaken the explorer within you, that wants to traverse very special off-the-beaten-tracks parts of the planet, its ancient cultures and teachings?
Are you open to the newness of such an experience, one that means seeing life from a completely different perspective?
Do you wish to return to the most ancient of all ceremonies: sharing through the power of story, invigorating through wisdom and loving through a simple smile of the Q’ero people?
Are you prepared to reach new heights, both physically and spiritually, trekking for 3 days at over 4,000 m altitude in the Peruvian Andes, to have the mountain-top experience you have been desiring for so long?
Then we invite you to join us on this mystical journey to the community of the Q’eros people and the living, breathing reality of the Andean Cosmovision!
One rare opportunity to meet this wise and untouched community
The Q’eros community is made up of five tiny villages, all comprised of humble stone houses in the Peruvian Andes. Collectively, the community is home to 600 people and 6,000 llamas and alpacas. They have remained mostly isolated for the last 500 years. Their contact with the Peruvian government and church is extremely rare, allowing them to preserve the ancient knowledge that they acquired directly from the Incan period. The translation of Q’ero is “Sacred Glass”, and is a tool that is used formally in rituals. It signifies the acquisition of knowledge. The meeting of such an untouched indigenous community is a rare and inspirational experience. Ceremonies, along with daily life, are pure and far removed from anything we might expect from a modern civilization. It is a chance to perceive Pachamama through the eyes of the Q’eros, and to understand the ways in which they interact with each other and their environment. Despite the harsh and basic conditions that they live in, sharing with the Q’eros community is heart-opening and enlightening. During this journey we will be enjoying breathtaking and challenging treks (for the most adventurous souls!) through the astonishing High Andes, and will have the unique opportunity to take part in the sacred practices of the Q’eros, which include devotion to Pachamama, as well as an introduction to the ancient initiation of Hatun Karpay (Great Initiation). The Q’eros have been conducted these initiations since the Incan Empire, and they have been the only ones to preserve these traditions. The introduction to the Great Initiation (Hatun Karpay) takes place over two hour sessions that involve opening the heart (Munay), opening the third eye (Yanchai), and opening the energetic stomach (llankay). These initiation rites are like portals into awakening, quickening and amplifying the process of spiritual growth. You will have a pick up in Pisaq after breakfast. Then drive to Okongate (3 hours drive) for Lunch and meet the first Qero family. From there, you will receive a Coca Leaf Reading and Despacho (offering to Pachamama) to request blessings and permission for the journey.
Dinner and accommodation at cozy Qeros guesthouse with beautiful views of the Sacred Mountain Ausangate
Qeros trip – day 2
After breakfast we head out on dirt road for 3 hours to start the trek to the high, remote mountain village of Perki. Once we leave the road we hike on a spectacularly beautiful scenic trail for 5-6 hours before arriving to the Qeros community of Perki, where we will receive our ceremony of Despacho.
In the evening we have a local Q´eros dinner and sleeping in tent under the stars. Camping in tents at around 4800m
Qeros trip – day 3
Energising breakfast, before hiking to a powerful mountain (2 hours) for the Great Initiations (Hatun Karpay) Lunch picnic in beautiful mountain scenery and hike back to the Q’eros village and receive the Nusta Karpay (Seven Goddess) Initiations – see photo below.
But what does it exactly mean?
In the Andean spiritual tradition the Nusta Kuna represents the Goddesses and Sacred Archetypal Feminine energies of Nature. They are the original princesses and Goddesses of the Andean cosmology, coming from the great mountains and sacred lakes in Peru.
Is it good for everybody?
The Nusta Karpay Rites are open to both men and women, and are available to everyone regardless of their spiritual orientation.
If you wish to heal the Divine Feminine within yourself, and carry that healing into the world, or you just want to bring greater peace and unity to our planet and unity to our planet, this ancient Rite is the best for you.
What effect will it bring you?
These initiations have a deep effect, they support and accelerate your spiritual growth. They help you find a new balance with yourself, connected with the healing of Mother Earth. The Nustas have gentle yet powerful energy; to deeply heal and restore the balance of the feminine aspect not only within yourself but with the feminine in all of creation. Many people have closed hearts due to the pain they have suffered in some way in life. They do not trust their own hearts to be exposed to anyone fully, and perhaps not even themselves. Therefore, in order to walk the path of a healer, you must be willing to work on yourself first and to learn to trust and open your heart more and more. You must be willing first to heal your own heart before you try to work on others, in this sense. As you cleanse the layers of hucha (heavy energy) from your heart, then your sacred sight becomes even clearer. In our Q’ero Trek you can experience the opening of the Munay (the energetic power of love situated in your heart and correlated to the fourth chakra) in the first part of the initiation called Hatun Karpay: in this phase, the Shaman will open the nine gates of the your heart to soften it and make it express itself in all its aspects.
The nine gates (also called the temples of heart), are the following: temple of joy, sadness, humility, hope, anger, ego, harmony, sweetness and wisdom.
This step is so important, especially for Inca shamans and Inca people.
Because without opening and activating the heart, one may not proceed further on the path. All action of healing must be done with integrity and integrity can only come when you act from the heart.
Once your heart is free and open, you will gain more personal power. You will be able to more precisely draw upon the light and pure living energy from the universe in unfathomable ways.
Once you face your pain and open your heart more and more, you will have the Munay necessary to create deeper and deeper connections and relationships with all of life on Mother Earth. Strenthening your connection to all of nature with love, respect and integrity helps you be able to communicate and hear nature so you can call upon the support you need and give back that support.
In essence, it is truly how can become a caretaker of Pachamama.
All these things together and much more demonstrate the profound value and significance of Munay.
Local dinner and sleeping in tent accompanied by the sounds of absolute silence.
Camping in tents at around 4800m.
VIRGIN DEL CARMEN 2 DAY TRIP
We start with a Local breakfast and say goodbye to the community of the past two days where we stayed.
We will then trek to the Q´ero village Cochamocco (2.5 hours downhill) to access the closest road and drive to the town Paucartambo for lunch and final sharing circle. Then continue with Paucartambo program.
VIRGEN DEL CARMEN
The Virgen del Carmen Festival is held on July 15-17 every year in Paucartambo and simultaneously is celebrated as a patron saint in Spain, Costa Rica and other latin American countries. According to folklore, a wealthy young woman was heading to Paucartambo to trade a silver dish when she came across a beautiful, bodiless head. This head reportedly spoke to the woman when she placed it on the dish, saying her name was Carmen and that she was not to be feared, but trusted. The locals of Paucartambo soon began asking Carmen for wishes. It is said that they witnessed rays of light shining from her head and that she performed many miracles among the community. The Festival effectively begins on July 15 in the afternoon in the midst of fireworks, dances and ringing of bells. It has been declared a Cultural Heritage of the Nation and the image of the Virgin was crowned by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Peru in 1985. July 16 is the central day and is the main procession of the Virgen Del Carmen which begins with the “Mass of Aurora” at 5 o’clock in the morning. Around 10 o’clock in the morning the festival mass takes place, highlighting beautiful songs of the Qollas and the black Qhapac.
Later the ‘comparsas’ dance in streets and squares; under the authority of the Prioste the “forest” is made, where the Qollas throw dolls and miniature furniture from a balcony. At noon in the house of “Prioste” the “eleven” is distributed among the founders, dancers and musicians of all the ‘comparsas’.
Parades take place throughout the day, with rows of costumed and masked dancers making their way down narrow, cobblestone streets and across the town’s historic Charles III Bridge. Flamboyant performers interact with the crowds, using whips to keep them in line, startling them with erratic outbursts and even finding unsuspecting women to kiss and canoodle. The history of the Virgen del Carmen Festival in Paucartambo dates back to the 13th century. Known locally as ‘Mamacha Carmen’, she is now the patron saint of Paucartambo and the mestizo population. Each group of dancers portrays an event in Peruvian history. Weird and wonderful costumes abound, with masked characters parodying colonial and religious figures, including matadors, demons, lawyers, merchants and warriors. Capaq Negro is a black-masked character representing the African slaves who worked at the nearby silver mines. Other characters depict malaria victims, nurses with hypodermic needles and big-nosed, drunken Spanish conquistadors. The fireworks show that marks the end of the first night is spectacular.
Festival day 2(the main day) of Virgin Del Carmen and back to Sacred Valley
We spend most of the day following the festivities and program including the main highlight where the Virgen is carried across the Iconic bridge. As this is the main day of the festival, it will be very crowded and street aligned with masses of people we can pay for a balcony view or get to a central spot early enough to see well the processions. We shall drive start our drive (around 3.30pm) back to Pisac to collect or main luggage then through the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo (by 7.45pm) to be close to the train station for the next day travel to Machu Picchu. This allows us to rest until around mid-morning.
Our accommodation in Ollantaytambo (TIka Wasi) for the evening
Visit to Machu Picchu sanctuary
Today we take the train from Ollantaytambo in around mid-morning (1 hour 40 minutes). We arrive around lunch time then take the 25 minute shuttle bus up to the maib site and enter at a time when views are usually more clearer and when there are less crowds of people. Due to recent tightened restrictions we can visit for a couple of hours. Once inside you will be taken around by the guide on a 1-way system and until the exit. Total time for the guided tour will be around 1.5 hours. After which you will return on the shuttle down from the site to town and some tome for dinner in Machu Picchu village/Aguas Calientes.
Overnight 3* Mantu Boutique or Terrazas del Inka
Return to Cusco airport by train and road, then fly to Lima
Today we will take a morning train (around 9am) back to the Sacred Valley (11am) then transfer to Cusco by road 2 hours. There may be time for lunch and last miunte shopping in Cusco depending on connections. We ideally take a flight to Lima between 4 and 6pm. From here, we have a short 5 minute transfer to our hotel near the airport.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn or Ramada 4 star, with breakfast. At Lima airport.
Fly from Lima to Puccalpa, arrival at the Ayahuasca retreat center
Today we take a flight at some time mid-morning to Pucallpa on a 1 hour flight. Then we continue by Jeep for 2.5 hours to meet our boat on the river Pachitea at a port in the small town of Honoria.
Once on the boat we then travel a further 30 minutes to the point where we head on foot to our refuge for the next 5 nights which is around 40 minutes further to walk. In the evening we start the ceremony at around 7 or 8pm and will last into the night. Accommodation at the retreat in simple basic rooms and all meals (which are also plain and basic).
Sanctuario healing retreat Day 1: Ceremony #1
Today we shall prepare for the first ceremony in the evening at around 7.30pm. On the ceremony days only breakfast and lunch will be served on non-ceremony days breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served. Expect meals to be basic and nutricious in part of the diet and preparation for the Ayahuasca plant medicine.
Sanctuario healing retreat Day 2: Rest day 1
This day is following the schedule indicated by the retreat, there will be no ceremonies given by the Shaman today but there is the opportunity to visit the surrounding area and experience the local nature and wildlife that exists here.
Sanctuario healing retreat Day 3: Ceremony #2.
Today you will take in the 2nd ceremony at around the same time as night one.
Sanctuario Healing retreat Day 4: Rest day 2
This 2nd rest day is following the schedule indicated by the retreat, there will be no ceremonies given by the Shaman today but there is the opportunity to visit the surrounding area and experience the local nature and wildlife that exists here.
Sanctuario Healing retreat Day 5: Ceremony #3.
Today you will take in the 3rd and final ceremony at around the same time as night one and three.
Return from the retreat to Pucallpa
We take the entire morning to relax, and start our return after lunch with a 40 minute walk back to the river and boat awaiting us. Then travel on the motor-boat 30 minutes to the nearest port. From there a full 2 hours transporting us back to the airport of Pucallpa and fly around 6pm to Lima then connect into Miraflores for one final night.
Accommodation: Hotel Carmel 3 star
Return to the airport to catch your international flight at any time
The spiritual practices
LIFE IS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
There is no way to separate a trip, a journey to a faraway country without having a spiritual experience. For such a big trip the spirit and the intention are huge as well!!
Our attention is to enjoy life, expand our awareness and self-knowledge, become excited from our experiences which will lead to be more alive and also learn something important and valuable in the way that we can carry with us, inside us, in our memories in our actions and in our hearts. Our purpose in this journey is to experience these transformative moments as consciously as we can so that this trip will not be only an excellent memory but a way to remember our selves and return back reborn! The spirit under which we operate and the presence of a spiritual teacher together with us during all days ensure that the energy of our experience will be many times deeper than what is the external journey and activity! Furthermore, in this trip, we will connect with ancient knowledge and global wisdom of ancient worlds one of which is the world of the Incas of Peru which we will be visiting. So the opportunity presents itself to have a great spiritual Journey and pilgrimage!
We will have interesting talks, topics of transformation of the different parts of our lives (health, relationships and the psychological aspect of how we experience our daily lives)
Spiritual Healing workshop
Tarot Cards Ritual for empowerment of your life and receive direction
Ritual of healing of your ancestors – “cleansing of your Family Tree”
Shamanic knowledge and ancient wisdom for daily living – We will study the knowledge of shamans of different traditions and we will focus on the most interesting and relevant topics that connect different civilizations in this universal experience
Drum Ceremonies and meditations – Shamanic Journey “Kamlanie” where you will learn to connect with the so-called spirits of the world of the shaman
Ayahuasca ceremonies for cleansing the subconscious mind and heal our “traumatic” past experiences of life!
Also, there will be possible for those who want to have an individual consultation or session with Alexander – Northern Deer without additional cost
(For more information about Alexander visit: https://theworldofwisdom.com/our-insctructors/
1ST OPTION: FULL ADVENTURE TRIP IN PERU
dates: 5th – 23rd August 2020
Participation: 3070 euro per person
2ND OPTION: AYAHUASCA RETREAT IN THE AMAZON JUNGLE
Participation: 1300 euro per person
3RD OPTION: VIRGIN DEL CARMEN FESTIVAL PILGRIMAGE, QUEROS REMOTE COMMUNITY TREKKING AND MACHU PICCHU
Participation: 2100 euro per person
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HOW TO REGISTER – relevant Information
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
You will have to book a flight to Lima Airport, Peru on your expenses.
We can advise and help you spot flights that will suit you, but the final booking needs to be done by you.
In case you wish for us to book your air-flights, this can be done for a small fee.
Arrival: 5th August
Return: 23rd August
National flights inside PERU: For those flights, a group booking will be made by us.
The airline that you fly in from will make you the immigration’s card, or you may just pick one up at Lima airport.
However, please check on your behalf the information for the country you are flying from.
Vaccinations: Please consult your doctor or an official medical service of your country to arrange for the vaccinations you will need to do for visiting Peru