8-days in Peru
AN All-Inclusive Journey to Discover Your purpose in life: Sept 2-9, 2018
With Llamas around every corner,
colonial charm and a rich ancient Inca history, Peru is a destination with an old-soul. It has rewards to bestow on every type of traveler. Yoga for Life and Raj Patra welcome you to a high-end, all-inclusive yoga retreat, covering Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will include gourmet and local foods, air and ground transportation within Peru, stays in exclusive boutique hotels and wellness retreat centers, entrance to historical sites and participation in Shamanic rituals. And if that weren't enough, each traveler will enjoy a free massage!
A Yoga Retreat with a Purpose.
In addition to asana practices, the focus of this journey will be on self-discovery. That's possible thanks to the unique Purposeful Living Program, developed by Raj Patra. The program is designed to help you understand your inherent, and perhaps latent, talent and motivations in life (dharma) and how to effectively use it to find your life's purpose and joyful pursuits. You'll discover and grow your empowered spiritual self through skillful meditation and guided introspection, and by working through an exclusive Playbook as part of the Purposeful Living Program. Blessed by Peru's spirit-guides, ample quiet time, lecture sessions and group explorations, you'll return home filled with inspiration and the confidence to find your happiness.
We take your travel seriously.
We understand that your time and resources are valuable, and moving away from daily responsibilities isn't easy. As such, we've designed this Peru Yoga Retreat to provide the maximum value for your investment. We've employed world-renowned, in-destination travel guides to show you a side of Peru beyond what other travelers could experience within the same duration of time. For example, in-destination airline flights to reduce travel time are included in the price. We're aiming for an intimate group of 15 participants to form meaningful connections and lasting friendships.
Day 1. Destination: Arrival in Lima
Description: Welcome to Lima, the "City of Kings." Upon arrival, you'll be transported to your hotel. Raj will meet you for a welcome briefing and some tips during your stay in Lima. While Peru's capital officially began life in 1535 when Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city on the Day of the Three Kings, settlements had been scattered through the valley since before the Incas. The city was built on top of an existing palace and temples that belonged to the local chief, who ultimately had little choice but to move on. Lima was in its prime during the Spanish colonial days and much of the city's attraction now lies in its well-preserved historical center.
Included Activities: Arrival transfer; dinner at local restaurant
Accommodation: Casa Republica Boutique Hotel or similar
Day 2. Destination: Lima
Description: In the morning, you'll start exploring Lima. Your tour begins with a panoramic view of the “Pucllana Pyramid,” a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century A.D. It is considered a “sacred village” by the Incas. The Viceroyalty of Peru was supremely important in the Spanish Empire, and Lima was its capital.
Next, you'll visit the colonial side of the city where you'll see the Cathedral, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the main attractions in Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall and other important monuments. Later, you'll visit the Convent of San Francisco, a seventeenth-century architectural complex that includes a church and a square. The facade of the church, which has an image of the Immaculate Conception painted on it, was carved in stone and is characterized by its Corinthian columns. You'll also see the catacombs, a dark chamber found under the church. After visiting the center of Lima, you'll journey to the modern section of this great metropolis to visit the district of Miraflores, where the Larco Mar shopping mall was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the traditional “Parque del amor” (Love Park).
In the afternoon, you'll enjoy an outdoor yoga class in the esplanade close to the sea.
Included Activities: Half-day guided city tour; Convent San Francisco entrance tickets; Cathedral entrance tickets; afternoon yoga session
Day 3. Destination: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley
Description: In the morning, you'll be transferred to the airport for a flight to Cusco. When you arrive, you'll head to the Sacred Valley.
Willka T'ika's peaceful energy and mystical surroundings are sure to inspire, refresh and revitalize. This destination offers a wonderful connection to Mother Nature, revered by the Quechua as Pachamama. Located in one of the most energetically charged places on earth, Willka T'ika prides itself on serving the spiritual and cultural needs of all guests seeking a genuine mind, body and spiritual experience. Nearby, ancient Incan ruins, ceremonial sites, temples and an abundance of cultural activities beckon. You can expect to see hikers, winding rivers, charming villages and high mountain meadows, where herds of llama and alpaca graze.
Included Activities: Departure transfer; flight from Lima to Cusco; private transfer to the Sacred Valley; yoga session at the Willka Tika hotel
Accommodation: Willka Tika luxury retreat or similar
Day 4. Destination: Sacred Valley
Description: Wake up with a rejuvenating yoga session before venturing into the Valley to learn about the local lifestyle and activities. If our visit coincides with market day, you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos. Perhaps you'll even practice bargaining in the local language, Quechua. Later, the tour will continue to the town of Ollantaytambo, which was built over an ancient Inca town. This is a magnificent example of Incan urban planning and one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.
Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas. The upper terraces offer great opportunities to photograph the squared grid town below. You'll return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Included Activities: Yoga session at Willka Tika hotel; full-day community visit to the Sacred Valley; full Boleto Turistico Pass
Day 5. Destination: Piuray Lake / Sacred Valley
Description: In the morning,you'll go to Piuray Lake for a day excursion. Begin the day with a welcome beverage and a briefing before the group gets going. Enjoy a yoga session and cool off with an immersion in cold water, all followed by a healthy lunch. Later, we'll have an acro yoga session that culminates in a massage! We'll round out the day with a sunset hike to some nearby terraces before returning to the hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Included Activities: A full-day at Piuray Lake at the Piuray Outdoor Center; acro yoga; massage; plenty of time for introspection and diving into the Purposeful Living Playbook.
Day 6. Destination: Sacred Valley / Aguas Calientes / Cusco
Description: Expect an early start. A transport will take you to the Ollantaytambo train station where you'll board the “Executive” train to Aguas Calientes, a modern small town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in the country. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River to reach the cloud forest.
In just under two hours, you'll arrive in Aguas Calientes, where you'll explore the Machu Picchu ruins. The journey begins with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. Upon arrival, you'll get into the archaeological zone of Machu Picchu. Our tour guide will show you the most important parts of this great Incan City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban and agricultural sectors, and more.
Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Incan Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.
After the guided tour, you'll have some free hours to wander around and take photos on your own, armed with our guide's advice on the best locations. Later, you'll return to town by bus and take the train back to the city of Cusco. You'll journey from the train station in Ollantaytambo before heading back to the hotel in Cusco.
Included Activities: Private transfer from hotel to train station; round-trip journey from Aguas Calientes to the Machu Picchu ruins; two-hour Machu Picchu visit; Executive Class train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (and back); private transfer from train station to Aguas Calientes
Day 7. Destination: Cusco
Description: In the morning, you'll have a guided walking tour of the best attractions in the center of Cusco, which offers a vivid example of the mixture of Inca and Spanish cultures. On the way, you'll see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace on Hatun Rumilloc Street. You'll visit the most sacred Inca building, "The Temple of Qoricancha." Qoricancha was the most important temple of the Incan Empire. According to archaeologists, it housed more than 1,000 priests and attendants. It was built over an Inca palace dedicated to the worship of the Sun. At the Coca Museum, you'll learn about the Inca's Sacred Leaf.
Next, you'll visit the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas," which is surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. Explore the San Pedro Market, where you'll find vegetables, meats, local cheeses and chocolates (which you should certainly try), herbal medicines and many local handicrafts. It’s a great place to purchase souvenirs. The market is also a place where many locals go to eat "mystery soups." Some may be chicken; however, the local favorites are usually the more unusual ones, such as soups that contain frog or the nose-to-tail of various animals. This tour also includes the Tourist ticket, which is valid for entrance to many museums and ruins.
In this city circuit, you'll be accompanied by a Chaman, who will explain the energetic places, rituals and beliefs.
In the afternoon, you'll visit the huge “Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman." This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its construction is amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted together. It is said that it took more than 10,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of the temple of Sacsayhuaman is still unknown today. Archaeologists attribute its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec.
Later, you'll visit another important Inca site known as “Qenqo." This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part, there's a carved stone table where the Incas are said to have mummified their dead. Afterward, you'll take a short visit to the archaeological Inca sites of “Tambomachay,” a temple dedicated to the God of Water and “PucaPucará."
The group will then explore four nearby ruins before continuing to the moon temple to realize a payment to the Mother Earth. This is a ceremony to thank the Pachamama, and it will be done with coca leaves, cereal seeds, Chicha, wine and seeds that give you magic powers.
Included Activities: Walking tour to Coca museum with Chaman; Koricancha entrance tickets; tickets to four ruins; ritual payment to the Mother Earth in the Moon Temple
Day 8. Destination: Cusco /Out
Description: Free morning followed by a retrospective on the Peru trip. In the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the airport.
Included Activities: Free morning; departure group transfer after breakfast
Where You'll Stay
About Your Trip
Start Location: Lima, Peru. Hotel Casa Republica
Finish Location: Cusco, Peru. Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Accommodation: Hotel (7 nights)
Rooming Requirements: Twin share
Included Meals: Breakfast (7), Lunch (6), Dinner (7)
Transport: Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on a group basis. Air-conditioned vehicle transfers are included throughout. Executive class train fare. Airfare from Lima to Cusco.
Entrance/Admission Fees: Where applicable with included activities
Exclusions: Any visas required; services not mentioned in the itinerary; late checkout at hotels; specialty and alcoholic drinks; tips for leader, guides and driver; personal expenditures and optional activities; personal travel insurance (required); international airport departure tax.
All-Inclusive Package Price: $2990 (based on double occupancy)
$500 deposit to reserve spot. Full payment due 60-days before trip start.
Want your own room? Single Supplement: $490
Separate Airport Transfers: Arrival Lima: $45. Departure Cusco: $35.
Pre Accommodation in Lima: Single: $160. Twin: $160.
Post Accommodation in Cusco: Single: $140. Twin: $140
Your Guide: Raj Patra
Born in Kolkata, India in a spiritual family, Raj was soaked in Hinduism and yoga traditions at a very young age. Practiced in Swami Yogananda lineage, his current teacher is the father of the Universal Yoga lineage, Dorje Andre Lappa, a Vajrayana Buddhist. Raj has traveled to Nepal many times.
Raj is the founder of a very effective Purposeful Living program through which participants are able to systematically discover their hidden potential, root causes for any suffering and a path forward to removing roadblocks. Additionally, Raj is an effective meditation and yoga teacher (ERYT-500).