Are you considering coming on one of our Ayahuasca retreats at Kapitari? Would you also love to visit some of the many splendours of Peru such as Cusco and Machu Picchu while you’re here?
Then consider joining us on a spiritual adventure in the heart of the Peruvian Andes in the week before your Kapitari Ayahuasca retreat and see more of this incredible country!
Quite simply, Peru is one of the most staggeringly beautiful, interesting and mystical countries you’re ever likely to visit. It’s incredibly geographically diverse, featuring desert regions, mountain regions and of course the amazing Amazon rainforest. If you desire to connect more deeply with Pachamama (Mother Earth), see wondrous locations that will take your breath away and learn about ancient spiritual wisdom then Peru is where you need to be. Furthermore, coming to Peru and not visiting places like Machu Picchu and Saqsayhuaman would be like travelling through Egypt and not visiting the pyramids!
On average about a third of our ayahuasca retreat participants also visit Cusco and Machu Picchu as part of their trip. We’ve teamed up with Outer Travels Inner Journeys to offer you a spectacular group tour that you can join if you want to truly make the most of your time in Peru.
Here is an overview of the tour:
Day 1 – Cusco the ancient capital of the Incas
On the first day of the tour you’ll be exploring the city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital.
Cusco has to be one of the most unique cities in the world. It’s a stunningly beautiful city in an amazing location. Surrounded on all sides by the majestic Andes mountains, you can never get bored of exploring its nooks and crannies, ancient cobble-stone streets, Inca ruins and other places of great interest. The meaning of the word CUZCO comes from the Quechua word QOSQO which means navel, attributed to “The center or navel of the world.”
The Cusco of today is a beautiful amalgam of the ancient Inca capital and the colonial city it became after the Spanish invasion. From the Incas, it preserves impressive walls of meticulously cut granite or andesite, rectilinear streets running within the walls, and ruins of the Sun Temple. Of the colonial city, there remain the freshly whitewashed squat houses, the palace and the marvellous Baroque churches which achieved the impossible fusion of the Plateresco, Mudejar or Churrigueresco styles with that of the Inca tradition.
After lunch we’ll pay a visit to Coricancha (aka Qurikancha), which was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. It was one of the most revered temples of the capital city of Cusco.
Day 2 – Sacsayhuaman
In the morning you’ll visit Sacsayhuaman. In many respects, Sacsayhuaman is the most impressive of all the ancient sites in Peru (and perhaps even the world). The location isn’t quite as mind-blowing and magical as the location of Machu Picchu, but take a closer look at the stones and you’ll notice what an amazing feat of engineering it is that almost certainly could not be replicated today with our modern technology.
Officially, Sacsayhuaman is said to be an Incan construction less than 600 years old; however, some experts believe it was built by a much older and far more advanced civilization that possibly even pre-dates the last ice-age. Remnants of Atlantis or Lumeria perhaps? In his groundbreaking book “Fingerprints of the Gods” Graham Hancock also writes about this impressive location.
Day 3 – Pisac in The Sacred Valley
Today we leave Cusco behind and travel to Pisac in the sacred valley. Pisac, is a beautiful village that is situated below one of the most impressive Incan temples in the Sacred Valley. A large ruin that wraps all the way around a mountain and part of which contains The Sun Temple.
Day 4 – Huachuma (San Pedro) Ceremony
On Day 4 you’ll get to experience a San Pedro ceremony. San Pedro (known as Huachuma to the indigenous people) is a cactus that grows all along the Andes mountains and it’s another visionary plant teacher that has been used for thousands of years by the shamans of the Andes. You could say it’s Ayahuasca’s mountain cousin, and they complement each other extremely well.
Huachuma is also used for healing as well as mystical purposes. Its incredible energy opens up your channels, allowing you to connect deeply with yourself as well as the entire cosmos and other spiritual dimensions.
Huachuma activates your heart chakra and often leads to incredible feelings of bliss and profound connectivity with nature. Whereas Ayahuasca ceremonies are done at night, Huachuma ceremonies are usually done during the day, out in nature.
Huachuma gets you out of your mind and into your heart. Greater acceptance, love and compassion towards yourself and others are often the results of working with this powerful teacher.
Day 5 – Travel to Ollantaytambo
On the morning of Day 5 you’ll get to rest awhile and then in the afternoon you’ll head to the village of Ollantaytambo which is situated at the far end of the Sacred Valley.
Today, Ollantaytambo is one of the only towns in Peru that still retains its original Inca walls and street grid. It’s dominated by long, ancient stone walls that once divided groups of homes around communal courtyards.
Set into the mountain, behind the town you’ll see the incredibly impressive ruin of what is believed to be an Incan fortress.
Day 6 – Ollantaytambo Ruins & Train to Machu Picchu
In the morning of Day 6 you’ll visit the ruins at Ollantaytambo and then after lunch we’ll take the train to Machu Picchu village.
Day 7 – Machu Picchu
A few years ago Machu Picchu was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and it’s really not hard to see why. It truly is a staggering achievement that is guaranteed to fill you with awe and wonder from the moment you arrive. Just standing in this place is enough to raise your consciousness to a whole new level!
Machu Picchu is known as the “Lost city of the Incas”, “The City of Light for Initiates” and the “Crystal City”. It is an ancient and very sacred power place that is fed by grids of powerful natural energies. The shamanic belief is that Machu Picchu served as an initiatory centre for higher learning.
We will rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu where we will watch sunrise (weather permitting) over this magnificent place. It will literally take your breath away.
Day 8 – Rest at Machu Picchu (2017 tours only)
Our tours beginning in January have an extra day at Machu Picchu. This gives you a full morning of rest, or if you wanted to you could visit Machu Picchu again early in the morning (You would need to purchase a second ticket). After lunch we will get a train back to Cusco where we will have a final meal together.
Day 9 – Tour ends, and fly to Iquitos
Day 9 is a travel day. In the morning you’ll fly from Cusco to Lima and then in the afternoon from Lima to Iquitos in the Amazon jungle.
Included in the cost of this trip is:
- 8 Nights in 4 different hotels
- 1 San Pedro Ceremony
- Train to Machu Picchu and all bus travel around Cusco and Sacred Valley
- All Entrance Fees
- Breakfast everyday
What’s not included:
- International flights to Peru
- Domestic flights
- Flight from Cusco to Iquitos (We can arrange this for $250 including 2 nights accomodation in Iquitos before your retreat starts)
- Lunches and evening meals on the tour
Kapitari and Outer Travels Inner Journeys have separate boking systems so you have to separately for the tour and the retreat.
The cost of the Kapitari retreat is $800 and the cost of the tour is $1700
If you want us to arrange your flight to Iquitos and accommodation for 2 nights there is an additional cost of $250
Therefore the total cost is $2750 (or $2500 if you arrange your own Iquitos flights and accommodation)
You can pay $400 deposit on the Kapitari retreat and an $850 deposit on the tour. You can pay by either credit or debit card and the remaining balance will be automatically charged to your card 6 weeks before the tour and retreats start.
What flights you need to arrange
Unfortunately, Kapitari is in a very different part of Peru to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Kapitari is based in the north of Peru, in Iquitos, and Cusco and Machu Pucchu are in the Andes mountains, several hundred miles south. There are no direct flights between Cusco and Iquitos.
The Machu Picchu tour starts and finishes in Cusco, and the Kapitari retreat starts and ends in Iquitos.
Book your international flight all the way through to Cusco. We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 1 day before the tour starts because you’re at high altitude and it’s good to give yourself at least 24 hours to acclimatise. Also, the tour starts at 10am and you would need to fly to Cusco very early if you arrive on the same day the tour starts.
Using these flight booking sites you can book your return flight to begin in a different location than where you arrived. You do not want your return flight to start in Cusco, because you will finish in Iquitos. So please book your return flight to start in Iquitos.
You will also need to fly between Cusco and Iquitos after the tour finishes. There are no direct flights so you need to fly via Lima, the capital of Peru. To make things easier for you, we can book these flights for you at a cost of $250 and we also include 2 nights accommodation in Iquitos before your retreat starts.
Alternatively, if you would like to spend some time in Lima, the capital of Peru. You can book your international flight to Lima. And then arrange all your domestic flights separately. This option may sometimes work out cheaper. If you do this option and want to find the cheapest domestic flights then we recommend you book your domestic flights with Star Peru or Peruvian Airlines.
Not coming to Kapitari?
Anybody is welcome to attend this Machu Picchu adventure, even if you don’t want to attend the Ayahuasca retreat (or if you wish to do a different ayahuasca retreat). If you only want to do this Machu Picchu adventure and not the Kapitari retreat, then the cost is $1700. You can register for the tour at Outer Travels Inner Journeys
How to register
Before registering there are a few things you should be aware of and agree with.
First of all you need to be reasonably fit and in pretty good health. We’re going to be at high altitude for much of the tour and it can be pretty tough on some people, although the majority of people get over altitude sickness within 24 hours. Also, although we’re not going to be doing any really long hikes, there will sometimes be walking involved at locations that are sometimes rocky and steep to climb – nothing particularly dangerous, but certainly not ideal for people with any walking disabilities.
We recommend that you arrive in Cusco at least 24 hours before the tour begins so that you can acclimatize to the altitude.
Accommodation will be mostly 2 and 3 star hotels, nothing extravagant, but all will be charming, clean and comfortable.
All rooms in hotels will be shared (same sex, and 2 people to a room), if you’re coming with a partner or friend please let me know so we can put you together. If you wish to have a single room, it can be arranged at an additional cost of $300 (subject to availability).
Most importantly you should understand that this is a spiritual retreat, so please only apply if you feel called to this experience at a soul level.
1) First of all, choose your preferred Kapitari retreat:
We offer the tours on the following Kapitari retreats:
Please register for your preferred Kapitari retreat first.
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2) Register for the accompanying tour:
Once you have registered for your Kapitari retreat please register for your preferred tour dates below:
|October 15 – 22, 2016 (for Kapitari retreat 24th – 30th October)||Register Now|
|November 5 – 12, 2016 (for Kapitari retreat 14th – 20th November)||Register Now|
|December 3 – 10, 2016 (for Kapitari retreat 12th – 18th December)||Register Now|
|January 6th – 14th, 2017 (for Kapitari retreat 16th – 22nd January)||Register Now|
|February 3rd – 11th, 2017 (For Kapitari retreat 13th – 19th February)||Register Now|
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|March 31st – April 8th, 2017 ( For Kapitari retreat 10th – 16th April)||Register Now|
|April 28th – May 6th, 2017 (For Kapitari retreat 8th – 14th May)||Register Now|
|June 2nd – 10th, 2017 (For Kapitari retreat 12th – 18th June)||Register Now|
NEW!! Customised Machu Picchu Tours for Individuals or Friends/Couples
If you can’t make the group tour, or would prefer something shorter. Outer Travels Inner Journeys are now offering customised tours to individuals or friends/couples.
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