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Women's Wellness Adventure in 
PERU
May 3-10, 2025

Embark on an unforgettable 8-day journey to the heart of Peru, where adventure and culture await. Explore the enchanting city of Cusco and the breathtaking Sacred Valley, rich in history and natural beauty. Venture on an unforgettable day hike along the iconic Inca Trail and walk through the Sun Gate to discover the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, a testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Inca civilization. Immerse yourself in the spiritual traditions of the Andes with an authentic ritual led by a local Andean healer, and savor the flavors of Peru with an extraordinary farm-to-table lunch and a cooking class. You will also have the option to hike on the striking Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. This trip offers a perfect blend of exploration, relaxation, and cultural immersion.

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Hi, I'm Stacey. I first visited Peru thirty years ago to hike the Inca Trail and fell in love with the country. On my recent return trip to research for this adventure, I was just as enraptured by its beauty, culture, warmth, and deep connection to Pachamama, or Mother Earth. My intention in curating this itinerary is to capture the essence of this extraordinary destination while incorporating principles of Lifestyle Medicine: movement, community, whole foods, and stress reduction. Join me and a community of women to experience this magical journey together.

​​Days 1-3 Explore the Sacred Valley

We begin our adventure in the picturesque Sacred Valley, a region steeped in history and natural beauty. Visit the fascinating salt mines of Maras and the charming town of Ollantaytambo, known for its traditional ambiance and ancient Incan architecture. Participate in a Pachamama ceremony with an authentic Andean healer, connecting with the spiritual heritage of the Andes. Explore the vibrant Pisac Market, a hub for local artisans, and visit a traditional weaving community to witness the intricate craft of Andean textiles. Enjoy a farm to table meal at a corn farm while learning about the significance of corn production for the Incas, and explore Inca ruins

Days 4-5 The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu

Experience the magic of the Inca Trail with a full-day hike that leads us through the iconic Sun Gate, offering our first breathtaking view of Machu Picchu. After an exhilarating day, we rest overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. The following day, we explore the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu with a knowledgeable guide.

Days 6-8 Luxury, Dining and Culture in Cusco

Indulge in a three night stay at a luxurious five-star hotel with spa in beautiful Cusco, where we can wander along the city’s enchanting cobblestone streets and have time for relaxation and pampering. Enhance your culinary skills with a cooking class and explore the local food market, discovering the flavors of Peruvian cuisine. Learn about Cusco on a half-day city tour or have the option to hike Pocoya Rainbow Mountain, renowned for its striking, colorful landscapes. 

***The itinerary may be altered based on the leader's and group's preferences and the tour operator's decisions

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

INCA TRAIL DAY HIKE

We'll journey through stunning Andean landscapes, passing through ancient Inca ruins and traversing rugged terrain. Along the way, our knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the history and culture of the region. The hike culminates at the Sun Gate, offering panoramic views of Machu Picchu nestled amidst the mountains. This challenging yet rewarding trek provides an unforgettable experience, allowing us to truly appreciate the magnificence of Machu Picchu from a unique perspective. (Please refer to the fitness section below for more details on the day hike.)

 

**Note: The Inca Trail permits have extremely limited availability and usually sell out quickly once released. To guarantee your permit, you must book your spot and submit a copy of your passport no later than September 13th. Contact me after that to check if there is availability. Permits for the Inca Trail are nonrefundable and nontransferable. If the deadline passes and permits are sold out, you may still join the trip. An alternative option will be provided besides the hike if trip spots are still available.

After the trek, we'll stay overnight in Aguas Calientes and return to Machu Picchu the next morning for a guided tour.

PACHAMAMA CEREMONY

"Pachamama" is a term used in the Andean cultures of South America, particularly in the Quechua regions (descendants of the Inca civilization). It refers to the concept of Mother Earth or Mother Nature. In Andean cosmology, Pachamama is revered as a deity embodying fertility, nature, and the land. The concept emphasizes a deep spiritual connection between humans and the natural world, promoting respect and harmony with the environment.

 

A Pachamama ceremony is a ritual performed by an andean healer or shaman dedicated to honoring and giving thanks to Pachamama for her blessings, typically involving offerings of coca leaves, grains, and other symbolic items placed into a ceremonial fire.

PALCOYO RAINBOW MOUNTAIN 

Palcoyo Mountain, also known as the "alternative Rainbow Mountain," offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience compared to its more famous counterpart, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. Located in the Andes of Peru, Palcoyo Mountain boasts unique multi-colored stripes along its slopes, showcasing a spectrum of hues including reds, yellows, greens, and blues. Unlike the strenuous trek required for Rainbow Mountain, Palcoyo Mountain offers a shorter and more accessible hike. Additionally, Palcoyo Mountain provides a more authentic experience, with the possibility of encountering local people and their alpacas along the way, in contrast to the more commercialized atmosphere of Rainbow Mountain.

On day 7, you will have the option to skip the guided tour in Cusco and embark on this hike instead for an additional $60. Further details will be provided during our discussion

ACCOMODATIONS IN CUSCO

After the Inca Trek, we will spend three nights in deluxe rooms at the five-star luxury hotel, Palacio del Inka, nestled in the heart of Cusco. This historic hotel blends colonial charm with modern luxury, offering guests an authentic Peruvian experience. With its elegant architecture, Andean artwork, impeccable service, and luxurious spa, the hotel provides a tranquil retreat in the midst of the bustling city. Just steps away from Plaza de Armas, the vibrant main square of Cusco, guests can easily explore the city's rich history and cultural landmarks.

REVIEWS FROM PRIOR GUESTS

You can read reviews from prior guests here. :) 

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TRIP COST AND CANCELLATION 
Trip Cost

$4,650 until August 1, 2024

$4,750 August 1- November 15, 2024

$4,950 after November 15, 2024

**Inca trail pass may not be available if sign up is after September 13th. Please

  inquire. 
                   

  • Prices based on shared double.

  • Single supplement for $850. There are limited singles. Please inquire asap if you would like one.  ​If you want a roommate, we can arrange for you to virtually meet other members of the trip.  ​​​

  • A $1,000 nonrefundable deposit is required upon booking. This higher deposit is necessary as it covers the cost of obtaining your Inca Trail pass, which is non-transferable, nonrefundable and can sell out very quickly. Cancellations may result in the inability to fill your spot on the trip.

 

  • All payments must be paid in full by December 15, 2024. Please note, All payments are final and nonrefundable. 

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  • Personal trip insurance is required. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED IN THE COST

What's Included:

  • All Accommodations

  • Transportation from Cusco airport to Sacred Valley and throughout the trip itinerary

  • Private guided hike on the Inca trail and permits

  • Local guides and entry fees 

  • Most meals (except 3 lunches)

  • Tips and gratuities for guides

What's Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Optional hike to Pacoyo Rainbow Mountain ($60 extra)

  • Alcohol and nonalcoholic specialty drinks

  • Trip insurance

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

​WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR. We are women, primarily in our 40s to 60s, who have a deep passion for exploration and self-care. We love to embark on adventures, appreciate diverse cultures, natural beauty, and enjoy the company of other remarkable women. If you're open-minded, adaptable, and ready to embrace new experiences with a positive attitude, this journey is for you. This trip includes moderate hiking in the mountains, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Read the next section and let's talk if you have any questions or concerns. 

FITNESS LEVEL: The hiking is considered moderate. Good hiking boots are essential. Our section of the Inca Trail will cover approximately 7 miles throughout the day, with a climb of around 1,900 feet and steps along the trail. For those who prefer a slower or faster pace on the Inca Trail, it is possible to hire a personalized hiking guide to better suit your pace and preferences (for a very reasonable cost).

INCA TRAIL PASS: As mentioned above, there are limited passes given each day for the Inca trail and they sell out quickly. I will need a copy of your passport after you register to obtain the pass, and you must be certain your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return flight home.

ALTITUDE: As we journey through the Andes, we'll be immersed in high-altitude environments. The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are nestled between 9,000-10,000 ft. To aid in acclimatization, we'll head straight to the Sacred Valley from the Cusco airport, as Cusco sits at 11,500 ft and can be more difficult to acclimate to initially. We will spend the recommended three days in the Sacred Valley for easier acclimatization before our trek. Many travelers opt for medication like Diamox to mitigate the risk of altitude sickness—I've personally found it very helpful and will be using it again.  You will be encouraged to consult with your doctor to determine if Diamox is suitable for you.

TRIP INSURANCE:  It is required to have your own travel insurance policy that includes medical coverage and emergency evacuation. Depending where you live, this usually costs roughly between $150 and $300. Suggestions can be made or you can research your own policies. This will be discussed along with registration. ​

WAIVERS: Everyone will receive legal waivers. Your place on this trip will be secured by your deposit and returned signed documents.

GROUP SIZE: There will be a minimum of seven and a maximum of fourteen guests in our group. If sold out, you can be placed on a waiting list. 

CME available. Contact for more information. 

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