Peru Odyssey – A Spiritual Retreat Adventure October 2018
Join us on an amazing journey of spiritual awakening through the sacred and magical lands of Peru.
Did you ever read a book like The Celestine Prophecy or The Alchemist and think ‘I wish I could have my own life-changing spiritual adventure in far-off mystical lands and meet shamans and keepers of ancient mystical knowledge’ Well, you absolutely can!
You can now embark on your very own spiritual journey by joining us on our 22 days of life changing adventure to the incredible land of Peru; a land that’s abundant with mysticism, shamans and ancient sacred places. A land whose magical beauty can ground you, align you with your higher self, and fill you with a positive force and unconditional love that is strong enough to transform your life.
Peru is a country like no other. It’s a place that either calls you or it doesn’t and if you’ve found this page then you’ve surely already felt the call to come here! Peru is one of the most beautiful, interesting and mystical countries you’re ever likely to visit, and being here really is like living in your very own spiritual adventure. 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 that is needed in the world now more than ever, then Peru is where you need to be.
Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World
Sadly, western cultures have almost completely lost touch with their ancient spiritual traditions that once thrived before being stamped out by the destructive, almost unstoppable, juggernaut of organised religion. The Catholic Church decimated shamanic and pagan traditions across Europe, and they made a pretty good attempt to do the same in Peru, but thankfully they didn’t quite succeed. Many of Peru’s ancient spiritual and shamanic traditions survived the onslaught by going into hiding for several hundred years. Now that the world is finally starting to awaken, these traditions are being re-discovered and re-learned.
A Land of Sacred places & Natural wonders
Peru is home to not just one, but several of the most mysterious and awe-inspiring places on the planet. A list that includes Machu Picchu, Saqsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, plus many natural wonders such as Lake Titicaca, the Andes mountains and the amazing Amazon Rainforest. These are all places we’ll be visiting on the trip. Here is a brief description of most of the places we’ll be taking you to over the 3 week tour:
The Amazon Jungle
Your adventure starts here!
In 2018 we’ve decided to do the most intense and transformational part of Peru Odyssey first. It’s our week-long ayahuasca retreat in the Amazon jungle.
Ayahuasca is the name given to a sacred plant medicine that comes from the Amazon rainforest where the indigenous people of the jungle have likely used it for thousands of years.
However, ayahuasca is no garden-variety plant medicine. The effects of ayahuasca are as extraordinary as they are profound. Most other plant medicines do not heal you by altering your entire perception of reality!
Working with ayahuasca is an intense, profound, and usually an incredibly transformative experience that can facilitate deep healing on all levels of your being – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Ayahuasca is a doorway to inner worlds that allows us to enter expanded states of consciousness and the experience of spiritual awakening. For many people, ayahuasca reveals the multi-dimensional nature of both reality and ourselves, and it leads us back to the knowledge of what we truly are – spiritual beings having a human experience.
You’ll get to take part in 4 ayahausca ceremonies (you can do less if you wish).
After leaving the jungle you’ll get to spend a day in Iquitos, a unique and interesting city like no other, and then we’ll all fly to Cuzco where we begin our adventure through the incredible Andes mountains.
CuZco – the Ancient Capital of the Incas
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 Cuzco of today is an amazing 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, ruins of the Sun Temple of which the Golden Garden, once covered with sculptures of precious metals, was pillaged by the Spanish soldiers to enrich the coffers of Charles V. 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. But, as cute and quaint as it is, our main reason for visiting Cusco is not to see the actual city (although you’ll have time for that as well). Surrounding Cusco are several important ancient temples that are still standing, the most impresive of which is Saqsayhuaman.
In many respects Saqsayhuaman 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. Officially Saqsayhuaman is said to be an Incan construction less than 600 years old, however our guide Amaru (and several other reseachers) believes it was built by a much older and far more advanced civilization that 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.
THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
After leaving Cusco we will head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a magnificent, fertile valley with stunning views that will have you regularly picking your jaw up from the floor! This is one of our very favourite parts of Peru and the energy in the valley is incredible and it’s not hard to understand why this valley was considered so sacred by the Incas. You’ll be spending 5 days in the Sacred Valley and visiting several beautiful places including: Pisac – 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. Moray – This incredible site contains many concentric agricultural terraces. It is believed that Moray was an agricultural laboratory where the Incas created different micro-climates to grow a large variety of crops. Ollantaytambo – The location of another amazing Inca temple or fortress, we’ll spend a full day exploring this village. This is also where we get on the train to Machu Picchu.
MACHU PICCHU – THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS
Machu Picchu has been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it’s really not hard to see why. It truly is a staggering achievement 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 sometimes 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. The morning after we arrive in Aguas Calientes 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.
Lake Titicaca – the lake on top of the world
Surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains high in the Andes mountains, Lake Titicaca is the perfect place to end our tour. At almost 4000m above sea-level it is the highest navigable lake in the world. And it is HUUUUGE! It’s like a mini-ocean at 233 km long and 97 km wide; it’s so vast you can barely see across to the other side. The surface area of the lake exceeds 8,300 km2, with an average depth of over 100m. But not only is it big and beautiful, it’s also a very sacred and spiritual location. It’s a place of immense power and is said by some to be the location of the Earth’s second chakra. According to legend it is the birthplace of the Incan empire, and it’s home to several indigenous communities such as the Aymara and Quechua Indians who have inhabited this magical place for over a thousand years. The Lake Titicaca region is home to several powerful ancient temples and power-spots that we’ll be visiting including Sillustani and the temples of Pacha Mama and Pacha Tata on the island of Amantani. Here are some of the incredible sights around Lake Titicaca
The Mysterious Doorway of Amaru Muru
We’ll begin the tour with a visit to Amaru Muru, a mysterious ‘doorway’ carved into a rock face. Some legends say that the doorway is an active working portal that can transport beings into and out of the world, and others call it the gateway to the 4th dimension.
Are the Chullpas of Sillustani just Inca Burial chambers, or something far more mysterious? One thing for sure is that this location is a powerful energy vortex that most people can sense. Silustani is also the location where the popular researcher and author David Icke had a very powerful spiritual awakening experience after feeling called to visit Peru.
The Island of Amantani
The Island of Amantani is a truly special place and it’s where we bring the tour to a close.
After a boat trip of several hours across Lake Titicaca we will then arrive on the sacred Island of Amantani. The island is home to two ancient temples including the temple of Pachamama, a place designed for connecting with the energies of our beautiful planet.
Outer Travels Inner Journeys
This sacred journey is more than just a tour of places in Peru. It’s also a journey into yourself. During the course of the trip you will have the opportunity to take part in several shamanic plant ceremonies that will enable you to experience profound inner journeys into your true and authentic self.
San Pedro (known as Wachuma to the indigenous people) is a cactus that grows all along the Andes and it’s another amazing visionary plant teacher that has been used for thousands of years by the shamans of the Andes. San Pedro is 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. San Pedro activates your heart chakra and often leads to incredible feelings of bliss and profound connectivity with nature. Whereas Ayahuasca ceremonies are done at night, Wachuma ceremonies are usually done during the day, out in nature. Wachuma 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.
Who Should Register?
This a sacred journey for people who are sincerely interested in empowering themselves and expanding their own consciousness. However, it is not a journey that takes itself too seriously.
We like to appeal to fairly down to earth spiritual people. This is not a ‘new age’ journey for people so full of love and light that they deny their own shadow. And it certainly isn’t for people on dark egoic power-trips. Balance and integration is the name of the game.
At 22 days it is quite a long journey and we’ll all be spending a great deal of time together, so it’s important to maintain a certain amount of harmony within the group and attract the right people.
To date, all the people who have resonated and participated in this journey have been truly amazing people and there have never been issues with disharmony in the group and we hope for that to continue.
To ensure a more harmonious experience please only consider this journey if:
- You are sincere and open-minded.
- You are seeking to deepen your spiritual understanding and expand your consciousness.
- you have a sense of humour and don’t take yourself too seriously
- You welcome challenges and being out of your comfort zone at times
- You easily get along with other people
- You feel young at heart, no matter what your physical age may be
What People are saying…
In October 2014 we had 9 amazing people on the Peru Odyssey tour. Each of them gave a video testimonial on the final day of the trip. Click here to hear what they had to say
So I guess by now you’re wondering how much this amazing adventure is going to cost you! Keep in mind that this is a 3 week (22 day) adventure, and the price includes pretty much everything except your international flight to Peru and most of your meals.
Included in the cost of this trip is:
- 3 Domestic Flights in Peru
- 15 Nights in 6 different hotels
- Boat trip and 2 nights with the locals on the Island of Amantani
- 5 nights at Gaia Tree Center in the Amazon (inc. all meals)
- 4 Ayahuasca Ceremonies
- Jungle excursions with Amazonian Bushman and optional Kambo ceremony
- 1 San Pedro Ceremony
- Train to Machu Picchu
- All Entance Fees
- Breakfast Everyday
What’s not included:
- International flights to Peru
- Lunches and evening meals (except in the jungle due to dieta)
The cost of this amazing 3 week adventure is just $3990 per person You don’t need to pay the full amount up front, however you do need to pay a deposit of $1000 in order to reserve your place.
We are now using the Retreat.Guru service to manage bookings and payments. You can pay by credit or debit card.
You can choose to either pay the full amount when you make your reservation, or you can pay a $1000 deposit and the remaining balance will be billed to your credit/debit card 6 weeks before the tour begins.
“I loved the ancient/sacred sites we visited and I loved the deeper explanation of these sites that came from Amaru. I loved how the group that came together was remarkably cohesive and accepting of each other. I don’t think you typically find a group that became as close as we became on your average tour. I was surprised at the ceremonies we participated in and wasn’t expecting the depth of explanation we were given at some of the ancient/sacred sites. The San Pedro ceremony with Javier and the Ayahuasca ceremonies with Don Lucho and his son were topnotch and very professional. Peru was shown to me under the best of experiences, with the best of friendships and memories.” – Tracey P, USA [ale_divider style=”thin” text=”notext”] Divider Text [/ale_divider]
“For me the odyssey was a last minute trip, thrown together on my part, at the last possible moment; however, I am so happy that it came to fruition. It was more than I ever expected. This trip delivered! The high’s were high and there were no low’s. The entire group was made up of very like minded people. It was comforting. They are all honest, sharing, caring, good-natured people that truly have lasting friendship qualities. Thank you all! This journey has the ability to heal mind, body and spirit, and I felt it. I felt it all the way down in my core, where I needed it the most. I came on this trip because I suffer chronic pain and had pushed myself and my family to it’s limits…and my amazing wife sent me the link and told me that I needed a vacation. Boy was she right. Actually, she always is, but boy was she right!
The ability to reflect on what happened on this odyssey and the ability to continually draw power from those experiences, will benefit me and my family for the rest of my life. Peru has been calling my name since I was a child, and now I know why. Generally speaking I have always felt that we get out of life what we put into it. Sometimes I struggle to see and realize what we are doing in life and more importantly, why are we doing it. What is the purpose? What does it all mean? What does it all have to do with me, and why am I here and what am I supposed to be doing in this life?
While I was on this odyssey, I came to realize many of these exact things. The answers came to me. Not in the ways I imagined they would, but they came, and in many beautiful ways. They were all there inside, Peru just allowed me to understand them. All the “stuff” that seemed so important, stressful, painful and overwhelming back home, is not really that at all. I had to come to Peru to realize that I am the master of my own universe, and I am capable and responsible for healing myself and those I love. If you have questions like these, if you have pain in your life, if you feel hurt, unloved, lost or filled with doubt or fear…it’s okay.
Just be honest with yourself and everyone you meet and you will find yourself starting to relax and putting things in perspective. For me, I needed to be on this odyssey, there is no doubt in my mind. I can’t imagine there being any better place to relax and heal than on this journey…which is what life is, a journey. We have to live in the present, every moment of our lives. It is now my goal to live, every day, as if it is my last day I have left on this planet. It is my goal to love, heal, learn and experience life with passion. The past is gone and the future never turns out like we predict, so don’t worry about them. I know to be happy, I must live in the present, because that is what it is, a gift. Peru taught me that. Staying in the present, always raising the bar, doing my best to love and listen and learn and heal is how I would want to spend the last day of my life. So to me, it is like basking in beautiful, golden-green light.
Thank you for a wonderful odyssey, and thanks to my wonderfully, beautiful, brilliant wife! When I said she is always right, I meant it. Especially after this journey. I have come to realize that everyone is doing exactly what he or she wants and, needs to be doing…all the time! Therefore, they are always right, and I don’t have to worry about them, and that makes living life, in the present, so much more fantastic!!” – Shawn Haywood, USA [ale_divider style=”thin” text=”notext”] Divider Text [/ale_divider]
“Where to begin…AMAZING, LIFE CHANGING & PROFOUND summarise my time on the Peru Odyssey. Although even they seem to barely scratch the surface…there are no words to fully describe the truly wonderful experience. From the beautiful mountains to the green jungle the whole experience has left me with a deep desire to explore the world and more importantly a heightened desire to explore myself. Andy has clearly put some amazing energy into the tour which is immediately evident. Everyday is oozing with new adventures, wonders and delights whether that’s visiting a sacred sight, holding a sacred ceremony or just soaking up the vibes in a new town/city. This is not just visiting Peru: it’s feeling Peru; feeling a deep connection to the history; connecting to the land and water; being prepared to breakdown all your prior knowledge & invest in new knowledge. Then we have the star of the show…Amaru…he is a gift, a force of nature to be reckoned with! He unleashes something magical in each and every person and let’s them run with new found strength, spiritual knowledge & Fire, bringing out your inner warrior. Plant medicine teachers have shown me so much which I am incredibly thankful for along with the amazing shamans I had the opportunity to work with. Meeting a group of people from all over the world and all walks of life who have now become my family was my highlight of the tour. Connections I feel to these beautiful people will last a lifetime and sharing the journey has just made every element so much more special & intimate. My whole life has shaken up since leaving the tour, and although that’s scary I’m finally heading to the place I’ve been trying to reach in my life for years. PURE HAPPINESS & LOVE whilst living in my light. My adventure just gave me a kick up the ass!!! For anyone who’s unsure, don’t be, trust that this is where you’re meant to be if you’re reading this! Also know that you are held in a loving & nurturing space to allow for your growth & development. Thank you OTIJ & my beautiful soul familia x” – Isha B, United Kingdom [ale_divider style=”thin” text=”notext”] Divider Text [/ale_divider]
“The trip was truly an amazing adventure where I met so many wonderful and loving people whom I felt in my heart that I have met them before, maybe in another life. They felt like my family and Peru felt like my home. I have been on a spiritual quest for some time and my experience helped me to explore more of myself and lead me to a deeper healing of my body, mind, and soul. This journey has showed me especially from my San Pedro experience that the divine is all around us all the time even if we do not see; her arms are always wrapped around us like loving wings. This quest was more than just a trip to a beautiful place; to me it was a journey into my soul.” – Michelle D, Canada [ale_divider style=”thin” text=”notext”] Divider Text [/ale_divider]
“The Peru Odyssey tour was my first trip outside Australia – I sure jumped in the deep end and I’m so glad I did! I truly learnt so much about myself on this tour and I’m forever grateful to all my travel companions for sharing themselves and the experience with me. Peru is an exceptionally beautiful land with a rich history, lively culture and ancient Apus constantly watching you from the mountains. I loved it! The sacred sites were awe inspiring and our tour guide’s unique knowledge of the sites was fantastic. From holding meditation ceremonies at Macchu Picchu ruins to an impromptu tribal dance circle in a Cusco restaurant and eating breakfast to the sounds of a nearby tobacco purge (look it up), it really was a life changing journey. And i cannot describe the lightness of being that comes with shitting an entity out of your body during an Ayahausca ceremony! I highly recommend the Peru Odyssey tour to anyone who has heard Peru calling to them. Take the plunge!” – Ana, Australia