Itinerary for Awaken your Creative Spirit Peru« Back to Trip Overview
Day 0 – Wednesday 15th: Departing home!
Your journey to the mystical land of Peru begins tonight when you board your international flight. If you are taking an overnight flight you will arrive in time for our morning flight to Cusco. For those of you taking a daytime flight you will stay at the Ramada Hotel tonight at the Lima Airport in preparation for your morning flight to Cusco.
Day 1 – Thursday 16th:
Your journey program begins with a transfer from Cusco airport to your comfortable hotel conveniently situated off the historic Plaza de Armas. Participants must try to arrive before 11 a.m. to give you time to rest on your bed to help acclimate to the 11,000 ft altitude. (Guests who arrange to arrive in Cusco a day ahead, will acclimate to the altitude and feel great the next day.)
Meet your leaders and group participants in the lobby at 12.45 p.m. to walk to nearby lunch followed by an orientation group meeting in the hotel. Late afternoon guided walk through historical Cusco, including a visit to fascinating Korikancha Temple. Dinner on your own or return to the hotel to rest. (L)
Day 2 – Friday 17th:
Morning: Visit ancient sacred Incan sites outside of Cusco: Awesome Saksaywaman with a coca k‘intu ceremony and meditation. Time to paint, sketch or further explore the area; followed by a visit to the shamanic Kenko site. Afternoon: Explore Cusco’s trendy artists district of San Blas with visits to select galleries, the art of the cathedral, and interaction with resident artists, or choose alternative sites offered by the guide. Choose to eat in one of the many renowned Cusco restaurants. (B)
8:30 a.m. Depart for Willka T’ika Guesthouse in the Sacred Valley. En route, explore the mysterious and magical Moray Circles set amidst beautiful mountain scenery. Perfect for artists, photographers and hikers. Brown bag lunch. Visit Maras salt farms. Optional hike down through the valley to a warm welcome at Willka T’ika. Afternoon: Optional SPA activities. Welcome dinner and introduction to the Willka T’ika family – the Quechua staff who will take care of your needs during your stay. (B.L.D)
EVERY DAY AT WILLKA T’IKA: Before 8:30 a.m. Group yoga and meditation in one of two spacious, sun-lit yoga studios. 8:30 a.m. Gourmet buffet breakfast. Sign up for the workshops of your choice (all are included and optional). Workshops are designed to inspire both beginner and advanced levels. Allow your inner Spirit to bring out your creative talents. Or, choose to hike, or relax in the gardens and have fun.
Day 4 – Sunday 19th:
Morning: Carol invites you to attune to and connect with the renowned Seven Chakra Gardens. An open day at Willka T’ika, dedicated to Pachamama, Mother Earth allowing guests to connect deeply with Nature in the Chakra Gardens – relax, paint with Jill, meditate or indulge in an Andean Spa treatment. Meeting with our Qero healers, optional coca-leaf readings and personal healing sessions with the pakko, Qero healer visiting from the high Andes. After dinner, participate in an authentic group Andean offering and fire ceremony. (B.D)
Day 5 – Monday 20th:
Morning: Heart-opening day begins with a very special interactive visit to an Andean mountain school, one of four Quechua mountain schools supported by the Willka T’ika Children’s Fund. We will plan to share our gifts of creative art with the children. Choose to bring any gifts listed in the general information sheet. Or, if you are an artist and would like to do an art project with a class, please bring additional inexpensive art materials to share.
Afternoon: Drive through the Sacred Valley to the spectacular ruins of P’isaq. Brown bag lunch. Artists will be able to paint at an amazing site, or for the more active, a vision quest hike and meditation. Visit the colorful market of P’isaq, an artist and photographer’s dream and shopper’s delight. (B.L.D)
Day 6 – Tuesday 21st:
Morning: Early morning visit to the amazing Incan town and ceremonial site, Ollantaytampu with a hike to an ancient Incan cave for meditation. This special day allows time to join one or all of the workshop/offerings in progress. Infuse yourself in the inspirational energies of Willka T’ika and the Chakra Gardens, relax, meditate, write or paint. Take advantage of the optional art class, traditional healing sessions, and pamper yourself with an Andean SPA treatment or crystal light therapy session. For non-artists, maps for additional hikes into the valley or adventurous zip line or river-rafting activities are available. Late afternoon: Dinner and orientation to prepare for Machu Picchu. (B.L.D)
Day 7 – Wednesday 22nd:
Morning: Morning train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to the majestic terraces of Machu Picchu. A thorough and fabulous guided tour takes you through this wondrous site. Afternoon free to paint inside the ruins, or explore on your own. Evening: We invite you to a delicious celebratory three-course dinner in one of the finest restaurants in Aguas Calientes. Overnight at riverside lodge. (B.D)
Day 8 – Thursday 23rd:
Morning: Open day in Machu Picchu with entrance ticket included. Options to hike Machu Picchu mountain, the Inkan Inti Punku gateway to the City of Light, or paint or meditate in a quiet place away from the tourists. p.m. Afternoon train back to Ollantaytampu, transfer to Willka T’ika in time for dinner. (B.D)
Day 9 – Friday 24th:
Enjoy a Day of Mindfulness and Integration at Willka T’ika. Chakra Garden activation. Join art classes of your choice, meditate in the Chakra Gardens and allow yourself time to receive the ancestral crown chakra energies beneath the thousand-year-old Lucuma tree. Indulge the body in optional Andean SPA treatments and crystal light therapy. Hikes into Urubamba are available for those who prefer to be more active. Farewell group activity and dinner celebration at Willka T’ika. (B.L.D)
Day 10 – Saturday 25th:
Enjoy the magical, early morning garden energies with yoga, a spiral walk, closing meditation, or art, followed by a buffet breakfast at 8.30a.m. 10:00 a.m. Set departure Time: Allow three hours and 25 minutes before your flight. There will be one transfer to the Cusco airport. Ideal flights to Lima depart between 1:45-3.00p.m. Connect to Lima and your flight home. Arrive in your home city the same or next day, filled with the pure spiritual and creative energy of your transformational Andean journey-of-a-lifetime. (B)
Day 11 – Sunday 26th: Home again…
Filled with the pure spiritual energy of your Andean transformational journey-of-a-lifetime, you arrive in your home city.