Sananda Yoga Retreat Peru The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

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					                     Sananda Yoga Retreat Peru
            The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cuzco
                       March 13-25, 2009
         Trip Details: Itinerary, Pricing, Registration

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 March 13
TORONTO – LIMA (no services included in Lima)
Flight from Toronto to Lima. Arrival in Lima on day two of program.

Note: Please contact Mario at if you would like us to
help you with overnight accommodation in Lima.

Day 2 March 14
LIMA – CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY (No airport services in Lima)
Morning arrival to Lima airport. Transfer to domestic counter for Lan Peru flight. Fly to
Cuzco. Meet MVE representative for transfer to Ñustayoc Lodge in Sacred Valley, near
the village of Chilca. After arrival at our yoga retreat center in Sacred Valley we will
have lunch and have free afternoon to acclimatize to altitude.
L,D included.

Day 3 to 7 March 15-19
Full program with two yoga sessions one in the morning and evening. Lunch on your
own and free time in afternoon to explore sites in the Sacred Valley.
B,D included.

Day 8 March 20
After an early breakfast the group will travel to Chinchero. This typical Andean village is
located in one of the most spectacular high plateaus with tremendous views of the
Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain range as well as the majestic Salcantay Mountain
(almost 20,000ft.) We will have an opportunity to photograph the magnificent views,
the village and also the Inca ruins located in the hillside and Main Square.

From Chinchero we drive to Huaypo Lagoon to begin today’s hike. Our route will take
us on a variety of terrains including dirt roads, Inca trails, and mule paths. Fabulous
mountain views, contact with local communities, and historical sites await us at every
turn. This area of Cuzco is considered the most picturesque in the region.

From Huaypo Lagoon we cross the Altiplano of Chinchero and the Pampa de Maras
Generally, the hike is a gradual descent through rolling hills.

Later in the afternoon we will participate on purification and offering ceremony to
Mother Earth performed by a Quechua Shamman at the circular terraces of Moray. The
circular terraces of Moray were an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who
studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different
crop varieties. Later the hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca
Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley we’ll see dramatic snowcaps peaks
of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges).

After the ceremony we board our bus and return to the Sacred Valley for dinner and
B,L,D included

Note: During today’s hike, a support vehicle will be available. Participants will walk at
their own pace. At any time during today’s activity we can choose to finish the walk
with the support van.

Day 9 March 21
After a very early breakfast we will be picked up at our hotel to begin our journey to
Machu Picchu - the "Lost City of the Incas". After a short drive to Ollantaytambo, we
will board our train for the Putucusi Rail Station where we will climb a final 2,000 feet
by minibus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911,
Machu Picchu was unknown to the Spaniards. Its reason for existence remains under
debate. Some argue it was built and populated by the family of one Inca ruler,
Pachakkutek; others have proposed the principal function of Machu Picchu was to
maintain a reliable supply of coca leaves for the priests and royals of Cuzco. Bingham
fostered the school of thought that the city existed primarily for strategic and defensive
purposes, but other findings support the hypothesis that Machu Picchu was a university
where the children of the leaders of other Andean cultures conquered by the Incas
were taken to be taught and brainwashed. At any rate, as we wander through the maze
of empty plazas, chambers and dwellings saddled atop steep mountainsides, we will be
unable to resist our own speculations at the impenetrable mystery of these stones.

After lunch and thoroughly exploring the significance of a variety of stone structures
and ruins, we will descend to the village of Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Aguas
Calientes hotel. Inti Inn or similar.

Day 10 March 22
You will spend the day on your own around Aguas Calientes to photograph the market
and town or/and return back to at Machu Picchu, continuing your exploration of the
forests around the famous site. You will have the option of retracing the Inca Trail for
as far as you like in order to photograph the cloud forest surrounding the ruins and the
complex of Machu Picchu from a high vantage point. Other option is to hike up to
Wayna Picchu for amazing majestic views of Machu Picchu, the cloud forest and the
Andean mountains. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Inti Inn or similar.

Day 11 March 23
Morning free to explore or relax. Later in the afternoon you walk to the train station for
train journey to Cuzco. Meet Mondo Verde Expeditions representative for transfer to
Casa Andina Classic hotel for overnight.

Day 12 March 24
After breakfast we embark on a tour of the most important sites near and around
Cuzco. At 11,200 feet above sea level, Cuzco is the heart of Tahuantinsuyo, Peru’s pre-
Colombian Empire. Cuzco today is the oldest continuously inhabited city in South
America, a fascinating and colorful combination of the past and the present. Among the
sites that we’ll visit in Cuzco on our city tour are:

Santo Domingo. This church is built over what once was the most magnificent
temple in the Americas, Coricancha, or the Temple of the Sun. The Inca temple’s
courtyards once held life-sized gold and silver representations of all the flora and fauna
of the Empire. Pizarro’s men looted the temple to extract the royal ransom for the Inca
king Atahualpa, who was held prisoner in Cajamarca by the Spaniards and later killed.
An earthquake destroyed the Santo Domingo church in 1950 revealing the Inca walls
that had been hidden or plastered over. The walls of the Temple of the Sun are the
finest example of Inca stonework in existence.

The Cathedral. Located in the northeast side of the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral
dates back to 1550. It contains over four hundred twelfth-century paintings done by
the members of the renowned Cuzco School. The Lord of the Earthquakes altar weighs
over 52 pounds and is made of solid gold and studded with precious stones. The main
altar is covered with sheets of silver.

Plaza de Armas. The Plaza is called “Huacaypata” by the Quechuas, a word that
translates “cry” or “moan,” signifying the expressions of reverence and submission with
which the religious or military ceremonies were carried out in this place. Colonial
arcades, along with remains of ancient Inca temples, today surround the plaza.

Sacsayhuaman. Located two kilometers from the city of Cuzco, the immense walls of
the Sacsayhuaman complex consist of huge stones distributed in a zigzag pattern in
three platforms with an average length of 1,181 feet. These platforms are connected
by flights of stairs and doorways also in stone; one of the doors is 29 feet tall and 15
feet wide and weighs more than 100 tons. The largest stone block found in
Sacsayhuaman stands almost 28 feet high and weighs 361 tons. Inca Pachacuti
employed 20,000 men for the construction of the complex, which took approximately 50
years to complete.
Tambomachay.- Apparently, Tambomachay was one of the favorite resting-places of
the Incas. Used as a watering place, it was also one of the pillars of the defense system
of the Valley of Cuzco. The site consists of a set of stone structures finely carved,
aqueducts and water falls originating from near springs and thermal sources. Free
afternoon for leisure lunch, relax at the hotel or further exploration of Cuzco. Overnight
at Casa Andina Classic.

Day 13 March 25
Morning transfer to Cuzco airport for flight to Lima.

Day 13 March 25
Pick up at Lima airport for day excursion in Lima. Visit to Larco Museum and late lunch
at museum. Afternoon visits to sites in Lima. Flight out for most participants at 12:30
am on March 26.
Farewell lunch included.

Pricing: Pricing assumes that participants are sharing a room. Single supplement
charge will apply for those not sharing rooms. A 3% fee applies for all credit card

Cost per person based on double occupancy
Cuzco Yoga Retreat/Machu Picchu/Cuzco
US$ 2,550.00

Single Supplement Fee for Cuzco Yoga Retreat
US$ 464.00

Domestic Peruvian Flight – Lima/Cuzco/Lima
US$ 308.00

Optional Lima Program
US$ 159.00

   • All Transfers in Cuzco
   • All Lodging (Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cuzco)
   • Guide for 1 days at Machu Picchu
   • Backpacker train to Machu Picchu
   • 1 days entrance to Machu Picchu including bus rides
   • Domestic flight Lima-Cuzco-Lima
   • Shaman offering
   • Yoga instruction and yoga room
   • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
   • All private transportation

Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Airport Taxes
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Additional excursions such as visits to Cuzco and sights in the Sacred Valley or
      during extra days in Machu Picchu.
  • Tips, laundry, phone calls, bottle water, soft drinks or liquor.
  • Travel insurance.

To register for this trip, please contact Xenia at then
continue with the following instructions ......

Go to this web page: Be sure to enter the trip
(Peru) and dates (March 13- 25, 2009). Payments should be in U.S. Dollars (USD).

To make payment by check or wire transfer
For Payment with Check or Wire Transfer
Please send check made to Mondo Verde Expeditions or wire transfer to:
P.O. Box 4457
701 N. Summit Blvd. Frisco, CO 80443
ACCOUNT # 3350006432
ROUTING # 102103407

To make payment by credit card using secure online form: go to and click on “Login” at the bottom of the page. Add an additional
3% USD for credit card payment.

Payment Policy
   •   At time of reservation: A deposit of 25% of total cost of trip.
   •   90 days before departure full payment of balance is necessary.

   •   For trips canceled 90 days before the departure date, MVE will refund the entire
       reservation deposit minus credit card fees and operation fees of US$ 150.00
   •   For cancellations from 89 before departure date, there will be no refunds.

   Mondo Verde Expeditions LLC, HIGHLY recommends that our clients protect
   themselves with travel insurance to prevent any financial losses.