Delayed until June 2023
Join Sunny Dawn Johnston and her team for an Adventure to the Ancients Cities, Peru June 27, 2023 -return home July 10, 2023. This trip requires a $750 non-refundable deposit. Total trip cost will be $5777.00 based on double occupancy. The single supplement will be an additional $1500. The trip will include round trip air from Los Angeles. The trip price includes 12 nights hotel accommodations, internal air, transfers, train rides, admission to all sites (there are many), all guides, all breakfasts, 6 lunches, and one dinner. This price does not include workshop time with Sunny. The workshop fees are separate and should be paid through her websitehttps://sunnydawnjohnston.com/peru-2020/
Your $750 deposit is non refundable. Any cancellation after 12/30/2022 is totally non refundable.
It is suggested that you contact Jerry Miner to set up a payment plan where you can on a monthly basis make payments towards your trip.. Final payment will be due approx February 13, 2023. It is also highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance. You can do this through Jerry, or you can purchase on your own. Many folks buy annual travel insurance plans that cover their travel for the year. Ask Jerry Miner if you need further details.
This is the itinerary we are looking at. This is subject to minor modification, but is expected to represent the places we plan on visiting.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY
Upon arrival in Cusco, group will be picked up and transferred from Cusco to the Sacred Valley with lunch on route. On arrival, check into the hotel for the next five nights. (Check In: 14:00) The rest of the day is at your leisure. We can arrange a meeting space for group. Overnight at Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Standard room www.sonesta.com
DAY 02: EVENING WITH SHAMAN “PAGO A LA TIERRA” CEREMONY
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will have a meeting space available for 4 hours. This evening, group will be with Shaman, who will be doing a “Pago a la tierra” Ceremony.
Overnight at Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Standard room
DAY 03: HALF DAY PRIVATE VISIT TO OLLANTAYTAMBO
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will head towards the Raqchi viewpoint, from where you will have a privileged view of the Urubamba Valley. Then, you will head to Ollantaytambo, where you can visit the archaeological complex of the same name, one of the largest in Peru, which is strategically located on top of a mountain. Afterwards, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo, which stands out for maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of its original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone streets. You can tour the town and visit the local market. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. We can arrange a meeting space for group. Overnight at Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Standard room
DAY 04: HALF DAY WEAVING DEMONSTRATION TO CHINCHERO
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will visit to the village of Chinchero to the northwest of Cusco. This picturesque village was an important Inca center and is known for the traditional Andean weaving techniques still used by its people. Wearing traditional clothes, the people of Chinchero meet in the Main Square to sell local handicrafts to visitors - a colorful and beautiful spectacle. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. We can arrange a meeting space for group. Overnight at Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Standard room
DAY 05: HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF MARAS AND MORAY SITES
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will head to the fascinating archaeological site of Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit its huge concentric terraces, which the Incas used as a botanical laboratory. Then, you will visit the salt mines of Maras, where the finest salt in the world is extracted: Maras salt. The area looks like a mosaic of terraces and ponds, offering an unparalleled view to those who love to take amazing photographs. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. We can arrange a meeting space for group. Overnight at Sonesta Posada Del Inca Yucay Hotel, Standard room
DAY 06: MACHU PICCHU BY VISTADOME TRAIN
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will check out. At the scheduled time, transfer from your Sacred Valley hotel to the Ollantaytambo train station for a visit to one of the most important tourist destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. The excursion starts with a train trip to the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo. The natural beauty of the surroundings makes the train the best way to start your visit. When you arrive, you will start the ascent to the ruins, which will without a doubt be one of your most unforgettable experiences. At Machu Picchu you can see one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World and take some impressive photos. Then it is back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch in a local restaurant. Finally, you board the bus down to the town for a well-deserved rest after checking into your hotel for one night. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight. Overnight at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel - Aguas Calientes, Sumaq Deluxe room type https://www.machupicchuhotels-sumaq.com/
DAY 07: SECOND ENTRANCE TO MACHU PICCHU
Morning trip to visit the Machu Picchu archeological complex on your own. (Included entrance ticket and bus ticket) Group will then return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo station and then be picked up and transferred to Cusco. Check into the hotel for the next three nights. Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel, standard room type
DAY 08: HALF DAY PRIVATE TOUR OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES NEAR CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will visit the most outstanding archaeological sites near the city of Cusco. You will start with Sacsayhuaman, an Inca construction that stands out for its enormous carved stone walls and for having a wide view of the city of Cusco. Continue with a visit to Puca-Pucará, place that would have served as "tambo" or resting place and accommodation of the Inca. Afterwards, you will visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay, a place that would have had an important religious function during that time. Finally, you will visit Kenko, an archaeological site where the Sun, Moon and Stars were celebrated. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel, standard room type
DAY 09: HALF DAY PRIVATE WALKING TOUR THROUGH THE STREETS OF CUSCO
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will take a tour of Cusco, the imposing Imperial City, an example of the harmonious coexistence between the Andean and Spanish cultures. Start with a visit to the Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city. Then you will continue on foot until you reach the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, on which the order of the Dominicans built a church which remains standing to this day. Your tour will finish with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, also known as "the artists' district", cradle of well-known folk artisans, with its narrow and winding streets and its popular art and knick-knacks shops. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel, standard room type
DAY 10: TRAIN FROM CUSCO TO PUNO
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will check out. At the scheduled time, transfer to the train station to board the train for your journey to Puno. Note: Train only operate on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. This spectacular train trip starts in the historical city of Cusco and goes south, to Puno, by the side of Lake Titicaca. The glass windows on the Titicaca train will let you perfectly observe the beautiful landscape: the train slowly ascends to very high and cold places, around the magnificent Andes mountain range, and over the deep Huatanay River valleys. Then the train goes through the Andean plains, where you can see vicunas and alpacas grazing among the small villages along the road. The trip includes a stop at La Raya, the highest spot of the 4 routes, to observe the spectacular landscape at 4,300 meters above sea level. The trip includes a three-course lunch on board. Upon arrival, group will be picked up and taken to the hotel for check in for the next two nights Overnight at Libertador Lago Titicaca Puno, Lake view room www.libertador.com.pe
DAY 11: FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR – TAQUILE & UROS BY SPEED BOAT
Breakfast at the hotel and then group will begin the tour at Huayllano, the lake port for the Isle of Taquile, whose inhabitants give a friendly welcome to visitors. Traditions, customs and colorful costumes are maintained on the island. The islanders are skillful craftsmen and employ the techniques developed over the centuries by their ancestors. You will be welcomed into one of the houses to share their activities, such as weaving. After this is a delicious lunch made from local ingredients. Then, a walk back to the Main Square to board the launch that will take you to the floating islands of Uros. These islands consist of layers of totora and are their inhabitants' homes and workplaces. Note: Taquile Island has some uphill steps portions.
Overnight at Libertador Lago Titicaca Puno, Lake view room
DAY 12: HALF DAY TOUR – ARAMU MURU
Breakfast at the hotel and then group be picked up for a half day tour. Pass by Ilave district, located 70km from Puno city, then we arrive to Aramu Muru. These are strange sandstone formations that over time have formed several figures such as the tired horse, the Inca drinking fountain, and Uta or Aramu Willka, which is known as the Tridimentional Gate with great similarity to the Puerta del Sol of the Kalasasaya Temple in Bolivia. It is also said this a gateway to another dimension. Many mystical beliefs have been created around this door, so this place will have a lot of visits especially for those who want to explore the energy. At scheduled time, group will transfer to the airport to check in for their onward flight.