Day 1: Arrival & Preparation
In the afternoon, at around 2 p.m. we will pick you up from your hotel in Cuzco to head to the ceremony house, located in the so-called “Sacred Valley” of the Urubamba River. Upon our arrival, we will participate in a ceremony of offering to the Pachamama, or Mother Earth. We will get settled in and do some activities in order to prepare for the following days. Overnight in the ceremonial home.
Day 2: The First Ceremony
After a brief breakfast, the first ceremony will begin. On that day, we will incur in the Wachuma Ceremony, known locally as the “San Pedro” cactus. This first ceremony will take place for most of the day, and possibly even into the night, depending on the status of the people involved. After the ceremony we will talk about our experiences, which will be followed by overnight
Day 3: Getting Connected & Ayahuasca Ceremony
On that day, we will do some nice walks around the area, to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and share our experiences with the rest of the people involved. We will also get a chance to talk about our lives, and our relationship with the planet, which will be important to understand for the experience that will take part with the Ayahuasca ceremony later that night. The ceremony will start after sundown, prolonging itself until 2 or 3 in the morning.
Day 4: Leaving the Ceremony Site
On the last day, at around 10:00 am we will pack up and head back to our hotel in Cusco, where we will spend the day relaxing after such an experience, as recommended.
Day 5: Cusco City Tour and Nearby Inca Ruins
In the afternoon, after a free morning spent with relaxation, we will head to visit the city of Cusco. The tour starts with a walk to visit the Plaza de Armas with its beautiful colonial buildings and churches including the Cathedral. Then we walk to Santo Domingo Church where we find the impressive Korikancha Temple with exquisite stone work and carvings, to finally visit the nearby ruins of Cusco: the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, and the Inca bath of Tambomachay. Our transport will drop us off at the hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 6: Cusco – Incas Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
In the morning we will be picked up from the hotel in Cusco to begin our ride down to the valley of Urubamba, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Here we start our first visit to the beautiful Pisac Inca Ruins, where during our 2 hours walk we can admire the fine architectural work of the Inca culture. Then we continue our tour to visit the colorful market of Pisac. Our transport will then take us towards the Inca town of Ollantaytambo where we visit the impressive Inca fortress and walk on this ancient typical Inca town. We will overnight in a nice hotel in Ollantaytambo, where the majestic fortress will overlook us.
Day 7: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Breakfast is followed by a transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. From here, we start a beautiful train ride towards Aguas Calientes village from where we will be transported (25 minutes bus ride) up to the main entrance of the famous Machu Picchu Inca citadel on a public bus. We begin out guided tour of one of the most impressive citadels of the world. In the late afternoon, by public bus we head back to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to the city of Cusco. As we arrive in Cusco, our transport will take us to our hotel.
Day 8: Cusco Transfer Out
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport/bus station/train station. Program extension possible, contact us for further information!
Gross Rates per Person in US$
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Private Transport to and from Ceremonial Center, Accommodation on Ceremonial Site, Shaman During Ceremony, Translator (English, Spanish, Quechua), Private Ceremony, Optional: Ceremony of Offering to Pachamama (Mother Earth), Accommodation in Hotels with American Breakfast, Guiding Services, Transfers, Public Bus (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes), Entrance to Machu Picchu & mentioned visits.
Airfares, Personal Travel Insurance, Tips, Mineral Water for Ceremonies, Other Expenses Not Mentioned, Train Ticket (Cuzco – Machu Picchu – Cuzco: Vista Dome $220/Person, Expedition Class $190/Person)
Recommendations: Warm Coat, Rain Poncho/Waterproof Jacket, Lantern, Do NOT Bring Cameras or Valuables, Vistadome
ALERT! If you are interested in this tour, it is essential that you read this information
The ancient Medicinal Brew, Ayahuasca; has been used by Shamans and philosophical guides for centuries, as a means to understand both ourselves and the world that we live in. The chaotic character of our existence can be interpreted, and in some ways understood, by our own perceptions through the usage of this ancient method of introspection. We invite you to try this incredible experience in a safe and peaceful environment, where you will learn about yourself through a journey into Your mind.
PREPARATION FOR CEREMONIES
Intentions are key, when dealing with the Ayahuasca. This is a tool for introgression and for self analysis, which will lead the people involved into trails to experience strong emotions. The need for a guide to help you interpret the various occurrences during the ceremony is important, as to avoid a bad experience, and to take you back into a calm state of mind from which you can handle the ceremony in a way to avoid getting hurt both emotionally and physically. For the preparation of the ceremony, we have arranged healthy meals, comfortable beds and relaxed, beautiful spaces, where one can connect with oneself, with the mountains and with the mother-earth.
PREVIOUS TO THE CEREMONIES
We recommend that partakers in the ceremony will begin the recommended diet 7 days previous to the first ceremony. Consistency in meals is recommended. Avoid drinking alcohol, chocolate, and coffee, spicy food, fermented meals, sugar and salt. Please abstain from tobacco and other drugs!
3 days previous to the ceremony please abstain from meats, dairy products, sugar, and salt. The day of the ceremonies you will not eat any meals, and previous evaluation of dietary needs will be discussed so as to take this into the most efficient way. In the case of a “Healing Session” (more than 2 ingestions of the sacred brew), this diet will be implemented 15 days previous to the ceremony.
One to three days previous to the ceremony
One to three days previous to the ceremony
The Day after the Ceremony
For the preparation to the ceremony, it is important that you focus on Yourself and on your energy. We recommend not having any sexual relations 1-3 days before the ceremony, and during the retreat.
During the retreat, it is important to always have a specific mindset. We try to cultivate respect, humility, strength, positivity, trust, and confidence, but above all, honesty to you and to others.
The ceremonies are always done after 7 pm. The location of this ceremony is in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a location chosen for its cultural and ancient value, as well as the symbolism of taking place in such an important ceremony in an idyllic location in Peru.
Effects of the plant: After about 30 minutes of ingesting the brew, participants will feel physical sensations similar to those of consuming alcohol. A feeling of disorientation and nausea may be common, as well as vomiting may occur. Diarrhea may also happen as your body feels the need to expel all substances currently in your body, as a natural physiological effect.
Following all rules placed by the Shaman is very important for creating a safe and healthy environment for everyone involved.
The first effects of the brew usually take form of visions, where participants of the ceremony may see sights of their own life, of past experiences, of nature and of the universe and the cosmos. This step is where you establish a connection to the “Pacha Mama”, or Mother Earth.
Participants are not limited to only visions, but also physical and auditory hallucinations may happen. It is not uncommon for participants to experience Synesthesia, where one of your senses connects to a completely different one in ways that participants may have never felt before, such as tasting sounds, hearing colors, or feeling the temperature of music.
The extent to which the mental and physical effects of the brew may take, depend entirely on the capacity of participants to follow the rules and indications of the Shaman, as well as the mental and physical awareness and openness of the people involved.
The ceremony takes around 3 to 4 hours, with peaks in the hallucinations and the effects happening at different times through the ceremony. This will depend entirely on the physical condition of the participants. After the ceremony has ended, participants will feel tired, and will return to their accommodations to rest.
We cultivate openness in communication with the shaman, as it is an important part of the healing process. We enjoy and find it necessary to give yourself time for meditation and silence each morning. We recommend not using electronics during the retreat, as a way to reduce our dependence in our everyday tools, reduce distractions, and as a form of respect to other participants.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND
The ceremony should not be taken as an excuse to try something different or new, or as a mock to the shaman or the practices. People involved must believe in that the ceremony will help them understand something about themselves, and figure out what can be changed in our lives.