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Join Laurel Attanasio for a breathtaking and powerful adventure to Peru.

 

Discover the magic of Peru and unwind your mind with yoga. With this full 8-day itinerary you will experience the World Heritage sites of Cusco and Machu Picchu as well as the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Urubamba. Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a spiritual place like no other on the planet. While Machu Picchu has long been the top visitor attraction in Peru, in recent years it is increasingly considered one of the top landmark attractions in the world. It has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the 50 most beautiful places to visit in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.

 

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Why is this adventure like no other?

April is a great time to visit Machu Picchu since the dry season has just begun, but the tourism high season will not begin until June. The landscape will be lush surrounding us with beautiful flora and breathtaking views. Days will be filled with adventures showcasing the ancient history and ruins of the Incan times. Although Machu Picchu will be a highlight, Peru has many more sites that will take your breath away. We will visit the Salt Mines, the Moray Mountains, archeological site of Ollantaytambo and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Our mornings will begin with yoga allowing us to acclimate to the high Andean altitude, reflect on our previous days adventure and prepare us for another.

Bonus…The food is an amazing fusion of the native Peruvian blended with Spanish cuisine with an Asian influence. It Is truly unique and delicious. And, for beer loves, they have 50 microbreweries! And, if you prefer wine… Chile and Argentina are close by providing a great selection for after a long day of exploring.

 

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What’s Included: 

  • Airfare to and from JFK. Rates without air can be provided.
  • Daily yoga and meditation with beautiful back drops of Incan Ruins, Andes Mountains and in a Spanish Courtyard while in Cusco.
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour of the ruins of Ollantaytambo.
  • Visit to the hidden archaeological site of Moray.
  • Visit to Maras Salt Mines.
  • Entrance fees and English speaking guide Included for all tours.
  • Tour of Cusco and its surrounding ruins.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Lunch along the Urubamba River with stunning views of the Sacred Valley.
  • Dinner in Aguas Calientes after exploring Machu Picchu.
  • Pisco sour class and farewell group dinner in Cusco.
  • All hotel accommodations: 2 nights in Ollantaytambo, 2 nights in Aguas Calientes, 3 nights in Cusco.
  • All transportation while in Peru.
  • Pre-departure Meeting in Easton, PA to review logistics and meet fellow travelers. Materials will be provided via email, if you cannot join.
  • And, much more!! See the full itinerary below!

 

What’s Not Included:

Not much!!

  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Transportation to and from JFK available at an additional cost.
  • Trip insurance is NOT included, but it is HIGHLY recommended, here are a few recommendations: Travel Guard or Travel Safe.

 

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Cost: TBD, including round trip airfare from JFK!

  • Price includes double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement is $699.
  • Land Only Rates Available. Contact Porterra Travel to discuss pricing and arrival details.
  • No money due at registration.
  • Pay $500 non-refundable deposit within 14 days of registration. Payment instructions provided after registration completion.
  • Final payment due on or before January 9, 2021.
  • Further payment instructions provided at registration from Porterra Travel.

 

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 0 – Friday, April 9 – Depart JFK Friday night, Then on to Cusco.

Depart from the Park n Ride in Easton. Transportation to JFK is available for an additional cost. Flight details will be provided.

Day 1 – Saturday, April 10 – Cusco Arrival, Day to Rest, Acclimate and Experience the Town of Ollantaytambo.

We will arrive at Cusco airport. After your welcoming reception at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel, we will meet for a welcome yoga session to help stretch out after the day of travel and to gain connection with our breath, which will be vital to our health and happiness during this adventure. After, you will have the day free to enjoy the town of Ollantaytambo and acclimatize to the high Andean altitude of 9,000 ft.

Overnight: Hotel Sol Ollantay Ollantaytambo

Day 2 – Sunday, April 11Full-day Tour of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba.
Begin your day with an energizing yoga session that will help you maintain connection with your breath and prepare you for the day’s activities. After breakfast we will board our private coach and head to the Sacred Valley along the Urubamba River. Our first stop will be the impressive local Salt Mines where the highly sought after Andean pink salt is mined before heading on a beautiful ride through the mountains to Moray, the site of an ancient Inca agricultural laboratory. Then we’ll head for a rest stop on the river to enjoy a group buffet style lunch and relax. Afterwards we will visit a traditional Chicheria where local corn beer is made and served, then on to the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, one of many excellent microbreweries popping up all over Peru.

Meals: Breakfast, Buffet lunch
Overnight: Hotel Sol Ollantay Ollantaytambo

Day 3 – Monday, April 12 – Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Begin your day with an energizing yoga session that will help you maintain connection with your breath and prepare you for the day’s activities. After yoga, we will meet our guide and walk to the archeological site of Ollantaytambo, the personal estate of the Inca Pachacuti, who conquered the region and built the town and ceremonial structures. Here you will climb to the top of this imposing fortress and enjoy its breathtaking wonders and views. An optional hike from our hotel to the Pinkuylluna Granary Ruins overlooking town is also possible. We will board the 3:37 Inca Rail train for the scenic 2-hour ride to the city of Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, which sits at the base of Machu Picchu, a short bus ride to the citadel. Your guide will greet you at the train station to escort you to your hotel for your briefing in preparation for the following day. After the briefing, you will have time to stroll and dine in this very colorful tourist town.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Andina Luxury Hotel Aguas Calientes

Day 4 – Tuesday, April 13 – Machu Picchu
Early in the morning you will board the bus that will take you on your last leg of the journey to the gates of Machu Picchu. There will also be an option to hike up to the entrance for those feeling extra energetic. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and you will arrive early enough to catch a very spectacular sunrise. The experience will not only take your breath away but will fill you with a wave of emotion and awe that you will experience few times in your life. You will begin a walking tour of the terraced agricultural area and the legendary stonework of the living and working areas. There is still a lot of mystery as to the purpose of the citadel and why the Incas suddenly abandoned it. Your local guide will explain not only the functional history of the site, but also share legends and rituals surrounding the Incan beliefs and their deep reverence for the mother earth.

After your long day touring and hiking Machu Picchu, we will meet for a group dinner to share the excitement of our day.

Optional: Hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, or Machu Picchu Mountain
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Andina Luxury Hotel Aguas Calientes

Day 5 – Wednesday, April 14- Aguas Calientes to Cusco

After your long day touring and hiking Machu Picchu you will have a day to relax, shop, dine and maybe enjoy the hot springs that give Aguas Calientes its name. Our train departs at 3:20 for another scenic train ride back to Cusco, where we will spend the next three nights.

Optional: Head up to Machu Picchu again and wander the ruins by yourself, it’s a truly spiritual place offering a great opportunity for some quiet time to reflect. Or visit the very underrated Machu Picchu museum. It’s well worth a visit.
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

Day 6 – Thursday, April 15 – Cusco – San Pedro Market and half-day tour of Cusco and its surrounding ruins
Begin your day with yoga and then take time to explore! After a good night’s rest in the thin Andean air, you will have the morning free to relax and explore the city. We recommend a walk through the famous San Pedro Market where the locals shop everything from food to housewares. Here you will experience Cusco as it has existed since the Incan times. In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel for a tour of the highlights of the city and its surrounding ruins. You will start in the central Plaza de Armas or ¨Warrior Square¨. The Plaza was the ceremonial center of life in the time of the Incas and continues to be the center of life in Cusco today. The Plaza sits in the shadows of the Cathedral of the Company of Jesus. Its impressive stonework blends late Gothic and Baroque styles with its colonial gold work and carved wood alters. Our next stop is Koricancha or The Temple of The Sun. While the Plaza was the ceremonial and civic center of the city, Koricancha was the spiritual center. Built in honor of the Incan deity, it once housed over 4,000 priests and their attendants. Next, you will begin a tour to visit the nearby ruins of the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a massive complex that once protected the city and today offers a spectacular view of the city.

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

Day 7 – Friday, April 16 – Free Day in Cusco
Begin your day with yoga and then take time to explore! Cusco is the city that seamlessly blends three distinct eras, Incan, Colonial and modern in an experience like none other in the world. There are shops, museums, churches and ancient ruins within walking distance of your hotel. You have the day free to continue to explore this wonderful city. We will gather at the end of our last full day in Cusco, for a group dinner and Pisco lesson, to share memories and plan for more.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner and Pisco Lesson

Overnight: Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

Day 8 – Saturday, April 17 – Free Day in Cusco and afternoon departure.
Yoga will commence our final day in Peru and prepare us for our evening of travel. Since our flight departs in the late afternoon, you will have the morning to relax in Cusco or visit one of the many museums or historical sites in the city before being transferred to the airport for your international flight home. We will arrive home Sunday morning, April 18.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: All outdoor activities are weather permitting. Everyone’s safety will remain the priority when arranging the daily agenda. Indoor yoga space is available, if required.

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