Shamanic Journey into the Heart of Machu Picchu, PERU & INTI RAYMI - The Festival of the Sun God
Join us for 11 life-changing days full of wonder, awe, and adventure! Including a VIP entrance to the most important Inca Festival, INTI RAYMI. Plus exploration of Cusco - Capital of the Inca Empire, Cosmic Temple of Saqsayhuaman, Sacred Valley of the Inca Masters, Ollantaytambo the Lemurian Temple of Love, Pisac the Falcon Temple, Aguas Calientes and two amazing days in Machu Picchu, the Inca ancient University.
Optional trip to Lake Titicaca
Home - Lima, PERU
If all possible, I invite you to consider to arrive in Peru few days prior of our official journey starts, this will allow you the opportunity to rest and explore Lima, the Capital of Peru.
Lima lies on the country's arid Pacific coast. Though its colonial center is preserved, it's a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. It's home to the Museo Larco collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. The Plaza de Armas and the 16th-century cathedral are the heart of old Lima Centro.
If you decided to arrive in Lima prior to our official journey, be ready to join the group in the morning of June 15, and travel together to Cusco. Also you might wish to arrive in Cusco prior to June 15 for early exploration, that is possible too, just keep in mind, whatever you choose before June 15 is optional and can be flexible. We will do our best to assist you with all arrangements.
June 15: Lima – Cusco ... Our Shamanic, Spiritual, Transformational Journey starts...
Those who arrived in Lima early for some exploration and those who choose an overnight flight to Lima will meet this morning at Lima airport departure gate, and together fly to Cusco. If you have already arrive in Cusco prior to this day, this morning everyone meets in Cusco, original group meeting point.
A short flight from Lima, just 1 hour, and we will be greeting Cusco—the Holy City, capital of the Incan Empire. After a warm welcome and greetings from theSpirits of the Earth local team, we will travel by bus for 1 ½ hr to our hotel located in Urubamba, the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our home for the next 6 nights.
Believe it or not, Cusco is at an altitude of 3,400m (11,154ft) so heading to Urubamba at 2,900m, (9,514ft) can make a huge difference. Today is reserved for resting and adjusting to the elevation.
We gather later on the day to open our sacred circle and set our sacred intentions. Welcome to Peru!
June 16: Sacred Valley of the Incas
After a good night sleep and delicious Peruvian breakfast, we start our studies of the Inca Cosmology taught by Vera Lopez, our Spiritual Leader and Tour Director. Vera has been leading spiritual journeys to Peru for over 30 years, her love for this land, culture, people and connection to PachaMama have inspired her to make Peru her Soul Home and dedicated her life to the Andean ancient wisdom and to walk her life path as a PachaMama Priestess.
June 17: Sacred Valley of the Incas/Moray
This morning we welcome our Paqo, a Q'ero native of the high lands of Peru and one of the last descendants of the Incas to join our group.
The Q’ero people have lived for centuries in villages at 18,000 feet of elevation, and were thought to have disappeared until they descended from the mountains in the 1950s to share their wisdom and their prophecies with all people. They are known as weavers of the Light, they weave 5th dimensional symbols into their manta cloths, which emanate light and living energy. Their cloths have the same symbols woven into them as those of the ancient Inca. Their language is considered to be over 20,000 years old, and is believed to have seeded ancient Hebrew and Sanskrit, which are the languages of many of our holy texts. They are one of the few civilizations on Earth that still hold their ancient teachings and ancient codes intact, as they have not been influenced or invaded by other cultures. Their history, which has been handed down from generation to generation perhaps for thousands of years, states that they are of the same lineage as the ancient Mayans, Hopi, Navajo, and Tibetans, and their language and rituals share many similarities.
As we gather in circle, Vera Lopez will speak about the Inca Prophecy and why Peru is considered by many sages of today the birth place of the New Earth. While our dear Paqo--High Priest of the Q’ero Nation— prepares our first despacho.
A Despacho ceremony is an interactive ceremony where all involved build together (unity consciousness) a living mandala using elements gathered from our local environment to offer our prayers and intentions to Spirit. These offerings are put together in a way that energetically weave the three worlds of existence, Hanan Pacha or upper world, Kay Pacha or middle world and Uku Pacha or lower world by balancing the Divine Feminine and Masculine. Our initiation into the Incan Tradition has begun.
Today our ancient transmission of energy, the rites of passage is the Llankay Karpay.
A Karpay transmission is where a Paqo (Incan Priest) intercedes on our behalf by invoking the Elemental Beings to assist us in the shift from the human beings we are to the luminous beings we are all becoming. By planting an intentional Luminous seed that literally infuses itself into our DNA, this seed, once given to us by them and fed by us, will grow in our energetic fields and is there to assist us in that transformation process. The Q’ero Karpay assist us by expediting this process exponentially. All who received the gift of their transmissions are instantly initiated Paqos of this ancient lineage and become themselves ambassadors of the Earth.
The Q’ero medicine is intentional. The transmissions you will receive from the medicine man is much like an attunement of power; the process carries an amazing energetic intensity and needs your focus with all the clarity you can offer to maximize the results of each transmission. After the Karpay you will be considered by them an ambassador, going home with tools to use in your lives and to help others in their own awakening journey.
Llankay can be roughly translated as work or service towards all living creations and the universe (cosmos, source, Creator, etc). It is a state of consciousness where each individual’s soul purpose, or path in life, is in service to their fellow human being as well as the cosmos. Everything that we “do” is in ultimate service to the Divine.
Llankay is an explanation that we are all one part of a bigger picture and that each part is inherently dependent on the other. Every thought, word, and deed affects everyone and everything in this experience of life so much so that it would be wise to live consequently and with integrity and without fear. Llankay allows us to express our creativity through our work and can also be thought to symbolize the power of the physical body, or our animal selves. Its energy resides in the physical body below the ribcage to the groin and coincides with the first three chakras. With Llankay, we know that we are not alone. The lesson of Llankay is “We are all Connected.”
June 18: Ollantaytambo – Ayni
We start our day early, today receiving the Munay Karpay. If there is an English word to describe Munay, the closest would be “love”, yet Munay is more of a consciousness of acceptance and appreciation for all creation and all that is. It is more in line with an universal and unconditional love.
Munay understands that we are all different in that we will have different opinions and may be on different paths in our lifetime and that is okay since paradoxically we are all similar in that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. The area in our physical body where the energy of Munay rests is around the Heart chakra (4th energy center around the physical heart). Like the Heart chakra, Munay bridges our Lower selves with our Higher Selves and it is the center that holds us together. The practice of Munay focus on the positive and let go of the heavy energy such as anger and resentment which tend to weigh a person down. The lesson of Munay is “We are One.”
We then travel through the Sacred Valley to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo, prior to the Incas, was known as a Lemurian Temple of Love, today also called Temple of the Sun. Here we will experience a profound energy that is somehow connected to six enormous pink stones that were mysteriously transported to this place.
After lunch we travel to a village close by to visit the blessed children that will sing and dance and welcome us with flowers and smiles of gratitude. We are coming to visit and share our love and gifts with them. We will be living/delivering the law of Ayni.
Ayni is the Andean concept of reciprocity, which provides the foundation for how the Andean people relate to each other, as well as how they relate to Nature (they don’t see themselves as being separate from Nature).
In Ayni you don’t give or receive something without reciprocity. So as we come to offer our talents, treasure and time, we will leave with unlimited blessings. Each year our groups offers something unique and special to the children and Natives of a remote village and on this day you will have an opportunity to touch someone’s heart in a way you never thought would be possible. Many consider this experience the highlight of their trip.
June 19: Sacred Valley/Cusco Temples
Cusco – Navel of the Earth – according to the Incas, is a warm and lovely city. The memories of its ancient inhabitants are still alive.
The Incas developed an advanced awareness of energy and the knowledge of how to utilize each vibration for growth and transformation. Each temple was built at a specific point of power and are in direct alignment with each other and the Stars, as above so below.
Today we spend the day connecting to the Navel of the Earth and aligning our self with the Cosmic Mother through the powerful energies of the Incas most memorable temples feeling the timeless of each site where other dimensions open quickly and easily supporting the shifting of our own conscience.
End of the day we travel back to our hotel. Sweet dreams!
June 20: Pisac
We gather for our final Karpay. When Llankay and Munay are in proper balance and relationship, it allows one to manifest the third Inca law of Yachay. Yachay translates as “wisdom” and is more of an inner knowing and higher consciousness of our authentic, or true, selves. It understands that we are not our egos and are much more.
Yachay allows us to release our identity with the several roles we play in life which have the tendency to bind us down and prevent us from “remembering” who we truly are. Yachay enables us to reach a state of inner peace and joy regardless of the strife and turmoil occurring externally. It is a state of stillness and presence. Meditation is a key practice that can lead to a state of Yachay. The energy of Yachay resides around our fifth, sixth, and seventh chakras, centering around the forehead between the eyebrows (the “Third Eye” area). Yachay is all about living in the present. The lesson of Yachay is “All is Well.”
After this initiation we travel to the town of Pisac to experience the ancient site also call Pisac, also know as the Wira (god of wind) Home. We complete this day exploring the Traditional Indian Market.
After returning to our hotel, we will have free time to enjoy our retreat facilities. You may choose a special Andean SPA treatment or have time alone to meditate and connect with the powerful mountains that surround our retreat center.
End of the day return to our hotel. Retire early and prepare your heart for the next magical days. Sweet anticipation!
June 21: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
In the early morning we will board a train to Machu Picchu. The breathtaking view of the Urubamba Valley, where time stands still, will be a special preparation for our arrival in the Sacred Crystal City, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After we check into our hotel in the Aguas Calientes village, we take the local bus up to the mountain and 30 minutes later we will be experiencing one of the most special moments of our journey, a moment many of us have dreamed of for along time, and now it has finally come true.
Machu Picchu was a University where knowledgeable women practiced daily spirituality. Before entering Machu Picchu we will ask permission of Machu Picchu’s spiritual guides to allow us to enter its sacred walls. End of the day, we take the last bus down to the village where you can enjoy a lovely dinner together. Sweet Dreams!
June 22: Machu Picchu Sunrise
As the Sun rises through the holy mountains around Machu Picchu we will be in ceremony waiting to welcome Taita Inti (Father Sun) and its healing rays to light and bless us and this new day.
After ceremony our guide will take us through a ‘city tour’ where we will experience the temples of the Condor, The House of the Chosen Woman, The Priestess Residential area and Temple of PachaMama.
Afternoon free to enjoy Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and explore the local market or you can stay in the city of Machu Picchu for personal meditation time. We meet again at end of the day for another lovely dinner. Sweet Dreams!
June 23: Aguas Calientes – Cusco
Today we say goodbye to this holy place and travel back to Cusco, the Capital of the Inca Empire. Free afternoon and evening to walk around Cusco, enjoy the festivities already in place everywhere in town as many tribes are practicing and preparing to the great event, the Sun Festival.
June 24: Cusco - Inti - Raymi
Inti Raymi or Inca Sun Festal, was the most important religious ceremony of the Inca Empire in honor of the Sun God (INTI-SUN), Inti Raymi is celebrated in the shortest day of the year in terms of the time between sunrise and sunset (Winter Solstice). At Inti Raymi the Incas, the priests and all the people pay homage to the Sun God.
After the Spanish conquest in 1532, the Catholic Church suppressed the ceremony and the Andean society that used to celebrate this festivity to the sun which was dismembered, since that the celebration of the Catholic Saint San James took place. So Inti Raymi was forgotten then, until half of the XX century when, as expression of a great movement of revaluation of the native culture in Peru, was returned to the scene. In 1944 a group of intellectuals and artists from Cusco headed by Cusco Historian Humberto Vidal Unda decided to recover the Inti Raymi of the History and to present it as a show of theatrical type, dedicated to the whole population of Cusco, from then on, it has been represented every year, getting richer and richer teaching us all the magnificent ways the ancient Ones payed reverence to our Father Sun.
SETTINGS FOR THE INTI RAYMI CEREMONY:
The celebration of the Inti Raymi on June 24th, in honor of the Sun God, is made in the three historic and natural sceneries:
1. The QORIKANCHA or the temple of the Sun of the Incas; here the celebration begins at 9:00am and last for 45 minutes.
2. The Plaza de Armas, HAUQAYPATA or the main square; in the time of the Incas this vast square was used for important ceremonies, which took place entirely in the great “ushnu” or ceremonial platform. The ceremony here begins at 11:00 and ends one hour later.
3. SAQSAYWAMAN - it’s located at 2 kms from the city of Cusco. The name is in the ancient language used by the Incas (Qechua) which translated into Spanish means (falcon).
Program of the Saqsaywaman's scene: • Ceremonial arrival • Announcement of the 4 “Suyus” (or the four cardinal points): Qollasuyu, Kuntisuyu, Antisuyu and Chinchaysuyu • Chicha Ritual • Sacred Fire Ritual • Lama sacrifice and a sign reading (no worries, there is not any lama killed in fact nowadays) • Sankhu (sacred bread) Reading • Q'ochurikuy (burst of popular exaltation) • Q’ochurikuy (Dances and music from all Peru)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport to check in to our flight back to Lima. If you have time to leave the airport for a few hours before your international check in, we suggest a visit to the coast of Lima-Peru to enjoy a final Peruvian meal.
Optional Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca is the source and origin of the Inca, who were born on the sea on top of the world. Here the Sun and the Moon gave birth to the first Inca and Coya, who emerged from Lake Titicaca and journeyed north to the valley of Cusco and founded the Empire of the Sun. The conquistadors established an important shrine to the Virgin of rebirth and new life in Lake Titicaca.Our journey will have as its focus our own emergence as we do ceremonies and meditations with the transformative energies of these power places. We will visit the ancient towers of Sillustani, the burial ground of kings, queens and shamans, in the middle of Lake Umayu, the river of consciousness. We will call on new life at the Temple of Fertility. We visit the floating reed islands of the Uru peoples whose myth of origin points to Sirius, the Dog Star. We step into our becoming at Amaru Muru, the mountain gateway known as the Andean Stargate.Throughout the journey we will be surrounded by the beauty of islands that are virtually undisturbed since Inca times.
June 25: Cusco – Puno/Lake Titicaca
Early morning departure for Lake Titicaca by luxury coach, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Andean Altiplano with herds of wild vicuñas and llamas. On the way, we will make a quick stop to visit Raqch’i, home of the Temple of Wiracocha. Following a late afternoon arrival at our hotel by the lake. Sweet Dreams!
June 26: Lake Titicaca Urus Island
Motor launch ride across the “Sea at the Top of the World.” First we visit the floating reed islands of the Uru people, and then make our way to the island of Taquile. We take part in ceremonies at the holy waters of Lake Titicaca and honor the masculine and the feminine within us and our Universe.
June 27: Aramu Muru Doorway
Early morning visit to the Temple of Fertility. Here, we will call forth the seed within us that is ready to burst into life. We than experience the powerful energies of Amaru Muru, the Gate of the Gods, and the ancient funerary towers of Sillustani. Later afternoon return to our hotel by the lake.
June 28: Puno/Juliaca/Lima — Lima/Home
Early morning departure to Juliaca Airport, for our flight back to Lima and connecting flights to your international destination.
Thank you for this amazing journey of heart: for all the transformative growth and love we shared, and for the eternal connection. Blessings for your return… Love YOU!
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