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Pilgrimage to the Sacred Temples of the Inca Empire: Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4116 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 10359 US Dollar (USD)

The pilgrimage will be led by a Master Shaman, who will accompany us through the entire circuit. We will experience Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley the way the Incas did. This is a fully private tour with a master shaman, private bilingual guide and private transportation. This trip can be customized to fit your individual travel dates and any specific requests you may have. Your travel consultant will prepare a customized itinerary for you. We offer a choice of 3, 4, 5-star and deluxe hotels. The Deluxe option is with the Orient Express hotels: the Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, Monasterio in Cuzco and the Park Plaza in Lima. You may also choose to upgrade to the luxury Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.

This tour includes international airfare from Miami (US), on non-holiday dates. You do not need to fly via Miami; Kon-Tiki will fly you the most direct way to your city of destination. Depending on your travel dates and proximity of travel, we will quote you the most economical surcharge from your city or country of origin.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Overnight flight to Lima.

Day 2: Arrival in Lima and immediate connection with the flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

Day 3: Morning walking tour of Cuzco. We will visit the Cathedral (home to some of the finest artwork in all of Peru), the Santo Domingo Church, and the San Blas Church. We will pass by some of the city's most colorful streets and Main Square (Plaza de Armas). Afternoon return to your hotel. Evening presentation by our Master Shaman. He will introduce the principles of Andean Cosmogony and its sacred elements. We will start the Ritual of purification, and request the due permission to the entities and to the Apus or Sacred Peaks (Mountains), to start the pilgrimage to the temples and sacred places that we will visit.

Day 4: We will commence the pilgrimage in the morning. We will celebrate the "Tinkuy" or encounter with the Gods, and the contact with the three worlds of the Andean Cosmogony: Hanan Paccha, Kaypaccha and Hucqu Paccha. We will then commence the Inca spiritual route, starting with the Temple of Tambomachay. Here, we will do the ritual of purification of the seven "chakras" in the fountains of energy (The seven chakras represent everything around us. The Inca flag has seven colors, the color red being oneself. The other colors represent what is on your right, left, in front, behind, above and beneath).

This ritual is similar to a baptism. We will then proceed to the Fortress of Puca Pucara and the Temple of Laqo (Temple of the Moon), where we will focus our energy at the great altar. Then we will head towards the Altar of Kusilluchayo'q, where we will give an offering to the Pachamama or Mother Earth, and the funerary Temple of Qenqo, which has the important meaning of life after death. Lastly, we will visit the gigantic observatory of Sacsayhuaman, where we will meditate and focus our energy at the Eye of the Puma.

Day 5: Morning transfer to the train station to head towards Aguas Calientes at the foot of the citadel. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu, considered to be the essence of wisdom. Here we will commence our ritual "situa" which is the cleansing of our body and soul, and the ordinance of the flow of energy. Prayer of thankfulness to the Andean Gods for the marvels of the citadel. Evening relaxation at the hot springs in Aguas Calientes.

Day 6: Early morning we return to Machu Picchu to make our offering at the Ritual of the Sun and give thanks to the Inti Father or Sun God. We will then trek to the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu (a moderate difficulty trek) to conclude our offering to the elements of the Wind and the Fire. At night, we will do the ancient Ceremony of the Offerings and Intentions thanking the Apus or guardians of the citadel (the mountains) for all the mysteries that were revealed to us and the messages received during our visit.

Day 7: Morning hike towards Mandor Pampa, a historic place near the citadel since this was the first place that Hiram Bingham arrived to in his search for the Lost City of the Incas. Afternoon return to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Ollantaytambo, where we will catch a bus to take us to the town of Yucay. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 8: Morning visit to the Temple of Ollantaytambo or the Temple of Love, to thank the Andean Gods and give another offering to the Pachamama and the divine entities. Then we will go to the huge laboratory in Moray, used for agricultural purposes in Inca times. Afternoon return to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Morning visit to the citadel of Pickillacta, to the canals of Tipon and, to finalize the sacred circuit, we will do the ceremony at the sacred lagoon of Huarpacay, where we will make a final offering to the mother Cocha. Afternoon free.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima and connect with the flight back home.

Day 11: Arrival.

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Air transportation from Miami to Lima in Economy class (surcharge applicable from other cities)
- Air transportation from Lima to Cuzco round trip in Economy Class
- All private services
- Hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast
- Train and bus transportation
- Private Bilingual guide and Shaman
- Entrance fees
- All transfers.

Price Excludes:
- Airport taxes.