Peru

Heart of the Pachamama with Puma Quispe Singona

A Heart Opening Sacred Journey to Peru to Celebrate the Spring Equinox September 17 - 25, 2011
Trip Extension Lake Titicaca: The Heart of Mama Cocha September 25 - 29, 2011

Join us in a heart-opening journey to celebrate the Spring Equinox at Machu Picchu with Andean Medicine Man, Healer and Wisdom Keeper, Puma Quispe Singona.

Explore the mysteries of the majestic Andes and find enlightenment and inspiration in this warm and harmonic land. Stroll around the colourful town of Cusco, wander through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas and travel back through time while rediscovering ancient Incan sites in Ollantaytambo and Pisac. Enjoy ceremonies and wisdom teachings as you connect with Pachamama (Mother Earth) and your own core being on this incredible tour. Our spiritual journey also includes an optional extension to Lake Titicaca & the Uros Floating Islands. READ MORE

Tour Leader Puma Quispe Singona

Trained by his Grandfather since the age of 6, Puma walks the path of a traditional Andean medicine man. Speaking to thousands of people globally, he is recognized as a keeper of ancient wisdom.

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Puma our guide was great, such good mastery of the English language, a very good sense of humor, a great knowledge of the history and the Spirituality of his country.Muriel Wattinne, Queensland, Australia

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Tour Description

Join us in a heart-opening journey to celebrate the Spring Equinox at Machu Picchu with Andean Medicine Man, Healer and Wisdom Keeper, Puma Quispe Singona. Explore the mysteries of the majestic Andes and find enlightenment and inspiration in this warm and harmonic land. Stroll around the colourful town of Cusco, wander through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas and travel back through time while rediscovering ancient Incan sites in Ollantaytambo and Pisac.

Sacred Machu Picchu in Peru
Connecting with the energy at Machu Picchu

As we seek out various temples and sacred sites, and experience and participate in Sacred Ceremonies and Traditional Rituals led by Medicine Men and Wisdom keepers, we will be deeply immersed in the enigmatic culture of the Incas. Connect with Pachamama (Mother Earth), the Incan goddess of fertility and the harvest, and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for this great Earth. Open your heart as you listen to the whispers in the wind and let the Condors guide you to find your inner peace and balance.

Enjoy a unique opportunity as we immerse ourselves in the local community and experience the joy and peace of the Peruvian culture and people. Let their smiles and laughter inspire you to show kindness to all who you encounter and remind you to share joy with yourself and the world.

Our Optional Excursion to Lake Titicaca is an opportunity not to be missed. Explore the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca and the Uros Floating Islands. These islands, made of Tortora reeds, are home to the Uros people who, according to legend, existed before the sun when the earth was cold and dark. The islands attract visitors from all over and offer an opportunity to learn about ancient practices and traditions and a chance to admire the simple way of life of the people.

Chinchero Weaving Co-operative in Peru
Member of the weaving co-operative, Chinchero

On behalf of our journey participants, Sacred Earth Journeys will be donating $50 per person to Ayni Ayllu Weaving Cooperative, a local foundation close to Puma’s heart as well as our own. This wonderful initiative is run by  Puma's family, specifically his mother who has been a constant support in the renewal of wisdom and strength in the local community of Chinchero.  The purpose of the initiative is to preserve the ancient Andean traditions of weaving arts, while inspiring women and children to manifest their inner light through the practise of weaving.  Workshops are offered to teach and renew the ancient ancestral Incan wisdom and spirituality so that the traditions can be carried forth with the new generations.  Workshops on family and childcare are also offered to help impoverished families so that they may receive the tools necessary to create a safe space for women and children, while teaching them important skills to help them find more opportunities for work and self sustainment. The initiative also focuses on education and offers classes such as English, Science and Mathematics for orphaned and underprivileged children, who would otherwise not have the chance to go to school, while encouraging them to strive and learn and believe in themselves. We welcome other donations to help strengthen and grow this inspiring program.

 

Arrive in Lima from your home city and transfer to the hotel for a night’s rest. Let your dreams this evening welcome you to this sacred land and offer insights into the spiritual journey which awaits.
(Overnight in Lima)

(Photo: Ms643, Wikimedia Commons)

Peru, Lima

Today we fly over the majestic Andes to Cusco. Make sure to have your camera ready for some spectacular photo opportunities. On a clear day you can see all the valleys and peaks and the tiny mountain towns scattered among the hills. In the afternoon we will have our introductory meeting to go over all the exciting activities we have planned for our journey.

Spend the rest of the day independently to adjust to the altitude and wander through the colourful town. Make sure to check out the fabulous craft markets to get a head start on gift buying. In the evening we will gather together for our Welcome Dinner of traditional Peruvian cuisine and enjoy the local entertainment.
(Overnight in Cusco)

Peru, Cusco

Wake up early for a private meditation and set your intention for your journey. At breakfast fill up for a full day of sightseeing. In the morning we will enjoy a city tour of Cusco to immerse ourselves in the smiles and laughter of the local people and stop at various Incan Sacred Sites for ceremonies. We will also have a moment to visit the markets to shop for some local handicrafts. Later we visit Coricancha, one of the most revered temples, dedicated to the Sun God, whose walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold. Wander the courtyard which was once filled with golden statues and view the ancient relics, mummies and textiles in the nearby underground Archaeological Museum. At Sacsayhuamán, we will marvel at this architectural wonder and learn the mystery and legends of how this stone-walled complex was constructed. We continue on to Tambomachay, a favourite resting place of the Incas, commonly referred to as the “Baños del Inca” or “Baños de la Ñusta“, (Baths of the Incas or Baths of the Princess). This site, once used for ritual bathing, is believed to be a temple dedicated to the worship of water. As we listen to the crystalline water springs flow over the magnificently carved stones, we will connect with the element of water. We continue on to explore the Temple of the Moon and its underground caves that are thought to once have held mummies, and end off the day by stopping at Kusilluchayoc, an ancient shrine hidden in the countryside, for a private ceremony.
(Overnight in Cusco)

Peru, Tambomachay

After breakfast we make our way through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the area between Pisac and Ollantaytambo, catching sight of the scattering of ancient Incan remnants, reminders of the region’s immense ceremonial importance. This long narrow valley goes up to Urcos in the south and towards the north to cross Ollantaytambo before its stretch of broad plains, rugged peaks, and incomparable beauty finally reach the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its fertile lands have been home to the Inca for thousands of years and their mysteries and legends still resound. We drive into the hills to the picturesque town of Pisac to admire the colonial architecture and the awe-inspiring scenic beauty and stop at the ancient solar observatory, which we will enter through the ancient Temple of the Condor, for a private ceremony. We then make our way to the village of Pisac for lunch and take time to explore the Andean Marketplace to purchase lovely handcrafted treasures to take home.

After lunch we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the Sanctuary of the Wind, renowned for its ancient fortress. We visit the royal baths and fountains for a shamanic energy cleansing ceremony by Unu, the Water element, and then make our way along the murmuring river to the Temple of the Condor for a few moments of reflection and silent meditation. Ending off our afternoon, we stop at the main altar area of the temple to receive our blessings from Wayra (Wind Element), the guardian of the site. As we watch the sun set, take time to reflect on the day before returning to our hotel for the night.
(Overnight in the Valley)

Peru, Ollantaytambo

Chinchero, a small village located high up in the windswept plains, offers spectacular views over the Sacred Valley and the snow capped peaks of the Andes. Renowned for its beautiful traditional weavings, this town is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and gifts. Here we immerse ourselves in the local community to support local projects.

We will also have the pleasure of meeting Puma's family to learn more of their traditional ways and practices and perhaps hear a few stories and tales. Enjoy the evening at your leisure to prepare for your visit to sacred Machu Picchu the next day.
(Overnight in the Valley)

Peru, Chinchero, Peru weaving

Today we enjoy a scenic train ride along the Urubamaba River to the charming village of Aguas Calientes. After checking in to our hotel we make our way by bus to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu for our spiritual awakening. “The Lost City of the Incas” is an inspiring and beautiful sacred site, an architectural wonder, and a great testament to Incan Civilization. Once used primarily as an astronomical Observatory, Machu Picchu now attracts thousands of visitors each year to connect with the sacred energies of this special place. Because it sits within 3 corresponding high peaks of power which create an energy triangle, it is a perfect spot to sit and meditate, focus your intent, and grow your awareness.

During our time here we will visit the Temple of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the spiritual center of the Intihuatana, or the Hitching Post of the Sun to connect with the upper and lower worlds and the elements of air, and fire. Enjoy a few moments for private reflection and exploration, before being guided into a heart-opening ceremony to connect with Pachamama and the universal energies that encompass us – a life changing experience!
(Overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Peru, Machu Picchu

We return to Machu Picchu once again for another day of introspection and reflection. Spend the day exploring the magic of this special place and being fully present in each moment of wonder. During our special Spring Equinox Ceremony we connect with the spirits of the Apus and the heart of Pachamama for a deeply profound and transformational experience. Learn how to release old habits and patterns that do not serve you so that you may begin anew. With the guidance of Puma and the support of new friends, find the inspiration to recreate your life to live out your soul’s purpose.
(Overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Peru, Machu Picchu

After breakfast we head out for a visit to beautiful Mandor Falls located in a lush forest surrounding the town of Machu Picchu. We enjoy a lovely 30 minute walk along the railway line from the small Machu Picchu pueblo to arrive at the falls. Enveloped by the serene environment and the soothing sounds of the waterfall, we connect with Pachamama once again, the spiritual energies of the site, and the sacred elements that surround us. Later in the day we travel back to Cusco and retire for the evening.
(Overnight in Cusco)

Peru, Mandor Falls

This morning fly from Cusco to Lima for your departure home blessed with new-found wisdom and insights, or continue on to Lake Titicaca for an inspiring cultural experience.

Peru

Extension: Lake Titicaca

Early departure this morning by bus to Lake Titicaca which sits over 3800 metres above sea level, making it the highest navigable lake in the world. Notable for its people who live on the Uros, a group of artificial islands made of floating reeds, this remarkable place is one not to be missed. As we journey here we will stop at various temples and sacred sites to connect with the energies of the highlands and Pachamama. We arrive early evening at Lake Titicaca, the heart of the Andean feminine energy, to be welcomed by the loving embrace of powerful MamaCocha. Evening at your leisure. 

Peru, Lake Titicaca

This morning we journey to Aramu Muru’s Doorway in the Valley of the Spirits. Upon arrival we pause to reflect at the Inca’s Sun Seat facing the Lake, to connect with its nurturing feminine energies. We then tread carefully upon large rock formations in the shapes of a serpent and puma to connect with the energies of the Lower and Middle Worlds. As we trek to the Doorway we pass by the mysterious Valley of the Spirits and a mystical arrangement of natural rock formations.

At Aramu Muru’s Doorway, known to be a portal into other dimensions, we will be led into ceremony to honour our own personal growth and transformation and our own rebirth and crossing into our new life. In the afternoon we make our way to Cutimbo to explore the Archaeological Complex. This pre-Hispanic cemetery, which belonged to the Lupaca and Colla Lordships, contains remnants of ancient Incan relics, petroglyphs that date back over 8000 years, and ancient Incan structures and burial towers known aschullpas. In one of these towers we will be led into chants and meditations to connect with the ancient spirits. 

Peru, Aramu Muru

Arise early this morning to revel in the morning sun before embarking on a private boat trip on the tranquil waters of Lake Titicaca to the Uros Islands. These islands of Tortora reeds are home to the Uros people who, according to legend, existed before the sun when the earth was cold and dark. Once used as a mobile defense system, the islands now attract visitors from all over and offer an opportunity to learn about ancient practices and traditions and a chance to admire the simple way of life of the people. Although the Uros claim to have “black blood” which makes them impervious to the cold, they are a warm and inviting people and we will all be welcomed with open arms and hearts.

Among the islands, we also visit Amantaní, a circular island about 9 square km in size, known as the "Island of the Kantuta", after the national flower which grows plentifully here.  The island is home to two mountain peaks, Pachatata (Father Earth) and Pachamama (Mother Earth), and contains ancient Inca and Tiwanaku ruins on top of both. Agriculture is a main way of life here evidenced by the terraced hillsides which are planted with wheat, quinoa, potatoes, and other vegetables. Fluffy Alpacas can also be spotted grazing the slopes. The local Amantaní are renowned for their beautiful textiles and ceramics as well as their heartwarming and welcoming natures. 

 

Peru, Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca

Today we participate in a special ceremony honouring Mama Cocha and Pachamama on the charming island of Amantaní. This will be our final opportunity to give thanks to Mother Earth and all those who have nurtured us and blessed us on this journey.  Gathered in reverence we will show our greatest appreciation to the Great Mother and also have a chance to thank our new spirit brothers and sisters for their company and friendship on this transformational journey.

Peru, Lake Titicaca, Amantani Island

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Juliaca to Lima to bid our goodbyes. If required, we will have use of day rooms to share our final thoughts with our new found friends and to relive our wonderful memories before our return home from Lima.

Peru, Peruvian wool

Heart of the Pachamama with Puma Quispe Singona

September 17 - 25, 2011

Extension: Lake Titicaca: The Heart of Mama Cocha

September 25 - 29, 2011

Main Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels in Double Occupancy
  • Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches, and 1 Dinner
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • Flight from Lima/Cusco
  • Flight from Cusco/Lima or Puerto Maldonaldo/Lima if taking extension
  • Transportation by Private Coach
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu with shuttle service
  • Entrance fees to Archaeological Sites and Temples

Added Features:

  • Travel with Andean Medicine Man, Healer and Wisdom Keeper, Puma Quispe Singona
  • Visits to Sacred Sites and Temples
  • Traditional Andean Ceremonies
  • Special Spring Equinox Ceremony at Machu Picchu
  • Community Immersion and Participation in Local Projects

Lake Titicaca Extension Includes:

  • Accommodation at 4 Star Hotel
  • All Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Daily
  • Transportation by Private Coach and Boat
  • Flight from Juliaca to Lima
  • Entrance Fees to Sites Visited
  • Private Ceremonies and Rituals

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to to and from Lima, Peru
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance (ask us for a quote if your are Canadian)
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Cost to obtain valid passport
  • Tips & Gratuities for drivers, bellboys, waiters, etc.
  • Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks and telephone calls. Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary.

Tour Price:

    • Double Room: USD $2,920 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $610
  • Extension:

    • Double Room: USD $970 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $275
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