Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley. The magic of Peru.
October 20 - 28, 2018.
Only $2399 including air, hotels and transfers
Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu.
Unwind your body and mind on this amazing yoga adventure with Laurel Attanasio.
Discover the magic of Peru. With this full 7-day itinerary you will experience the World Heritage sites of Cusco and Machu Picchu as well as the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Urubamba. Cusco and the Sacred Valley is a spiritual place like no other on the planet. While Machu Picchu has long been the top visitor attraction in Peru, in recent years it is increasingly considered one of the top landmark attractions in the world. It was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and most recently, in 2013, voted the Traveler’s Choice #1 landmark attraction in the world by Trip Advisor. You will spend one night in the city of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu.
October is a great time to visit Machu Picchu as the rainy season hasn’t yet begun and the huge summertime crowds have all departed leaving the place mostly to us.
The food is an amazing fusion of the native food blended with Spanish cuisine with an Asian influence. Truly unique and delicious. And they have 50 microbreweries!!! Who knew? No worries if you prefer wine... Chile and Argentina are close by.
The tour includes round trip airfare to Cusco, all hotels, eight meals, all transportation in Peru, all activities listed in the itinerary below, all entrance fees and professional English speaking tour guides and a pre-departure meeting in Easton to meet your fellow travelers and go over trip logistics.
Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement charge is $399. Prices include all airport departure taxes and fees subject to change until time of booking. Transportation to and from JFK will be provided for an additional cost.
Meet Your Yoga Teacher, Laurel:
Laurel has been teaching yoga for over a decade throughout the Lehigh Valley and all over the globe. She often likes to describe herself as a yoga gypsy who loves her home, but loves to explore the beauty of the world and help others experience it with her. Her yoga teaching style encourages her students to disconnect from the world and reconnect with themselves. Flow through yoga poses, breathe with intention and connect with the beauty within and without. Laurel’s classes are for all levels and she will provide modifications as needed. Join Laurel in Peru for another epic adventure.
Want to know more about Laurel and her teaching style, click HERE! http://laurelattanasio.com/mi-vida-loca/
Day 1 - Saturday October 20 - Depart JFK on our 11:35pm LATAM Airlines flight 531 to Lima. Then on to Cusco.
Transportation from Easton to JFK is available for an additional cost.
Day 2 - Sunday October 21 – Cusco arrival, day to rest, acclimate and experience the town of Ollantaytambo. We will arrive at Cusco airport 11:45am October 21.
After your welcoming reception at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel, we will meet for a welcome yoga session to help stretch out after the day of travel and to gain connection with our breath, which will be vital to our health and happiness during this adventure. You will have the rest of the day free enjoy the town of Ollantaytambo and acclimatize to the high Andean altitude of 9,000 ft.
Overnight: Hotel Sol Natura Ollantaytambo
Day 3 - Monday October 22 - Full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba
Begin your day with an energizing yoga session that will help you maintain connection with your breath and prepare you for the day’s activities. After breakfast we will meet our guide and walk to the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo was the personal estate of the Inca Pachacuti, who conquered the region and built the town and ceremonial structures. Here you will climb to the top of this imposing fortress and enjoy its breathtaking wonders and views. From there we will board our private coach and head to the city of Pisac and its traditional market. You have the chance to browse through row after row of traditional Andean textiles, handicrafts and even dry goods and vegetables. We will enjoy a group buffet style lunch and have plenty of free time to experience the town. Afterwards we will visit a traditional Chicheria where local corn beer is made and served, then on to the Sacred Valley Brewing Company, one of many excellent microbreweries popping up all over Peru.
Meals: Breakfast, Buffet lunch
Overnight: Hotel Sol Natura Ollantaytambo
Day 4 - Tuesday October 23 – Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
Begin your day with an energizing yoga session that will help you maintain connection with your breath and prepare you for the day’s activities. After yoga you can hike from our hotel to the Pinkullyuna Granary ruins overlooking town, or spend a leisurely afternoon around Ollantaytambo. (A longer optional hike to an Inca quarry and Sun Gate is also possible.) We will board the 4:36 Inca Rail train for the scenic 2-hour ride to the city of Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, sits at the base of Machu Picchu, a short bus ride to the citadel. Your guide will greet you at the train station to escort you to your hotel for your briefing in preparation for the following day. After the briefing, you will have time to stroll and dine in this very colorful tourist town.
Overnight: Andina Luxury Hotel Aguas Calientes
Day 5 - Wednesday October 24 - Machu Picchu
Early in the morning you will board the bus that will take you on your last leg of the journey to the gates of Machu Picchu. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and you will arrive early enough to catch a very spectacular sunrise. The experience will not only take your breath away but will fill you with a wave of emotion and awe that you will experience few times in your life. You will begin a walking tour of the terraced agricultural area and the legendary stonework of the living and working areas. There is still a lot of mystery as to the purpose of the citadel and why the Incas suddenly abandoned it. Your local guide will explain not only the functional history of the site, but also share legends and rituals surrounding the Incan beliefs and their deep reverence for the mother earth. At the start of the tour overlooking Machu Picchu, weather permitting, option to join in for a brief, yet inspirational yoga class amongst the beauty of Machu Picchu. After the tour, you will have the option of enjoying a buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge or down in Aguas Calientes.
After your long day touring and hiking Machu Picchu you will have time to relax on the train ride back. Our train departs at 4:12 for another scenic train ride back to Cuzco, where we will spend the next three nights.
Optional: Hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, optional Buffet lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge or in Aguas Calientes
Overnight: Los Andes de America hotel Cusco
Day 6 - Thursday October 25 – Cusco – San Pedro Market and half-day tour of Cusco and its surrounding ruins
After a good night’s rest in the thin Andean air, begin you day with yoga and have the rest of the morning free to relax and explore the city. We recommend a walk through the famous San Pedro Market where the locals shop everything from food to housewares. Here you will experience Cusco as it has existed since the Incan times. In the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel for a tour of the highlights of the city and its surrounding ruins. You will start in the central Plaza de Armas or ¨Warrior Square¨. The Plaza was the ceremonial center of life in the time of the Incas and continues to be the center of life in Cusco today. The Plaza sits in the shadows of the Cathedral of the Company of Jesus. It´s impressive stonework blends late Gothic and Baroque styles with its colonial gold work and carved wood alters. Our next stop is Koricancha or the temple of the sun. While the Plaza was the ceremonial and civic center of the city, Koricancha was the spiritual center. Built in honor of the Incan deity, it once housed over 4,000 priests and their attendants. Next, you will begin a tour to visit the nearby ruins of the amazing fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a massive complex that once protected the city and today offers spectacular views of the city.
Overnight:Los Andes de America hotel Cusco
Day 7 - Friday October 26 – Free day in Cusco
Begin your day with yoga and then go explore! Cusco is the city that seamlessly blends three distinct eras, Incan, Colonial and modern in an experience like none other in the world. There are shops, museums, churches and ancient ruins within walking distance of your hotel. You have the day free to continue to explore this wonderful city.
In the evening we will gather for a fun Pisco Sour class and final group dinner overlooking the Plaza de Armas square.
There are several optional day tours available including the salt mines of Maras and Moray or a visit to the chapel of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas. The chapel is often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of Latin America.
Overnight: Los Andes de America hotel Cusco
Day 8 - Saturday October 27– Free day in Cusco and 4pm departure.
Yoga will commence our final day in Peru and prepare us for our evening of travel. Weather permitting, we will walk to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman for a unifying and powerful yoga flow. Afterwards. Since our flight departs in the evening, you will have most of the day to relax in Cusco or visit one of the many museums or historical sites in the city before being transferred to the airport for your international flight home. It is also possible to visit the Alpaca textile outlets and/or take a horseback tour to some Inca ruins on the outskirts of the city.
Day 9 - Sunday October 28 - We will arrive home Sunday October 28 at 8:10am and should be back at the Park n Ride in Easton by noon.
Please Note: All outdoor activities are weather permitting. Everyone’s safety will remain the priority when arranging the daily agenda. Indoor yoga space is available, if required.