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On this Heart-Opening Retreat in Awe-Inspiring Peru you will:
Your Action Packed Itinerary:
May 12: Fly to Lima, and upon arrival make an easy walk over to the Wyndham Costa Del Sol hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
May 13: After breakfast, meet Amy Pattee Colvin, your group facilitator, and Manuel Velazco, your Peruvian guide, in the lobby. We’ll travel as a group back to the airport and board a mid-morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, we’ll eat lunch in a local restaurant then explore SACSAYHUAMAN an ancient citadel above the city of Cusco. We also visit KORICANCHA, once the most important temples of the Incan empire. We’ll then check into our hotel, Rumi Punku, and relax for the rest of the afternoon. We’ll meet again for dinner. Post dinner meditation is an option.
May 14th: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. After breakfast we’ll head to TIPON, known for its water features that still flow since ancient Incan times. We’ll be joined by an Andean shaman for a blessing ceremony. We’ll also explore PIKILLACTA, a Wari culture archeological site and the baroque church in ANDHUAYLILLAS to view and appreciate the amazing 16th century murals. We’ll enjoy lunch enroute, and dinner together as a group after our return to Cusco. Post dinner meditation is an option.
May 15th: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. After breakfast we’ll head to the village of Ollantaytambo where we visit the ruins of OLLANTAYTAMBO, an Incan ceremonial center. After lunch in town we’ll visit PUMAMARCA, a rarely visited Incan fortress with stunning views over the Sacred Valley. After returning to Ollantaytambo we’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes, our home for the next three nights. We’ll then check into our hotel, Hotel Jaya, followed by dinner together. Post dinner meditation is an option.
May 16th: We’ll rise early, eat breakfast, then catch a bus to the citadel of MACHU PICCHU. We’ll explore part of the ruins, then enjoy an invigorating hike up HUYNAPICCHU which offers tremendous views over the Machu Picchu and the local valleys. After we descend you are free to explore the ruins further on your own or take the bus back down to town. Lunch and the rest of afternoon is on your own. We’ll reconvene for dinner, and have a post dinner meditation as an option.
May 17th: We’ll rise early, eat breakfast, then catch a bus to the citadel of MACHU PICCHU. We’ll explore a different section of the ruins. After the guided portion, you are free to explore the ruins further on your own or take the bus back down to town. Lunch and the rest of afternoon is on your own. We’ll reconvene for dinner, and have a post dinner meditation as an option.
May 18th: We’ll have a leisurely morning, with an optional early meditation before breakfast. We’ll board the train back to Ollantaytambo mid-morning. We’ll then explore CIRCLES OF MORAY, an unusual site consisting of several terraced circular depressions. The SALT PANS of MARAS is the next stop. These salt pans were created by the Incas and are still harvested today. We’ll have lunch en-route. After exploring these sites we’ll check into our hotel, Villa Urubamba. We’ll reconvene for dinner and have a post dinner meditation as an option.
May 19th: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. After breakfast we’ll head out for a day hike to HUCHUY QOSQO, a rarely visited Incan site that was once a royal estate. Our trail takes us past small lakes, into the heart of the Andes, over a high pass, and down into the ruins where a picnic lunch will be set out for us. After exploring the ruins we’ll drop down into the Sacred Valley, then head back to the hotel. We’ll enjoy dinner together with a post dinner meditation as an option.
May 20th: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. After breakfast we’ll meet for a few hours of conversation with a focus on acceptance, compassion, and joy, along with whatever else arises. We’ll then drive to Chinchero for lunch, and explore the CHINCHERO ruins, the famous Chinchero market, and visit a weaver’s cooperative. After returning to the hotel, We’ll enjoy dinner together with a post dinner meditation as an option.
May 21st: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. After breakfast we’ll meet for a few hours of conversation with a focus on acceptance, compassion, and joy, along with whatever else arises. In the afternoon we’ll explore local life via a COOKING CLASS, visit an artisanal chocolate factory, touring the region via mototaxi. We’ll return to the hotel for dinner together followed by a post dinner meditation.
May 22nd: Rise early for pre-breakfast meditation. We’ll check out of our hotel mid-morning then drive to Cusco for our flight back to Lima, where you’ll then connect with your onward flight home.
All of This Is Included:
The Little Bits That Aren't Included:
Retreat Facilitator ~ Amy Pattee Colvin
Peruvian Guide ~ Manuel Velazco
In the fall of 2015 I attended a mediation retreat to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu led by my long-time teachers. During the blessing ceremony, the shaman, Adriel, gave me a seed to plant after the ceremony finished. He said to look for the plant when I brought my own group on retreat to Peru.
For many months that seed of an idea quietly germinated, and has now sprouted into the retreat offered in May of 2018.
I’ve practiced a blend of Taoism and Buddhism since the mid-1990s, and am a certified facilitator of Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Training. I have shared the concepts of acceptance and compassion for self and others the past few years via courses and workshops, a weekly compassion group, and writing a book. I’m excited to share these concepts with YOU while we actively explore Peru's stunning landscapes and culture.
I hope you’ll join me. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manuel Velazco, born in Cusco, Peru, entered the tourism industry at the age of 15. He has served as a professional Tour Guide for 20 years, guiding around Peru and South America.
I met Manuel in the fall of 2015 when my mother and I traveled on an Overseas Adventure travel trip to Southern Peru and Bolivia. Manuel was a fantastic guide, and when I originally put this trip together I immediately contacted him to see if he was available. I’m excited to spend more time with him, and for him to share his knowledge and love of his culture with you.
Cost & Registration:
Cost: $2,895 USD, per person based on double occupancy.
Registration: Register and place your deposit HERE OR email email@example.com, subject line Peru Retreat Registration.
***We recommend that you purchase travel insurance which covers emergency medical treatment, evacuation, and trip cancellation.***