Following each Amazonian Shamanism Conference, I, Alan Shoemaker, lead a group up into the Andes to Cuzco, the Sacred Valley,Machu Picchu for 6 days. We depart Iquitos at 8.20am on the 19th of July, 2015, last day of the tour is July 25th.
- July 19
- Early morning departure from Iquitos to Lima, change planes and we arrive in Cuzco around Noon. I’ve found that the best way to handle the drastic change in altitude is to get out of it. We have private transportation that takes us down into the Sacred Valley, incredible vistas and lots of photo ops. It’s just an hour and a half to Pisac where there’s the huge arts and crafts fair. We’ll shop around and have lunch here. Then take our transport another 1.5 hours to the town of Ollantaytambo. There are incredible ruins here to explore as this is the only location that the Conquistadors could not conquer. Overnight here.
- July 20
- Light breakfast and the train for 1.5 hours to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village). Take the Mercedes Benz buses up the switchbacks to the entrance of Machu Picchu and we have the entire day to explore these remarkable ruins, returning to the train station at 5pm and back to Ollantaytambo. Private transport to Cuzco, acclimating all the way. Dinner and hotel in Cuzco.
- July 21
- After breakfast, we’ll explore in and around Cuzco. This is the time to do your shopping for art, jewelery and especially baby alpaca sweaters, coats, dresses, and amazing wall weavings. The prices are very good so I generally tell my passengers not to bring warm sweaters, instead just buy them when you are here. Lunch wherever you wish. This is also a day to take it easy and make sure you’re comfortable with the altitude. So it’s a lazy day. In the afternoon we visit the San Pedro market for coca leaves, especially helpful with the altitude.
- July 22
- The ruins of Tambo Machay (Ancient watering station where everyone coming into the Royal city must bathe before entering) and Sacsayhuaman are just above Cuzco and we’ll arrive there after lunch. You’ll have the afternoon to stroll around these huge granite stones and take a slow walk down to Cuzco. We meet up at a French restaurant with stone floor and hot coco (or what have you) in front of a roaring fire. Dinner.
- July 23
- This day is also set aside for a San Pedro Ceremony up on top of the mountain (Optional = if you decide to do the SPedro ceremony, you are responsible for paying for it). The Ceremony lasts around 10 hours and is held in a beautiful garden, when you walk outside the gate you are almost standing in the ruins of the Temple of the Sun and the Moon, so this is an excellent ruin to explore while working with San Pedro. You may also attend the ceremony and not partake of San Pedro, your choice as well. For those that don't wish to be in Ceremony, you have time to explore more of Cuzco and it's shops, alpaca sweaters, jewelry, art galleries, historic churches and more.
- July 24
- We'll be touring the ancient churches and the incredible artist co-ops around Cuzco where you can see them weaving and painting and sculpting, lunch on the house.. Free afternoon for few hours and the final farewell dinner in front of a fireplace with amazing Peruvian dishes.
The cost of the program is $1500 USDs. This includes everything: Roundtrip flight Lima to Cusco to Lima, private transportation, all entrance fees, hotels, etc.. It does not include your food, but that’s not a problem as food is quite varied here and inexpensive. This way you can eat where and what you wish.
Those that are coming to the Conference should book their return flight to Lima from Iquitos on 19th at 8am. We can reserve this for you so you will be flying with the others on the Post Conference Tour. Please contact Alan Shoemaker for assistance with the Lima to Iquitos roundtrip.
The deposit is $750 USDs and you pay the remaining when you arrive for registration at the Conference.
The deposit can be sent at the same time as you pay your deposit reservation for the Conference. For those not attending the Conference, simply follow the same instructions for paying as if you were registering for the Conference, then email me that you have done so.
You'll want to have your international return home flight out of Lima departing late afternoon or evening of the 25th, or 26th if you want another night.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s why I’m here!
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