Journey to Peru - The Land of the Shamans
- Jaguar Path, Sacred Valley, Peru
- 70 Kemble St. Lenox, MA 01240
- Apr 27 - May 7, 2019 (11 days)
Ray Crist will lead daily Jaguar Yoga practice to help you ground and prepare yourself to receive the opportunity for the healing and growth you will encounter throughout the trip. You will enjoy a unique experience of practicing yoga at Machu Picchu and have the opportunity to visit the colorful markets.
Winding through the Sacred Valley against the backdrop of the majestic Andean Mountains, you will visit sacred Incan sites and work with the renowned shaman Don Sebastian Pauccar Flores. Explore the cultural offerings of Machu Picchu, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Morai, and Aguas Calientes.
"More than I could've ever expected." "A life changing trip." "Every day is filled with wonder, excitement, and fun."
- See the amazing temple of Machu Picchu and work closely with the shaman elder Don Sebastian.
Venue HighlightsWe will be staying at the wonderful 18th century hotel in Yucay in the heart of the sacred valley. We will travel in our own private bus daily to each different ancient site and we will take the train up the gorge to Machu Picchu.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
ScheduleApril 27, 2019: Cusco Airport to Yucay
Arrive at Cusco between 10 - 11 a.m.
We will pick you up from the Cusco airport (between 10 - 11 a.m.) then drive into Cusco for a delicious organic, farm-to-table lunch in the historic main square – Plaza de Armas.
After lunch, we head to an animal sanctuary dedicated to saving the native animals of the Sacred Valley (pumas, condors, lamas and more).
In less than an hour, we will arrive at our home-base in Yucay and settle into our rooms. After dinner, we will meet in our first group circle for an orientation, to get to know each other and clarify our intentions for the journey.
April 28, 2019: Temple of Písac
We will begin our day with Jaguar Yoga before breakfast. Grounding our feet in the fertile land of the Sacred Valley and breathing in the Andean Prana (life force) that nourished the Inca. We will begin our journey into the Sacred Valley.
After breakfast, we head to the ancient site of Písac known for its Incan ruins and agricultural terraces that are still in use today. We will participate in two Incan ceremonies while at the sacred site in Písac. Don Sebastian Flores, a Q’ero elder will lead a Despachio ceremony helping us give thanks for all we have and all that is coming. Ray Crist will offer the rites of the Warrior Shield, to protect you and heighten your awareness throughout the journey and beyond.
After exploring the ruins we will walk down to the town, spend some time winding through the streets of the famous Písac market, and sip coca tea on the beautiful balconies overlooking the colorful plaza. Písac is a wonderful place to stock up on shamanic tools all handmade by locals who have learned the tradition from generations of ancestors.
We will then treat ourselves to a gourmet dinner of organic Andean / Asia fusion provided by our favorite local restaurant before returning to our home in Yucay.
April 29, 2019: Moray – Incan Agriculture
Our morning will begin with Jaguar Yoga in the sweet gardens at Yucay. After breakfast, we will travel up the majestic mountains to Moray, long held as a sacred site by the Inca and their descendants, the Q’ero. Moray is the first place the Inca’s performed seed engineering using the terraces to create seeds adapted to a variety of altitudes to sell to the local farmers.
The Q’ero consider Moray as the navel of the earth. Ray will lead us in a ceremony to surrender something you feel holds to back to Pachamama (mother earth). Don Sebastian will offer the Pampomesayoc (Earth Keeper) rites to realign you with mother earth’s energy. This is a direct connection to the Incan.
April 30, 2019: Ollantaytambo – The Temple of the Winds
We will give ourselves the gift of morning Jaguar Yoga in the gardens, surrounded by the Apus (sacred mountains) and watch the sun rise above their peaks as we salute both Inti (the sun god) and Pachamama (earth goddess) in our practice.
In the morning, we will wind our way along the sacred river Urubamba to Ollantaytambo and the Temple of the Winds. After exploring the sacred site, we will lead a shamanic journey of the condor riding the winds above the Sacred Valley. We lunch at the organic Heart Café—a non-profit organization providing medicine and clothing to the villagers in the high mountains.
After lunch we continue our ride along the Urubamba, this time by train to Aguas Calinetes (Hot Waters) where we will spend the night. We will take the opportunity to soak in the hot springs long known for their rejuvenating properties.
May 1, 2019: Machu Picchu – The Crystal Mountain
After breakfast, we will make our way up the mountain to the sacred site of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca in 1450 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site (1983) Machu Picchu represents classic Incan architecture and engineering. As the winter home for the Inca royal family, the site also served as a center for worship and astronomical observations.
Machu Picchu is a crystal mountain that the shaman’s hold as a place or power. Ray will teach you how to create a sand painting (a tool for defining your dreams). The Q’eros know that creating a sand painting on the sacred mountain at Machu Picchu accelerates its effects.
After our lunch in Aguas Calientes, we will take train back to the Sacred Valley return to our home base in Yucay.
May 2, 2019: Initiation & Integrations Ceremony
Our morning will start with Jaguar Yoga. This is a day for reflection, resting, and journaling in the beautiful gardens of our home in Yucay.
In the afternoon we will celebrate in a ceremony of integration. Wilbert will lead us through a dance that will allow us to integrate everything we have learned as individuals and as a tribe! Fire ceremony to close our evening!
May 3, 2019: Cusco – The Jaguar City
This is our final morning of Jaguar Yoga in the Scared Valley under the glorious Apus. We will stretch our bodies, open our hearts, and prepare ourselves to head up and over the mountain peaks that have been sheltering us all week and back into Cusco.
Cusco was the Incan capital from the 13th to 16th centuries before the Spanish conquest. Many of the buildings boast the large granite blocks characteristic of Incan architecture topped by the more ornate Spanish colonial style. Once we’ve settled into our accommodations in the heart of the beautiful city, we will take a walk across the Plaza de Armas to the San Pedro Market—a favorite for locals to buy just about anything...including shamanic goods.
Our final dinner together will be in one of Cusco’s wonderful restaurants supplied with fresh produce from the Sacred Valley that nurtured us all week. Our closing circle is a time to say goodbye to those returning home and set intentions for those who will follow the Urubamba River across the Andes and down into the Peruvian Amazon for the next part of the journey.
May 4, 2019
Arrival at Puerto. Pick up with our bus to the river “Madre De Dios” along with a long boat ride to our lodge.Welcoming with lunch, and then settling in our “malokas” (bungalows on stilts), group gathering for orientation, yoga / meditation to the sounds of the jungle.
May 5, 2019
Breakfast. Hike with our guide into the jungle to discover the medicinal properties of plants and trees.This is a day to explore the Caiman lake. Return for lunch and swimming in the pool. Dinner, and relaxing time in the lounge.
May 6, 2019
Breakfast. Hike with our guide into the jungle to discover the medicinal properties of plants and trees.Our hike will take us to Apu Victor. Return for lunch and swimming in the pool. Dinner, relaxing time in the lounge.
May 7, 2019
7 a.m.departure with the long boat up the river Madre de Dios – our bus to the airport (PEM- LIM)
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineGourmet food from organic gardens from the Sacred Valley. We will have our breakfast at our hotel every morning prior to visiting the sacred sites. Lunch box from the breakfast buffet for the sacred sites.
Dinners in amazing gourmet restaurants which will make this a culinary experience like no other. Peruvian and easter fusion plates that will enhance your spiritual experience through the journey. (Dinner cost not included in the price.) Approximate prices are $20 per person.
AccommodationsDouble room accommodations with private bathrooms, breakfast included.
Cost includes Pick up / drop off at Cusco airport, breakfast, lunch, all ground transportation, entrance to all archeological sites, train, and entrance to Machu Picchu.
DirectionsFlight Dates and Times
US- LIMA (US- LIM) April 26, 2019 arrive in the evening. We suggest you stay overnight in the Lima airport hotel
LIMA – CUSCO (LIM-CUZ) April 27, 2019 Arrive at 10 -11 a.m. (We will pick you up from Cusco airport)
CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO (CUZ-PEM) May 4, 2019 Depart 9:00 -10:00a.m.
PUERTO MALDONADO - LIMA (PEM -LIM) May 7, 2019, Depart the earliest at 12:00 p.m.
LIMA-USA May 7, 2019 Depart with an evening flight